Position: Industry & Commerce Minister, Bahrain
Biography: Hassan Fakhro was appointed as Industry & Commerce Minister in 2002 and helped negotiate Bahrain’s 2006 free trade agreement with the US.
Fakhro began his career in the oil industry and in 1976 helped found Bahrain National Oil Company (Banoco), of which he later became chairman.
Owned by the government, Banoco took a 60 per cent interest in Bahrain’s petroleum sector, previously controlled by the state-run Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco). Both companies were merged in 1990 to form an enlarged Bahrain Petroleum Company.
Fakhro also helped set up Bahrain National Gas Company (Banagas) and Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company.
Fakhro has led a range of industrial bodies, including the Bahrain Society of Engineers, and continues to advise King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa on economic affairs. He is an engineer and economist by training.
Contact: (+973) 1756 8001
Corporate website: www.moic.gov.bh/moic/en