For the 42nd edition of Arab Health, we will witness a Swedish Pavilion with a number of health care and life-sciences companies represented. These companies showcase the best of what Sweden can offer patients, care-givers, and governments alike. Together, their cutting-edge technologies represent solutions to global health challenges facing us today.
In essence, the Swedish health care system is dependent on the symbiosis between care providers, academia and industry. Sweden has a long history of being at the technological forefront and state-of-the-art research and development, which contributes to Sweden’s second place in the Global Innovation Index. During Arab Health, our companies aim to bring Swedish efficiency and quality to support in meeting the complex regional challenges.
Several factors drive the expected growth in the Middle East health care markets, for instance rapidly growing populations, the rise in life expectancies, and an increase in lifestyle related diseases. The GCC’s health care sector is expected to grow to $71 billion by 2020. In the United Arab Emirates for example, the expected growth per year until 2020 is 12.7 percent. In Qatar there is a demand gap of approximately 4,000 hospital beds and the country also has the highest per capita health care spending in the GCC region. The need for established knowledge transfer has never been more vital for the regional development.
To meet these challenges, Business Sweden - the Swedish Trade and Invest Council, intends to expand collaboration and knowledge exchange between Sweden and the region. In addition to the annual Swedish Pavilion at Arab Health, Business Sweden work continuously to assist Swedish health care companies in the region through the Swedish Health Care Initiative, where we actively work with Swedish health care companies to grow their regional presence..
It is my honour to present the Swedish Pavilion and to showcase our companies’ products, services, and concepts. As we say in Swedish, ‘Välkommen’
Fredrik Bodin, Business Sweden
Trade Commissioner to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar