Harvesting an abundance of oil and natural gas resources, the Middle East supplies nearly half of all exports to the global oil market. Middle Eastern countries Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are all members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which pumps roughly 40% of the world's oil, with Saudi Arabia leading the pack for the greatest amount of output. OPEC's crude oil production was 28.7 million barrels per day in the first half of 2009.
Business Development focuses on finding new growth opportunities for the organization, whether it is through acquiring new customers, market expansion and/or brand awareness. The primary goal is to build partnerships that allow leverage to drive revenue. Although often thought to be synonymous with sales, business development involves a mix of negotiations, marketing, networking, and project management to create long-standing relationships and profitability.