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Lancaster native’s new job has him in Persian Gulf

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Kramer leads team that will write economic report on island country

Lancaster native Gregory Kramer was recently appointed as the new editorial manager of the Oxford Business Group (OBG), the global publishing, research and consulting firm, in Bahrain.
Bahrain is an island country in the Persian Gulf. It’s neighbor to the west is Saudi Arabia.
In his new role, Kramer will coordinate the work carried out by OBG’s research and editorial team for the group’s forthcoming publication on the kingdom’s economy, “The Report: Bahrain 2011.”
Kramer said he looks forward to analyzing the significant developments taking place in Bahrain’s financial services sector, which are being propelled by the growth of the Islamic banking segment.
“Bahrain is carving out a niche for itself as a hub for Sharia-compliant banking to help maintain itself as the financial center of the (Persian) Gulf,” he said. “This move, which is a key component in the kingdom’s broader plan to continue diversifying its economy away from hydrocarbons, is something our team will be following closely.”
Kramer joins the Bahrain team from Jordan, where he worked on OBG’s recently-launched publication on the country’s economic activity and business opportunities.
During his stint there, he secured contributions for the group’s report from a number of high-profile politicians, including the prime minister of Jordan Samir Rifai.
Before joining OBG, Kramer consolidated his career in business analysis, working on projects that took him to Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.  
Oliver Cornock, OBG’s regional editor, said that Kramer’s background in analyzing business intelligence on emerging economies would prepare him well for his new role.
“Bahrain continues to attract significant foreign direct investment, which is driving forward its economic expansion in line with Vision 2030, the Kingdom’s long-term development plan,” he said.
“The Report: Bahrain 2011” will be a vital guide to the many facets of the country, including its macroeconomics, infrastructure, political landscape, banking and sectoral developments.
Written by Kramer and a team of OBG analysts who will be based in the kingdom for six months, it is set to be the premier guide for foreign direct investment into the country’s economy and will include interviews with leading political, economic and business figures.
Available in print form and online, it will form part of the range of OBG’s publications renowned as leading sources of information on developing and emerging economies around the world.
Kramer is the son of Denise Scott and Eric Kramer. He graduated from Lancaster High School in 2004 and the College of Charleston in 2008.
About Oxford  Business Group
Oxford Business Group publishes economic and political intelligence on the markets of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean.
Through its range of print and online products, OBG offers comprehensive analysis of political, macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, insurance, energy, transport, industry and telecoms. OBG’s online economic briefings provide in-depth analysis and its consulting arm offers market intelligence and advice to firms operating in these markets and those looking to enter them.