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Ahmed Salama, president and CEO of Salama International Trading & Consulting in Omaha, speaks during the Salama International Conference at Bellevue University April 11.

Bellevue University hosted its fourth annual Salama International Trade Conference April 11 to showcase international trading and forming partnerships with businesses all around the world.

The conference was held in the John B. Muller Administrative Services building. It featured several speakers touching on different topics of international trade, including Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley, Orkhan Zeynalov from Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and David Brown from Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.

After speakers, attendees were able to break out and do some networking, allowing potential businesses to partner and connect with others.

Nilufar Salama, co-founder of Salama International, said the conference helps form lasting partnerships.

“It promotes and increases international trade, bringing parties together to do more business together on an international level,” she said. “It’s been quite a success and we’re proud of what we’re doing and it’s a big community service.”

The free event had several businesses come to network and speak, including Metro Community College, Valmont, Lindsay Corporation and Creighton University Law School.

Salama said the company partnered with BU because of its own partnership with the school.

“Bellevue University is our partner in offering a global trading practice course that we developed at Salama International,” Salama said. “We offer this course to students, learners, professionals — any who are interested in knowing more about how to do international business, how to trade, explore and how to sharpen their knowledge.”

Salama said the conference isn’t only important for partnerships, but to help students at BU become familiar with the international trading world.

“The world is even more globalizing now — we have technology that is allowing global interaction,” she said. “Students will be entering the workforce that is going to be more global. It will provide them with a view of what’s in international trade, and maybe they can find their own niche within it.

“It gives them their own opportunity to see what it’s all about and where they can fit in.”

Email: cheyenne.alexis@bellevueleader.com Phone: 402-505-3617

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