Officials from Qatar Matched with US Businesses to Meet Country`s Growing Needs

Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:46pm EST

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Visit part of Qatar`s National Vision to make improvements before hosting 2022
FIFA World Cup
LOS ANGELES--(Business Wire)--
Representatives of the 2022 Supreme Committee from Qatarare in Los Angeles on
the first leg of a three-city trade mission to the U.S. designed to discuss
business opportunities in Qatar with American companies, it was announced today.
The program, organized by the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of
Commerce in Doha, kicked off with a breakfast at the Marriott Hotel, sponsored
by Bilateral US-Arab Chamber in Houston, Texas, an international chamber of
commerce that establishes connections between the U.S. and MENA (Middle
East/North Africa). 

The delegation, which will also stop in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA this week,
is led by the Honorable Susan L. Ziadeh, U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar,
and Mr. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Qatar Supreme Committee, and
includes members of the U.S. Commercial Service. 

Delegates will participate in networking receptions in each city, where they
will be matched with U.S. companies in the industries of ICT, healthcare,
business services, and travel and tourism. They will also visit stadiums and
sports and entertainment facilities in preparation for hosting the 2022 FIFA
World Cup Tournament, scheduled to take place in Doha. 

"Qatar is ripe with opportunity for American businesses that can provide goods
and services that support the country`s rapidly growing needs," said Aida
Araissi, Founder and President of The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce. "We
are proud to promote the FIFA World Cup, and make connections that produce
results between business and government leaders in the United States and the
MENA region." 

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa welcomed the Qatari delegation, noting
that "L.A. hosted the World Cup in 1994, and there is a lot we can share from
that experience." 

The trade mission is part of Qatar`s National Vision 2030 proposed by the Emir
of the country, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Qatar`s Vision
2030 outlines the country`s plan to spend over $100 billion by 2022 on
construction projects, road, rail and seaport improvements, and national
infrastructure to support the 2022 FIFA World Cup Tournament. Qatar is among the
top of the list of the world`s richest countries, having experienced 20% growth
in their GDP in 2011, and imported $2.8 billion of goods from the United States
that year. 

The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber is an exclusive membership-based network of
international business leadership that works to establish strategic connections
between the United States and Middle East/North Africa (MENA) for the purpose of
fostering economic growth, educational advancement and cultural understanding.
Founded in 1997 by Aida Araissi, the Bilateral Chamber creates access, strategic
options and positive results for its members by facilitating relationships with
key decision-makers, helping to navigate through the complex field of
international trade, and producing effective programming including trade
missions, conferences, seminars, workshops, and educational exchange
initiatives. The not-for-profit Bilateral Chamber membership includes Fortune
500 companies, private sector enterprises, thought leaders, and academic
institutions from a wide range of industry sectors across the US and MENA
regions. For more information about the Bilateral Chamber, visit
http://www.bilateralchamber.org. 

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Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce
Iana Dealey, +1 919.538.1511
or
Matthew Kocian, +1 713.880.8168

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