DOHA, Qatar & LOS ANGELES--()--During her remarks at a meeting with representatives from top U.S. companies this week, U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar, the Honorable Susan L. Ziadeh complimented the integrity and talent shown by American companies doing work in Qatar, and urged them to “continue to bring their A-game” and help the Qatari’s bring “the Wow factor” as they prepare to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Ambassador, joined by Mr. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Qatar Supreme Committee and representatives of the 2022 Supreme Committee from Qatar met in Los Angeles, California (USA) Monday on the first leg of a three-city trade mission to the U.S. to discuss a multitude of opportunities for doing business in Qatar.
The U.S. Embassy in Qatar arranged the mission in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Doha, and the U.S. Commercial Service. A breakfast meeting kicking off the trade mission was sponsored by the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber, an international chamber of commerce that establishes connections between the U.S. and MENA (Middle East/North Africa).
During a private reception, the Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa welcomed the Qatari delegation, noting that Los Angeles hosted the World Cup in 1994, and had much to share with the Qataris about the experience. Other remarks highlighted Qatar’s intentions while preparing for the 2022 World Cup Tournament, incorporating environmental consciousness, responsible waste management, energy preservation, and helping people to think differently about energy use and the Middle East.
The delegation will also stop in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA this week, and 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.
“We are very proud to welcome the Qatari delegation, and fully support the U.S. Embassy in Qatar, the U.S. Department of Commerce in Doha, and the U.S. Commercial Service team during this trade mission, as they highlight U.S. companies that are well suited to help Qatar prepare for the FIFA World Cup in 2022,” said Aida Araissi, Founder and President of The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce. To follow up and solidify the relationships initiated during this visit, the Bilateral Chamber plans to lead a trade mission to Qatar that will be co-hosted by the US-Qatar Business Council in June of this year, according to Araissi.
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.