U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Susan L. Ziadeh and Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Executive Director of Communications and Marketing Nasser Fahad Al Khater jointly led a trade mission to Atlanta, Georgia and Miami, Florida from January 26-31. The visit, following a similar joint mission to Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle in 2013, highlighted partnership opportunities for U.S. and Qatari firms as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The delegation visited stadiums and other sports facilities as well as media and highly specialized firms focused on the entertainment, technology, and sports sectors. “The mission introduced Qatari decision-makers to the best in U.S. cutting edge technology, unparalleled services, and time-tested know-how in hosting major sporting events to create partnerships benefitting both countries,” Ambassador Ziadeh said.
Ambassador Ziadeh and Executive Director Al Khater expressed confidence that the delegation’s visit would enhance economic cooperation and trade growth between the United States and Qatar. U.S.–Qatari commercial ties have expanded at a rapid pace over the last 3 years, with exports growing by 80% from $2.5 billion in 2011 billion to over $5 billion in 2013. The U.S. now accounts for 20% of Qatar’s imports worldwide, making it Qatar’s number one import trading partner.