U.S. Secretary of Commerce Leads Business Delegation to Qatar

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker with HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker led a trade mission to Qatar from March 12-13 and met with Qatari government and business leaders, including His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani; His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassem Al Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce; Ahmed Al Sayed, CEO of the Qatar Investment Authority, Nasser Al Mawlawi, President of Ashghal; Eng. Essa bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, President of Kahramaa; Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy; and members of the Qatar Businessman Association, American Chamber of Commerce in Doha,  and the National U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce.  Joined by 21 U.S. companies in the infrastructure sector, including project management, engineering, renewable energy, and environmental technologies, Secretary Pritzker’s trade mission underscores the United States’ commitment to a growing economic partnership with Qatar.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker meets with HE the Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani

“I am so pleased to be joined on this trade mission by U.S. firms that are eager to partner with government and industry in Qatar,” said Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.  “The United States and our businesses truly value our strong commercial and economic ties with the Gulf region.  American companies have the expertise to help Qatar construct world-class infrastructure, and when U.S. firms sell their goods and services to new markets, the American economy stands to gain.  I hope this trade mission will lead to many more mutually beneficial relationships between our two nations.”

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker with representatives of the 21 American companies that joined her on a trade delegation to Qatar

“The trade mission led by Secretary Pritzker provided both Qatari and American business leaders an invaluable opportunity to build relationships and lay the groundwork for future partnerships,” said Susan L. Ziadeh, Ambassador of the United States to Qatar.  “A shared prosperity between the Qatar and the United States through economic partnerships is a cornerstone of our bilateral relationship.”

The U.S. posted a trade surplus with Qatar of $3.6 billion in 2013.  U.S. exports of goods to Qatar totaled nearly $5 billion in 2013, establishing a new record and underscoring the growing importance of the Gulf as an American export market. Since the launch of the U.S. National Export Initiative in 2010, U.S. exports to Qatar have increased by 57%.

Companies that joined Secretary Pritzker on the trade mission to the Middle East included:

  • AECOM Technology Corporation (Los Angeles, California)
  • AREVA Solar Inc. (Santa Clara, California)
  • C3 Energy (Redwood City, California)
  • ECC International, LLC (Burlingame, California)
  • First Solar (Tempe, Arizona)
  • General Electric Company (Fairfield, Connecticut)
  • Ghafari Associates, LLC (Dearborn, Michigan)
  • Greeley and Hansen, LLC (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Headworks International Inc. (Houston, Texas)
  • Innovari, Inc. (Austin, Texas)
  • Michael Baker International, LLC (Moon Township, Pennsylvania)
  • Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP (New York, New York)
  • Rapiscan Systems (Torrance, California)
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (Chicago, Illinois)
  • SolarReserve (Santa Monica, California)
  • STV Incorporated (New York, New York)
  • the digit group, inc. (Collierville, Tennessee)
  • The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Michigan)
  • Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. (New York, New York)
  • Universal Acoustics & Emissions Technology (Stoughton, Wisconsin)
  • Zero Waste Energy, LLC (Lafayette, California)