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Ambassador Insight Series: U.A.E.


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The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council, is proud to invite you to register for Ambassador Insight Series: U.A.E.

Joined by our hosts at Bracewell & Giuliani, The Honorable Michael H. Corbin, United States Ambassador to the U.A.E. will lead an executive round table discussion giving participants the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with the Ambassador on a variety of U.S. and U.A.E. trade topics.

Registrants for this program will gain rare access to Ambassador Corbin’s first hand insights on the U.A.E.’s aggressive efforts to diversify its economy and develop new industrial and commercial sectors and how they plan to leverage the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” toward this end as they prepare to host the 2020 WorldExpo in Dubai.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, The Honorable Michael H. Corbin most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Prior to this assignment, he was Minister-Counselor for Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2008 to 2009 and Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria from 2006 to 2008.

Ambassador Corbin served as Minister Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo from 2003 to 2006. He was Deputy Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs from 2001 to 2003. He served as Director of the Counter-Narcotics Section at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela from 1997 to 2001 and Political-Military Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt from 1994 to 1997. His first overseas post was at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia from 1985-1987. He served in Kuwait from 1987 to 1989. Ambassador Corbin joined the Foreign Service in 1985.

The U.A.E. continues to serve as a strategic commercial hub for U.S. companies doing business across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. U.S. exports to the U.A.E. have increased by 25% driven by the following leading sector growth:

Registration for this exclusive opportunity to gain insight directly from the Ambassador is extremely limited, and preference will be given to Bilateral Chamber Members, so if you are interested in participating, pleases register now.

Hosted by:

Bracewell

Ambassador Insight Series: Qatar


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Hosted by long-standing Bilateral Chamber member firm, Bracewell & Giuliani, The Honorable Susan L. Ziadeh, United States Ambassador to the State of Qatar will lead this timely program focused on the current economic, social and political climate in the context of the important bilateral relationship shared between the U.S and Qatari public and private sectors.

The program will begin with a networking breakfast and keynote address provided by The Ambassador wherein she will share her personal insights into the efforts Qatar is making, under the auspices of the Qatar National Vision 2030, to remain a leading, advanced society capable of sustaining development and providing a high standard of living for its people.

Upon the conclusion of her formal remarks, the Ambassador will engage in a moderated question-and-answer session that will result in frank dialogue and an open exchange about avenues U.S. firms can explore in order to initiate or enhance trading relationships with Qatar.

The Honorable Susan L. Ziadeh was confirmed by the Senate on June 30, 2011 and was sworn in on September 12, 2011. She is a visionary leader who influences and inspires diplomatic and commercial relations on a regional and global scale.

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Ambassador Ziadeh is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Riyadh from 2009-2011.  She served previously as the Official Spokesperson at U.S. Embassy Baghdad and as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Bahrain.  Her other overseas postings include Riyadh, Kuwait, Amman and Jerusalem.  In Washington, she was responsible for the Jordan desk, and served as acting Deputy Director of the Office for Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

As the world’s largest exporters of LNG, Qatar remains one of the fastest growing regional economies. Its real GDP growth averaged 16.2% per year over the period 2005-2012. In 2013, its GDP expanded by 5.6% and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is forecasting growth of 5.1% in 2014.

The United States is Qatar’s largest foreign investor and is among its largest foreign import partners. Currently, the Government of Qatar maintains one of the world’s highest levels of capital spending on education and healthcare. In the 2012/2013 fiscal years, Qatar invested over $9 billion in these sectors alone, accounting for close to 15% of its 2010/2011 fiscal budget.

In addition, as the country prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar, plans to spend USD 140 billion on infrastructure development within a five-year period, resulting in vast opportunities for U.S. companies across sectors including:

Please join us, and our hosts at Bracewell & Giuliani, in welcoming Ambassador Ziadeh and learning more about how your company can initiate or expand its business operations in Qatar.

Hosted by: Bracewell

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