U.S. Trade Mission To Middle East Will Focus On Infrastructure



Published on 21 February 2014


by Office of the Spokesperson

(WireNews+Co)

Washington, D.C.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the names February 20 of 21 U.S. companies that will join her second trade mission making three stops in the Middle East March 8–14.

The delegation will visit the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, focusing on export opportunities for U.S. businesses in the infrastructure sector, a Commerce Department news release said. The department said the trade mission demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a sustained economic partnership in the Gulf region.

The mission will concentrate on such areas as project management and engineering (including construction, architecture and design), renewable energy (solar, wind, waste-to-energy), smart grid and energy efficiency, and environmental technologies (including water/wastewater, air pollution control and waste management), the Commerce Department said.

“The three countries we are visiting on our trade mission to the Gulf region are among the top 50 export markets for the United States,” Pritzker said. “Since the launch of the National Export Initiative in 2010, exports have increased 111 percent to the United Arab Emirates, 65 percent to Saudi Arabia and 57 percent to Qatar. Clearly, the Gulf region is a critical area of focus for our nation and its businesses.”

Pritzker noted that a key part of her job as the United States’ chief commercial advocate is to promote trade and investment and connect U.S. businesses with potential customers across the globe.

U.S. TRADE RELATIONSHIP WITH UAE, SAUDI ARABIA, QATAR

The U.S.–United Arab Emirates trade relationship is undergoing a period of rapid expansion as the UAE seeks to undertake major investment in its infrastructure and transport systems. U.S. exports to the UAE totaled almost $23 billion in 2012.

Saudi Arabia is the United States’ ninth-largest trading partner and the 20th-largest recipient of U.S. exports. In 2012, U.S. exports to Saudi Arabia exceeded the $18 billion mark, an increase of 31 percent from 2011. The Saudi economy — the largest in the Middle East and North Africa region — has been growing at a robust pace.

The U.S.-Qatar trade relationship is going through a massive transformation. The United States posted a trade surplus with Qatar of $2.6 billion from January 2013 through August 2013. Total U.S. exports to Qatar totaled $3.6 billion through August 2013, establishing a new record.

TRADE MISSION PARTICIPANTS

These companies are among those that will join Pritzker on the trade mission to the Middle East:

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




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Posted 2014-02-21 13:02:00