The delegation, sponsored by the USAID-funded AMIR program will participate in the U.S. – Arab Economic Forum in Detroit, and make their way to other U.S. state capitals in order to hold sector-specific meetings that will focus on Jordan’s key industries and how to bolster trade and investment cooperation with the United States.
Business association representatives include members from the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), the Amman Chamber of Industry (ACI), the Jordan Shipping Association, Jordan Restaurant Association , the Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women, Jordan U.S. Business Partnership (JUSBP), the Jordanian Association for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (JAPM), the Jordanian Intellectual Property Association (JIPA), the Young Entrepreneurs Association (YEA), the Amman Word Trade Center (AWTC) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan (JABA), and the US AID-funded AMIR Program.
Among the early activities that commenced before the Detroit conference was a reception on Saturday with the Governor of the state of Michigan Jennifer Granholm and the Director of the Michigan Department of Commerce and Industry Services, David Hollister, hosted by the Chairman and the Director of the Arab-American and Chaldean Council Institute (ACCI).
Azzam Shuweihat, Chairman of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan (JABA) and the delegation spokesperson met with the governor and discussed cooperation potential between Jordan and the state of Michigan. The Jordanian delegation also networked with some prominent business people who showed interest in dong business in Jordan and attending AJEX 2003, JABA’s annual event to promote trade and investment in Jordan.
The delegation also attended a gala dinner and met members of Arab American business community, as well as the state of Michigan media. Shuweihat encouraged the Arab community in Detroit to look at Jordan for investment opportunities created under the Free Trade Agreement , WTO, and special industrial zones. He also encouraged them to consider Jordan as a gateway to the region.
The U.S. – Arab Economic Forum conference starts with the theme “One World. Two Cultures. Endless Possibilities”. The forum will bring U.S. and Arab world leaders together for three days to discuss how to “transform the current state of misperceptions, conflict and difficulties into a world of appreciation, community and cooperative action.” The event aims to “facilitate a dialogue in which business, social, technology innovation and policy leaders from the U.S. and the Arab world can architect an action plan to enable a future rich with economic collaboration, cultural dialogue, and innovation.”
“The forum gives Jordanian associations a great opportunity to spread awareness in the U.S. and Arab business community about their activities, as well as to promote trade, investment,. and cooperation in the sphere of U.S. – Arab influence” said Azzam Shuweihat, Chairman of the Board at JABA. “This gives us an opportunity to Jordan and the free trade agreement, as well our annual event, AJEX 2003.”
The American Jordanian Expo conference and exhibition (AJEX 2003), to be held in Amman on the 22-23 of October, aims to provide Jordanian, U.S. and international companies practical information and networking opportunities on how to do business with the U.S., Jordan, and the region. AJEX 2003 is supported by the USAID-funded AMIR Program and private sector sponsors.
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