Ambassador visits USA Regional Trade Center in Sharjah, UAE to emphasize US Embassy support
The United States Ambassador to the UAE, Mr. Michael Corbin, visited the USA Regional Trade Center (USARTC) for a tour of the facility and to discuss the USARTC’s role in creating business opportunities for US companies.
Ambassador Corbin was accompanied by Mr. Robert Bannerman, Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate, Dubai; and Mr. Jude Ahkidenor, Agriculture Attaché. The Ambassador met with the USARTC team and reiterated the US Embassy’s support of the Center’s goals to create new business opportunities for US companies in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region and to increase bi-lateral trade between the US and UAE.
During the visit, Ambassador Corbin toured the USARTC facility and received a briefing about the Center’s current exhibition featuring the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA), and its future exhibition including GE Mubadala Finance, Boeing, Parsons, Northrop Grumman and Jelly Belly, which will demonstrate the strength of US products and services in the region.
“The US Embassy and the American Consulate support the initiatives made by the USA Regional Trade Center and we are looking forward to their success and to more American companies coming to Sharjah.” said Ambassador Corbin.
In his comments on the visit, Mr. J.S. Solaiman, CEO of the Center, said: “We are extremely privileged to welcome HE Michael Corbin, the US Ambassador to the USA Regional Trade Center. We sincerely appreciate Ambassador Corbin’s initiative as we rely on the ongoing support given by the US Embassy team. Our goal is to play a significant role in increasing business opportunities and trade between the US and the UAE in near future.”
The USA Regional Trade Center, a one-stop-shop for US companies wanting to establish trade with the UAE and the region, was launched in November 2011 and its mission is to facilitate business and specifically trade between US Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) and the Middle East & North Africa Region (MENA) and subcontinent with a particular emphasis on the UAE and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. In addition, the USARTC aims to foster and encourage cultural understanding between the USA and the Arab world.