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Secretary Pritzker to Lead Middle East Trade Mission; Webinar 12/19
By Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs

The Department of Commerce has announced that Secretary Penny Pritzker will lead a senior-executive Business Development Mission to the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. This mission will have an emphasis on 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). “This is a particularly exciting time to be looking toward the Middle East and countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar as a destination for U.S. exports, especially in the infrastructure sector,” according to Secretary Pritzker.

On the mission, you will experience business-to-business introductions, be provided market access information, get access to government decision makers, and much more.

The organizers will hold a webinar on Thursday, December 19 to provide you with more information on the trade mission and how it can benefit both you and your firm. To find more details and register visit:

Concerned that your firm might be too small to go abroad? The Department of Commerce has informed the AIA that firms of all sizes are encouraged to apply to this mission. And whether small or large, participating in a secretary-led mission will lend your firm extra gravitas to help you secure work in the region.

If you’re interested in participating in the upcoming business development mission, please visit the mission website to apply: Don’t miss the deadline of January 17, 2014!

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