Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ghafari Chairman to Join U.S. Secretary of Commerce on Middle East Trade Mission

Yousif Ghafari, Chairman + CEO
Yousif Ghafari, Chairman + CEO

Chairman Yousif B. Ghafari will join U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on a trade mission to the Middle East from March 8-14. The trade mission is focused on export opportunities for U.S. businesses in the infrastructure sector, particularly in the areas of engineering, renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental technologies. The delegation will visit the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

“As the country’s Chief Commercial Advocate, a key part of my job is to promote trade and investment and connect U.S. businesses with potential customers across the globe,” said Secretary Pritzker. “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. Since the launch of the National Export Initiative in 2010, exports have increased 111% to the United Arab Emirates, 65% to Saudi Arabia, and 57% to Qatar. Clearly, the Gulf region is a critical area of focus for our nation and its businesses.”

Ghafari is one of 21 companies that were selected to join Secretary Pritzker on this trade mission.