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US SMEs on trade mission to UAE

US-Arab Chamber of Commerce brings delegation of SMEs to UAE to seek business opportunities

US SMEs on trade mission to UAE
US Ambassador Michael H Corbin (right), with Sheikh Suroor Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan (left).

A group of SME owners and minority business leaders from the USA have visited the UAE on a trade mission.

Organised by the US-Arab Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the UAE Embassy Trade and Commercial Office in Washington DC, the delegation from the State of Illinois, led by congressman Danny K David, is networking with officials and business leaders to learn about opportunities and potential partnerships in the region.

"We are tremendously impressed with this region and have seen numerous areas that Illinois and the UAE can collaborate on, including rail infrastructure, healthcare, renewable energy and education," said Davis, the US Representative for Illinois' 7th Congressional District.

The delegates will meet with representatives from ADNOC, Etihad, MASDAR, the Ministry of Economy, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and other key players in the business environment, as well as prospective agents, distributors and partners.

US Ambassador to the UAE, Michael H Corbin, said: “The key to succeeding here is optimism, perseverance and patience,” while US-Arab Chamber president Aida Araissi added: “The overriding message during our time here is the importance of establishing relationships and following up.”

Illinois is home to more than 2,000 foreign companies and is ranked number one in Midwestern US for foreign investment.

The State of Illinois is the fifth largest economy in the US and is one of the 20 largest economies in the world.

The trade mission will also visit Bahrain and Qatar before returning to the US later this week.