AmCham Qatar visits Washington on business outreach mission

February 19, 2012 - 11:31:39 pm


The AmCham Qatar delegation that visited Washington recently.

DOHA: A delegation of members from the American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar (AmCham Qatar) visited Washington DC from February 13-16 on a business outreach mission. The purpose of the mission was to convey the message to US policymakers that Qatar is an attractive destination for business and knowledge development.

The delegation discussed opportunities and conditions for US companies in Qatar and US commercial relations with Qatar with governmental departments, members of Congress, organizations and the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington, DC.

The delegation was comprised of members of AmCham Qatar’s Executive Committee, including Chairman Robert Hager, Managing Partner of Patton Boggs LLP Doha Office, Vice Chairman Carl Atallah, President, Chevron-Qatar, Secretary Izzat Dajani, CEO & Chairman of Citibank Qatar and Executive Director Keri Stooksbury. The team was also joined by representatives from member companies based in Washington, DC including David Traynham, Director of Transportation Policy at The Boeing Company and Amol Dani, Special Advisor, Strategic Business Development and Operations at Georgetown University.

The AmCham Qatar delegation met with several governmental departments, the most high profile meeting of which was with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Susan L. Kurland, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs. At this meeting the delegation reviewed Qatar’s many infrastructure projects that AmCham Qatar members such as AECOM, KBR, Parsons International and Overseas Bechtel, Inc. are involved in, including the New Doha International Airport, New Doha Port, Lusail Light Rail, Ashgal road districts updates and road safety programs. Opportunities for American firms in future infrastructure projects were also discussed, with a focus on the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The delegation also met with Michael C. Camuñez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance with the US Department of Commerce / International Trade Administration and collaborated on ideas for U.S. business expertise in Qatar with an emphasis on the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Meetings were also held with the US Chamber of Commerce, the State Department’s Bureau of Public Affairs, the Middle East Partnership Initiative and the US Department of Energy.

AmCham Qatar representatives also met with select members of Congress, many of whom have previously visited Qatar, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Congresswomen Kay Granger (R-TX) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Congressmen Mike Kelly (R-TN), Todd Young (R-IN), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Peter Welch (D-VT) and Mike Conaway (R-TX). Representatives also met with from the offices of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Congressmen Dave Camp (R-MI), Kevin Brady (R-TX), Nick Rahall (D-WV), Mike Kelly (R-TN) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) as well as staff from the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

The delegation held meetings with organizations the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, the National Council on US-Arab Relations, the Arab American Institute and the US-Qatar Business Council. Members were welcomed at the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington, DC in a special meeting with Ahmed Bin Youssef Al-Rumaihi, Chargé d’Affaires.

The Peninsula