Presentation on the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, 210 West Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia, PA

About The Event

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Presentation on the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement

Signed in 2004, the US-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement was the culmination of a one hundred year old friendship between the two nations. The US and Bahrain are partners in the United Nations, the WTO, and other political and economic forums aimed at promoting peace and prosperity throughout the world. The FTA further facilitates a trade relationship that grew 46% from 1999 to 2003 and saw $509 million in American merchandise exported to Bahrain in 2003.

Historically, the two countries have cooperated closely in economic, financial, political, defense and security matters.
Economically speaking, Bahrain is one of the most forward-looking Gulf countries whose long-term goals include continual economic diversification to reduce dependence on oil revenues. In fact, Bahrain has reduced its dependency on oil revenue from 80% in 1970 to just 20% today by consolidating economic activities, encouraging private sector oil development and providing incentives to diversification. Many times, it has been American technology and expertise that have enabled Bahrain to succeed in this diversification. As an important financial center in the Gulf region, Bahrain has the benefit of serving as a hub for international business activity. So well-regarded is the Bahraini business environment that the Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal ranked Bahrain’s economy the “most free” in all the Middle East; sixteenth most-free in the world.

Event Location

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 Time: 11:00 AM City: Philadelphia Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Download iCal

Speakers

Ambassador Houda Ezra Nonoo

Ambassador Houda Ezra Nonoo

Ambassador of Bahrain to the U.S.

On July 3, 2008, Ms. Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo was appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States by His Majesty the King of Bahrain, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa. On July 25, 2008, Ambassador Nonoo presented her credentials to The Honorable John D. Negroponte, United States Deputy Secretary of State.

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