United States Hosts Pavilion at Baghdad International Trade Fair

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 1, 2011

As part of our new relationship with Iraq, for the first time in more than 20 years the United States has returned to Iraq’s largest annual trade fair. The 300 square-meter USA Pavilion themed “Partnering with Iraq” opened today housing the largest single country representation at the 38th Baghdad International Trade Fair.

Over 80 American corporations, universities, and travel and tourism organizations will showcase their products and services to Iraqi businesses and people for the purpose of building greater trade ties between our two nations. Fortune 100 companies in the aviation, automotive, and IT sectors are represented at the trade fair, as well as small and medium sized businesses. The trade fair is expected to draw a million visitors and participants including Iraqi government dignitaries, direct end users, wholesalers, distributors, agents, students, opinion leaders and media. Bilingual staff will welcome the public to the USA Pavilion and provide translation for U.S. business representatives, and steer visitors to appropriate companies or universities based on their interests.

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey attended today’s opening session of the trade fair to inaugurate the USA Pavilion. In his remarks, Ambassador Jeffrey emphasized our commitment to Iraq’s future and the essential role that U.S. business can play in helping Iraq and its people reach their potential. The trade fair will continue through November 10th.

For more information and to view the USA Pavilion directory please go to: http://build.export.gov/build/idcplg?IdcService=DOWNLOAD_PUBLIC_FILE&RevisionSelectionMethod=Latest&dDocName=eg_iq_041047

To view Deputy Secretary Nides’ welcome video to the USA Pavilion please go to: http://usapavillionbaghdad2011.tumblr.com/

For press inquiries, please contact:

Michael Lavallee
Press Operations

PRN: 2011/1851