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Amb. Smith Urges Expansion of U.S. Saudi Trade

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Ambassador Smith examining food products at Riyadh Exhibit.

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Ambassador Smith talking with participants at the exhibit.

U.S. Ambassador James B. Smith visited the Saudi Agro-Food International Trade Show October 5, 2010. He was accompanied by Dr. Tawhid Al Saffy, Regional Director of the Agricultural Trade Office, U.S. Embassy, Riyadh. The ambassador was received by Mr. Saud Al Suwaileh of the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council and Fadi Afif Kadura and Albert Oun of The Riyadh Exhibition Center. The Ambassador visited the 13 exhibitors from the United States and various other booths where he discussed with American company representatives the importance of increasing trade between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Agricultural Show 2010
The Middle East’s largest agriculture exhibition, “Saudi Agriculture 2010,” kicked off on October 4 in Riyadh.
 
The trade show, which runs through October 7, was held under the patronage of Saudi Minister of Agriculture, H.E. Dr. Fahd Abdulrahman Balghunaim.

The exhibition highlights business opportunities and the the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s decision to increase its agriculture, water and infrastructure expenditures by 30% to SAR 46 billion. According to the World Trade Organization, Saudi Arabia is the largest economy within the Gulf Corporation Council. “Saudi Agriculture 2010 offers insights on how to best maximize domestic prospects while providing a gateway to other lucrative Gulf markets,” said Mohamad Al Hussaini, Deputy General Manager, Riyadh Exhibitions Company.

Over 300 local and international exhibitors from 27 countries, including the U.S., Canada, China, Egypt, France, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Syria, UK, and Sudan are participating. The event is organized by Riyadh Exhibitions Company, the leading trade fair organizer in the Middle East. The U.S. companies presence in the show has increased markedly compared to last year.

Over 300 local and international exhibitors from 27 countries, including the U.S., Canada, China, Egypt, France, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Syria, UK, and Sudan are participating. The event is organized by Riyadh Exhibitions Company, the leading trade fair organizer in the Middle East. The U.S. companies presence in the show has increased markedly compared to last year.