His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan Addresses Business Leaders at Embassy
Washington, D.C. (April 23, 2013) - In honor of His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan hosted a luncheon in support of the U.S.-Jordan Business Alliance (USJBA) titled “Exploring New Frontiers” which brought together top business leaders from the public and private sectors as well as U.S. and Jordanian officials responsible for managing the U.S.-Jordan economic relationship.
During the meeting, His Majesty expressed his optimistic outlook for the U.S.-Jordan Business Alliance: “Jordan is committed to working closely with the United States to promote and encourage economic and trade relations, and to enable the U.S. business community to invest in Jordan and the region, and play a role in promoting economic growth,” His Majesty said.
Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Robert Hormats said that US and Jordan will work together to combat the challenges the region is facing. He said "the US respects the efforts Jordan has put forth to implement its national, economic reform programme." He also stressed that these reforms, which led to signing the agreement with the International Monetary Fund, made Jordan a more attractive destination for American investments and a more efficient partner for commercial exchange.
Among the attendees were Robin Lineberger, CEO for Deloitte Federal Government Services, Karim Kawar, President of Kawar Group and former Ambassador to the United States and founding member of the Jordan-U.S. Business Association. This public-private sector dialogue session created a platform for formal talks and helped to identify issues for further review, discussion, and action. This luncheon was a unique opportunity for business executives to discuss business climate issues and to focus the attention of policy makers both in the U.S. and Jordan on topics that are of critical interest to their company and industry.