Consulate General Events 2013
U.S. Department of Agriculture Supports Gulfood Exhibition
February 28, Dubai – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Agricultural Affairs, housed at the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, part of the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, represents U.S. Agricultural interests in the United Arab Emirates. The office promotes U.S. food exports to the GCC through trade shows such as the Gulfood Exhibition in Dubai. Jude Akhidenor, the U.S. Regional Agricultural Attache for the U.A.E., Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar, describes the role of the office not only as an active participant in resolving trade issues, but also as a facilitator for providing U.S. food suppliers trade leads, reports on local and regional food import regulations, as well as connecting them with food importers and distributors in the region.
In addition, the Department of Agriculture works closely with the U.A.E. Ministry of Environment and Waters to promote capacity building and share science-based knowledge on food production and trade, in accordance with international regulatory norms established by the World Trade Organization (WTO). The U.A.E., as a member of the WTO, implements non-trade restricting food import policies. Consequently, food exporting countries, including the United States are able to ship wholesome food products to the country uninterrupted. In 2012, U.S. food exports to the U.A.E. increased five percent from the previous the year to USD 1.07 billion.
Because of the United States’ and the U.A.E.’s shared commitment to closer agricultural relations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture actively supports food exhibitions held in the country, including the Gulfood exhibition held at the Dubai World Trade Center annually. At the Gulfood exhibition this year, February 25-28, the United States Pavilion featured 137 companies in 181 exhibition booths, the largest country pavilion at the exhibition.