he American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan (AmCham-Jordan) in cooperation with the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service and the US Embassy in Amman and supported by USAID Jordan, held a half-day, high-level business forum on Sunday October 22, 2017 to promote trade and investment between the Kingdom and the U.S. state of Utah. The Jordan Utah Business Forum, billed as “a partnership for the future,” included a state delegation led by Utah Governor Gary Herbert and was hosted by H.E Muhannad Shehadeh, Minister of State for Investment Affairs and Jordan Investment Commission Chairman, as well as Jim Barnhart, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission (ADCM) at the U.S. Embassy in Amman. Also in attendance were representatives of 12 Utah-based firms, a number of public-sector representatives from both sides, and Jordanian business representatives.
The forum, which was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman, began with a high-level panel discussion featuring leading Jordanian business representatives and government officials, who presented the opportunities offered by the Jordan-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the two countries’ Bilateral Investment Treaty. The panel explored various means for supporting linkages and cooperation channels between Jordanian and Utah businesses as a first step to creating lasting and mutually beneficial economic ties. Panelists also shared their insight and experiences with utilizing the FTA to grow their businesses and foster international business partnerships. The panel discussion was followed by three breakout sessions focused on different sectors, including infrastructure/energy, ICT, media, and business services such as finance, safety and security, and insurance. The event closed with an executive lunch.