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Friday, October 17, 2003

'Exploring Jordan' Forum

Queen Rania inaugurates “Exploring Jordan” and concludes visit to the US promoting Jordan culturally and economically

(Office of Her Majesty, Press Department - Washington, D.C.) Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah concluded a three-day visit to the United States during which she attended a series of events aimed at promoting Jordan and underscoring the significance of cross-cultural dialogue.

On the final day of her visit, Queen Rania inaugurated "Exploring Jordan", which includes a number of cultural and economic events highlighting Jordan’s heritage and economic potential as a gateway to doing business throughout the entire Middle East.

The Queen attended the forum "The Jordanian Gateway to Business Opportunity in a rapidly Changing Middle East", where Jordanian officials and Jordanian and American senior business leaders discussed Jordan's new model of economic reforms and the economic growth it witnessed in the past four years.

Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs Mr. William Burns delivered the forum’s keynote speech as participants discussed trade and untapped investment opportunities in Jordan, the first Arab state to realize a Free Trade Agreement with the United States.

This partnership is a vote of confidence that reflects the Kingdom's commitment to social and economic development despite difficult regional conditions.

Sponsors and speakers at the forum, which launched "Exploring Jordan” organized by the Jordanian Embassy in Washington DC, received awards of appreciation from Queen Rania for their efforts in making the event a success.

The forum’s sessions focused on sector-by-sector opportunities, success stories in Jordan, and new economic and regulatory freedoms in Jordan which is speedily setting a new standard for the Arab Middle East in economic liberalization and integration with the global economy as the Kingdom strives to establish a firm basis of understanding based on tolerance and cultural, political and economic openness.

Under the patronage of Queen R