Press Release

Summary of Under Secretary Lago’s March 7, 2022 Meetings with UAE Officials and Engagements at Trade Winds

March 7, 2022
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Today, U.S. Department of Commerce Under Secretary for International Trade Marisa Lago held meetings with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State for Foreign Trade Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi; Under Secretary of Foreign Trade and Industry Abdulla Al Saleh; and Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence Omar Al Olama. In her meeting with Minister Al Zeyoudi and Under Secretary Al Saleh, the Under Secretary discussed further promotion of bilateral trade through trade missions in the Middle East, women’s empowerment as a means to drive economic growth and engagement, and connecting American industries with growing markets across the United Arab Emirates.

During her meeting with Minister Al Olama, Under Secretary Lago thanked the Minister for the Ministry’s ongoing engagement with the Department of Commerce and other U.S. Government agencies on data privacy. Under Secretary Lago emphasized the importance of secure, interoperable, and open cross border data flows to the future of the digital economy.

At the Trade Winds Business Forum, Under Secretary Lago delivered keynote remarks at a plenary before Trade Winds’ U.S. & Emirati attendees where she emphasized the strong ties between the U.S. and UAE, and the ways in which Trade Winds is serving as an opportunity to deepen the partnership and advance U.S. economic competitiveness in the region.

The Under Secretary, accompanied by Minister Al Zeyoudi and Under Secretary Al Saleh, also participated in a specialized training for women business leaders developed through a collaboration between the Department’s Commercial Law Development Program and the Women Empowered Leave Legacies Through Trade and Investment initiative to emphasize the Biden Administration’s commitment to gender equity, women’s empowerment, and advancing the interests of underserved communities.


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