‘Dis­cover Amer­ica Week’ un­der­way

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Ben Gar­cia

KUWAIT: The ‘Dis­cover Amer­ica Week’ (Oct 23-Nov 2, 2016) kicked off yes­ter­day, with sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties related to the US to be held, rang­ing from food, bas­ket­ball, film, ed­u­ca­tion, an in­vestor sem­i­nar, cars and more. The Dis­cover Amer­ica Week seeks to strengthen ties be­tween the US and Kuwait.

“We are happy to launch Dis­cover Amer­ica for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year,” US Em­bassy Press At­tachÈ Heather E Ward told re­porters yes­ter­day at the US Em­bassy. “Many of the ac­tiv­i­ties in the “Dis­cover Amer­ica’ event are the re­al­iza­tion of our ob­jec­tive to strengthen our com­mer­cial, ed­u­ca­tional, tourism and busi­ness part­ner­ships,” she said. “We have great and out­stand­ing bonds be­tween us,” she added.

US Em­bassy Com­mer­cial At­tachÈ Jeff Hamil­ton said the Dis­cover Amer­ica Week is not only a pro­mo­tion of the US’ great prod­ucts and op­por­tu­ni­ties, but also a way of thank­ing ev­ery­one for their continued pa­tron­age of US prod­ucts. “For ex­am­ple, Chevro­let has been in Kuwait for many years now. We have five gen­er­a­tions of Kuwaitis be­liev­ing in this brand and it is such a won­der­ful boost for us,” he said.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude the open­ing of a five-day in­ten­sive Amer­i­can Film Show­case Work­shop, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the US Em­bassy, the Min­istry for Youth Af­fairs and Dar AlAthar Al-Is­lamiyyah (DAI). Two Amer­i­can film ex­perts, Tim Sousken and David Glass, will lead par­tic­i­pants through the steps to make a short film. “The pro­gram is part of the Amer­i­can Film Show­case per­son-top­er­son diplo­macy con­nect­ing Amer­i­can film ex­perts with for­eign au­di­ences,” he said.

Also part of the Dis­cover Amer­ica Week is a sem­i­nar on pro­cure­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties at the Camp Arif­jan US mil­i­tary base. Dis­cover Amer­ica will high­light iconic US fash­ion brands, food, film, mu­sic, ed­u­ca­tion, busi­ness knowhow, and tourism. The 11-day event will take place at venues through­out Kuwait City, in­clud­ing The Av­enues, Sul­tan Cen­ter, Kuwait Cham­ber of Com­merce, Amer­i­cani Cul­tural Cen­ter, AUK and other lo­ca­tions.

KUWAIT: US Em­bassy Com­mer­cial At­tachee Jeff Hamil­ton (left) speaks dur­ing the press con­fer­ence as Press At­tache Heather E Ward looks on.

—Photo by Joseph Sha­gra

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