Bring­ing the best of Amer­ica to Kuwait

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Lawrence Sil­ver­man US Am­bas­sador to Kuwait

Iam thrilled to be launch­ing the fourth an­nual Dis­cover Amer­ica Week, which kicked off Sun­day. Be­tween Oct 23 and Nov 3, the Em­bassy will present events high­light­ing the best of the United States, in­clud­ing mu­sic, film, food, sports, au­to­mo­biles, ed­u­ca­tion and tourism. There will be spe­cial of­fers at Amer­i­can restau­rants and stores around town, live per­for­mances from Rap­tor, a US Air Force band, a screen­ing of a clas­sic and very pop­u­lar cow­boy movie re­make, and busi­ness sem­i­nars high­light­ing new ar­eas for part­ner­ship be­tween our two coun­tries.

One fo­cus of Dis­cover Amer­ica Week is ed­u­ca­tion. Kuwaitis have been study­ing in the United States for over five gen­er­a­tions. Last year some 15,000 Kuwaitis stud­ied in my coun­try, dou­ble the num­ber from just a few years ago. We wel­come Kuwaiti stu­dents. Dur­ing my time in Kuwait, I hope that num­ber will in­crease. And I hope more stu­dents and pro­fes­sors from the United States will come to Kuwait to in­crease the num­ber and depth of aca­demic and re­search part­ner­ships be­tween our two coun­tries. Dur­ing Dis­cover Amer­ica Week, we will or­ga­nize a sem­i­nar to high­light what stu­dents and their par­ents need to know be­fore study­ing in the United States, so that they can make the most of their ex­pe­ri­ence.

Health­care is an­other area of po­ten­tial growth be­tween the United States and Kuwait, and of per­sonal in­ter­est for me. As Kuwait looks to im­prove its health­care sys­tem, we will en­cour­age US hos­pi­tals to in­crease and ex­pand part­ner­ships here. We will have a sem­i­nar dur­ing the week focused on health­care con­nec­tions.

Driv­ing down the high­ways and neigh­bor­hood streets of this city ad­mir­ing all the new and clas­sic Amer­i­can cars, I was not sur­prised to learn that the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor rep­re­sents a third of US ex­ports to this coun­try. Did you know that some of the first in­ter­na­tional Amer­i­can auto deal­er­ships were es­tab­lished in Kuwait? Jeep is cel­e­brat­ing its 75th an­niver­sary and will be in­tro­duc­ing a few new mod­els dur­ing Dis­cover Amer­ica.

Boe­ing, the iconic air­craft com­pany is cel­e­brat­ing its 100th birth­day this year and just in­tro­duced in Seat­tle the first of 10 new 777 air­planes that it will de­liver to Kuwait Air­ways be­gin­ning in just a few weeks. They are look­ing to bring hun­dreds of jobs to this coun­try in the com­ing years. An­other well-known US com­pany, Sher­a­ton, is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th year in Kuwait. Last week, GE opened the Kuwait Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter, the first of its kind in this part of the world. It will pro­vide cut­ting-edge in­no­va­tion and re­search, spe­cial­ized train­ing, and ser­vice and main­te­nance through­out the re­gion. This cen­ter is proof that tech­nol­ogy knows no bor­ders.

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween the United States and Kuwait is stronger than ever. The num­ber of Kuwaitis vis­it­ing the United States is at an all-time high. Dur­ing Dis­cover Amer­ica Week, we will high­light some of the many des­ti­na­tions that even in­trepid Kuwaiti trav­el­ers have not yet dis­cov­ered. There will also be a raf­fle for a free air ticket to the United States.

I en­cour­age you to fol­low us on In­sta­gram and Twit­ter at USEm­bassyQ8 and on the hash­tag #Dis­cov­erAmer­i­caKWT to re­view the com­plete Dis­cover Amer­ica pro­gram and to par­tic­i­pate in the events that in­ter­est you. These events are a great op­por­tu­nity to put a spot­light on the strong USKuwaiti friend­ship, and ex­plore ar­eas to broaden and deepen this re­la­tion­ship. I hope to see you at our Dis­cover Amer­ica events.

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