US int’l trade official concludes visit to Kuwait
KUWAIT: Acting Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, Ken Hyatt, led a delegation of 15 US companies on a safety and security industry trade mission to Kuwait, November 13-14. The mission introduced US firms to Kuwait’s security market, connected US companies with potential local agents, and allowed participating firms to interact with officials from various Kuwaiti ministries involved in this sector.
“There is a long history of commercial ties between the United States and Kuwait, as well as a strong partnership in many areas including defense cooperation,” Hyatt said. “Companies represented on this delegation offer state-of-the-art technology in the safety and security sector and are well-positioned to enter the Kuwaiti market.”
US Ambassador to Kuwait Lawrence Silverman participated in several of the trade mission meetings. “This trade mission was a great opportunity to introduce US safety and security firms to key decision-makers at different ministries that we believe can benefit from US technology and services. The delegates were very pleased with the connections they made as they look to enter and expand their business in Kuwait.”
The delegation met with the Ministries of Interior and Defense, the Kuwait National Guard, and the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation during the trade mission, and learned about upcoming procurement opportunities, the process to bid on tenders, and established contacts within these government entities. They also had customized individual meetings with potential agents. A networking reception allowed for additional interaction with prospective partners. As the defense and security markets continue to grow globally, Kuwait is a market of opportunity as it implements a country-wide plan to significantly increase investment in safety and security equipment through 2020.
The trade mission delegation included a diverse group of small- and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs) and large corporations. Included in the group were: Ameristar Perimeter Security. Applied Concepts Inc, Comm-Port Technologies Inc, DFNDR Armor, Digital Globe, ENODO Global Inc, High Impact Technology, Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, Modular Systems Division, Maxxess Systems Inc, Navajo Fabrics, Surefire, Tracer Technology Systems Inc, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and Zanstra Sat. For more information about the trade mission and if you would like to get in touch with any of these companies please contact the US Embassy’s Commercial section at firstname.lastname@example.org.