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US envoy stresses commitment to Jordanian food security

Ambassador Henry T. Wooster
US Ambassador Henry T. Wooster. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN – US Ambassador Henry T. Wooster affirmed Wednesday his country’s commitment to Jordanian food security during a visit to the Shaban Group, brand owner of Tiger Rice in Amman and the largest importer of grains and US rice to Jordan, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

In a meeting with Shaban Group CEO Azmi Shaban, Executive General Manager Imad Shaban, and Deputy General Managers Karim Shaban and Sharif Shaban, Ambassador Wooster committed to promoting trade between Jordan and the United States, highlighting the importance of the Jordanian private sector in ensuring the country’s food security.

Jordan's trade relationship with the United States is supported by the 2001 Free Trade Agreement between the two countries, the first such agreement between the US and an Arab partner. The United States is the largest destination for Jordanian exports, as well as Jordan's second largest trading partner overall.

Total US-Jordan trade is estimated at nearly $5 billion including trade in services, and Jordanian exports to the United States have increased more than 800 percent under the Free Trade Agreement. Since 2001, the value of US grain exports to Jordan has grown tenfold.

In October 2021, the United States formed the Coalition for Sustainable Productivity Growth for Food Security and Resource Conservation, which Jordan is a member of.

The goal of the coalition is to work with countries and stakeholders around the globe to mobilize greater efforts in advancing sustainable productivity growth and transitioning to more sustainable food systems.


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