Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 12, 2012


At this time of rapid and historic change in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the United States, as chair of the Group of Eight and the Deauville Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition, launched discussion under the Trade, Investment and Integration Pillar at the Dead Sea in Jordan on April 11-12, 2012. These discussions, co-hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, focused on ways to increase regional integration, spur private investment, improve trade facilitation, and upgrade infrastructure to support long term growth and stability in the region as a basis for shared prosperity.

Today the following documents were issued:

The U.S. delegation to meeting included representatives from the White House National Security Staff, United States Trade Representative, Departments of State and Treasury and USAID.

The Governments of Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States, along with the European Union attended the meeting.

In addition, representatives of the African Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Islamic Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the International Monetary Fund, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Bank also participated.



PRN: 2012/564