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America's Roundtable with His Excellency Shaikh Abdulla Rashed Al Khalifa, Ambassador of the Kingdom to the United States of America | The US-Bahrain Strategic Partnership | New Opportunities in Trade and Investment | Bahrain — Home of the US Fifth Fleet

March 17th, 2024

Join America's Roundtable radio co-hosts Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy with H.E. Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States of America.

Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khalifa was appointed Bahrain's ambassador to the United States in April 2017. Born in 1980, Al Khalifa is the son of Bahraini Interior Minister Lieutenant General Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa. The younger Al Khalifa graduated from Ibn Khuldoon National School in 1997 and came to the United States for college. He earned a B.S. in management from Bentley College (now Bentley University) in Waltham, Massachusetts in 2001 and an MBA from the same school in 2003. Bentley opened a Bentley in Bahrain program in 2002.

Al Khalifa returned to Bahrain and was made head of educational affairs for the Royal Family Council. Two years later, he was director of education and the Social Affairs Directorate. In 2007, Al Khalifa was named director of planning and followup for the General Organization for Youth and Sports and the following year became the organization’s human resources director. In March 2010, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa appointed Al Khalifa to a four-year term as governor of Bahrain’s Southern Governorate, the largest such political division. He was reappointed in 2015. Al Khalifa is also a member of the National Commission for Drug Control and the board of the Bahrain Olympic Committee. He was previously president of Bahrain’s Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Federation and president of the Asian Bodybuilding Federation and a member of the board of directors of the Bahraini Archery Federation.

America's Roundtable conversation with Ambassador Al Khalifa includes the following key topics:

1) The history of the US-Bahrain friendship and partnership. The United States and the Kingdom of Bahrain's longstanding partnership with a strong record of economic, cultural, trade and security cooperation. 

2) Opportunities for trade and investment via United States Trade Zone in Bahrain (USTZ), as a regional trade, manufacturing, logistics, and distribution hub for U.S. companies in Bahrain, markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council, and beyond.

3) Bahrain's advances in technology, ranked 4th globally in ‘Internet users’ category with 99% penetration, as per the Global Competitiveness Report by World Economic Forum (WEF)

4) US-Bahrain partnership with Bahrain hosting the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet and the headquarters of U.S. Naval Forces.

5) Bahrain joining a coalition of like-minded countries committed to upholding the rules-based order, protecting freedom of navigation and international commerce, and holding the Houthis accountable for their illegal and unjustifiable attacks on mariners and commercial shipping in the Red Sea. |

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America's Roundtable is co-hosted by Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy, co-founders of International Leaders Summit and the Jerusalem Leaders Summit.

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