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United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk Is In Cairo, Egypt To Meet With Egyptian Government Officials, Business Leaders

Cairo, Egypt - United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk is in Cairo to meet with Egyptian government officials and business leaders. During his meetings, Ambassador Kirk will discuss topics relating to bilateral and multilateral trade, agriculture, labor, and the environment.

On Monday, March 22, Ambassador Kirk will meet with Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry Rachid Mohamed Rachid and Egyptian Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieddin. Ambassador Kirk will also participate in a roundtable discussion with members of the Business Leaders Forum, and join Minister Rachid in a joint press conference at 10:45 a.m. EET.

On Tuesday, March 23, Ambassador Kirk will meet with Egyptian Minister of Agriculture Amin Abaza. At 2:00 p.m. EET Ambassador Kirk will give remarks at the Egypt AmCham. This event is open press.

In 2009, exports to Egypt totaled $5.3 billion. The top export categories in 2009 were: machinery, aircraft, cereals (corn and wheat), mineral fuel and oil, and miscellaneous grain, seed and fruit (soybeans). Top U.S. exports of agricultural products in 2008 totaled $2.1 billion, the 8th largest U.S. agriculture export market. Leading categories include: wheat, coarse grains and soybeans.