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World Affairs

From the Midwest to the Middle East: The Future of Ohio-UAE Relations

Thursday, June 21, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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"To create any lasting value of any commitment, the relationship is extremely, extremely important. Trust has to be earned over time." – Tomislav Mihaljevic, M.D., President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic

Over the past 40 years, the United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have developed a close alliance built on security, prosperity, and a common outlook as well as a robust trade relationship.

During the last several years, Ohio and the UAE have forged a prosperous relationship. As of 2016, Ohio was the 7th largest state exporter to the UAE and, in 2017, exported more than $600 million worth of merchandise, a 29 percent increase since 2003. These exports - including aerospace products, chemicals, passenger vehicles, and jet propellers/turbines - support more than 4,000 Ohio jobs. As a result, many Ohio companies including Cleveland Clinic, Jones Day, and Limited Brands, have an increased presence in the UAE.

Cleveland Clinic, in particular, has a strong and historical relationship with the UAE, opening Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in May 2015 by way of a partnership between Cleveland Clinic and the Mubadala Investment Company.

How can the two countries build on their existing trade partnership? What is the role of the UAE in promoting a positive agenda in the Middle East? What affect will the unrest in the Middle East – the violent conflict in Syria, the elevation of ISIS as a global threat, and other uncertainties - have on the Ohio-UAE relationship? How can the power of international partnerships address some of these issues?

Join us for a conversation with international leaders on the future of economic and business relations between Ohio and the UAE.

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