On March 7 at Bahrain National Museum, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States of America held the inaugural meetings of the Joint Forum on Environmental Cooperation under the United States-Bahrain Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation and the Subcommittee on Environmental Affairs under the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. Dr. Mohammed Mubarak Bin Daina, Chief Executive Officer for Bahrain’s Supreme Council for the Environment, headed the Bahrain delegation, while Ms. Jennifer Prescott, Director of Environment and Natural Resources at the United States Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) led the U.S. delegation.
U.S. and Bahraini officials also met with representatives from civil society and the private sector during a public session in the afternoon, opened by U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell. At the close of the event, there was a public question and answer session.
The United States-Bahrain Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation was negotiated in parallel with the FTA, and recognizes the importance of strengthening capacity to protect the environment while promoting sustainable development in concert with expanded bilateral trade under the FTA. Since the FTA came into effect, bilateral trade between Bahrain and the United States has more than doubled.