USA Rice Sponsors Independence Day Celebration in Iraq

Three men in blue business suits stand together outside near palm trees and table full of flowers
USA Charge d'Affaires Joey Hood (right) greets guests at National Day
Apr 02, 2019
BAGHADAD, IRAQ -- Last week, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad hosted a National Day event, marking the 243rd year of American independence.  Over 300 American and Iraqi government officials, diplomats of various nations, civil society leaders, and business executives were invited.  

Noting the hard work and sacrifice that the United States has made in improving its democracy over the past 243 years, Chargé d’Affaires Joey Hood said that “Iraq should take heart that building a country based on democratic ideals for all people is hard work and does not happen overnight.”  

USA Rice supported this event, as the organization has in the past, noting the relationship between the U.S. rice industry and the Iraqi consumer preference for high quality rice.  

Additionally, Iraq’s Ministry of Trade recently announced a tender for 30,000 MT of rice from all origins,  and a decision is expected on that in the coming days.

“Iraq was our sixth largest export market last year and continues to be a strong market for the U.S. rice industry,” said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward.  “We are hopeful that U.S. rice will be successful in this tender and that the Iraqi population can continue to receive U.S. rice.”

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