Press Release - January 31, 2018
Washington DC, January 31, 2018: Joined by Her Excellency Dina Kawar, Jordan’s Ambassador to the US, Safe Ports CEO and Founder, Lucy Duncan, hosted the official Washington D.C. launch event for the Safe Ports Regional Gateway (Jordan). Guests included members and former members of the US House of Representatives and Senate, as well as VIPs and senior leaders from the business community. The event followed the official signing ceremony which took place in the Kingdom of Jordan in November 2017.
In a packed room at the University Club, in downtown Washington DC, guests were invited to hear about the Safe Ports Regional Gateway, a 1000-acre, phased master-planned global business and logistics hub, located at the intersection of major trade routes between Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Her Excellency Dina Kawar praised the drive and vision of Safe Ports CEO Lucy Duncan for helping make this project a reality and spoke of the Regional Gateway’s potentially transformative effect.
Her Excellency Ambassador Dina Kawar said:
“The Safe Ports Regional Gateway is in a fantastic geographical area to become the centre of logistics for all future regional projects. It’s the way that takes Jordan to the region and from the region to the world and vice versa. We are very excited by this project and it is just the beginning."
This dynamic project is a partnership between Safe Ports, the Jordanian Armed Forces, and the Mafraq Development Corporation. Safe Ports has the great pleasure of being responsible for the promotion, development and
operations of this new regional logistics hub. Safe Ports was chosen as operator having successfully run logistical operations for the U.S. Department of Defense within the continental United States, and across the globe,
including the MENA region and the Pacific Rim.
Lucy Duncan, Safe Ports Founder and CEO, said:
“This visionary project has been over ten years in the making. With its 9800-foot runway, air traffic control tower and host of airfield support services, modern road network and connections to two major sea ports, it offers businesses, aid agencies and mission critical operators’ opportunities for expanded commerce, Syrian and Iraqi aid delivery and reconstruction, as well as global reach beyond the Middle East”.
Speaking at the event Congressman Weldon noted:
“Jordan has always played a central role in the region, being a source of political and economic stability as well as being a tremendous friend of the United States. Historically, it has often been the honest broker in Middle Eastern diplomacy and recently has shouldered the burden of an influx of Syrian refugees. As a base for businesses in the Middle East, Jordan is an ideal location and the Safe Ports Regional Gateway will take that role to the next level. The enthusiasm for the project shown by the leadership of the project and tonight’s attendees, demonstrates only too clearly the importance of this project to the region and its potential global impact.”