The State Department, US Chamber of Commerce and the US - Egypt Business Council led the largest US business mission in history to Egypt from September 8-12 to promote greater investment and trade between the two countries. Deborah Lehr, Chairman of the The Capitol Archaeological Institute (CAI), was invited to participate as a member of the delegation. CAI is the leading partner of an international effort to work with the Egyptian government to support greater protection of the Egyptian antiquities and sites as well as promote tourism and create jobs. The Delegation met with the new President and Prime Minister, who noted that the "new Egypt" is open for business. They stated that protection of their cultural heritage is a priority. Lehr also met with the Minister of Tourism and the Minister of Antiquities.
Forbes: Egypt Is Critical, So Let's Invest In The New Egypt
This recent op-ed in Forbes written by U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President for Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, Lionel Johnson, and Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, Gamal Moraham, highlights the significance of Egypt's financial situation since the 2011 Revolution. One of Egypt's biggest revenue generators is the tourism to its archaeological sites which has dropped significantly since January 2011, in addition the cultural heritage of Egypt has suffered looting, damage, and destruction. The protection of Egypt's cultural heritage is a critical factor in its economic development, the growth of tourism, and the safety of Egypt's national treasures.
Capitol Archaeological Institute Annual Review
George Washington University Capitol Archaeological Institute's Initiative to Protect Egyptian Antiquities Institute Called on Government and Law Enforcement to Act