On behalf of AmCham Abu Dhabi’s Board of Directors and Executive Office team, I want to thank you for your tremendous support of AmCham Abu Dhabi in 2018.
Because of the strong involvement of our members, AmCham Abu Dhabi continues to grow and offer extraordinary value to our member companies and individuals. As we look forward towards 2019, we intend to build on our strength and focus on going back to the basics, while enhancing the value proposition of your valued membership. Before I expand on our strategic mission for the coming year, allow me to highlight some of 2018's achievements:
The 10th Annual Industry Roundtable Summit. Our premier business roundtable summit celebrates its tenth year. Held on October 17, 2018, a broad spectrum of public and private sector stakeholders provided strategic guidance and analysis on laws, policies, and changes facing the business sectors in Abu Dhabi. The highly utilized 2018-19 Roundtable Summit Report will capture key recommendations from the eight breakout sessions aiding in the continued dialogue between the U.S. and U.A.E policymakers.
The Women Achieve Initiative celebrates its fifth year. Launched by AmCham’s Women in Business Committee, this innovative program supports the advancement of women into positions of higher responsibility and leadership within companies and organizations. With record participation this year, over 40 prominent companies and organizations have joined as members of the Women Achieve initiative.
The Door Knock and Advocacy in Washington, D.C. Our U.S. Public Affairs Working Group under our U.S. and U.A.E. Public Affairs Committee works with a variety of strategic partners in the U.S. and MENA region, including AmCham Middle East North Africa (AmCham MENA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council, members of the U.S. government to include the House of Representatives, Department of State, Department of Commerce and others, to advocate for pro-export and pro-expat U.S. policies that protect the interests of Americans working and residing abroad. AmCham MENA represents eight Chambers across the region. AmCham Platinum and Corporate Members have access to the AmCham MENA database. For more information, visit www.AmChamMENA.org
Over 90 Exclusive Events provided the platform and opportunity for our members to network, connect, learn, and engage in 2018. Innovative morning briefings focused on community topics and business education; symposiums featured panels and presentations on artificial intelligence, diversity driven innovation, and more. Kick-off breakfasts to major international exhibitions, our annual U.S. tax seminar, the Strictly Social evenings, and of course, the annual Independence Day Celebration and Annual Excellence Gala showcased the best of the best in our community. We have increased the number of joint events with various business councils in 2018, building bridges, cultivating the conversation with our international partners to enrich business opportunities for our members.
As we look towards 2019, I’d like to take a moment to share our updated Mission Statement:
AmCham Abu Dhabi's Mission is to promote commerce, investment, and goodwill between its membership, the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates.
We will enter 2019 with a rededicated focus on our members; to grow and become the U.A.E.’s leading platform for U.S.-U.A.E. Business know-how, leadership and relationship building. In the coming weeks, we will be contacting our members for their candid feedback, and what their needs, wants, and ultimate takeaways from AmCham membership should be. Expect a reinvigorated focus on education, relationship building, committee driven activities, and dialogue with the U.A.E. government entities. We look to bring a strategic focus on the asks, and position AmCham Abu Dhabi as a knowledge base in which to find informed opportunity. The AmCham Abu Dhabi community is strong, and in 2019, we intend to grow pathways and raise the volume to be recognized as the voice of U.S. business in Abu Dhabi and the U.A.E.
AmCham Abu Dhabi cannot thrive without dedicated members supporting our programs and strategic initiatives through membership, sponsorship, and active participation at our events and on our committees.
If you would like to join AmCham Abu Dhabi and be part of one of the most dynamic trade associations in the world, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discover our valuable membership benefits.
Very truly yours,
Sharief M. Fahmy