AmCham is excited to announce that we are working on a new and comprehensive website which will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience.Location: Marriott Hotel, Amman
AmCham Jordan and event sponsor Capital Bank were pleased to host a presentation on doing business in Iraq by H.E. Mr. Bassem Khalil Al-Salem, chairman of Capital Bank. Titled “Iraq: A Huge Opportunity for Jordanian Businesses,” H.E. Mr. Al-Salem led an informative seminar on the potential of the Iraqi market, followed by a Q&A session with attendees.
AmCham Jordan Chairman Mr. Mohammad Batianeh began the evening with a short highlight of AmCham’s efforts to help businesses expand into Iraq. H.E. Mr. Al-Salem opened his presentation by noting that recent growth trends, including increased private savings in Iraqi banks, indicate that Iraqis are expressing confidence in their market and suggest that the Iraqi economy is now suitable for investment from abroad. He also identified some of Iraq’s most profitable markets, primarily discussing construction and infrastructure contracting since the country’s increasing population and changing demographics now require the construction of new housing, schools, hospitals, and other institutions.
Participants’ questions led to an informative discussion on topics ranging from the security situation in Iraq to the services provided by Capital Bank. Chief Executive Officer Mr. Omar Munib Elyas Alwir, who had just returned from Basra, Iraq, assured the attendees that the city was secure and ready for investment. Capital Bank highlighted the simplicity of Jordanian businesses accessing the Iraqi market and described services including loan assistance, trading on behalf of clients in the Baghdad Stock Exchange, and internal and external wire transfer services.
The question and answer session was followed by a patio reception where participants could continue the discussion and network with their colleagues. Amcham Jordan and Capital Bank would like to thank all who attended, and we wish you luck in your future business endeavors in Iraq.
For more information on doing business in Iraq, please visit Capital Bank’s website.
H.E. Mr. Bassem Al-Salem.
Planning Mr. Rayd Abu-Ayyash give a presentation on the Iraqi market.
From June 19 to 21, AmCham Jordan participated in Regional Business Initiative (RBI) Business-to-Business (B2B) Event 3: Expanding Trade and Economic Cooperation among Jordan, Iraq, and West Bank in Erbil, Iraq. The event was sponsored by the Federation of Iraqi Private Banks, the Kurdistan Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and USAID missions to Jordan, Iraq, and the West Bank/Gaza, in association with AmCham Jordan, int@j, the Palestinian Information Technology Association of Companies (PITA), PALTRADE, and the Palestinian Food Industries Association (PFIA). AmCham Jordan would like to thank its members who attended the event, namely Capital Bank, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Jordan Hospital, Offtec, Philadelphia for General Supplies, Progress Soft Corporation, ITP, Silicon Valley, Sukhtian Group, AgriJordan, Jordan Resources & Investments (JRI), and Khleif & Co., with a special thanks to Mohammed Bataineh the Chairman of the Board, and Khaled Kanaan, AmCham Board Member.
of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Fathi Mohammad, Trade Advisor for
Kurdistan Regional Government Ministry of Trade and Industry, Walter L. Doetsch,
Senior Development Advisor USAID Erbil, Michael Reilly, Program Officer USAID
OMEP Cairo, Omar Nayef, Deputy Managing Director Federation of Iraqi Private
Banks, and Fayiz F. Khoury, Consul General of the H.K. of Jordan, Erbil.
between Jordan, West Bank, and Iraq: Roundtable with top executives of
AmCham Jordan Chairman of the Board Mr. Mohammad Bataineh with AmCham
Jordan Business Development Manager Mr. Jack Rabah during Business-to-Business
sessions in Erbil.
"Best Practices in Sales Management" Presentation by Samer Daher
AmCham in collaboration with Khleif & Co., an independent member firm of Moore Stephens International, hosted a presentation by Samer Daher of Miller Hiemen at the Marriott Hotel on July 10. The topic of the lunch presentation was best business practice in sales management, with the goal of increasing the efficiency of sales training, which in turn will increase success and profits.
At the core of Mr. Daher’s philosophy is the idea that training is useless unless it is systematically implemented and practiced in the workplace. While many companies send their employees to training seminars, the techniques and principles they learn are almost never put to use. In order to reap the benefits of training, companies need to focus on finding and promoting managers who will serve as coaches and mentors to their sales teams, and ensure that good business practices are implemented in the office. Rather than focusing on results and profit margins, managers should focus on positively and systematically changing the behavior and activities of their employees, which will in turn lead to success.
AmCham is looking forward to future collaborations and workshops with Miller Hiemen and Khleif & Co.
at the Marriott Hotel in Amman.
Mr. Samer Daher of Miller Hiemen during his presentation
on sales management.
presentation by Mr. Samer Daher on July 10 at the Marriott Hotel in Amman.
AmCham Luncheon with FAST
On July 18, AmCham was pleased to host a luncheon for the First and Second Tour Officers (FAST) from the U.S. Embassy in Jordan. These officers represent and serve at both the Department of State and USAID, and met with AmCham to facilitate dialogues and learn more about the organization.
As these officers are relatively new to the Jordanian landscape, AmCham Business Development Manager Mr. Jack Rabah presented the overarching relationship that AmCham Jordan holds within the country. He elaborated on its introductive platforms, starting with the fact that, as operating within one of the most stable countries in the Middle East, AmCham’s role in Jordan is of exceptional importance. AmCham serves as a member of the MENA Regional Council, maintains close contact with the Chamber headquarters in Washington D.C., serves many American businessmen who have relocated their businesses to Jordan, and most importantly fosters a transparent economic arena which serves to increase bilateral trade between American and Jordanian businesses and investors.
The two parties exchanged ideas of how they could offer services to one another, which will inherently acquire all the more benefits of doing commerce bilaterally here in Jordan, with set intentions to follow up and solidify these transactions. The meeting was a success for both parties, and AmCham Jordan looks forward to continuing its close relationship and collaboration with the U.S. Embassy.
Ramadan Iftar with AmCham
Aug. 6, 2012
Location: Landmark Hotel
7:00pm - 9:30pm
AmCham is excited to invite you to an Iftar meal on August 6, 2012. We look forward to gathering all of our members and non-members together in the spirit of Ramadan. More information to follow in the coming weeks.
Members: 35 JD
Non-members: 60 JD
AmCham is proud to announce our intentions to reignite the advantageous committees of Public Policy Advocacy, Membership, Trade and Investment, and Public Relations for the Chamber. The majority of our members have extended interest in reigniting these committees in furthered efforts to align all of our interests and reap all the more benefits that this collaboration would create.
We would like to invite all of our members to become part of our committees. As we are taking the first steps towards establishing these committees, we feel you would be a perfect match using your experience, membership, and knowledge. Please let us know if you are interested and for which committee that would best utilize your abilities, as we will then plan to meet in accordance to all members’ schedules.
If interested, please email Jack Rabah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Iris Festival Sponsorship Opportunities
The American Ladies of Amman are hosting the fifth annual ‘Black Iris Festival’ charity fundraiser on October 5, 2012 at the Exit Club. The theme for the Black Iris Festival 2012 and its headline act is ‘Jordan’s Got Talent’!
Last year, over 10,000 people from all age groups visited the Black Iris Festival. This year “Jordan’s Got Talent” is already generating huge interest and excitement among kids and adults alike. Black Iris Festival will be bringing famous comedy acts including Nabil Sawalha and the Axis of Evil. A panel of celebrity judges including superstar Ragheb Alameh will be judging a lineup of local entertainers competing to prove they have “Got Talent”
All proceeds of “Jordan’s Got Talent Black Iris Festival” go to charity with the aim of helping needy children residing here in Jordan; mostly orphans, handicapped and educationally challenged children.
To take advantage of sponsorship opportunities, and for more information please contact a member of the Jordan’s Got Talent Black Iris Festival Sponsorship Committee:
Carrie D. Woodland-Hijjawi
American Women of Amman Fundraising Chair
Tel: 0795343892 or 553-1251
Black Iris Festival Fundraising Co-Chair
Black Iris Festival Fundraising Co-Chair
AmCham Delegation for the Regional Business Initiative in Erbil, Iraq19-21 June, 2012
Location: Rotana Hotel (Erbil, Iraq)
The Regional Business Initiative (www.rbiproject.com), implemented by SEGURA Partners LLC and funded by USAID/OMEP, organizes events that gather businesses and government officials from Jordan, Iraq and the West Bank to discuss potential exchanges, and identify main obstacles to trade and joint business activities.
The Event will focus on the following sectors:
3. Agriculture Technology
4. Food Processing
5. Health Services
7. Stone and Marble
For all seven sectors, the goal is to provide firms an opportunity to make connections leading to increased exports of products and services from the West Bank and Jordan into the Iraqi market, as well as to develop potential partnerships to invest in the Iraqi market, helping develop those sectors. Expanding trade and investment between the three economies represent a win-win situation for all participants: firms in West Bank/Gaza and Jordan will be able to expand the markets for their companies, while Iraq will have an opportunity to start building sectors. This event will place a special emphasis on the participation of women-owned businesses.
Day 1 - Tuesday, June 19: Registration, Inauguration of Event and Dinner.
Day 2 - Wednesday, June 20: B2B sessions during the day.
Day 3 - Thursday, June 21: B2B sessions during the morning.
Iraqi, Palestinian and Jordanian companies interested in this event are invited to send their request for participation, filling the attached profile not later than May 27, 2012, addressed to the contacts below. Women-owned businesses are particularly encouraged to attend. Palestinian and Jordanian companies will receive assistance with the logistics of obtaining an Iraqi visa. Companies will be responsible for the cost of their flight and hotel, but will receive preferential pricing by registering for the event.
The initial administration fees for AmCham Members will be at JD 350, Non-Members at JD 700 excluding tax, travel and accommodation costs, which will be coordinated down the road.
More detailed information on the event will be sent later to interested companies. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Nour Abdullah at email@example.com or call AmCham office at 06 565 1860.
Reception with U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President Lionel C. Johnson13th May, 2012
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Le Meridien Hotel
Event: Cocktail Reception
AmCham Jordan welcomed Vice President of MENA Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Mr. Lionel C. Johnson at a reception at Le Meridien Hotel in Amman. Close to 50 guests attended the event, including HE U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones.
AmCham Board Chairman Mohammad Bataineh opened the evening with a speech on several upcoming AmCham events and projects. Mr. Bataineh addressed The Regional Business Initiative, and event that will gather businesses and government officials from Jordan, Iraq and the West Bank to discuss potential exchanges, and identify main obstacles to trade and joint business activities. He discussed the importance of the ICT, Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture Technology, Food Processing, Health Services, Olives, Stone and Marble sectors in the Jordanian economy, and the expansion of trade and investment between Jordan, the West Bank, and Iraq. Mr. Bataineh highlighted AmCham’s past events and spoke on an upcoming event set for 29 May 2012, in collaboration with the Public Affairs office at the U.S. Embassy with Ms. Rochelle Sobel, founder of the Association of Safe International Road Travel.
Vice President Lionel Johnson then delivered a speech touching on several important aspects of the U.S.-Jordan relationship. During Johnson’s first trip to Jordan, he met with high-level Jordanian government officials such as the Prime Minister, various ministers, and advisors to His Majesty King Abdullah II, as well as with the American ambassador to Jordan. Johnson spoke on the importance of close ties between the U.S. and Jordan and the need for stronger economic and political ties when facing global economic challenges.
AmCham’s Women in Business Committee honored three women for their achievements in business and entrepreneurism. The MENA Council Women in Business Committee’s mission is to foster and promote the development of women leaders throughout the MENA Region and to provide a forum for MENA AmCham members to discuss and explore women’s issues for the primary purpose of cultivating women leaders. The honorees included:
Nermeen Murad – Transformed the Information & Research Center (IRC) into a regionally recognized research authority.
Nourah Mehyar – CEO of Nafith Logistics.
Zainab Issa Al Jashami – Architect and founder of and architectural engineering and interior design company.
Startup Bus Presentation
5th April, 2012
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
Location: AmCham Meeting Room
Startup Bus is a mobile training center that will bring loans, trainers, mentors, technology tools and office infrastructure to marginalized Jordanian communities. The Startup Bus will provide a “one stop shop” that will offer these services to unemployed and out of school youth, marginalized women and entrepreneurs in rural areas. It will be agile and able to quickly identify and travel to communities in most need and subsequently develop programs to match these needs. It will provide separate training tracks to rural youth, women and entrepreneurs, both current and aspiring. The Startup Bus is built on partnerships with some of Jordan’s leading development organizations and will use an innovative model to bring capacity building and financial services throughout the country.
The initiative requires a total investment of 60,000JD and will launch in late April. The pilot program will cover the rural areas outside of Irbid, and program coordinators hope to expand quickly. The Startup Bus will focus on keeping all costs and investments local, and hopes to find employment for at least 20% of participants, half of whom will be women.
For more information about the Startup Bus program, contact Jamil Wyne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Evening with the U.S. Embassy Team
20th March, 2012
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pmLocation: InterContinental Amman Hotel
The American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan would like to thank you all for making the evening of Tuesday, 20 March 2012 at the InterContinental Hotel a great success. Our gratitude and appreciation also go to U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, H.E. Stuart E. Jones and our Chairman of the Board Mr. Mohammed Bataineh. The event was well attended by both private sector and US government representatives. Mr. Mohammed Bataineh introduced Elizabeth A. Hopkins, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy and Beth Paige, USAID Mission Director. He went on to welcome the US Ambassador, HE Stuart E. Jones and thanked the Housing Bank for its generous sponsorship of the event.
In his speech, the Ambassador listed two very good reasons to become an Amcham - Jordan member: the excellent leadership of Mr. Bataineh and the opportunity to get to know US embassy staff at networking events. He introduced several embassy staff members - MG Richard Quirk, Ms. Joyce Wong, Helen Lovejoy, Tom Rhodes and Cheryl Jennings were among those named - making it easier for attendees to find and connect with the appropriate embassy representatives.
"An Evening with the US Embassy Team" was a success, and AmCham - Jordan looks forward to continued support from its members for similar future events.
AmCham Evening with US Embassy
Thank you to our Sponsor
First Monthly Sector-Specific Discussion and Brainstorming Session
Tuesday, 27th March, 2012
Location: AmCham Jordan Meeting Room
Over 20 people attended AmCham’s first Energy Sector Rountable discussion on March 27. Organizations present included the US embassy, USAID, Arc Solar Renewable Energy, Hanania, SFS, Shamsuna Power, Philadelphia Solar, Eebal Energy Mechanic, Modern Environment Solar Tech, Ma’an Development, Panmed Energy, UTi, Jadara, EJRE, Applied Science University, Migrate MENA and Jordan Wind RE. Read More....
Annual Award Program
Thank you from AmCham Palestine(The PACC hosted the US CG and US Consulate General in Jerusalem team with the USAID mission Director and his team with a group of Palestinian businessmen and PACC Members)
Dear Mr. Bataineh,
Am Cham Jordan
Now, following the first successful public event that Katia was involved in its planning and preparation!
On behalf of PACC BOD and myself, I'd like to express our sincere thanks to you in person and The Am Cham Jordan team for your valuable training and advise to the Am Cham Palestine office manager.
We are all most grateful for your warm hospitality during her stay in Jordan.
We should be happy to reciprocate your kindness at any time.
Please convey our warmest thanks to your BOD and the entire management team.
We are looking forward to meeting you soon;
Chairman of the Board
The Palestinian American Chamber of Commerce
A Salute to Regional Diversity and Opportunity
April 2-3, 2012
Location: Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching an unprecedented one-year initiative; “The Middle East and North Africa Tourism and Development Initiative” aimed at promoting and revitalizing tourism in the MENA region. The initiative will be launched at an inaugural conference in Washington, D.C. on April 2-3, 2012 and covers the following Countries: Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia and Morocco. Read More...
General Manager Reem Y. Al Jallad
General Manager Giuseppe Ressa
King Abdullah meets with President Obama
First Monthly Sector-Specific Discussion and Brainstorming Session
Tuesday, 27th March, 2012
Time: 10.30am-12.00pmLocation: AmCham Jordan Meeting Room
The First Monthly Sector-Specific Roundtable for Energy was attended by representatives from the U.S. Embassy,
Membership Directory 2012
The AmCham Jordan membership directory is a key networking tool that aims to enhance commercial interaction between Jordanian and American companies. This annual release reaches all of our members as well as potential members, key decision makers and business leaders who have interests in economic and bilateral relations between Jordan and the US.
An AmCham representative will contact you to request some additional information and a copy of your company logo in Adobe Illustrator format. If you are interested in advertising in the directory, please contact us.
AmCham Jordan is currently in the process of completing its membership directory