MECACC (Middle East Chamber of American Chambers of Commerce) is an umbrella organization for multiple American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams) in the region. These organizations collectively play a key role in promoting American commercial interests.
MECACC members are ambassadors of the American economy, American culture and American values.
Doorknock in Washington DC
Annually a delegation of members from AmCham Qatar Board of Governors, led by Chairman Robert Hager, make their way to Washington D.C. These Doorknock missions are a forum for the American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar to discuss relevant issues regarding the business and investment climate in Qatar and identify and discuss the challenges facing the private sector. We join the Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce (MECACC) with members from Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E. to meet with key U.S. government officials and agencies.
In March 2019 a delegation from MECACC (Middle East Chamber of American Chambers of Commerce) traveled to the U.S. capital to lobby on behalf of the private sector and to promote Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia as investment destinations and trade partners of the United States. Our annual Doorknock in Washington DC. Highlights included meetings with Mick Mulvaney the acting White House Chief of Staff, representatives at the Qatar Embassy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and Qatar American Institute. The delegation also met with members from the Senate and House of Representatives. MECACC works in collaboration with the Capitol Capital Group. A full report was developed by Mike Jones from the Capital Capital Group and communicated to AmCham Qatar members.
The 2019 American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar chapter delegation was comprised of the following individuals:
- Robert Hager, AmCham Qatar Chairman and Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
- Jay Turk, AmCham Qatar Executive Board Member and Chief Executive Officer, Libra Trading Company
- Rehan Khan, AmCham Qatar Executive Board Member and Executive Program Director - FIFA World Cup, Ch2M Hill
- Lisa Saad, AmCham Qatar Executive Director
The AmCham MENA Council was formed by the American Chambers of Commerce in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria when they signed a protocol launching the AmCham Middle East North Africa (MENA) Regional Council initiative in Beirut, Lebanon in July 2005.
AmCham MENA creates a platform to foster regional cooperation, while coordinating efforts among AmChams in the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) to strengthen trade, economic ties, and to promote greater business opportunities between the MENA region and the United States.
2019 Participating Chapters include: Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.
To learn more about AmCham MENA click here to visit their website.
The AmCham MENA Regional Council is proud to announce the joining of two new member organizations; AmCham Dubai and AmCham Qatar. This affiliation marks an important stride for this regional network, adding almost 500 new members to the Council Membership, now reaching almost 4000 members representing different sectors around the region.
AmCham MENA Council Chairman, and President of AmCham Jordan, Mohammed S. Bataineh, mentioned; “We are very delighted and proud to have the AmChams of Dubai and Qatar join the family of MENA AmChams. Both are important and effective new participants. With them we are now 10 member countries stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf. This will not only increase trade and investment between the region and the USA, but also among the members themselves in an area that has great potential and in need of more linkages, cooperation, intra-trade and investment. We look forward to engaging with our newest members AmCham Dubai and AmCham Qatar, and to share with them our programs, plans and activities to the benefit of all the AmCham MENA Regional Council members.”
Given this expanded network, the Council will work on fostering increased collaboration and cooperation amongst the members, promoting greater business opportunities between the United States and the MENA Region, effectively linking the various Members, enhancing the sharing of knowledge and expertise between different organizations, as well as institutionalizing their ongoing coordination with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.