Posted by on July 29, 2011 in Blog
Arab American business Leaders from across the country met in Washington D.C. Wednesday to participate in the second meeting hosted by the White House on economic development and investment opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The event involved focused discussions in order to encourage new economic opportunities and build new relationships in the Middle East and North Africa.
Earlier this year, over 40 Arab American business leaders convened in Washington, D.C. to hear from a number of different government agencies and representatives on the different resources and programs available to businesses that are looking to invest in the MENA region.
The business leaders came together once more to discuss investment opportunities in the MENA region. The event, hosted by the White House, featured business leaders such as Arab American Institute President Jim Zogby, as well as officials from the White House, US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Small Business Administration (SBA). Senior representatives from USAID and SBA led discussions with participants, suggesting ways to utilize government resources to move projects forward.
Ahmad Chebbani, Chairman of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce co-chaired the meeting with Jim Zogby. Before the leaders met, Zogby called the meetings a “great opportunity for those interested and ready to invest in the MENA region to engage the federal government and utilize its resources.”