The Muscat American Business Council (MABC) and The Embassy of United States of America in Oman recently hosted a Town Hall meeting at the Radisson Blu Hotel to present its 2012 accomplishments as well as invite new companies to join in their exciting plans for the year 2013; share feedback and network with all the interested members of the American/Omani business community.
MABC, active since 2003, works to foster the development of commercial activity between the United States and the Sultanate of Oman, as well as to offer member companies opportunities for networking, advocacy, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Her Excellency Greta Holtz, Ambassador to the US Embassy in Oman in her welcome remarks declared: “The track record that the MABC has established, promotes not just greater trade and investment between the U.S. and Oman but also the development of the young Omani workforce. It is to be lauded, and is truly an example of the kind of public-private partnerships the State Department is trying to promote worldwide”.
She highlighted that MABC, along with the U.S. Embassy, sponsored seven young Omani business people’s attendance at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai last December, where the delegation benefited from networking with successful entrepreneurs from throughout the Muslim world as well as celebrity entrepreneurs and experts from the United States. She also noted that Embassy will host a webinar for prospective American investors on healthcare opportunities in Oman this month, as well as participate in the GHEDEX higher education fair and a major Intellectual Property Rights enforcement outreach in April. Furthermore, she reiterated Embassy and MABC support for the Ministry of Commerce’s and Industry’s inaugural U.S. road show planned for this May.
MABC board secretary Camila Rodrigues presented on activities in 2012, including a panel on U.S. franchising, a seminar on the “Recruitment and Retention of Omani Employees”, participation in a workshop on “Doing Business Under the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement”, as well as several social networking events. The MABC board member Sarah Jackson, also Country Director at educational NGO AMIDEAST/Oman, presented on upcoming 2013 CSR projects, including Internship and Mentoring programs. Many new businesses registered to join MABC and expressed support for its activities.
More companies are welcome to join the MABC general membership as well as the Advocacy, Events, and CSR Sub-Committees. For further information please access www.oabcoman.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org