ABCK Christmas Party 2018


 

The American Business Council of Kuwait held their annual Christmas party on Friday, December 7th, at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa.  Entertainment was provided by vocalist Alex Killham and the American International School(AIS) Jazz Band, led by Director of Arts, Dan Massoth. ABCK Chairman Oswaldo Rueda welcomed the sponsors, including Mr. Mohannad Barakat, Vice President of CitiBank, and recognized Chairman’s Club member Ms.Samira Al-Rayes of AIS and Corporate Member Mr.Savino Leone, General Manager of Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa for their support to the event.

 

               The event included a large buffet, children’s activities, a sing-along, and a surprise visit from Santa.  At the end of the party, a raffle draw took place, and great prizes were given away including round tickets by KLM.  It was a great start to the Christmas season, and the festivities were enjoyed by all who attended.

ABCK Thanksgiving Celebration 2018

For immediate release

14 November 2018, Kuwait City

 

ABCK celebration Thanksgiving 2018

 

American Business Council Kuwait-ABCK celebrated its Annual Thanksgiving Dinner in Kuwait on Tuesday, November 13th at the premises of the U.S Embassy.

 

 

The chairman of the board Mr. Oswaldo Rueda opened the ceremony by expressing gratitude for the opportunity of doing business in Kuwait where Americans feel safe, work and prosper.

 

 

ABCK’s guest of honor H.E Lawrence Silverman in his opening remarks stressed the importance of being grateful and express his gratitude especially to active military servicemen in attendance.

 

 

ABCK members, U.S. embassy officials, U.S. active military service men from the Airforce , the Marine Corps, and the veterans enjoyed an evening with a traditional all American Thanksgiving dinner catered by corporate member Jumeirah Messilah Hotel and Spa . Guests enjoyed the soft jazz tunes of Arabiska Band.

The event was made possible thanks to a number of Corporate Member sponsors including AIG, Equate, Marafie and KLM.

 


 

The Thanksgiving program included the live performance of U.S. National anthem by Ms. McLain Rose and the turkey cutting ceremony by the U.S Ambassador and ABCK’ Chairman.

 



130 guests had the opportunity to participate in a raffle with amazing prizes to include a round-trip ticket to any destination in the USA and another to Europe by KLM, a Spa experience at Mirror Mirror, dinner and lunch voucher from Jumeirah Hotel and 2 free entries to any ABCK’ signature event.


 

 

 

 

ABCK Speaker Series – October 2018

October 30th, 2018

Kuwait City

For Immediate Release

 

The American Business Council of Kuwait (ABCK) hosted its second Speaker Series of the season, welcoming Lieutenant Colonel (LTC.) Paul A. Tomcik, Commander of the Regional Contracting Center of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. This month’s Speaker Series gathered over 50 members and guests representing different multinational and local companies who were interested in obtaining in-depth understanding of contracting requirements with the United States Government.


ABCK Chairman, Mr. Oswaldo Rueda

In his opening statement, ABCK’s Chairman, Mr. Oswaldo Rueda introduced the guest speaker LTC. Tomcik, and the event’s sponsor, AIG represented by its CEO for Kuwait, Mr.Joseph Bejjani.

 

The chairman then thanked the members and guests for being present. Followed by the speaker, Ltc. Tomcik’s presentation on how to do contracting with the United States Army in Kuwait. In this presentation, the speaker explained the purpose of the Regional Contracting Center- Kuwait (RCC- KU), and explained the buying interest of the RCC-KU such as commodities, services, and minor construction.

 

LTC. Tomcik described the necessary steps for organizations to qualify for bids and the necessary registrations that organizations need to complete to become eligible. The speaker explained where organizations could find contracting opportunities, as well as how to respond to these opportunities.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul A. Tomcik

In his closing remarks, LTC. Tomcik emphasized the government’s expectations of the contractors and emphasized the importance of DBA insurance to successfully qualify for these bids.

Mr. Oswaldo Rueda, ABCK Chairman,  LTC Tomcik & Mrs. Esra Cavdarli Menke, Executive Director, ABCK

 

The meeting concluded with a presenting recognition, and afterward with a raffle, in which the winners were given 2 vouchers for two for a BBQ on Wednesdays, and 2 vouchers for two for a breakfast buffet at the Radisson Blu Hotel, in Salwa.

 

 AIG is a US based multinational insurance company, and they are the main source for DBA insurance. To obtain more information regarding AIG’s insurance plans please go to www.AIG.com.

BF6 Summit 2018

Kuwait

 

14 October 2018

 

 Following the success of the first BF6 networking event, held in April last year, the six Business Councils, the German Business Council Kuwait (GBCK), American Business Council Kuwait (ABCK), British Business Forum (BBF), French Business Council Kuwait (FBCK), the Australian Business Group (AusBG), and the        Canadian Business Council (CBC), with the presence of HE Mrs. Hind Al Sabeeh minister of social affairs and labor hosted over 400 members and guests representing over 75 companies, in the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre.

 

 

The panel, consisting of the ambassadors representing the countries of each Business Council, included German Ambassador Mr. Karlfried Bergner, Austrian Ambassador Dr. Sigurd Pacher, Swiss Ambassador Benedict Gubler, US Ambassador Lawrence Silverman, UK Ambassador Michael Davenport, French Ambassador Marie Masdupuy, Australian Ambassador Jonathan Gilbert and Canadian Ambassador Louis-Pierre Emond and answered questions from the members of the Business Councils on “Working in Kuwait”.

 

 

The various topics included: Kuwait Vision 2035 and areas of opportunities for foreign companies, Contracting in Kuwait, Employment Legislation, and the available support structures that may help foreign companies operating in Kuwait.

The event was possible due to the support of the sponsors Lufthansa, Kuwait Banking Association, NBK, KPMG, Siemens, Al Tamimi & Co and the Four Seasons, as well as the Business Councils working closely together to host this event.  

For more information about the event and BF6, contact any of the six Business Councils.

 

Back to Business 2018

Kuwait City, September 25, 2018

 

American Business Council is back to Business at full speed.

 

Members of the American business community held a successful meeting to kick start a busy year at the Four Seasons Hotel Burj Al Shaya. Chairman of the Board for the American Business Council (ABCK) Mr.Oswaldo Rueda addressed the distinguished guests, “Welcome to our Annual Back to Business Networking Meeting and a special welcome to our Ambassador H.E Lawrence H. Silverman this evening’”. Mr. Rueda talked about the expansion plans for the business council while highlighting the major achievements in the past. ”We have a new board in place whose focus is to revamp the benefits we offer to our business community through our membership. Our mission is to become the most recognized business council in the region.”

Mr. Oswaldo Rueda,

Chairman, American Business Council Kuwait

 

Rueda then called on the stage Mr. Silverman, U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, for his address to the members of the community. Ambassador Silverman briefed the guests on the recent visit of the Amir to Washington on September 6 where he met with President Trump and also held a roundtable with the CEOs of leading U.S. companies.

 

Ambassador Silverman said, “The Amir’s message to the CEOs was simple.  Kuwait has a lot of development projects in process and they need the support of international companies to successfully complete these projects.  He asked for U.S. firms to actively participate as Kuwait looks to utilize the latest, most effective technologies to develop new cities, new roads, a new university, improve its power system and its airport, expand oil exploration and build new petrochemical facilities and hospitals, develop the islands off the northern coast of Kuwait, and improve defense and cyber capabilities.  Our Embassy will continue to promote these opportunities to U.S. businesses and work with the Kuwaiti government to ensure that U.S. companies have a fair and equal opportunity to win these government contracts.”

 

He added that the U.S. Embassy is now working hard on the upcoming 3rd Strategic Dialogue, which is an annual government to government forum chaired by the Secretary of State and the Minister of Foreign Affairs to discuss different areas of cooperation within the bilateral relationship. 

 

Ambassador Silverman added that United States encouraged Kuwait to sign on to the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, which they did earlier this year.  Once fully implemented this should result in a significant savings for U.S. exporters as processes are streamlined, goods clear customs more quickly, with more clear and accessible export and import regulations, increased automation, and a harmonization of processes and standards.

H.E.  Lawrence R. Silverman, U. S. Ambassador to Kuwait

 

In 2017 U.S. exports to Kuwait reached an all-time high, and for the first-time ever the United States had a trade surplus with Kuwait.

Mr. Khaled Al Rashed, Francorp Kuwait

 

As the sole sponsor of this annual meeting, Francorp Kuwait CEO Mr. Khaled AL Rashed took the stage to present his company’s achievements in the past and its future plans.

ABCK Board Members with Ambassador H.E. Lawrence R. Silverman

 

Mr. Sam Jauhari (ABCK Board Member), Ms. Samira AlRayes (American International School), Ms. Esra Cavdarli Menke (Executive Director, ABCK), Mr. Didier Jardin (Four Seasons Hotel)

 

Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and the chance to make new contacts within the American business community in Kuwait.

American Community of Kuwait

 

The American Business Council Kuwait(ABCK) is a non- profit organization that has been advocating for American business interests in the State of Kuwait since 1985.

 

Francorp Kuwait is a leading franchise consulting firm in the Middle East.

4th of July Celebration 2018

American Business Council Kuwait – ABCK hosted the Independence Day celebration this year at Jumeriah Messilah Beach Resort and Spa along with more than 300 participants. This year’s signature event brought to life by the major sponsors namely KGL and Raytheon who graciously landed their support to our troops by making this day possible.

The event kicked off with the beats of DJ T-Zone from Camp Arifjan followed up by the popular band JamStart. The American community in Kuwait and Kuwaiti citizens were among the guests.

ABCK’s guest of honour U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Ms.Patricia Fietz started the official ceremony with a remarkable speech after the national anthem sang by Ms.Mclain Rose of Ashville, North Carolina.

Among the other guests of honour for the night was Brigadier General Mark McCormack from Camp Arifjan who acknowledged the brave soldiers and thanked them for their services while extending his gratitude to the sponsors of the event and American Business Council.

“Some folks think that Christmas is a tough time to be deployed and away from home while serving our country….I feel that Independence Day is as well.  This is when our families are gathering back home for reunions, family time, vacations, our children are graduating from schools, our younger children are going away for the first time to camps…and we are not there to celebrate with them….events such as this, make us feel like we are doing our part to celebrate with them even if we are thousands of miles away,” said Brig. Gen. Mark McCormack, depute commanding general of support, 28th Infantry Division, Task Force Spartan.

KGL’s Mr. Pete Swift, who is also a board member with ABCK, greeted the soldiers and extended his gratitude for their dedication and service to their country.

Raytheon’s Mr. Gary Menke thanked ABCK for organizing a great event and the opportunity to sponsor.ABCK’s Chairwoman Dr. Juliet Dinka and Executive Director Ms. Esra Cavdarli Menke acknowledged the sponsors KGL, Raytheon, GFT, Smash Events, Hayat Int, Marafia and Jumeriah Messilah Beach Resort and Spa.

Several ABCK board members were also in attendance at their premier community event of the year. Chair Dr Dinkha also thanked the ABCK Staff, Ms. Tessy Cabrera and Mr. Jenson Joy and all the volunteers who helped put another successful event into the ABCK history books.

“The board members of the ABCK know that our soldiers have been working hard with our ‘Every Soldier and Ambassador Program’ becoming more involved with the Kuwaiti community, through several NGOs, and this was their way of saying thanks to these soldiers,” said Amanda Harrah, civil affairs officer with the 28th Infantry Division, Task Force Spartan.

“As deployed soldiers we likely carry a deeper understanding of what independence, freedom and family means.  ABCK recognizes this and gave us an opportunity to celebrate those things with them,” said Lt. Col. Keith Hickox, public affairs officer with 28th Infantry Division, Task Force Spartan.

Event concluded with a cake cutting ceremony celebrating the 242nd Independence Day of the United States of America.American Business Council Kuwait is a non- profit organization who has been advocating American interest in the State of Kuwait since 1985. 

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

ABCK’s 17th Annual Golf Tournament 2018

For Immediate Release

Kuwait City, March 23, 2018

Nearly one hundred golfers teed up off this year at the ABCK Golf Tournament at Sahara Kuwait Golf Resort. It was the American Business Council Kuwait’s 17th year of hosting the golf championship.

The non-profit organization’s Vice Chair Oswaldo Rueda Kicked off the all day event with some opening remarks. The golf teams then swung into action hoping to stay under par and bogey free. By midday Team Fluor emerged as the champion. The team members were presented with gold trophies by ABCK Chair Dr. Juliet Dinkha. She also thanked Sahara Kuwait Golf Resort for providing all the support on the course.

 

 

Dr. Dinkha also thanked the sponsors who made the very popular event possible. They included Platinum Sponsor KGL represented by Patrick Harb, Gold Sponsor Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa, represented by General Manager Mr. Savino Leone. KLM has participated in the tournament as a Gold Sponsor, represented by its country manager Mr. Rajat Kumar. KLM was the provider of the biggest prize which is one return ticket to Amsterdam to attend the AFKL Open 2018.

A number of ABCK board members were also in attendance to the award ceremony. Chair Dr. Dinkha also thanked the ABCK Staff and volunteers who helped put another successful golf tournament into the ABCK history books.

ABCK Speaker Series – February 2018

February 20, 2018 (Kuwait City) Bringing more foreign business investment to Kuwait was the topic of discussion at the American Business Council Kuwait’s February Speaker Series. The event was held at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa in the presence of ABCK board members, corporate sponsors and distinguished guests from the business community. They were given a warm welcome by ABCK Chairwoman Dr. Juliet Dinkha.

Sharing his expertise on business development was Sheikh Abdullah Sabah Humoud Al Sabah, with Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA). As Deputy General Director for Investment Operations at KDIPA, Sheik Abdullah’s expertise is direct investment procedures and overcoming the bureaucracy in the government entities. His speech, “Investment Climate in Kuwait,” looked at ways to make Kuwait’s economy even stronger and more competitive through job creation, and local and foreign business development.

Sheikh Abdullah says package incentives, tax exemptions, and less red tape with Law no. (116) of 2013 are making Kuwait much more attractive to Foreign investors. That has led to hundreds of jobs, and dozens of projects totalling $2.4 billion.

At the conclusion, Sheik Abdullah invited ABCK members and guests to learn even more at the Kuwait Investment Forum March 20-21, 2018. The event will bring together Kuwaiti high-ranking government officials, local and foreign investors, industry leaders and executives, consultants and financial institutions, to showcase developments that underline Kuwait’s business environment, investment opportunities, and emerging trends.

Since 1985, ABCK has acted as an advocate for American companies doing business in the state of Kuwait.

ABCK’s 33rd Annual Gala 2018

Kuwait City, March 2, 2018

The American Business Council Kuwait (ABCK) celebrated its 33rd anniversary with a black-tie Gala at the U.S. Embassy. The sold-out event featured many dignitaries including U.S. Ambassador Lawrence Silverman and Australian Ambassador Jonathan Gilbert. ABCK Chair Dr. Juliet Dinkha kicked off the evening with a brief introduction about ABCK, highlighting the organization’s many achievements over the past year and its upcoming events. She then introduced Ambassador Silverman who provided remarks on the strong bilateral relations between the State of Kuwait and the United States.

Dr. Dinkha then handed out crystal recognition plaques to ABCK sponsors Boeing, Cadillac Alghanim, Citibank, Raytheon, KRH, and Alissar. ABCK volunteers were also recognized.

On a beautiful Kuwaiti night, in an elegantly decorated embassy courtyard, guests dined on delicious cuisine prepared by chefs from the Four Seasons. In the background, the music of local band JamStart played. There was even a dance floor, making this a real celebration.

ABCK hots many festivities throughout the year but the Gala is its premiere event. ABCK thanks its sponsors and volunteers who helped make it a night to remember.