The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Worldwide, its members include some of the world’s largest corporations that conduct business globally, as well as smaller organizations that are looking to grow their international reach and rely on the support of the Chamber to achieve their goal. There are currently 117 international Chambers in 103 countries that are affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce based in Washington D.C.
As members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AmChams benefit from innumerable services and privileges associated with U.S. Chamber membership. AmChams advance the interests and views of U.S. business overseas to uphold the highest standards of commercial practice, and to serve as a bridge to communicate the point of view of the U.S. trade partners to the American business public. Through AmChams, business people of the United States and host countries come together and promote their mutual interests. AmChams can be an important force in helping to create opportunities for international businesses in foreign countries, which in turn brings significant value to the countries where the business is being conducted. The U.S. Chamber mission in Africa is to build lasting prosperity for Africans and Americans through job creation and entrepreneurial spirit.
The major activity of an AmCham is to provide services to member firms who support the organization. AmCham Libya facilitates business between the U.S. and Libya, provides a forum in which American and Libyan business people can identify and address common areas of interest regarding their commercial interests in Libya and has as its goal the promotion of a vibrant economy, while protecting and advancing the interests of our members, and the community as a whole.
The reconstruction of Libya is one of the largest and most important undertakings in the region in recent memory. Libyans deserve the best of what the world can offer, and businesses that are willing to make the commitment have the opportunity to reap great benefits. It is in this spirit that AmCham Libya strives to help both sides.
Debbie comes from a background in emerging markets, energy and investment banking. Her experience includes senior positions on the investor, lender and government sides of projects. She spent many years in Project Finance and Export Finance at BNP Paribas, including as Managing Director and Regional Head, leading an international team located on multiple continents. Prior to Libya, she worked for the government of Oman, preparing and running competitive bids for power generation and water desalination plants, as well as managing the privatization of state-owned power facilities. Resident in Libya since 2013, she is on the board of two Libyan companies in the industrial and construction materials sectors.
Libya is the 11th country Debbie has lived in. An American citizen, Debbie has a degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Ahmed has an extensive career as an entrepreneur and businessman. He has owned and operated a marble and granite factory and quarry in Egypt, and founded an international media company as well as a real estate development company involved in the construction of residential buildings and agriculture projects. In Libya he represents various large international defense contractors.
He has also been involved as an American brand franchisee in Libya as well as in the radio sector.
He is an owner of various Libyan companies, including: Tirsana Safety & Security, Capital Group Consultants, B.S.K. Libya Construction, Nu Horizon Media and Emdad IT & Communications.
Ahmed has a degree in Business Administration from the American University in London as well as a Masters in Marketing from Webster University.
Over the last ten years Jason Pack has worked to promote U.S.-Libyan commercial, academic, cultural, and governmental ties. In 2011, he founded Libya-Analysis®, a consultancy which specializes in monitoring, mapping, advisory and due diligence products. In 2015, he founded Eye On ISIS In Libya, a non-profit 501c3. In 2017-18, he served as Executive Director of the U.S.-Libya Business Association.
Jason is the editor of The 2011 Libyan Uprisings and the Struggle for the Post-Qadhafi Future (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and lead author of The Origins and Evolution of ISIS in Libya (Atlantic Council 2017). His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, and Foreign Affairs.
The AmCham Director and Deputy Director attended the Independence Day Celebration hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Tunis on September 6. They took the opportunity to discuss future events and collaboration with the newly installed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland.
The US Chamber organized a day of events for the North Africa AmChams, including meetings with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Trump administration Prosper Africa program. Many thanks to Maddison Abboud and her team at the US Chamber.
AmCham’s March member event included a security briefing from AmCham Security Partner Janus Global Operations and presentations from special guests Sarah Salem, Credit Manager at First Gulf Bank and member Iftikhar ul Haq of Zulal Water Technology. A special thank you to Palm City for hosting the event.
AmCham inaugurated its monthly member networking events on December 16 with a security briefing from AmCham Security Partner Janus Global Operations and a presentation from special guest Mohamed Shwehdi, Economic and Commercial Specialist within the US State Department who spoke on the many ways that the State Department can assist American companies looking to do business in Libya. A special thank you to Palm City for hosting the event.
The U.S. Embassy Libya External Office co-hosted a screening of the upcoming BBC documentary “Start Up Libya” which follows the Enjazi Startup Competition, launched by co-host Tatweer Research in collaboration with the MIT Enterprise Forum. AmCham Libya attended.
The U.S. Embassy Libya External Office and LLIDF co-hosted a U.S.- Libya commercial roundtable, bringing together representatives of U.S. companies to learn about opportunities with LLIDF. AmCham Libya participated.
AmCham Libya Deputy Director gave presentation on the security cooperation between the US and Libya.
English translation of materials (click link for PDF)
Link to Libya Herald coverage of event (click link to go to site)
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, through its U.S. – Africa Business Center,
hosted a roundtable discussion for Prime Minister Serraj and his delegation with the private sector.
U.S. Chamber summary of event (click link for PDF)
At the 2017 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce received a briefing from the Minister of Planning regarding an overview of plans to revitalize the economy, and identification of the sectors where he would like to see increased American investment.
Panel Moderator: “Assessing existing projects in Libya: Ongoing examples and case studies of international business operating successfully in Libya throughout the period since the revolution.”
Panelist: “Libyan in country construction resources and capability – what can you source locally and what should be imported?”
AmCham Libya Director addressed AmCham Tunisia Event
focused on investing in Libya
Libya-Analysis®, founded by Jason Pack in 2011, is a consultancy organization specialized in producing evidence-based analysis, forecasting and research on Libya. The analysts are based in the USA, the UK, Scandinavia, Tunisia, France and Libya. Cumulatively they have decades of experience working with American Fortune 500 companies operating in Libya, both before and after the 2011 uprisings. They understand the unique challenges that American corporate and legal practices pose in a commercial environment like Libya.
Services and Products include: Advisory, Monitoring, Risk Analysis, Forecasting, Mapping, Databases, Case Studies & Guides and Due Diligence. Research materials include: Weekly Oil & Gas Forecasting Reports, Weekly Shipping & Ports Monitoring Reports, Big Picture Coverage of The Libyan Media Environment, Schematic Overviews and Due Diligence of Libyan Semi-Sovereign Economic Institutions, Conflict & Security Reporting, Advisory on International Policy & Governance Issues,
and Analysis of Libyan Politics & Society.
For more information please go to www.libya-analysis.com. Libya-Analysis is proud to be a partner of AmCham and strives to help American companies thrive in the complex, challenging, and yet rewarding, Libyan market.
Janus Global Operations is enabling businesses to resume or begin operations in Libya smoothly and securely. An international stability operations company, Janus Global was one of the first security and risk management firms to establish a permanent Libyan presence after the 2011 change of government, and our work for clients is carried out throughout the country. A worldwide leader in risk management and security, Janus Global was the first U.S. company to achieve worldwide certification under ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012, an international standard designed specifically for private security company quality management systems.
With services extending from new market entry to logistical and operational support, Janus Global, a Caliburn company, works with clients in the following business sectors: oil and gas; telecommunications; insurance; finance; governmental and non-governmental organizations; media; and construction, with a special emphasis on power generation. Managing Janus Global’s Libyan client support is a team of experienced expatriates working closely with our Libyan partner, Aldroop Almodaih. Janus Global’s knowledge and experience is used in support of clients in high risk and expeditionary environments in Libya and throughout the world.
For further information on all our services and for actual support on the ground in Libya please feel free to contact us at : LibyaCOM@janusgo.com