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The Middle East Commercial Center (MECC) is a newly established private sector-led alliance of business leaders across the region that are working together to promote greater intra-regional trade and investment and collectively address the most critical economic challenges and opportunities of our day. Please visit for more information.

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MECC Introduction PowerPoint

  1. 1. Winter 2014 An Introduction to the MECC
  2. 2. MECC International Board of Advisors The Middle East Commercial Center (MECC) International Advisory Board provides external perspective, guidance, and support to the Center and its work promoting greater intra-regional trade and investment in the Middle East. The Board is composed of internationally renowned executives from global companies, former high-ranking government officials, and other policy experts from around the world. The Board will oversee MECC’s policy formation and project development. Omar A. Bahlaiwa (Saudi Arabia) – Secretary General, Committee for International Trade of Saudi Arabia Charlene Barshefsky (USA) – Former USTR and Senior International Partner, WilmerHale Alaa Batayneh (Jordan) - Founding Partner, Alarif Consultancy Myron Brilliant (USA) – Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hasan Çakırmelikoğlu (Turkey) – Founder, Freşa Company Mohamed El-Sewedy (Egypt) – Chairman, Federation of Egyptian Industries Yavuz Eroğlu (Turkey) – Chairman and General Manager, SEM Plastics Dan Gillerman (Israel) - Former Representative to the UN and Senior Advisor, Blackstone Israel Rıfat Hisarcıklıoğlu (Turkey) – President, Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey Robert Hormats (USA) – Vice Chairman, Kissinger Associates Karim Kawar (Jordan) – Former Jordanian Ambassador to the U.S. and President, Kawar Group Samer Khoury (Palestine) – President, Consolidated Contractors Company Tom Nides (USA) – Vice Chair, Morgan Stanley Bashar Masri (Palestine) – Chairman, Massar International Amr Moussa (Egypt) – Former Secretary-General of the Arab League and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Chemi Peres (Israel) – Chairman, Pitango Venture Capital Wolfgang Pordzik (USA) – Executive Vice President, DHL David Ross (USA) – Senior Vice President of Middle East Operations, FedEx Express
  3. 3. A vision for a new framework in the region The Middle East Commercial Center (MECC) is a newly established private sector-led alliance of business leaders across the region that are working together to promote greater intra-regional trade and investment and collectively address the most critical economic challenges and opportunities of our day. MECC’s Goals 1. Advancing projects and promoting public policies that contribute to greater regional economic integration. 2. Serving as a bridge for companies and associations across the region connect with one another. 3. Creating a platform to expand opportunity for foreign investment in the region.
  4. 4. A unique alliance The MECC, in conjunction with the Chamber’s global network and affiliates, convenes a wide range of participants: National Chambers of Commerce Industry Associations Entrepreneurs Corporate Executives American Chambers Abroad Business and Trade Organizations MECC Governments Multilateral Organizations
  5. 5. Private and public stakeholders in MECC MECC’s network continues to grow; key stakeholders include: 80+ business and trade organizations, national chambers of commerce, and AmChams from 20 countries in the region, the United States, and Europe. Major international companies, investors, and entrepreneurs. Strong support from top-level U.S. Government, including Departments of State, Commerce, and Treasury, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Multi-lateral organizations including the World Bank, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
  6. 6. Commitment to common principles and joint activity At MECC’s spring meeting in Jordan, over 350 people from 17 countries agreed to a significant joint statement of principles, committing to: • Work together to promote regional economic growth and remove existing barriers to commerce. • Making a difference in the lives of the people in the Middle East and to fostering stronger commercial ties between our economies. • Creating “a coalition of action” to advance projects and promote public policies that contribute to more regional economic integration and greater opportunity for foreign investment in the region. • Informing and educating our respective governments in ways that can contribute and support intra-regional trade and foster private sector growth.
  7. 7. Participating organizations U.S. Chamber of Commerce Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) AmCham Jordan U.S.-Egypt Business Council Amman Chamber of Commerce Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce U.S.-Turkey Business Council American Business Association - Eastern Provinces / Saudi Arabia American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates Alexandria Chamber of Commerce AmCham Egypt AmCham Turkey / American Business Forum in Turkey (ABFT) Turkish American Business Association (TABA) Amman Center for Peace and Development Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nazareth Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) AmCham Palestine Jordan Exporters Association Israel-America Chamber of Commerce Egypt-U.S. Business Council International Chamber of Commerce - Israel International Chamber of Commerce - Palestine International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations Israel-Palestinian Chamber of Commerce Manufacturers Association of Israel Oasis500 AmCham Abu Dhabi MENA Apps Endeavor Global Wamda AmCham Bahrain AmCham Lebanon The Portland Trust International Road Transport Union (IRU) Palestine Trade Center (PALTRADE) Palestinian Information Technology Association of Companies (PITA) Palestine International Business Forum Ready Made Garments Export Council Turkish Contractors Association Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) AmCham Qatar Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) The Peres Center for Peace Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs - Palestine Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) Syrian Business Forum Jordan Hotel Association Sadara Ventures Turkish Textile Employers Association (TTEA) AmCham in Kurdistan Region of Iraq Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce International Council for Swedish Industry Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Business Council American Business Group of Riyadh Bethlehem Multidisciplinary Industrial Park Palestinian Shippers Council Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV) AlBawader The Arab Union of Land Transport Economic Cooperation Foundation The German Marshall Fund of the United States GOSB Teknopark Haama Group Kawar Group Konrad Adenauer Stiftung MENA Rail Müsiad Palestine Investment Fund Flat6 Labs Sawari Ventures 212 Ltd. Massar International Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan Qotuf Al Riyadah Co. Silicon Badia Cairo Angels CyberPark Ankara AmCham Oman American Business Council – Kuwait OurCrowd Aqaba International Industrial Estate Sena Group
  8. 8. MECC compels action on policy and projects MECC convenes key stakeholders to compel a collaborative approach to policy advocacy to remove barriers to economic activity and project development to advance cooperation and integration across a range of sectors. Pillars of Growth Movement of People Movement of Goods and Services Project Development Policy Advocacy MECC’s Structure
  9. 9. Architecture of the MECC National Steering Committees • Committees serve as each country’s board of directors and drive the MECC’s overall activities and sector- specific work Sector-Specific Task Forces • Cross-regional groups of participants that bring expertise to bear on specific sectors and commercial issues International Advisory Board • Luminaries from the political or business world who lend their names and support to the MECC
  10. 10. The MECC organizational structure Middle East Commercial Center Task Forces Movement of Goods and Services Movement of People Pillars of Growth
  11. 11. National Steering Committees Function • Represent and lead country’s business community in MECC. • Drive national and multinational agenda of the MECC. • Shape task force agenda and participation. Form • A dozen leaders of business organizations/companies. • Led by two co-chairs. • Designated staff to coordinate day-to-day activities with MECC.
  12. 12. Sector-specific task forces Function • Drive ongoing multi-national collaboration around key sectors. • Develop action plans, deliverables, and recommendations to bring to the MECC. • Identify policy recommendations and project ideas. Form • Multi-lateral group of technical experts for sector-specific discussions. • Regular consultations outside MECC meetings. • Designated organizational staff to manage day-to-day activities.
  13. 13. Areas of focus: policies and projects • Trade routes, access, and policy • Intellectual property • Data flows Movement of Goods and Services • Education • Entrepreneurship • Customs and visas • Women in business Movement of People • Natural resource cooperation • Special economic zones • Infrastructure • Project finance • Health care • Tourism Pillars of Growth
  14. 14. Key MECC projects underway • Developing a “Middle East Trade Facilitation and Logistics Modernization Report” and joint policy advocacy to promote new trade corridors and access points in the region to move goods, in coordination with security and trade experts, government officials, and interested businesses. Movement of Goods and Market Access • Enhancing SEZ regimes though joint development-management efforts, creating mechanisms for knowledge sharing, enhancing vocational training, and identifying investment opportunities to connect and expand zones throughout the region. Special Economic Zones • Launching a new Middle East and North Africa Venture Network to enhancing connections between high tech entrepreneurs and investors across the region, Identifying and remove bureaucratic and legal obstacles to entrepreneurship, and promote investment in small business. Entrepreneurship Development • Promote greater women representation on boards of organizations and companies across the region through awareness and advocacy campaigns to affect the perception of women in leadership roles and by developing programs to empower women leaders. Women in Business • Promoting policy and project ideas to advance a strong energy future for the region, including development of natural gas, renewable energy technology cooperation, and water management solutions. Natural Resource Cooperation
  15. 15. International Advisory Board Function • Offer strategic guidance and recommendations to the MECC and national steering committees. • Provide diverse, senior-level perspective to the MECC. Form • Organized board of former senior government officials, CEOs, and top executives.
  16. 16. What is the strength of the MECC? It leverages the infrastructure of existing business organizations. It is driven by business interests not only corporate social responsibility. It focuses on regionally-oriented on commercial issues. It brings U.S. corporations and expertise to support policy and project work.
  17. 17. MECC Plan of Action and Timeline Building a new regional architecture Organize regional meetings with key stakeholders Form national steering committees Build sector-specific task forces Organize architecture for MECC Expanding capacity and reach Organize regional conferences Open MECC office(s) in the region Commission commercial studies Launch MECC projects Ensuring growth and sustainability Create Forum for Innovation in the Middle East Create training and grants program Build fund for entrepreneurs December 2012-2013 May 2014 – May 2015 May 2015…
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