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On Monday, April 30th, more than 170 C-Suite executives, Ministers, U.S. and Foreign Ambassadors, Consul Generals, and global decision-makers gathered at the Bilateral Chamber's 21st Annual VIP Board Dinner.

Executives attended from longstanding Bilateral member organizations including ExxonMobil, Occidental, Chevron, Cheniere, Aramco, ADNOC, Delta, NOC Libya, Fluor, Halliburton, among many others. You can see the full VIP guest list here.

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2018 Visionary Leadership Award Presentation

One of the evening's highlights came when Bilateral Chamber CEO Aida Araissi, along with several Bilateral Advisory Board Members, presented The Honorable Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston with the Chamber's 2018 Visionary Leadership Award.

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Left to Right: Aida Araissi, CEO, Bilateral Chamber; Zin Smati, Chairman & CEO, LifeEnergy; Jeffrey Miller, President & CEO, Halliburton; Basil Abul-Hamayel, President, Aramco Services; Dr. John Ardill, Vice President- ExxonMobil Upstream Ventures; David L. Phillips, Chairman, Bilateral Chamber; T.H. Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston; Cathy Easter, President & CEO, Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services; John Brantley, Partner, Bracewell LLP

 2018 Goodwill Ambassador Award Presentation

The 2018 Goodwill Ambassador Award honoree was The Honorable Douglas A. Silliman, currently serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq. 

Unfortunately, Ambassador Silliman was called back to post prior to Monday's program. Since he was unable to accept the award personally, he asked that The Honorable Timmy Davis, Consul General for the U.S. Consulate in Basrah accept on his behalf. 

Additionally, Ambassador Silliman kindly recorded a videotaped message sharing his thoughts on the award and the current state of U.S-Iraq relations. 
Please click on the on the video link below to hear the Ambassador's full address. 

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Department of Commerce Offers Support

The Honorable Elizabeth Erin Walsh and The Honorable Nazakhtar Nikakhtar commended the Bilateral Chamber for our success fostering relationships that produce both measurable and sustainable results.

Ms. Walsh re-affirmed the Administration's commitment to supporting U.S. export initiatives and U.S. companies that participate in those initiatives.
Ms. Nikakhtar followed those remarks by offering a closing toast congratulating the room of VIPs for the important roles they all play in the energy industry, and
wished everyone continued success.

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The Honorable Elizabeth Erin Walsh (left), Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Global Markets, and Nazakhtar Nikakhtar (right), Assistant Secretary for Industry & Analysis for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration

Thank you to all of our 2018 Board dinner guests, patrons, and sponsors!  

To learn more about how your company can join our international leadership network and gain the insight that comes along with having access to these VIP's in such personalized settings, please send an email to Lucy Graham with the words "Membership Inquiry" in the
subject line. 

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The 5th Annual Iraq Energy Dialogue represented the singularly highest ranking cadre of Ministry of Oil officials ever assembled on U.S. soil.

The Deputy Minister for Upstream Affairs, the DG of Basrah Oil Company, the DG, of South Gas Company, the DG of the Petroleum Contracting & Licensing Directorate, and the DG for the State Organization for Marketing of Oil offered first-hand insight into tangible oil & gas development opportunities currently available for U.S. companies.

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Jasim Saeed, Manager of ADNOC’s Procurement Unit, engaged with nearly 200 suppliers and vendors who attended to learn more about ADNOC’s 2030 Smart Growth Strategy Initiative.

He provided detailed information on the plans to invest $110 Billion over the next 5 years while describing how this investment plan will boost UAE GDP and how U.S. companies can access these opportunities.

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To assist in delivering the message for U.S. companies, Mr. Saeed was joined by Mr. Zaher Ibrahim, Vice President for Sales and Commercial, MENAT & India, Baker Hughes a GE Company; Khaled Al-Aradi, UAE Managing Director, Schlumberger, and Rachel Duran, Commercial Attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

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In partnership with the US-Algeria Business Council and the Embassy of Algeria in Washington, D.C., the Bilateral Chamber was pleased to co-host the 10th Annual Algeria Energy Forum at OTC. This Energy Forum included interactive discussions and presentations on current business opportunities in Algeria’s energy sector.  

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Left to Right: His Excellency Madjid Bouguerra, Ambassador of Algeria to the U.S., Mark McCollum, President & CEO, Weatherford, Arezki Hocini, President, Alnaft and Salah Mekmouche, Senior Vice President, Sonatrach

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The Bilateral Chamber joined with the Houston Mayor’s Office, dmg::events, Gastech, and Tellurian to host this executive reception. Mr. Chris Hudson, President, dmg::events welcomed guests and provided the group with updates on the plans for the Gastech 2019 Exhibition & Conference, which will take place in Houston in September 2019.

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Once again, we offer our sincere appreciation to our valued sponsors, stakeholders, partners and members whose continued commitment and financial support allow us to deliver timely and insightful programs that provide access to the leaders and decision makers that matter most for your business.  

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