September 2018 Chairman’s Message

Thank you for your continued support for our program, which, like all membership organizations, depends on its members’ involvement and enthusiasm.

May 2018 Chairman’s Message

Dear Fellow ABGR Members, With Ramadan in full swing, we look back with wonder over a season of superlatives and surprises. From the Saudi side: continued commitment to ambitious Vision 2030 economic and social restructuring goals; aggressive and financially productive anti-corruption program (long on accountability for malefactors of great wealth, innovative and surprising on due process); unprecedented high profile 3-week …

March 2018 Chairman’s Message

Dear Fellow ABGR Members, Since my January report, our new year has already featured the following rich range of activities. January 21.  Economist John Sfakianakis briefed our Issues Committee on Vision 2030 challenges and opportunities. January 24.  A group of us met with a congressional delegation including Liz Cheney (Wyoming), Vern Buchanan (Sarasota, Florida), Caroline Murphy (Winter Park, Florida) and …

January 2018 Chairman’s Message

Dear Fellow ABGR Members, For those returning to Riyadh from holidays back home, welcome back to what promises to be a season of rewarding business and social programs, not to mention regulatory and market changes and professional challenges! Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) are now bearing tangible fruit, including public/private partnerships in power generation, transfer of management …

December 2017 Chairman’s Message

Dear Fellow ABGR Members, Since last month, the Saudi firmament continues to shift under our feet as localization initiatives appear, a new Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) leadership team shifts focus from regulation to investment promotion, Value Added Tax (VAT) implementation and energy sector privatization approach, civil nuclear plans take shape, the U.S. administration’s Middle East policy emerges, rule …

November 2017 Chairman’s Message

Dear Fellow ABGR Members, Over 38 years both here and the U.S. working on Saudi projects I have often been frustrated with the glacial pace of commercial, legal and social reform, though based on events of the past few days I take it all back. Some personal reflections follow, based on what I have been hearing and observing over recent …

September 2017 Chairman’s Message

Dear Fellow ABGR Members, As we settle back in after vacation and prepare for a new season, our board has been developing plans to better serve our membership, and promote our program, mission and vision. Membership We seek to engage our 253 corporate and 132 individual members more meaningfully and effectively, including through general membership events and sectoral committee activities.  We …

Ambassador Westphal’s Remarks at ABGR General Membership Breakfast

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I want to thank ABGR, its Chairman Dan Cagle and the ABGR Board for your leadership in building stronger, deeper, and more prosperous business relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The ABGR has been a champion of U.S. business interests in Saudi Arabia for many years, giving a vital voice …

June Chairman’s Message

On Sunday, May 29 we wrapped up the 2015-2016 ABGR season on a high note with our traditional Summer Send-Off! Hosted by Deputy Chief of Mission, Tim Lenderking. Since January, ABGR has offered a steady stream of events to our membership community, 19 events in total! The 2015-2016 season presented the most diverse events we have ever had and we …