Founded in 1985, the Arab-American Business and Professional Association (ABPA) is a non-profit organization, which prides itself on its ability to serve as a multi-way bridge between the U.S. and the Arab world – providing a platform to connect local and international investors with businesses, harnessing and steering the economic capacity of the Arab-American community locally, and enhancing the competencies of Arab-American professionals to be competitive in the local and global marketplace.
As one of the “pacesetter” Arab-American organizations, ABPA has played a leading role in convening regular meetings of high profile individuals, organizations, and government institutions to share information, identify and discuss beneficial investment and professional development opportunities for greater U.S. – Arab collaboration. To this end, ABPA has had the honor of garnering the support of U.S. government officials including former presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush to promote social, educational, and trade opportunities with Arab-American communities nationwide and abroad.
ABPA’s success in spanning these corporate collaborations can be attributed to working with other organizations that play an important role in informing Arab-Americans of the inner workings of the American social, economic and business landscape and proving that Arab-Americans are a community of high caliber professionals with skills in high impact industries such as finance, real estate, technology, energy, insurance, and construction.
1990: Secured the first ever recognition of an Islamic Holiday by a U.S. President on Eid Al-Fitr.
1992: In collaboration with the U.S. State Department, established the Palestinian Chamber of Commerce and the Jordanian-American Business Council.
1999: Sponsored a medical delegation from Mt. Sinai hospital to the Middle East to provide hundreds of diagnoses for impoverished children.
1993: Participation in the signing of the Oslo Peace accord in 1993 as part of the Palestinian delegation.
1984: Participation in the negotiation between Palestine’s West Bank Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations Development program in the late ’80s.
1994: Invited to participate in a panel discussion with the late UN Secretary General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali (Sixth Secretary General of the United Nations) at the 1994 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.