Established in 2006, the USBBC is led by a board of directors and administered by an executive director. Steve Burns, Chief Operating Officer of WestPoint Home, and Khalid Al Zayani, Chairman of Al-Zayani Investments, serve as Co-Chairs of the USBBC.
The USBBC is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – www.uschamber.com. The Council has full access to the Chamber’s congressional and legal affairs divisions, as well as various Chamber institutes and entities. This access can be used to leverage Council policies, programs, and initiatives.
The Council furthers its mission and members’ interest through an extensive array of programs, outreach to Bahrain and U.S. government officials and business leaders, and by producing and distributing publications that detail Council activities, objectives, and commercial studies.
The broad purpose of the U.S.-Bahrain Business Council is to provide an international forum to stimulate business relations between the two countries, to identify opportunities for expanded relations, and to propose solutions to problems the Council identifies in the U.S.-Bahrain economic and commercial relationship, Which includes optimizing the shared economic benefits of the U.S.–Bahrain Free Trade Agreement.
The USBBC, located at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., is the chief organization advocating on behalf of U.S. companies operating in Bahrain. Council members meet regularly with the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain and other high-ranking U.S. officials.
The USBBC works closely with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Washington to organize business forums and events with senior Bahraini and U.S. government officials. These events are not only held in Washington, D.C., but throughout the United States. The Council also works closely with the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain to promote bilateral commercial ties.
The USBBC regularly collaborates with like-minded organization in Bahrain, such as the Bahrain-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Bahrain). Through strategic cooperation, both organizations focus their collective efforts on advocating greater access for USBBC members while advancing our organizations’ policy priorities.
The USBBC also partners with organizations working in Bahrain to monitor ongoing economic, legislative, and political developments impacting member interests.