Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce Honors ExxonMobil Corporation with Commercial Diplomacy Award

May 5, 2009 - 10:00 PM EDT



HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (BUSACC) recognized ExxonMobil Corporation last night with the 2009 Outstanding Commercial Diplomacy Award for the company’s long-term support of business, education and cultural exchange programs in the Middle East during the Chamber’s international reception at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.

David L. Phillips, chairman of BUSACC, presented the Outstanding Commercial Diplomacy Award to Tim Cejka, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company, before more than 500 guests, including official delegates from Algeria, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

“This award is granted to a company that has exhibited exceptional level of support for U.S.-Arab business, education and cultural exchange programs,” explained Aida Araissi, managing director of BUSACC. “ExxonMobil’s annual support of the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber has enabled us to bring together key business forums, speakers and briefings to help small and mid-size U.S. companies pursue opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa.”

After receiving the award Mr. Cejka stated that “ExxonMobil has a long-time tradition of supporting educational and cultural programs across the globe and in particular, in the Middle East, which help foster mutual respect and business relationships between various countries. U.S. companies can operate successfully anywhere in the world when they learn the importance of working with respect for the culture and heritage of their host countries.”

BUSACC said support from ExxonMobil also helped launch four new education outreach projects for teachers and students in U.S. colleges and high schools. In March 2009 the Chamber announced the TEACH Fellowship to provide teachers the opportunity to travel the Middle East learning about the origins of modern civilization.

“We are now able to offer the experience of a lifetime for teachers to increase their understanding of Arab culture,” said Ms. Araissi. “We hope their first-hand exposure to Arab culture will translate into an improved educational experience for students here in the U.S.”

Explaining a second education program Ms. Araissi said “Our Student Study Abroad program focuses on community colleges so that American students who would not typically have the opportunity to travel or study abroad are able to experience a two-week immersion program to learn about the business, culture and history of Egypt.”

The BUSACC also now operates programs to help develop U.S. student comprehension of Arab language to give them a competitive advantage in the international job market.

ExxonMobil was the second recipient of BUSACC’s annual Outstanding Commercial Diplomacy Award. Last year Aramco Services Company received the inaugural award. For more information on these and other programs visit

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ExxonMobil honored for their support of Arab educational exchange programs at the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual OTC Reception. (Photo: Business Wire)