AmCham–OCP Trade and Investment Awards 2016

On Saturday January 14, 2017 AmCham held its annual Gala Ball at Hyatt Regency in Casablanca on the theme: Celebrating 10 Years of FTA and the Closing of AmCham 50th Anniversary.

During this event, AmCham awarded several of its members including Boeing, Ameroc Export, SLM pharma as well as His Excellency the Ambassador of the U.S. to Morocco, Dwight L. Bush Sr.

Check out AmCham 50th Anniversary presentation here, AmCham gala ball photo gallery here and Awards press coverage here.

Made in Morocco export category award goes to SLM Pharma with main brand “Synergic”

Walter Siouffi, President of AmCham, Dr. Mohammed Lamrini, founder of SLM Pharma, Mr. Dwight Bush, U.S. Ambassador to Morocco and Danielle Tobias, export Manager of Laprophan


SLM Pharma is a laboratory established by family team of pharmacists including Professor Mohammed Lamrini (professor of pharmacognosy, PhD in pharmaceutical sciences) and Souad Lamrini Zizi (pharmacist), who have great passion for aromatherapy.

The company has been an active member of AmCham Morocco- U.S.A Export Lab that was designed to boost and strengthen Moroccan exports to the U.S. marketplace and promote an environment of innovation, creativity, and productivity, which will keep Moroccan companies competitive in an ever-changing global economy.

SLM Pharma exports its products to over four countries including Belarus, Russia and UAE and has participated in different trade shows including the Orlando Premiere Show in the U.S. organized by AmCham, Beauty World Middle-East in Dubaï, and others.

SLM Pharma has four certifications including Halal label, Imanor, Saint Gobain Glass and Moroccan Ministry of Health certification.

The company’s main brand “Synergic” has been exported for the first time to the U.S. to a distributor in Boston.

AmCham-OCP Moroccan American trade and investment Award 2016 – Made in USA export category award goes to Ameroc Export

Walter Siouffi, President of AmCham, El Mostafa Obbade, Regional Manager of Dell Morocco, Sophia Leaguedi, president of Ameroc Export, Meryem Raqai Chaoui, VP Sales North America OCP and Brenda VanHorn, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce

Ameroc Export is a woman owned international trade company, established in Chicago, Illinois which provides U.S. manufacturers and suppliers all the services they need to export their products from the United States to countries all around the world.

The company exports industrial tires and automotive lubricants made in USA.

Ameroc Export has imported over 683.487 USD in 2014, 866.438 in 2015 and 781.332 in 2016.

Sophia Leaguedi, The founder and president of Ameroc Export, was awarded several awards including:

Export Achievement Certificate Award 2016

Illinois Exporter of The Year Award 2016

Enterprising Woman of The Year Award 2016

Influential Woman in The Business Award 2014

The AmCham Social Responsibility Award of 2016 goes to Boeing Company

Dr. Driss Ouaouicha, President of AUI, Nicole Theriot, U.S. Consul General in Casablanca, Aziz Bidah, in charge of PriceWaterHouse, Roula Droubi, Regional Director of Boeing and Walter Siouffi, President of AmCham

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.

Boeing invests heavily in entrepreneurial projects in Morocco, It has recently signed an agreement with Morocco to bring around 120 suppliers to help raise Morocco’s aeronautics exports by $1 billion and create 8,200 jobs.

Boeing has partnered with Injaz Almaghrib and helped positively impact over 4000 youth by investing 140,000 USD between 2014 and 2016.

The Company is in the process of discussing two new major projects in Morocco that will focus on empowering Moroccan women and equipping the youth with the necessary skills to succeed in the work place.

The AmCham Hall of Fame Award of 2016 goes to Ambassador Dwight Bush

Walter Siouffi, President of AmCham, , El Mostafa Obbade, Regional Manager of Dell Morocco, Nicole Theriot, U.S. Consul General in Casablanca, Aziz Bidah, in charge of PriceWaterHouse, Rabia El Alama, Managing director of AmCham and Brenda VanHorn, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce

Mr. Dwight Bush was received by His Majesty king Mohamed VI and accredited as Ambassador of the United States to Morocco on April 2, 2014.

Upon his accreditation, Ambassador Bush has made a lot of effort to boost U.S.-Morocco relations. Ambassador Bush hosted his first business lunch with the AmCham community on April 9, 2014; he attended every AmCham Gala Ball to celebrate American and Moroccan companies’ successes in the U.S. and Moroccan market and spoke highly about Morocco-USA FTA.

Some of the remarkable events he initiated or have taken active part in include:

The Global Entrepreneurship summit (GES) in attendance of VP Joe Biden, Secretary Pritzker and other U.S. Officials,

A crowd funding conference in Rabat

Inauguration of Career Centers

A CSR roundtable

Startups competitions including GIST Startup my life and injaz,

Three strategic dialogue sessions,

Two U.S. business development conferences on Morocco to promote aeronautic and automobile sectors in Atlanta and Seattle,

Ambassador Bush has also led several congressional delegations to showcase the political, social and economic reforms undertaken by Morocco, as well as promoting Free trade agreement,

Active role with environment NGOs such as Bahri,

A remarkable U.S. pavilion at Cop22 in Marrakech with the attendance of John Kerry and Under Secretary of energy,

A strong presence at the Aero-show in Marrakech,

He also facilitated the organization of “Let girls learn” in attendance of Michelle Obama and a donation of 100 million dollars for primary and secondary education,

Last but not least, Ambassador Bush led a delegation of 20 young Moroccan girls for a memorable visit to the white house.