A delegation of AmChams in Europe executives and other AmCham representatives from more than 30 countries in Europe and Eurasia attended the annual U.S. Conference in Washington, DC, and Raleigh, North Carolina, to visit state officials, governmental institutions, and some of the most prominent companies and universities. AmChams in Europe acts as a bilateral voice of American and European companies, committed to promoting transatlantic cooperation in Europe and the United States. In this respect, the conference facilitates diverse fora for discussion on current world affairs and the latest trends in politics and business.
In the U.S. capital, the delegation met up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Departments of State and Commerce, the U.S. Congress, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and attended a reception at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in view of the upcoming European conference in Sofia. Together with the International Trade Administration, they launched EMPOWER HER, an initiative for the empowerment of women in trade on both sides of the Atlantic. In the second part of the conference, the delegation was greeted at the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh, where they met with the regional business, education, and government leaders. They continued with visits to the SAS Institute, Duke University, NC State University, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
The delegation identified some global challenges, promoting even closer international cooperation to address them. They discussed how the world has had to contend with the combined effects of a multi-year pandemic, inflation, interstate conflict, supply chain issues, and an energy shortage. The war in Ukraine and the sanctions on Russia have highlighted the significance of more robust and resilient supply chains. Finally, our role as business representatives is to elucidate and promote the benefits of global trade.
The AmCham Albania is part of the AmChams in EU initiative, EMPOWER HER, which aims to promote the role of women in international business and trade. The declaration was signed on behalf of AmCham EU and the AmChams in Europe network (ACE), by Susan Danger, and Diane Farrell, Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade in Washington, DC.
The U.S. Commercial Service and the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) and the AmChams in Europe (ACE) have a direct role and a unique platform to advance the goals of gender equality and women’s empowerment through trade and economic development. The U.S. Commercial Service (CS) and the AmChams around the world partner to bring together the public and private sectors and facilitate free and fair trade to build prosperity for the United States and our host nations. Understanding that the advancement of women is of vital importance to maximizing economic opportunity and growth, both the CS and the AmCham EU are seeking ways to reinforce the message of equity and to impact the speed and breadth of attaining the goal of gender equality in the economic sphere
EMPOWER HER is meant to be an overarching theme for CS/AmCham collaboration on women’s empowerment and gender equality. Many AmCham member companies are already hard at work creating and implementing programs and initiatives that advance these goals. With the official launch of EMPOWER HER in May 2022, CS Europe hopes to facilitate the spread of these ideas and best practices.