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The Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) consists of 27 member AmChams in 21 economies shown on the Google Earth map to the right. Click the link for more information.

APCAC AmChams represent the growing interests of over 50,000 executives and over 10,000 businesses in the region.

The APCAC membership manages trade volumes in excess of US$ 400 billion and direct investments (FDI) of nearly US$ 300 billion. Click here for information on APCAC’s current leaders. And click here to see a Members Directory.

Upcoming Events

U.S.-Asia/Pacific Regional Business Summit
AmCham Singapore will host the regional conference of American Chambers of Commerce in Asia-Pacific on Mar 3 - 4, 2011 in Singapore. This annual event brings together business leaders from across the region for networking and thought-provoking discussions as they review key issues in the Asia-Pacific region, meet leaders from the U.S. Government, regional institutions such as Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Asian Development Bank, Association of South-east Asian Nations, etc., and top political leaders of the host country. Registration is open NOW! Register before Feb 20 for Early Bird Discount. Click here for more information and to register online.

Washington Doorknock, June 12-15, 2011
Every year, AmCham leaders from the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) met with Executive Branch and Congressional leaders in Washington, DC to advocate on behalf of Americans abroad during APCAC’s annual Washington meeting, known as the APCAC Washington Doorknock.

Issues Highlights and News

American Business Council Pakistan Elects President for 2011 Mr. Humayun Bashir, Country General Manager, IBM, was unanimously elected President ABC and Mr. Saad Amanullah Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Gillette Pakistan Ltd., was unanimously elected Vice President for 2011.

Leveraging APEC to Create New Jobs through Increased Trade and Economic Growth U .S. business leaders have high expectations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum as the leading multilateral organization in the Asia-Pacific region. It is important for APEC member economies to drive a sustained common agenda by developing concrete initiatives that build momentum from year to year so as to deliver more tangible benefits to businesses, workers and their families. Such initiatives would promote trade and investment and create needed jobs. Read more …

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released on July 27 an assessment of China’s indigenous innovation policies authored by James McGregor, senior counselor at APCO. The report, China’s Drive for Indigenous Innovation: A Web of Industrial Policies, analyzes the origins, current state, and potential future impact of China’s “indigenous innovation” policies on American and foreign businesses. Link to a Wall Street Journal article about the report: China Fuels Trade Tension With Policies, Report Says, Wall Street Journal Online, Jul 27, 2010.

The U.S. Takes Tougher Tone with China,” John Pomfret, Washington Post, July 30. Pomfret reports that in the face of China’s testing of U.S. capabilities, the United States has a responded by rejecting Chinese claims to sovereignty over the whole South China Sea and rebuffed Chinese demands that the U.S. end its policy of conducting military exercises in the Yellow Sea.

TPP Expected to Have Better Sense of Direction Come APEC 2011,” Bernama (Malaysia news service), July 28 . This is a report on a visit to Malaysia by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis. One of the topics discussed was Malaysia’s application to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement.

POSCO expands to Vietnam In addition, the company will use the second factory of POSCO VHPC (Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Processing Center), completed last week, as a distribution center for other Southeast Asian nations as well as Vietnam.

Clinton urges legal resolution on Eastern Sea Dispute the United States does not take sides in the territorial disputes in the Eastern Sea, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the Obama administration wants claimants to pursue their disputes in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea rather than through coercion.

The Obama Trade Games The Obama Administration is finding free trade more attractive as it continues to pursue its international trade policy. The Colombia Free Trade Agreement and Korea Free Trade Agreement have both been kicked around by US policy makers for years. Could this be the time to take action?

Pass the U.S.-Columbia and U.S.-Panama trade agreements The Latin America Trade Coalition (LATC), a broad-based group of more than 1,200 U.S. business and agricultural organizations, chambers of commerce, and companies that together employ more than 10 million American workers, urged the administration to expedite its work to secure Congressional approval this year of the U.S.-Colombia and the U.S-Panama trade agreements. After these two, the U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement is next in line.

In the APCAC Report 2010, American business leaders across Asia Pacific offer their recommendations for advancing the competitiveness of American products and services in the fastest growing region of the world. The APCAC Report was a new initiative stemming from the 2009 APCAC Conference in Singapore. Now in its second year, the APCAC Report 2010 has been expanded to include even more feedback from companies to both the U.S. and regional governments.

Top U.S. official pledges support for international investment “We know that some overseas investments by American companies can lead to job losses in the United States. But for many companies, expansion abroad tends to support employment and dynamic opportunities here at home. For many, foreign affiliate activity has tended to complement, not substitute for, key parent activity in this country, boosting wages, employment and capital investment.”

New U.S. National Export Initiative to double U.S. exports and support two million new jobs. Five steps the Administration is taking under the NEI to help U.S. firms expand sales of their goods and services abroad: creating a new Cabinet-level focus on U.S. exports; expanding export financing; prioritizing government advocacy on behalf of U.S. exporters; providing new resources to U.S. businesses seeking to export; and ensuring a level playing field for U.S. exporters in global markets. Read more …

What U.S. Business Can Expect in 2010: U.S. Chamber of Commerce With average U.S. GDP growth of 3.0% to 3.5%, the economy will create about 1.7 million jobs in 2010. We have a lot of ground to make up. We lost some 7.3 million jobs in the recession, and an additional 4.5 million to 5 million full-time workers were forced into part-time jobs. Also, some 1.3 million new workers will enter the labor market in 2010. The greatest fear about the economy in 2010 is a chance that we’ll experience a “double-dip recession” later this year. That could be caused by the collapse of the dollar, a spike in oil prices, an unexpected new war, or a collapse of the commercial mortgage market. Read more …

U.S. to double exports in five years: U.S. Chamber Sr VP Myron Brilliant “International business presents some of the clearest opportunities for job creation, as senior Obama Administration officials have acknowledged. The rationale is clear. The American consumer’s credit cards are maxed out. The same is true for the federal government.” Read more …

AmCham China - Guangdong

AmCham Guangdong is a non-partisan, non-profit business organization, certified in 1995 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC. AmCham Guangdong represents over 500 American and international companies doing business in South China.