American Chamber lines up key events in Bahrain
Manama, October 21, 2013
American Chamber of Commerce Bahrain (AmCham Bahrain), a member of the US Chamber of Commerce and part of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce, is experiencing steady growth and has an eventful calendar ahead.
This was revealed by AmCham Bahrain president Qays Zu'bi, following a reception to celebrate the growth and goals of the chamber.
"AmCham Bahrain's new board has introduced a new dues structure and pricing which features streamlined membership categories, reduced dues, and the opportunity for companies to broaden their participation in the chamber," said Zu'bi.
"These changes have brought about 25 per cent membership growth already," he pointed out.
"It is AmCham's goal to have all American companies and individuals doing business in Bahrain and Bahraini companies with a significant business relationship with the US to be members of AmCham and utilise the opportunities membership brings," said the official.
AmCham Bahrain, he stated, also collaborates with the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry on issues of mutual interest and concern.
"Through various affiliations, AmCham helps its members succeed by providing a wide range of networking opportunities, unparalleled government advocacy, valuable business information and intelligence, and comprehensive business support services," remarked Zu'bi.
Its members include Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium companies, prominent business leaders, entrepreneurs, individuals, and non-profit organisations.
AmCham Bahrain, an independent, private, non-profit, non-political business association, was formed in 2006 to capitalise on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the US and Bahrain with the purpose to help companies take advantage of the new markets and benefits that came from this significant agreement.
Plans ahead include monthly luncheons with a prominent speaker on current business issues, meetings with US and Bahraini officials, trade delegations, and committees addressing industry-specific concerns relevant to issues such as standardisation, understanding and using the FTA fully, labour and transportation issues, and regressive taxation of expatriates.
AmCham has been working ever since to promote trade, investment and goodwill between the US and Bahrain.
"A big event is the Door Knock Mission to Washington in March next year when a volunteer delegation of members will take their issues to decision makers," he added.-TradeArabia News Service