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International Affairs Division

The U.S. Chamber's International Affairs Division advocates for free enterprise, competitive markets, and rules-based trade and investment as the path to opportunity and prosperity for all. The Division's staff of 70 regional and policy experts advances these principles before the U.S. and foreign governments as it works to shape trade and investment policies and help companies succeed in international markets.

The International Affairs Division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce leads the business community's efforts to shape global policy. 

Headquartered near the White House--and with representatives in key foreign capitals--the U.S. Chamber's International Affairs Division is a powerful advocate for international economic engagement. Our experts work with leaders in business and government to vigorously advance pro-business trade and investment policies that create jobs and spur economic growth.

With unparalleled access to key decision makers in the United States and abroad, we are working to expand U.S. companies' access to the 95% of the world's population that lives beyond our borders. We have made significant progress in recent years, but there is still much work left to do.

This is an exciting time to be conducting business internationally, and I encourage you to join with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in this great work. Together, we can create new opportunities around the globe.

Myron Brilliant

Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs

About Us

The U.S. Chamber's International Affairs Division has 70 policy experts and advocates based in our Washington, D.C. headquarters, as well as in Belgium, Brazil, China, Ghana, India, and Korea.

Key assets also include:

  • The American Chambers of Commerce Abroad, part of the U.S. Chamber Federation, includes more than 116 American Chambers of Commerce in 103 countries all around the globe.
  • The Chamber's bilateral business councils work to advance commercial relations between the United States and key markets around the globe, including Bahrain, Brazil, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, India, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey.
  • The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), an independent, non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber, helps emerging nations develop the free market practices and democratic institutions they need to succeed in the global economy.
  • The U.S. Chamber's International Policy Committee (IPC) develops our policy positions relating to international trade and investment and makes recommendations to the Chamber's board of directors. 

International Priorities

  • Renew Trade Promotion Authority to allow the executive branch to negotiate new market-opening trade agreements in close consultation with Congress.
  • Reach new trade and investment agreements to ignite U.S. economic growth, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the Trade in Services Agreement.
  • Revitalize the World Trade Organization with a focus on implementation of the new Trade Facilitation Agreement and concluding separate negotiations on trade in IT products and environmental goods.
  • Press for negotiation of strong investment treaties with China, India, and other countries.
  • Preserve continued access to trade finance through the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
  • Renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
  • Modernize export controls to enhance national security and competitiveness.

Services

  • Unparalleled advocacy on member issues in Washington and abroad
  • Customized business development and high-level government relations support
  • Access to heads of state and government and other senior foreign and U.S. officials
  • Regular updates on trade and investment developments globally

Timeline

The latest updates across all U.S. Chamber properties

E.g., 06/27/2015
E.g., 06/27/2015
Press Release
'The U.S. Chamber will continue to dedicate itself to ensuring that the old voices of isolationism are met with facts about trade and its undeniable benefits to Americans in the 21st Century,' Says Donohue
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.--U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today on passage the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, which will renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA):
 
4 days 4 hours ago
Letter

This coalition letter in advance of Senate debate regarding amendments that would exclude Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions from future trade agreements, signed by more than 60 U.S. business and agriculture associations urging that ISDS should remain "a high priority trade negotiating objective in the renewal of Trade Promotion Authority," was sent to all Members of the United States Senate.

1 week 9 hours ago