Policy Initiatives

 

The Association of American Chamber of Commerce of Latin America (AACCLA)

For a century, the American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams) have been the most influential voice of U.S. business in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 1967, the AmChams from North, South, Central America, and the Caribbean have come together with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to form the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA). Today these 24 AmChams represent nearly 20,000 companies and over 80 percent of U.S. investment in the region.

Mission:

AACCLA’s mission is to promote trade and investment between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean through free trade, free markets, and free enterprise.

What is AACCLA?

  • The strongest advocate in the continent for pro-business, open market policies.
  • A reliable source of information on regional trade and investment issues.
  • A critical point of communication between the AmChams, members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and governments in the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • A vehicle for companies based in the United States to access a business network throughout the Hemisphere.

AACCLA’s conferences provide an opportunity for face-to-face interaction with executives and government officials across Latin America and the Caribbean. Individual AmCham membership directories also provide detailed information on companies throughout the region. AACCLA’s member AmChams publish business magazines written by experts who provide country-specific analysis of trade and investment opportunities – a valuable source of targeted business intelligence.

For further information, contact Isabel Quiroz, Manager, AACCLA and Americas, at IQuiroz@USChamber.com.

The Americas Business Dialogue

The Americas Business Dialogue is a network of business associations and business leaders from throughout the Americas organized to drive policy innovation promoting regional economic growth, job creation, and rising prosperity. The network works in alignment with all involved governments in order to drive policy innovation to be presented at the 2015 Summit of the Americas.

The ABD is led by a select number of prominent business leaders from each of the countries of the region, with staff support by their respective business associations.  In the case of the U.S., staff support is provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, serving as secretariat for the U.S. business community.  Our partners are the leading Chambers of Commerce and business associations from the other 34 countries of the Americas, including the National Confederation of Industry of Brazil (CNI), the Business Coordinating Council of Mexico (CCE), the National Business Association of Colombia (ANDI), and the Panamanian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (CCIAP).

Objective:

ABD’s goal is to advocate for regional economic integration that will foster improved administrative and regulatory procedures as well as strengthen education and training.

The ABD consults closely with all the involved governments as they negotiate the Summit of the Americas theme, agenda and declaration so that when the Summit convenes in April of 2015, the conversation between the political and business leaders can focus on the most relevant  issues, with an eye to renewing the longstanding public-private partnership in promoting growth, development and prosperity.  The ABD is working in eight work streams to produce analyses of the key regional challenges in each area:

  • Energy
  • Logistics and Connectivity
  • Regional and Global Integration
  • Regulatory Cooperation
  • Innovation and Human Capital
  • Finance
  • Trade Facilitation
  • Natural Resources

The Summit of the Americas aims to encourage regional business and political leaders to embrace a focused agenda of policy designed to cohesively move the region to overcome identified challenges.  Following the Summit, the ABD group will follow up periodically with the region’s governments to encourage sustained progress and prepare for the following Summits.

The ABD also presents a networking opportunity for member companies to build relationships with governments, business associations and potential strategic partners.  There are numerous opportunities for member companies to play different roles in ABD.

For further information, contact Matthew Rooney, Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the U.S. Section, at MRooney@USChamber.com.

The Brazil-U.S. Business Council

The Brazil-U.S. Business Council (BUSBC) is the premier business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the economic and commercial relationship between the two countries.

Established in 1976, the BUSBC is composed of two sections. The U.S. Section represents major U.S. companies that invest in or have business in Brazil. It operates under the administrative aegis of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and maintains independent policy formulation and membership. The Brazil Section of the BUSBC is managed by the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI), which is composed of the 27 Brazilian state-level Federations of Industry. BUSBC also works in conjunction with the American Chambers of Commerce for Brazil (AmCham Brazil), the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, and sectorial associations in both countries.

Together, this powerful structure enables the Council to forge consensus between two private sectors and to communicate to both governments with a unique bilateral voice.

Vision

A barrier-free bilateral trade and investment relationship between Brazil and the United States that contributes to a lasting partnership with decisive influence in world politics and global governance.

Mission

Foster an understanding among the private and public sectors in Brazil and the United States to maintain and advance trade and investment between both countries through free trade, free markets, and free enterprise.

Objectives

  • Serve as an advocate in Brazil and the United States for members’ interests.
  • Promote substantive interaction between members and leading policymakers in Brazil and the United States.
  • Deliver timely information to members and facilitate member input into policy formulation and program development.
  • Advance member’s priorities through task forces, working groups, coalitions, and joint programs with government and private sector stakeholders.

For more information on the BUSBC, contact Madeleine Wright, Manager, Policy and Progams, at MLWright@USChamber.com.

Rule of Law

The Rule of Law is among the most critical factors in any company’s ability to do business profitably in any given market over time.

Objectives:

The Coalition for the Rule of Law in Global Markets promotes and defends the rule of law in global markets as critical factors in fostering a worldwide investment climate that supports equality, economic growth, and shared prosperity for the world’s citizens. The Coalition strives to:

  • Foster a global business environment where countries respect the rule of law and provide due process under law to investors, producers, and service providers of every nationality.
  • Highlight violations of the rule of law and advocate for their prompt and just resolution.
  • Support and defense constitutionalism as the underpinning for the broader application of the rule of law.

Background:

Several factors related to the rule of law that will determine a company’s ability to make rational investment and operating decisions in these countries, and thereby have a reasonable expectation of returning a profit are:

  • Transparency
  • Predictability
  • Stability
  • Enforceability/Accountability
  • Due Process

Coalition advocacy is based on the tenet that business should enjoy a statutory and regulatory environment that provides these factors in the global marketplace.

The U.S.-Mexico Leadership Initiative

Launched in 2010, the U.S.-Mexico Leadership Initiative (USMLI) convenes major U.S. investors in Mexico who are firmly committed to enhancing the respective and collective competiveness of our two nations. The USMLI advances U.S. business interest before the U.S. and Mexican governments with the purpose of making true economic partnership between the nations a reality by making both countries more competitive in global markets; raising living standards for workers; ensuring that the U.S.-Mexico border is the most modern, streamlines, and secure in the world; promoting the continent’s energy independence, while respecting our shared environment; and, enhancing inter-governmental cooperation. Through engagement with both the private and public sectors, the USMLI works to ensure that policymakers and legislators understand the importance of our countries’ economic ties, and to promote ways to optimize the relationship between our two nations.

CEO Dialogue

The U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue was created in 2013 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial to strengthen economic and commercial ties between the two countries. The CEO Dialogue convenes private sector leaders from the U.S. and Mexico to provide joint recommendations for the governments on priorities in the bilateral trade and investment relationship. Read the June 2014 Report here. 

 

Vision 2020: A Five-Point Plan

  • Advance a NAFTA-Plus partnership for economic competitiveness.
  • Build a government partnership of mutual respect through private sector support.
  • Create a world-class border.
  • Lead collaboration on energy and the environment.
  • Raise living standards by enhancing labor competitiveness.

For further information, contact Diana Rodriguez, Director, Mexico, at DRodriguez@USChamber.com.