KYIV, UKRAINE —U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for European Affairs Marjorie Chorlins led a staff delegation to the Ukrainian capital this week to reaffirm the U.S. business community’s support for Ukraine in the ongoing war with Russia and the eventual task of reconstruction.
“We stand in solidarity with Ukraine and are committed to supporting its continued independence and post-war recovery,” said Chorlins. “We are proud of the crucial work American companies have done to provide humanitarian aid and emergency services to the Ukrainian people.”
“In our visit, we saw firsthand the resilience of Ukrainians, including many remarkable entrepreneurs and business leaders,” continued Chorlins. “We spoke about conditions on the ground, plans to stabilize and modernize Ukraine’s economy, and how U.S. companies can best support Ukraine’s recovery. While the country continues to face enormous security and economic threats, we believe the government and the business community are committed to working with partners and allies to create a path to stability, transparency, and economic opportunity.”
During their visit to Kyiv, the Chamber delegation met with Ukrainian officials, the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, and other local business leaders.
Earlier this year the Chamber launched its Ukraine Business Initiative, which promotes a successful and enduring economic relationship with Ukraine via advocacy, engagement, and communications. Through the Initiative, companies have the opportunity to engage with senior policymakers from Ukrainian, U.S., and European governments as Ukraine navigates the war and starts to rebuild.
In November, the Chamber also endorsed additional supplemental funding to aid Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, and enhance security at the U.S. southern border. U.S. Chamber President and CEO Suzanne P. Clark wrote in USA Today: “Perhaps the most painful lesson of the 20th century is that what happens in Europe and Asia impacts America directly, and we ignore it at our peril. We can address the domestic challenges that require the attention of our elected leaders and support and defend those who share our commitment to democracy, free markets, and the rule of law.”