Chamber Hires Eric Stewart to Spearhead Eurasian Business Platform

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The United States Chamber of Commerce has hired former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Europe Eric Stewart to spearhead its Eurasian Business Platform (EBP), an initiative to help U.S. businesses make inroads into the dynamic economies bordering the Black and Caspian Seas.

"Stewart will leverage his experiences in the public and private sectors to help U.S. companies establish business relationships in this rapidly growing area," said Gary Litman, Chamber vice president for Europe and Eurasia. "He will use his significant political skills to help integrate the Eurasian market into the global economy, which will benefit the citizens of all the countries involved."

Stewart will serve as the Chamber's Senior Advisor for Europe and Eurasia and help forge new links between key business and government decision-makers. He will retain his current position as a partner at Strategic Public Partners, a public affairs firm that provides political strategies to business clients. At the Department of Commerce, Stewart directed trade, commerce, compliance, and investment policies for more than 50 countries. He developed programs, policies, and strategies to strengthen the United States' commercial position overseas.

The EBP will focus efforts in the countries of Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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