Dec 21, 2016 - 12:00pm

The U.S. Chamber Racks Up the Frequent-Flyer Miles: Seven Countries in Seven Days

American businesses are bringing their products, services, and business know-how to countries the world over, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is working to make sure they can be successful. Our international policy team works on the ground with leaders in governments, businesses, and communities to advocate for free enterprise and competitive markets across the globe.

Last week alone, U.S. Chamber representatives visited eight cities in seven countries. Read on to see where we’ve been – and where American businesses are changing the world.

Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey

Top U.S. exports: Mineral fuel (oil), iron and steel, aircraft, machinery, and cotton yarn and fabric

The Chamber’s U.S.-Turkey Business Council connected U.S. companies with Turkish authorities at the New Istanbul Airport--a massive undertaking set to be the largest airport in the world--to discuss business opportunities in infrastructure, information and communications technology, and logistics.

The Chamber also met with Turkey’s Minister of Economy in Ankara at the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey to discuss Turkey’s 2017 economic outlook and new investment incentives in eight strategic sectors.

Brasilia, Brazil

Top U.S. exports: Aircraft, machinery, mineral fuels, electrical machinery, and optical and medical instruments

The Brazil-U.S. Business Council, working with Brazil’s National Confederation of Industry, led a delegation of American business leaders to Brasilia. While squarely focused on the future, the delegation discussed what has been accomplished in 40 years of trade and investment between the U.S. and Brazil.

Cartagena, Colombia

Top U.S. exports: Mineral fuels, machinery, electrical machinery, cereals (corn), and organic chemicals

In Cartagena, the Chamber led the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Colombia Advisory Council, a gathering that included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Held just days after the Colombian Congress approved a landmark peace accord between the government and the FARC, the meeting emphasized how the private sector has played – and will continue to play – a key role in the country’s ongoing turnaround.

Doha, Qatar

Top U.S. exports: Aircraft, vehicles, machinery, precious stones (jewelry), and electrical machinery

The Chamber led its first business delegation to Doha for the 2nd Annual U.S.-Qatar Economic and Investment Dialogue. More than thirty business executives from eighteen companies and the American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar participated.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Skyline of Dubai, United Arab Emarites.
Dubai, United Arab Emarites.

Top U.S. exports: Aircraft, vehicles, electrical machinery, machinery, and precious stones and metal (gold, diamonds and jewelry)

The Chamber traveled to Dubai to participate in the 2016 PhRMA Middle East and Africa annual meeting. The Chamber and PhRMA urged the government to adopt policies that support the development of an innovative biopharmaceutical ecosystem. This will provide patients with better access to medicines, as well as create jobs and encourage investment.

Mexico City, Mexico

Top U.S. exports: Machinery, electrical machinery, vehicles, mineral fuels, and plastics

The Chamber participated in the 7th meeting of the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue, a bilateral private sector forum on key economic and trade issues affecting the two countries. The forum helps facilitate economic participation between the U.S. and Mexico.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia skyline.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Top U.S. exports: Vehicles, machinery, aircraft, electrical machinery, and optic and medical instruments

Employers can play an important role in supporting healthy lifestyle choices. To demonstrate the importance of lifestyle choices in lowering risk factors, the Chamber and the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce hosted a wellness screening event, attended by over fifty people.

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