Annual Report 2012 - Page 14

ANNUAL REPORT 2012 • A networking Cocktail in the European Parliament on 21 March attended by over 130 people, including 21 MEPS, as well as guests from the Permanent Representations, other Transatlantic Associations, senior US Mission staff, and AmCham EU members There were also a number of specific policy briefings on issues identified as particularly relevant for close cooperation within the AmChams in Europe network, which were led by senior AmCham EU members. There were successful sessions on Infrastructure-Airport package, Data Protection, Intellectual Property and REACH, which all generated a lot of discussion and identified many concrete areas for collaboration between AmChams. Global Business Conference Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted a Global Business Conference in Washington, DC on 21-22 February 2012, bringing together AmChams and other organizations supporting American business around the globe. AmCham Macedonia’s First Vice President, Liza Popovska was in attendance. The conference was an impressive gathering of US business organisation Presidents or Executive Directors representing approximately 120 countries, and around 30 European AmChams were present! It was a fantastic opportunity to meet AmCham counterparts from across the globe. Attendees were also privileged to be able to listen to and to meet some very high-level government representatives including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides, US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Mike Froman, and even US Vice President Joe Biden. In her keynote luncheon address Secretary of State Hillary Clinton focused on economic statecraft and economic diplomacy; “America’s global strength and leadership are a package deal of both public excellence and private enterprise”. She and the other US government speakers stressed the need for United States Government to be the most effective champion of business and highlighted three areas of focus: promotion of US business overseas; attracting US investment back home; and creating a level-playing field for US business worldwide. Jaime Malet, Chairman of AmCham Spain, was invited to speak on the ‘Best Practices for Collaboration’ panel on 21 February and outlined examples of successful collaboration with US Embassies, as well as raising attention to the AmChams in Europenetwork. There were also several interesting policy-specific and regional breakout sessions with other State Department, Commerce and USTR representatives, on topics including US Trade Policy, US Government Advocacy on behalf of Businesses, Intellectual Property Rights and US Energy and Climate Policy. 14