American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan

History

The impetus to form an independent American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan came from a group of 36 charter members representing Kazakhstan's largest foreign companies. The U.S. Embassy Commercial Service in Almaty had been serving as the center of the American business community, but as the number of American businesses increased, the community began searching for a formal mechanism through which to discuss and voice concerns on the business environment. In 1999, AmCham's 36 charter members registered the Chamber as a legal entity in Kazakhstan.

 

Over the past 14 years, the Chamber has grown to more than 200 members encompassing businesses from the American, Kazakhstani, and multi-national business communities. Its programs cover a variety of initiatives, primarily in the spheres of policy advocacy, knowledge-sharing, and business development. AmCham works closely with senior levels of the U.S. and Kazakh governments and maintains relationships with other regional AmChams and prominent international associations and organizations.

 

Chamber Timeline:

1998

American businesses begin meeting as a group at U.S. Commercial Service offices

1999

AmCham is officially established as a legal entity by 36 charter members. Board of Directors is formed

1999

Initial Working Groups are launched as a forum to understand and analyze the business environment

2000

Business Roundtable with Prime Minister Kassymzhomart Tokaev establishes AmCham as a serious business organization

2000

Membership surpasses 100

2002

Investors' Voice is launched as a source of information for economical political, legal, and business developments in Kazakhstan

2007

First Awards Dinner is held to honor members for their achievements in business

2008

AmCham Membership totals 200 companies and organizations, making AmCham the largest international business association in Kazakhstan

2009

U.S.-Kazakhstan Public-Private Economic Partnership Initiative (PPEPI) supported by USAID launches AmCham advocacy vis-a-vis Government of Kazakhstan. PPEPI White Papers, conferences, and publications begin:

  • PPEPI Almaty Roundtable Explores Challenges to Economic Diversification and Regional Economic Integration
  • Kazakhstan Dominates the Agenda at the Annual TIFA Meetings in Washington, D.C.

2010

Amcham Economic Policy Program (AEPP), founded by AmCham succeeds PPEPI as AmCham's program for policy dialog with the Government of Kazakhstan - conferences, consultations, and publications on banking regulations, judicial reform, and regional economic integration

2011

AEPF continues, adding Judicial Working Groups and Basel III seminars at National Bank of Kazakhstan

2012

The Council to Improve the Investment Climate (CIIC), monthly meetings between AmCham and the Prime Minister, is launched. AEPF continues with conferences and publications

2013

AmCham Achievement Awards doubles attendance at annual black-tie gala with 250 guests

 

AmCham advocacy dialogue continues  through AEPF and Council to Improve the Investment Climate

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On behalf of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan, I wish to welcome you to the AmCham website, which outlines our mission, objectives, and activities on behalf of Kazakhstan’s trade and investment community, both foreign and domestic.

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American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan
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