AmCham Economic Policy Program Conferences
Several day-long conferences are held each year on advocacy priorities under the AmCham Economic Policy Program (AEPP), the successor to the U.S. Public-Private Economic Partnership Initiative (PPEPI). Ten such confrences have been held in recent years. In the autumn of 2012 a conference was held on The Customs Union and WTO Accession: Regional and Global Aspirations, in spring 2013 was held Creating a Green Economy for Kazakhstan conference in Astana. The AEPP conference feature prominent speakers from the government and business communities. The conferences alternate between Almaty and Astana, and serve to bring economic issues into the public forum.
AmCham Working Groups (Almaty - monthly, Astana, Atyrau and Aktau - quaterly)
AmCham's Working Groups are led by specialists in their field and aim to understand, analyze, and improve the business environment in Kazakhstan. The 15 groups meet in Almaty (6), Astana (4), Aktau (3), and Atyrau (2) to exchange ideas, educate members, and contribute to the policy debate in Kazakhstan.
AmCham Luncheon Speaker Roundtables (monthly)
AmCham's Business Roundtable luncheons feature high-profile guest speakers from the business community and government who speak on economic and trade issues that impact Kazakhstan, the region, and the global environment. Open only to members , Business Roundtables take place monthly in Almaty and several times per year in Astana and Atyrau. They are attended by 50-100 guests from AmCham member companies and the diplomatic community.
AmCham Sundowners (monthly)
AmCham's monthly Sundowners allow Chamber members and guests to share their experiences, learn about the work of other members, establish relationships that benefit their own businesses, and maintain a sense of community. Fully sponsored by an AmCham member, these monthly cocktail receptions are held at Almaty's most popular restaurants where attendance, often approaching 200, attests to the popularity of the events.
AmCham Gala Awards (annual)
The annual AmCham Awards Dinner in May recognizes member accomplishments and community service in 12 categories during an elegant evening of food, music, and dancing. Hosted at the Rixos Hotel in 2010, the event was given with a Turkish/Asian touch with Middle Eastern jazz, Turkish cuisine, and an Uzbek dance performance.
AmCham Awards 2013 Gala Ceremony and Dinner Sponsors:
U.S. Independence Day Celebration (annual)
One of the most colorful American family holidays, is celebrated outdoors each year with catering from the InterContinental Hotel, with a barbecue, live music, performances, and fireworks. The annual Fourth of July celebration is one of AmCham's liveliest events with hot dogs, burgers, potato salad, and an American flag cake. The event is enlivened by clowns and acrobats for the kids, a lottery featuring airline tickets and holiday packages for adults, and an elaborate firework display at the end of the evening. In 2012 over 300 members and guests attended.
Thanksgiving Dinner (annual)
American Thanksgiving a family holiday event, is celebrated in style in the InterContinental Hotel Ballroom each year. Children are in abundance with a special program designed just for them: child-minders, clowns, games, music, and a children's menu. for adults there is a traditional Thanksgiving buffet, live music, and a lottery with prizes including air-tickets and holiday packages. This past year, Thanksgiving was attended by nearly 300 members and guests.