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Amcham Executives Visit Washington DC and Minneapolis

On 8 – 13 May, executives from AmChams in Europe gathered in the United States to engage with companies, organizations and key government agencies to strengthen partnerships and gain insight into the current U.S. business and political climate. Representatives from 29 AmChams participated in the annual conference, which took place in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

On 9 May, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) hosted the delegation for a panel discussion on the Transatlantic Digital Economy, featuring representatives from Mastercard, Google and PayPal. The DOC’s Skip Jones moderated the session, which also included remarks by Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Bruce Andrews. In the afternoon, the group met with senior officials from the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) for a European security update.

On 10 May, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted AmCham executives in the “Hall of Flags” for a series of high-level briefings touching on the U.S. elections, the U.S. economy, as well as a broader policy issues. The U.S. Chamber session also featured a networking lunch with representatives from Ford, Dow Chemical and FedEx, who discussed Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Business in Europe.

The Washington, D.C. portion of the conference concluded with a high-level reception focused on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which was hosted by Dentons Law firm.

On 11 May, the delegation travelled to Minneapolis to visit some of the region’s most innovative Fortune 500 companies, which included stops at the 3M Innovation Center, St. Jude Medical, Ecolab Innovation Center and Cargill. Additionally, AmCham executives established contacts with numerous Minnesota based companies attending a “Doing Business in Europe” symposium, organized by the Minnesota Trade Office. The Symposium concluded with a “Windows on Minnesota” networking reception on the 50th floor of the IDS Center, Minneapolis’s tallest building.