AmCham Profile

Activities

The American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt represents Egyptian companies with business interests in the United States and American and multinational companies conducting business in Egypt. The Chamber’s mission is to promote trade and investment between Egypt and the United States. In order to achieve this mission, AmCham Egypt works to promote the development of commerce and investment between the two countries by encouraging a friendlier business environment, facilitating communication and providing a network for the sharing of business information about Egypt. AmCham Egypt provides a platform whereby the business community can address common problems.

The Chamber pursues its mission and represents its members’ interests under the guidance of an active board of governors and through the work of sector-oriented committees.

AmCham Egypt provides a forum for members to identify and discuss challenges facing private businesses and presents the views of the business community to the Egyptian and US governments. AmCham Egypt holds frequent meetings between its membership and key Egyptian and American policymakers and business leaders.

The organization’s awareness and advocacy functions are further enhanced by its website (www.amcham.org.eg) and its range of high-quality printed and electronic publications. In addition, AmCham Egypt actively works to put businesses in contact with each other and offers specialized business services, both to its members and through member companies.

History

In October 1981, President Hosni Mubarak approved the founding of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham Egypt). In 1982, the Chamber was formally established, making it the 44th American chamber of commerce established abroad and the first ever American chamber of commerce initiated in the Middle East. On January 18, 1983,  the Chamber elected its first board of governors.

Starting with a relatively informal group of around 200 members, today the Chamber stands as one of the most active affiliates of the US Chamber of Commerce in the region. Since its inception, the Chamber has developed into one of the country’s most important and influential nonp­rofit organizations, with over 1700 members.

Until the late 1990s, operations were directed from an office in the Cairo Marriott Hotel, with some departments being located in other parts of the city. As the range of the Chamber’s activities grew, the need for space increased. In 1999, with financial assistance from the United States, AmCham Egypt united all its operations and services in a single, permanent headquarters in the central Cairo district of Dokki.

AmCham Egypt has nurtured ongoing contact with government bodies and business organizations in the United States. At times when US-Egyptian relations have been strained by regional events, AmCham Egypt has consistently advocated peace, dialogue, investment and trade.