The American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan (AmCham) serves as the voice of the international and local business community by creating an open forum to exchange information, ideas, and experience doing business in Kazakhstan. Amcham was founded in 1999 by an initial group of thirty-five American member companies. Today the Chamber represents over two hundred member companies, not-for profit organizations, international financial institutions, and individual members. Amcham’s membership is diverse in every respect, both in industry sector, size, and national background: American, Canadian, European (Old and New, East and West), Middle Eastern, Turkish, Asia-Pacific, and last but not least, Kazakhstani. This diversity is our unique strength.
Amcham serves its members and carries out its mission by focusing its activity in the following areas:
Advocacy – Through its policy advocacy initiatives, AmCham provides opportunities for its members and government officials to engage in an on-going dialogue with the intention of improving the business environment for foreign and local investors alike. Advocacy initiatives such as the AmCham Economic Policy Program (AEPP) and the Prime Minister’s Council to Improve the Investment Climate (CIIC) bring together senior government officials with leaders in the business community to discuss and implement recommendations on improving the business environment in Kazakhstan.
Working Groups – AmCham’s working groups are led by specialists in their fields and aim to understand, analyze, and improve the business environment in Kazakhstan. The 15 groups meet in Almaty, Astana, Atyrau and Aktau to exchange ideas, educate members, and contribute to the policy debate in Kazakhstan.
Events – Regular AmCham networking and business development events are held not only in Almaty, where our headquarters are located, but also in Astana, Atyrau, and Aktau. Business focused Workshops, Roundtables, and Conferences feature experts in the business community, and highlight and promote discussion about current business issues. Social events, including the Awards Gala, American Thanksgiving, U.S. Independence Day, and Monthly Sundowners allow members to share experiences, build relationships and build a cohesive sense of community.
Publications – AmCham’s publications and communications strategy ensures the broadest possible visibility for the Chamber and makes its voice heard where it matters. Our publications are distributed not only to members in Kazakhstan, but to AmCham member companies, international organizations, and government offices around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.
AmCham aims to be actively linked to the most important trends and initiatives that will benefit members and encourage further investment and trade in Kazakhstan’s booming economy. This website describes how AmCham carries out its mandate to represent Chamber members in Kazakhstan.