Dear Ministers and Deputy Ministers, dear President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia and Members of the AmCham Board of Directors, dear distinguished guests, thank you for joining me tonight. It is becoming a very pleasant tradition for me to deliver policy speeches before the AmCham, a tradition that reflects the strong partnership the Embassy enjoys with the Chamber and our deep respect and appreciation for the work you do in furthering U.S.-Armenia bilateral ties. As all of you know, I gave my first major policy speech before the Chamber and distinguished guests from the government back in November 2015.
On Friday, August 5, 2016, AmCham held yet another traditional Friday Night event at Cactus Mexican restaurant, a recent member of AmCham Armenia. This time, AmCham changed the format of regular Friday nights, organized in pubs, and shifted to an open-air setting.
Following up on its advocacy agenda, AmCham held a presentation on September 8, 2016, where an alternative to the current draft tax code was presented.
On October 6, 2016, AmCham held a breakfast meeting with the newly appointed U.S. Consul, Ms. Erin Eussen. Representatives of around 20 member companies participated in the meeting at Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan’s Cucina Restaurant.
AmCham Convenes its Annual General Meeting
On November 18, 2016, American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia (AmCham) held its consecutive Annual General Meeting in Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan. The meeting was chaired by AmCham president Tigran Jrbashyan. Among the presented and discussed issues were the achievements, development prospects of the organization, and its financial reports.The General Meeting elected Ara Hovsepyan (CEO of ContourGlobal Hydro Cascade CJSC) in the office of AmCham President.
On 30th November, 2016 AmCham hosted a discussion session with John B. Judis, an American journalist, a senior writer at The National Journal, an editor-at-large at Talking Points Memo, contributing editor to The American Prospect, and a former senior editor at The New Republic. The discussion topic was the U.S. elections. The interested members of AmCham had a warm question/answer session with the honorable guest.
On December 15, 2016, AmCham Armenia held its traditional Christmas Party at Salon Restaurant, located on 8 Abovyan street. The party comprised of a number of program items that kept the guests entertained at all times. For more pictures please visit the link: Facebook Album: Christmas Party 2016
On 21 December 2016, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Armenia generously hosted AmCham Board members in the factory, gave a special tour, and presented projects and recent accomplishments by CCHBCA. AmCham Board also held its December Board meeting there. The participants had an exciting experience at Coca-Cola factory, thanks to AmCham Board member Ms. Elina Markaryan, Public Affairs and Communications Director at CCHBCA.
On 12 January 2017, AmCham participated in the opening ceremony of the Center for Strategic Initiatives led by the RA Prime Minister, Mr. Karen Karapetyan.
On 26 December 2016, AmCham Board met with the RA Prime Minister, Mr. Karen Karapetyan, and his advisor, Mr. Eduard Nersisyan. Having presented AmCham and its operations, the participants discussed hot topics for business environment in Armenia, reforms that would lead to trade and investment promotion in the country,and venues for AmCham and Armenian Government further cooperation.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, AmCham held a membership meeting with the U.S. Embassy’s invited expert, Mr. Peter Ainsworth. As part of Mr. Ainsworth’s current position as the Senior Anti-Corruption Counsel, he advises the U.S. government officials, foreign governments, and representatives of multi-national organizations on anti-corruption enforcement issues. Consequently, the main topic of the presentation was the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
On June 16, 2016, the AmCham staff organized a farewell party for the executive director Diana Gaziyan. As usual, there were various snacks and an assortment of different beers provided to the guests.
On May 20, 2016, AmCham organized yet another Friday Night gathering for the representatives of its member companies. As usual the event was organized with snacks and beer, providing an excellent opportunity for socializing and networking.
On February 26, 2016, AmCham hosted its traditional Friday Night event in the Fiction Pub, where representatives of around 30 member companies joined the AmCham staff for a social get-together. As always, the Friday Night event provided an excellent opportunity for the members to socialize and network, while enjoying the beer and appetizers provided by AmCham.
|On April 20, 2016, AmCham held a membership meeting with the recently appointed RA Minister of Economy, Mr. Artsvik Minasyan.|
|Taking into account best international practices in terms of transfer pricing and its actuality in the modern corporate world, as well growing interest of AmCham members to this topic, AmCham invited presenters from USAID funded...|
|AmCham held its traditional Christmas celebration on December 18, 2015 this year. It took place at Megerian Carpet at 9 Madoyan Street. Around 70 invited guests participated in the event that offered a friendly atmosphere|
|On November 24, 2015, AmCham held its fifteenth Annual General Meeting (AGM). Total of 35 AmCham members attended the AGM. The number of voting members, including proxy votes, was 32. U.S. Embassy representative Raphael Sambou (Economic and Commercial Officer) was also present at the meeting.|
|AmCham organized an informal meeting with the U.S. Consular section, namely Mr. Frank Tu, the U.S. Consul; Mr. Benjamin J. Smith...|
|In half a year, there will start a phased removal of international sanctions imposed on Iran, which will open new geopolitical and economic horizons for this country. According to experts, Iran will act cautiously but firmly.|
|When talking about the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), we unintentionally compare it to the European Union (EU) and try to understand its challenges and opportunities. The main difference lies in the fact that...|
|This July, there took place the subsequent meeting of the Anti-Corruption Council under the Government of Armenia. During the meeting, the position of the government with regard to Armenia`s joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was announced.|
|AmCham Board Directors met with the representatives of the Ministry of International Economic Integration and Reforms, to speak in the name of the businesses about...|
|The American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia (AmCham) is looking for a candidate to fill the permanent position of Deputy Executive Director, who will be able to lead and coordinate the activities of the organization in line with AmCham's mission of promoting the best business practices in Armenia.|
On March 26, the AmCham President and Acting Executive Director met with the representatives of the Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen (UMBA), Haykaz Bakhshetyan (Vice President) and Eduard Kirakosyan (Executive Director).
AmCham held another traditional Friday Night event on March 13 this time. The event took place at the Station Pub, located in Gh. Parpetsi Street.
On March 13 AmCham held its regular Board Meeting. The main subjects of the meeting were a) the discussion of AmCham commercial activities, b) President’s report of the latest major events, c) financial issues...
On March 12, 2015, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung organized a dinner discussion in Yerevan for the delegation of European and American policymakers, experts, analysts and journalists.
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) Technical Assistance Mission on Customs Administration from Washington DC hosted AmCham members at the IMF office in Yerevan. The aim of the meeting was...
Together with the Ministry of Finance, AmCham held a meeting to cover issues related to the new tax code and its implications for business in terms of Armenia’s joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
|The U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC), together with the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, held a special business event with officials from the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, in Moscow.|
|On February 12, the AmCham President and Executive Director met with the Chairman of Standing Committee on Economic Affairs of the Armenian National Assembly, Mr. Vardan Ayvazyan.|
|On February 5-6, 2015, AmCham Armenia President Tigran Jrbashyan and Executive Director Diana Gaziyan participated in the Annual South Caucasus Infrastructure & New Energy Investment Summit, which took place...|
|On January 30, 2015, AmCham held an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in Erato hall of Armenia Marriott Hotel. Out of 56 regular members, 13 members attended the EGM. The total number of voting members, including the proxy votes, was 23...|
|On January 20, 2015, AmCham held a meeting for its IT member companies, to discuss the situation that occurred as a result of the recent dram depreciation against the U.S. dollar, and corresponding inflation, as well as to understand how it affected the IT companies, specifically in the area of employee remuneration.|