Launch of American Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia Heralds New Era in Trade Cooperation

U.S. Embassy Chargé d'Affaires Peter Vrooman, Ethiopian Investment Commission Commissioner Fitsum Arega and Commercial Officer Tanya Cole at the AmCham Ethiopia launch event.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 6, 2016:- U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Peter Vrooman and Commissioner of the Ethiopian Investment Commission Fitsum Arega joined the board of the newly established American Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia to mark the organization’s official launch.

The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Ethiopia was formed to strengthen the century‐old partnership economic ties that have existed between the United States and Ethiopia. The AmCham can play an important role in building a conducive environment for private sector growth, share experiences, and facilitate business capacity building in Ethiopia.

At the launch, AmCham President Daniel Hailu, said, “The AmCham mission is to enhance the commercial and economic business ties between the US and Ethiopia and create an attractive investment climate that facilitates the achievement of the GTP2 goals while creating a space for the private sector that improves the ease of doing business in Ethiopia. ”  He urged member companies to work with the government of Ethiopia to create a business environment where all businesses can thrive.

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Peter Vrooman said the United States is focused on “attracting American companies that are committed to sustainable business practices to invest in Ethiopia because they bring higher production quality, technology transfer, professional training, and create jobs that benefit all Ethiopians.”

American Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AmChams) are voluntary associations of American companies and individuals doing business in a particular country, as well as firms and individuals of the host country who operate in the United States.

Following its official launch, AmCham Ethiopia is actively recruiting new members.  Interested parties should contact the AmCham headquarters: Kirkos Subcity District 08, House No 572 7th Floor Phone: +251 913 814 179 Email:

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