The American Chamber of Commerce, Ghana, is the representative arm of U.S. businesses and subsidiaries voluntarily working to create an environment where business can thrive between Ghanaian and American communities.
AmCham promotes commercial, economic, educational, and cultural ties between the United States of America and the Republic of Ghana.
The Chamber is an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest and oldest business association representing nearly three million companies and 130 American Chambers of Commerce worldwide.
The objectives of the Chamber are:
- To help businesses prosper and grow;
- To increase job opportunities;
- To encourage an orderly expansion of all segments of the community;
- To contribute to the overall economic stability of the community and
- To encourage and promote the nation’s private enterprise system of competitive marketing
The Chamber was founded on September 27, 1989, and was known as the “Association of American Businesses.” It was later formally established in August 1997 as the American Chamber of Commerce, Ghana (AmCham Ghana).
The Chamber which is governed by a Board of Directors has a Secretariat located in Accra and is administered on day to day basis by an Executive Secretary.
The programs of the Chamber generally include year-round monthly business luncheons, business development seminars and conferences, local and foreign partnership facilitation, and the provision of useful information on issues that impact members’ businesses.
AmCham is the first point of resort for sourcing business contacts for U.S. Trade and Congressional delegations. Over the years, the Chamber has met with and briefed many Trade and Congressional delegations.
The objective of this Center primarily is to mediate and settle commercial disputes using the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) concept, which has been well received within legal and para-legal circles not only in Ghana but also in many other countries in the world.
The Chamber had also in the past, established an AGOA Help Desk to assist local and U.S. companies to take advantage of opportunities that exist through the AGOA legislation.