Following a successful week on the West Coast last week a delegation from the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland have participated in a series of engagements in Washington DC. This included events as part of the AmChams in Europe USA conference and functions specific to the American Chamber Ireland. Chief Executive, Mark Redmond and Public Affairs Director, Brian Cotter, have been in the US capital to promote the Irish-US and EU-US relationships.
US Chamber of Commerce
On Monday June 1 AmChams in Europe were hosted in the US Chamber of Commerce HQ by President & CEO Thomas J. Donohue. Mr. Donohue expressed his gratitude to the American Chambers across Europe for the work done to enhance the transatlantic economy. A Q&A over lunch was then held with Financial Times World Trade Editor Shawn Donnan.
The Chamber, also on June 1, attended a briefing with Kurt Volker, Executive Director of The McCain Institute. The Institute advances leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom, and human dignity, in the U.S. and around the world.
Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of Commerce
Mr Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, was the Chambers' host for a discussion on TTIP on June 2. Mr Andrews was appointed to his position in July 2014 and previously has served in a number of senior roles in the Department of Commerce and in the US Senate.
Congressman Paul Ryan
On June 3 the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland were honoured to meet Congressman Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The meeting focussed on the importance of TTIP and transatlantic business links. Paul Ryan has been a congressman for the Wisconsin 1st district since 1999 and in 2012 was Governor Mitt Romney's running mate in the US presidential election.
Anne Anderson, Irish Ambassador to the United States
On June 4 a special lunch was hosted by Ambassador Anne Anderson to welcome the Chamber to DC. The lunch, which was hosted in the Ambassador's residence, was attended by a number of business figures with an interest in Ireland.
Congressman Brendan Boyle
The Chamber's final engagement was a meeting with Democratic Congressman Brendan Boyle. Congressman Boyle hosted the Chamber for a meeting about the importance of building the Irish-US business relationship and TTIP. Congressman Boyle was elected to the Pennsylvania 13th district in January of 2015.