About The American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago (AmCham)
The origin of AMCHAM Trinidad and Tobago (AMCHAM T&T) goes back to December 1991, when the idea was raised at a U.S. businessman’s breakfast at the residence of the then U.S. Ambassador, Mrs. Sally Cowal. The idea was enthusiastically embraced and in April 1992, a group representative of 12 business enterprises held an historic meeting that took the first positive steps to form The American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago.
Developments came swiftly with setting up of the legal infrastructure, formal application to the President, registration and distribution of the AMCHAM T & T Articles of Association. In May 1993, the organization was formally accepted as a member of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce of Latin America (AACCLA) and the Chambers of Commerce of the USA (COCUSA). From an initial group of 12 at its formation, AMCHAM T &T had grown to 90 by January 1994, and now boasts of approximately 300 members to date.
Our Vision and Mission
To be the preferred private sector business organisation for the stimulation of free and fair trade and investment within the Americas and the Caribbean.
AMCHAM T&T Mission
AMCHAM will add value to our member companies within the following key focus areas:
Enhancement of Competitiveness
Generation of New Business and Market Access for Services/Goods
Influence on Policies and Legislation
Transfer of Knowledge
Contribution to Sustainable Development
In this context, AMCHAM Trinidad & Tobago will serve the needs and represent the interests of its members.
Our strong mix of formidable local and international member companies; strong networking links; close association with the U.S. Embassy; alliances with the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) and the Chambers of Commerce of the United States of America (COCUSA); all ensure rapid access to what you need to compete effectively both locally and in overseas markets. We can therefore secure for members strategic information on doing business in a particular country; as well as set up introductions to the right business organisations or companies in the US and throughout the western hemisphere.
Become a Member
Kindly note that the process to join the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad & Tobago is as follows:
Complete Membership Application Form, and Appendix to Application Form (to list Director information)
Attach a company profile to the form.
Payment of a one-time application fee of TT$1380 (inclusive of VAT)
The application requires a recommender and a seconder from two (2) existing AmCham T&T Members. Visit our website to search the Membership Directory for companies that you may know http://www.amchamtt.com/members/
The application will then be forwarded to our Board for approval, upon which you will be issued an invoice for the Annual Membership Fees.
For further information please contact our Secretariat Office at 622-4466.
Benefits of Membership
Did you know?
Our strong mix of formidable local and international member companies; strong networking links; close association with the U.S. Embassy and alliances with the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) all ensure rapid access to what you need to compete effectively both in local and overseas markets. We can therefore secure for members strategic information on doing business in a particular country; as well as set up introductions to the right business organisations or companies in the U.S. and throughout the western hemisphere.
As your door to opportunities in a globalised environment, some of AMCHAM T&T’s services are listed below.
U.S. Visa Facilitation
You are eligible to use this facility for renewal of visitor’s visas from the U.S. Embassy forBUSINESS travel ONLY. In addition, when the automated visa appointment services areas are ‘backlogged’, AMCHAM T&T may facilitate expedited visa appointments for business travel and training for company personnel. This is available at no cost to our member companies on the AMCHAM T&T database.
AMCHAM T&T Visa Facilitation has:
An expedited appointment program for visa interviews
Simplified applications process coordinated through AMCHAM
Very high success rate for visa applications (but applicants must qualify on his/her own merits)
Direct e-mail contact with the officer at Consulate
For timely processing we recommend participants submit visa application information at least one month prior to intended travel date.
For more information please contact Mrs. Phyllis Johnson, Visa and Administration Officer at[email protected]
Executive Appointment Service
How does it work? Here are the steps: –
A request for the Executive Appointment Service is sent to AMCHAM T&T in the country of your choice or to the relevant Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. Details of your company’s business, the length of your stay and the number of appointments that you would require per day are to be included in this request.
Confirmation is received from the corresponding AMCHAM or Chamber of Commerce. Research is then done to seek out best-matched companies for you to do business with. Letters are sent and dates and times of appointments are set.
Upon your arrival to that country, you will receive an itinerary of appointments and profiles of the companies that you will be meeting with. These companies, in turn, would already have received your company profile through the corresponding AMCHAM or Chamber of Commerce.
You may of course require additional services such as a meeting room with refreshments; possible site visits; taxi service etc. These can be arranged with the corresponding AMCHAM or Chamber of Commerce and is discussed individually with companies wishing to use this service.
AMCHAM Trinidad and Tobago also offers this service to foreign companies wanting to do business locally.
Access to the AMCHAM T&T Member Database
Listed AMCHAM T&T executives may request at any time from AMCHAM T&T the most updated version of our membership database highlighting companies’ names, addresses and executives’ contact information. An excel version is also available.
For more information, or to request a copy of our database, please contact Melissa Pierre, Trade and Communications Officer,[email protected]
Access to current information
Each month AMCHAM T&T invites a prominent speaker to make presentations to its members. These addresses provide the most current facts, data and statistics. Some past presenters include: Robert Riley, President, BP TT LLC, Senator The Honourable Danny Montano and David Abdullah Chief Education & Research Officer, Oilfield Worker’s Trade Union. These monthly meetings are usually held at no cost to AMCHAM T&T members when the event is sponsored.
Executive Information Service
Launching a new product or service?
AMCHAM T&T’s Info Sessions are an excellent way of niche marketing to the decision makers of our 300 member companies, as well as to the wider business community. AMCHAM T&T will be responsible for sending out notices of the session to our members and the wider business community, registration, organizing the room and refreshments as well as any other administrative duties that may arise.
AMCHAM T&T has a variety of events that provide unique marketing and corporate branding opportunities for its members.
Monthly Meetings: As noted above, each month AMCHAM T&T hosts a monthly meeting, in an attempt to maximize the amount of persons receiving the information that AMCHAM T&T provides, we try to source a ‘sponsor’ which we refer to as a Corporate Associate. Once these corporate associates are sourced, the meeting is hosted at no cost to AMCHAM T&T financial members. Sponsors are entitled to the following:
Corporate Associate signage on display on the day of the programme
Literature on the corporate associate distributed on the day
Acknowledged formally in the Aide Memoir and Vote of Thanks
Acknowledged as the corporate associate in the marketing of the meeting among AMCHAM T&T’s 300 member companies
AMCHAM T&T’s Annual General Meeting (AGM): Each year AMCHAM T&T hosts its AGM at which the appointment of new directors is completed, the auditors and report of the Board of Directors is read. Corporate Associates of this event are entitled to the benefits listed above.
AMCHAM T&T’s Health, Safety, Security & Environmental (H.S.S.E.) Conference: Annually, AMCHAM T&T hosts its H.S.S.E. Conference which features diverse, up-to-date and enlightening presenters from the local and international arena. The conference sheds new light on the H.S.S.E. sphere through its Certified Training, Executive Seminars, Booth Displays, Workshops & Networking Sessions. Corporate branding opportunities are limitless at this conference due to the number of persons that attend and the size of the conference.
AMCHAM T&T Citigroup Linkage Golf Tournament: This annual golf tournament has become one of the most prestigious corporate golf tournaments on the business calendar due to the level of networking opportunities that it provides. There are approximately 200 invited guests and supporters present on the day among which are usually Ministers of the Trinidad and Tobago Government, officials from the U.S. Embassy and the diplomatic corps.
AMCHAM T&T’s Trade & Investment Conference: The underlying objective of this conference is to provide a forum for the dissemination of information and exchange of opinions. AMCHAM T&T, through its Trade and Investment Committee, has always sought and obtained the involvement of eminent and knowledgeable experts to present at our conferences. Our penchant for expertise and excellence remains unabated. Corporate Associates have the opportunity to market products and services that are not only designed for the T&T market but for the international due to the nature of the conference which also focuses on issues which impact upon free and fair trade and development to promote free and fair trade among the countries of the region.
(Event MUST be trade or business related)
AMCHAM T&T can arrange the logistics of your event, all arrangements including sending out invitations via email or otherwise, following for responses, coordination of logistics at venue before and after function, special invitation to ministers / diplomatic corps. Etc. An AMCHAM T&T staff member will also be present to coordinate on the day of the event.