APCAC Doornock Meeting
From June 21- 24, delegates from the American Chambers of Commerce in the Asia- Pacific visited Washington, D. C. for the annual Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers ( APCAC) Doorknock. The delegation met with executive branch personnel, Congressmen, Senators, think- tanks and others for discussions on issues facing U. S. business and U. S. citizens in the AsiaPacific region.
On the agenda were meetings with Tami Overby, Senior Vice President for Asia and Bruce Josten, Executive Vice President for Government Affairs at the U. S. Chamber of Commerce; Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., Former Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Bruce Hirsh, Assistant U. S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea, & APEC and Barbara Weisel, Assistant U. S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia & Pacific at the Office of the United States Trade Representative; Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary at the U. S. Department of Commerce; and Mark Mazur, Assis- tant Secretary for Tax Policy at the U. S. Department of the Treasury, among others. Meetings were also held with the following institutions: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Center for American Progress; Peterson Institute; Center for Strategic & International Studies; and the Heritage Foundation. June 23 was spent on briefings with congressional leaders and group meetings with members of Congress.
The APCAC delegation focused on four key messages ( see opposite side) during their meetings. Members of the delegation emphatically supported the adoption of the Trans- Pacific Partnership ( TPP) as it would set high standards for trade and doing business across the region. Other issues discussed were the detrimental effect U. S. tax laws have on Americans living and working abroad and the accessibility of the APEC Business Travel Card.
As is tradition, APCAC presented awards to deserving individuals who demonstrate leadership in advancing American commerce in the Asia- Pacific region.