Why You Should Join the Washington Doorknock
As those of you who were able to join us for the 2015 APCAC Business Summit can attest, the annual spring conference of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) is the premier platform for American business leaders to share knowledge and discuss issues relevant to American business in Asia-Pacific. We were pleased to welcome so many members, counterparts, and friends from across the region and thank everyone again for making the Summit such a success.
While the Summit remains the premier event in Asia, APCAC’s annual Washington Doorknock brings the issues facing American business here directly to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. During the Doorknock, business leaders and executive staff from APCAC member chambers meet with administration officials, think tank fellows, political commentators, Senators, Representatives, and Congressional staff members to discuss policy issues affecting American business in Asia. As the United States government continues to focus on supporting and promoting U.S. business in Asia, it is more and more important that frontline business leaders provide insights about opportunities and obstacles based on personal and corporate experience in the region.
Indeed, it’s this “boots on the ground” experience that lawmakers value and the reason that APCAC delegations continue to get high-level meetings year after year. The issues that participants discuss change as the environment in Asia-Pacific changes, but the need for U.S. lawmakers to hear from us never does. Last year, AmCham Executive Director Judith Fergin joined the Washington Doorknock on behalf of the Chamber and wrote a synopsis of the event. In addition to participation by our executive team, AmCham Singapore has historically sent strong delegations from our membership, reinforcing the message that U.S. policies and decisions truly matter to executives in Asia.
This year’s Washington Doorknock will take place June 22-25. If you can possibly make it, I strongly encourage you to do so because the issues that Members of Congress hear are the issues we discuss on the Doorknock. Why not make sure those issues are your company’s issues?
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If you have any questions about the Doorknock or any of our advocacy efforts, please do not hesitate to contact me.