Milestones

AMCHAM Jamaica

30 years
Your pathway to global success

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2017

with Launchpad USA, a product of AMCHAM Finland where AmCham Jamaica members can now have access to Launchpad USA, a programme tailored to meet the needs of businesses. Experts will guide and provide the right connections for AMCHAM Jamaica member companies to do business in the United States. This program is for AmCham’s growth companies regardless of industry, size or goals.

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2017

AMCHAM Jamaica signs "Declaration of Intent" with the Economic Growth Council pledging its support of the organization’s growth initiatives for Jamaicans.

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2016

AMCHAM Jamaica signs official agreement with the U.S Chamber of Commerce for its members to become official US Chamber of Commerce members giving them the same benefits as U.S. Companies

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2016

AMCHAM signs exclusive partnership deal with DELTA as the official airline for AMCHAM Jamaica.

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2016

AMCHAM signs 3 Historic Memoranda of Understanding with JAMPRO, the CCAA and TREND Media . These partnerships are to advance AMCHAM Jamaica’s vision of promoting more foreign direct investment into Jamaica while promoting businesses in Jamaica and across USA and Latin America

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2010

The inaugural AMCHAM Business & Civic Leadership Awards honouring excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility, Civic Leadership and Arts & Culture is launched in a new format wherein that year and in the future nominations for these awards would be solicited from Jamaicans islandwide.

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2008

At its ‘Business Leadership and Fundraising Gala’, AMCHAM honours the unparalled contributions of Michael Lee Chin, of NCB, and the Stewart Family, of Stewart’s Auto Sales, without whom the dream of the development of the Model Community Policing Centre and new Edna Manley Health Centre in Grants Pen could never have been realised.

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2008

Grand opening of the ‘Model Community Policing & Services Centre’ and the new Edna Manley Health Centre, in Grants Pen.

AMCHAM celebrates its20th anniversary with the launch of its Corporate Citizenship Gala, recognizing all those who partnered with them in the Grants Pen Initiative.

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2004

AMCHAM’s lobbying efforts in Washington, D. C., lead to the issuance of a directive to Consul Generals prior to taking up their new postings abroad, urging them to work with the AMCHAM in the country of their service, with regard to the issuance of visas related to legitimate business travel.

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2003

AMCHAM is the recipient of The Gleaner ‘Honour Award for Voluntary Service’ in recognition of its work in helping to reform the police force and work in inner-city communities.

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2003

The American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica wins the coveted ‘U. S. Chamber of Commerce International Chamber of the Year Award, 2003’, in an ‘Oscar-like Gala’ in Washington, D. C., presented by then-U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Donald Evans, for their success in driving the landmark U.S. legislation, in recognition of their ground breaking anti-crime initiative and for exemplifying the highest ideals of corporate citizenship.

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2002

AMCHAM, via its Economic Development Foundation of Jamaica (EDFJ), coordinates the involvement of citizens, community and business organizations, political leaders, schools, churches, etc. on the planned initiative to aid in the upliftment of their community; oversaw the design and construction for the development of ‘Model Community Policing & Services Centre’ and the new ‘Edna Manley Health Centre’, in the once volatile community of Grants Pen, raising funding and in-kind contributions from the private sector, agencies of the Government of Jamaica, including the GOJ, the National Health Fund, and the private sector

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2002

AMCHAM’s lobbying efforts in Washington, D. C., enabled the passage of historic legislation through both houses of the U. S. Congress, then signed by then-President George W. Bush, lifting an embargo on USAID funding towards ‘policing activities’ - only for Jamaica. Thereafter, U. S. legislation lifted the ban worldwide, permitting USAID to fund such activities across the globe.

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2001

AMCHAM Jamaica launched its Corporate Social Responsibility efforts funding research by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) of Jamaica’s homicide rate, resulting in ‘The PERF Report’

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2000

At the suggestion of the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica, HRH Prince Charles visits Jamaica to promote The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (PWIBLF), an organization he founded aimed at encouraging corporate social responsibility. AMCHAM’s Executive Director invited as one of 30 business leaders to represent the Latin American region in a business roundtable related to this program.

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2000

Recognizing the support of the AMCHAM’s of the region to this program, AMCHAM’s Executive Director was invited to the White House to witness the signing of the Caribbean Basin Trade Initiative (CBI), by then U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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1998

AMCHAM’s ‘Economic Development Foundation of Jamaica (EDFJ)’ is incorporated under the Companies Act as a Limited Company.

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1986

The American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica (AMCHAM) is launched in Kingston under the auspices of the United States’ Chamber of Commerce and the Association of American Chambers of Commerce of Latin America (AACCLA), which is based in Washington, D.C.