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ABOUT AMCHAM

What we do

Who we are

The Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Costa Rica) was founded over 40 years ago by a group of North American and Costa Rican businesspeople with a vision towards promoting and nurturing the bilateral relationship between the United States and Costa Rica.

Today’s AmCham organization consists of 400 companies and 1300 corporate representatives divided almost equally between Costa Rican and US interests.  The AmCham membership represents all areas of the country´s economic activity including agriculture, livestock, aquaculture, importers/distributors, tourism, manufacturing industries, banks and financial institutions, construction and non-profit organizations.   AmCham member companies represent 80% of Costa Rica’s foreign direct investment and 75% of the country’s exports. 

AmCham is the leading advocate for increased trade and investment between the United States and Costa Rica and is a vigorous advocate for creating the conditions that will enable Costa Rica to become a major global competitor for foreign direct investment.

International Outreach

For nearly a century, the American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams) have been the most influential voice of U.S. business in Latin America and the Caribbean.  The Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) www.aaccla.org based in Washington DC  is composed of 23 AmChams representing more than 20,000 companies and over 80% of US investment in the region.   As an active member of the AACCLA network, AmCham Costa Rica  represents a critical point of communication  between Costa Rica’s  bi-national business community and members of the US Chamber of Commerce and the US government.   


Local Influence

On a national level, AmCham holds a seat on the Board of Directors and is an active participant in the Union of Chambers (UCCAEP) , the umbrella organization representing over 40 private sector chambers in Costa Rica.  

What we do

• AmCham fosters the development of trade and commerce between the United States and Costa Rica. 

• AmCham seeks to improve the country’s competitiveness so that local companies can compete successfully in global markets and so that Costa Rica can remain an attractive location  for world class companies to establish their operations, thereby contributing to the country’s economic growth and social development.

• AmCham serves as a resource and voice for U.S. business and its social and philanthropic interests, highlighting areas in which it is contributing to economic development and poverty reduction.

• AmCham is the collective voice of the US investment community and as such is a vigorous advocate for respect of rule of law and sanctity of contract.

• Amcham is a coordinator for face to face interaction between business and local government leaders.

Services

AmCham offers a variety of activities and services to help its membership be better prepared for doing business locally, regionally and internationally.

AmCham’s International Arbitration and Conciliation Center, authorized by the Ministry of Justice offers an expeditious and cost saving alternative for handling business disputes.  Companies are encouraged to include CICA’s arbitration clause in their business contracts: For more information log onto the CICA website at www.cica.co.cr.

• For US firms looking to do business in Costa Rica AmCham offers its business mission program which consists of organizing and coordinating business meeting agendas with local companies.

• AmCham provides its members with facilitated access to the AmChams operating in 23 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, one of the largest business federations in the hemisphere.

• AmCham offers qualified members an expedited U.S. visa renewal program

• Executive breakfasts, luncheons and seminars on topics directly related to the business and investment environment offer excellent networking opportunities with the bi-national business community as well as facilitated access to government officials and the nation’s top decision makers.

• AmCham members can choose to participate in one or several of the Chamber’s eight active working committees: Corporate Social Responsibility, Disaster Mitigation, Legal Affairs, Economic and Finance, Environmental Action, Trade & Investment, Human Resources, Information Technology.
 
• AmCham provides its member company executives facilitated access to Costa Rica’s political leaders and key decision makers.  

• AmCham’s Annual Membership Directory and Business Guide profiles member companies and includes contact information on company representatives.

• The Chamber’s interactive website and electronic Newsletters contain regular updates on events and activities, news alerts and links to other informative sites. www.amcham.co.cr

•  AmCham actively promotes Corporate Social Responsibility and offers its corporate members the opportunity to share best practices through its  Annual Contribution to the Community Award,  a much coveted recognition of companies that have made ongoing and outstanding contributions in their communities in the social, education and environmental areas.

 

 

 

TECNOLOGIA ACCESO & SEGURIDAD TAS S.A.
HOTEL FINCA PANGOLA LTDA. / (Cinco Ceiba)
LATCO TRUST AND ESCROW
D&PL SEMILLAS LTDA
MOOG MDG S.R.L.
OUTSOURCE EMPRESARIAL, S.A
MASTERCARD COSTA RICA
AMERICAS GATEWAY DEV. CORP. (AMEGA LTDA.)
GRUPO DAYTRON
DESARROLLOS PROVERSA, S.A.