The representatives of AmChams across Europe and Eurasia were supposed to be gathering in Washington, DC, and Raleigh, North Carolina, to meet for their regular U.S. annual conference between May 10, 2020, and May 15, 2020. Though the Covid-19 has prevented the ACE representatives from traveling to the U.S. to meet with each other and with relevant stakeholders, ranging from private companies and international organizations to key government agencies, they had the opportunity to meet with Washington DC partners through a series of virtual sessions in the scope od ACE-US Week: Washington D.C. Virtual Outreach.
More than 60 AmChams’ representatives from over 30 countries were delighted to be e-hosted by prominent governmental and private organizations and senior speakers to discuss the Transatlantic relations and collaboration, Covid-19 situation and its economic consequences, and other relevant topics.
They have met with senior representatives of the government organizations, including the U.S. Department of Commerce and Ian Steff, Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, senior representatives of the U.S. Department of State, as well as Katherine R. Kalutkiewicz, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Trade Policy, National Economic Council. “The COVID-19 situation is very unpleasant for all of us. But we are all in this together as a global community. We need to learn from each other’s successes and failures” was one of her main messages to the ACE community.
The ACE Community also had very informative and insightful breakout sessions with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Atlantic Council. They have also met with Jon Decker, White House Correspondent, Fox News Radio, who provided them with an exciting insight into 2020 U.S. Elections.
The main message of the Washington DC Virtual outreach was that Transatlantic cooperation is now more valuable than ever before.