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Niels Marquardt CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia has a monthly message regarding the achievements and activities of AmCham Australia.

CEO Message December 2016


Season’s Greetings from AmCham!  As the year ends, we look back at 2016 as an incredibly productive year for AmCham Australia. Having moved recently to 48 Hunter Street, Robert Hossary and I are finding that being in the heart of the Sydney CBD has really improved our productivity and our sense of connection to our members here. And in January, AmCham will have a new face in both Queensland and South Australia, as we bid farewell to Robyn and Steve Houghton after more than a decade with AmCham. Let me pause to thank the Houghtons for all they have done to propagate the AmCham spirit in their two states. In Adelaide, that new face belongs to Berni Sewer, and in Brisbane our new General Manager is Alicia Doherty. Both Berni and Alicia bring to their new missions strong connections to both their Australian community and the United States. We are extremely fortunate to have found them both, and I know you will enjoy working with them if you have the chance to do so. Meanwhile, in Perth and Melbourne, AmCham continues to benefit from seasoned leadership under Penelope Williamson and Ray Doyle respectively. All of us and our teams send you our warmest holiday greetings and best wishes for 2017!    Continue reading

CEO Message November 2016

What a week!  Few predicted Donald Trump’s victory – I certainly did not – but now we can all focus on understanding what it will mean for future business between the US and Australia.  I think we can expect the US to continue its strong leadership role in the Asia-Pacific region and that our security alliance will endure and strengthen; please take statements to the contrary with more than a grain of salt!  Continue reading

CEO Message October 2016

There is a lot of news this month!  First of all, after a quarter-century headquartered in The Rocks, AmCham has moved to Sydney’s CBD!  We are now on Level 6 at 48 Hunter Street. A location closer to our members and a facility better able to host in-house events are two of the main reasons for the change.  We will be holding many more events chez nous, and so we look forward to welcoming you all there in the future.  Consul General Val Fowler has kindly agreed to open the new offices with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 27.  We are also pleased to welcome Val warmly to her new life in Sydney with upcoming boardroom lunches in her honour.
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CEO Message September 2016

As the end of the year draws nearer, we at AmCham are truly gearing up for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ratification end game in Washington. Our Trade and Government Committee released AmCham’s TPP Position Paper, which – Inside U.S. Trade reports – calls for a vote to ratify the TPP during the ‘lame-duck session’ of Congress, following the elections on November 8. Right now, the business community needs to be even more energetic in highlighting the benefits of free trade and open markets to business, consumers, unions, and workers. So I invite you to join in making the case for the TPP by contacting your senior executives in the US, and asking them to call on key members of Congress to compel a vote on TPP before the end of 2016. Finally, AmCham is now planning to send another delegation to Washington to knock on doors in Congress after the election to push for TPP ratification. If you are interested in coming with us, please let me know! Continue reading


The last month has been a tremendously busy one in the political calendar on both sides of the Pacific. After the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in the US and a relatively long election season in Australia, now is perhaps the time to revisit how we might best make our priorities on trade, tax, investment and other important issues known. On AmCham’s second Canberra Doorknock to be held later this year on 12-13 October, we hope to once again make the case for a fairer business environment in Australia: one that gives due recognition to the crucial contribution made by US companies to Australia’s economy through trade and investment flows, and one that is more conducive to attracting and maintaining these flows in the future. Continue reading


Australia is well and truly buzzing this week with the visits to Melbourne and Sydney by Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden. At AmCham’s round table event on Monday at the Sydney Opera House, Vice President Biden exchanged views with a group of senior Australian business leaders and enterprising entrepreneurs on the major issues that affect doing business in Australia. Biden spruiked Australia as the future innovation centre of the southern hemisphere and was highly appreciative of the multiple, constructive roles played by Australians in providing global leadership. As always, we at AmCham were pleased to highlight what matters most to our members when high profile US visitors venture Down Under!
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CEO Message June 2016

This month I am writing to you from the belly of the beast – Washington DC – where our annual Washington Doorknock has just begun. Here at the epicentre of the US political machine, we are meeting with the Obama Administration and leading think tanks to highlight the trade, tax and investment issues that matter most to our members. In particular, we are here to lobby Congress to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Despite an abundance of anti-trade rhetoric on the US campaign trail, it is difficult to overstate the importance of securing passage this year of the TPP for Australia’s – and indeed the region’s – economic future. As Australia’s Ambassador to the United States, Joe Hockey, remarked in a recent speech, “like the United States, we’re a nation whose prosperity has been built on free, open markets and participation in global commerce.” Continue reading

CEO Message May 2016

It seems to be all politics, all the time, in both America and Australia.  Across the Pacific, the US election frenzy continues to captivate, stimulate and sometimes scare spectators and stakeholders around the world. With Donald Trump the last one standing in the Republican race, it’s looking like a Trump vs. Clinton election in November. This is all the more reason for you to join us at the heart of the action on our annual Washington Doorknock, June 21-24 , just weeks before the conventions that crown each party’s ticket for the general election. Click here for details on joining our delegation.  You will have the opportunity to lobby the Congress on the trade, investment and bilateral tax issues that matter most to you, including ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Through meetings with the Obama Administration and leading Think Tanks, you will also gain key insights into the fascinating political process unfolding across America. Please join me for this fantastic opportunity! Continue reading