Karibu AMCHAM 2016!
On behalf of the Board of Directors and ACHAM team, Happy New Year and warm wishes for 2016! Under President Magafuli’s leadership, the business and investment climate is expected to be phenomenal. We are excited to serve as a resource as embark on a productive and engaging year.
AMCHAM closed out 2015 by welcoming dynamic new members to our Board, Mr. Amit Patel of Formula 10 Group and Mr. Dan Holodnik of Ametan Contractors. Thank you to Ms. Clementine James and Ms. Lucy Minde for their two years of service on the Board. We also bid good bye to Mr. Richard Miles and thank him for his strong leadership as Executive Director. Moving forward, AMCHAM’s executive functions will be carried out by Bernadette Mende as the General Manager. I look forward to introducing the new members and Bernadette at our first event of the year. Highlights of the last year included meeting President Magafuli during his private sector forum, hosting U.S Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and holding a breakfast briefing with the Minister for Economic Empowerment and the Executive Secretary of the Planning Commission in the President’s office to discuss Tanzania five year plan.
As a key partner of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation, AMCHAM was also invited to comment on the second draft of the National Private Sector Development Policy. Lastly, we held events on Mobile Finance and training for job seekers and donated nearly $50,000 to wildlife conservation through our annual Thanksgiving celebration. At year end, we had doubled our membership and closed on solid financial footing.
During round table discussions at the Annual General Meeting in December, we heard your feedback on membership services and engagement, policy advocacy, events and development. This shaped our goals and objectives for 2016 firmed up during the Board Strategy meeting in January and we will always welcome your input as the year progresses.
Looking forward to a great 2016 with your continued interest and support.
Hope to see you soon.
Laura Kelley President