The American Chamber of Commerce in Tanzania launches campaign to protect Tanzania’s elephant population. Organization to spearhead US Corporate Social Responsibility effort aimed at anti-poaching and wildlife preservation.
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Contact: Richard Miles
Dar es Salaam, 1 October 2014, The American Chamber of Commerce in Tanzania (AmCham-TZ) is today announcing the launch of a major fundraising campaign to protect Tanzania’s elephant population. AmCham-TZ will be soliciting support from U.S. corporations, Americans doing business in Tanzania, Tanzanian corporations trading with the U.S., and U.S. citizens living and working in Tanzania.
More than 30 elephants are killed every day in Tanzania. “At the end of the year, you’re talking about 10,000 elephants,” according to James Lembeli, chairman of Parliament’s Natural Resources Committee. At this rate, Tanzania’s population of elephants will disappear in less than 10 years.
“It’s up to us to ensure that future generations of elephants continue to thrive in this beautiful country, and that future generations of tourists from around the world come to see them, creating income and employment for the nation,” AmCham Executive Director Richard Miles says, “This is why we are so proud to lead the charge in galvanizing American corporate efforts to protect wildlife.”
The fundraising campaign kicks off at AmCham-TZ’s business networking event tied to the Swahili International Tourism Expo on 1st October, and will conclude with a 5K race and dinner in celebration of the American Thanksgiving holiday on 23rd November 2014.
AmCham-TZ is the local affiliate of the American Chamber of Commerce – the world’s largest business federation representing nearly 3 million businesses worldwide and operating in over 113 countries – all chapters of which facilitate trade and economic opportunities.
AmCham-TZ serves U.S. citizens and U.S. controlled companies doing business in Tanzania as well as Tanzanian business involved in or interested in trade with the U.S. by establishing a network and a forum for sharing information, exchanging ideas, and interacting with relevant U.S. and Tanzanian government policy makers. It aims to increase business and trade between the United States and Tanzania.