Kazakhstan businessmen flock to American Chamber of Commerce 26 мая 2012, 22:55
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AmCham Executive Director Doris Bradbury. Photo by Dmitriy Khegai©
More and more Kazakh businessmen are trying to get a membership in the American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Executive Director Doris Bradbury told Tengrinews.kz in an interview today.
The number of the Chamber's members has been growing 15-20% every year, but the year 2012 is seeing an even greater surge. It added around 30 companies in the first quarter alone, Doris Bradbury says. The Commerce Chamber was created in 1999 and had only 36 member-companies then. The number has grown to 200 since and includs US, multi-national and local businesses in 30 industries.
Mrs. Bradbury explains that the Chamber is so attractive for the companies because it offers a platform for discussion of acute business-environment-related problems and collective decision-making. Besides being a place to meet potential partners, it is also a place of dialog with the government. "We represent our members' interests in the government and are capable of bringing them to the attention to top level state authorities. This is a very good dialog: they listen to us and we listen to them. When I meet representatives of Chambers from other countries they are surprised to hear that we have such an open dialog here," Doris Bradbury says.
Commenting the new project to revive the Silk Way proposed by President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev at Astana Economic Forum, Mrs. Bradbury says that the United States support the plans to build up the transport connection between East and West. Isolation can be harmful to the economy in the age of globalization - not only to Kazakhstan's economy, but to the global economy as well, she adds.
AmCham Executive Director Doris Bradbury is a career specialist in Eastern Europe and the CIS, bringing to AmCham a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors. After receiving a B.A. (1st Class Honors) in Russian history and literature from McGill University in Canada, she completed an M.Litt. at the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. and pursued Ph.D. research at the University of London and Moscow State University. She has taught at the University of St. Andrews in the U.K. and published research on late 19th century Russian literature. Returning to Canada, she worked in Ottawa for fifteen years for the Canadian government and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, where she headed the Central and Eastern Europe Unit, directing CIS policy reform projects for the Canadian government and serving as Executive Director of the Canada-Russia Economic Policy Program. She has directed projects across Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States, and Central Asia. In 2000 she returned to the U.S. as an Associate Director at the Carter Center in Atlanta, and in 2006 she was appointed Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan.
Doris Bradbury is a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen and speaks English, Russian, French, and Spanish. In her position as AmCham Executive Director, she aims to expand AmCham activities, focus on improving the business environment for foreign investors, continue to grow the current international membership, encourage multi-sector partnerships through new projects, and expand AmCham communications and publications.