The American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama (AmCham) was created on October 31, 1979, by a handful of business people who felt that the organization could be an important voice in promoting business ideas in Panama. AmCham membership has grown from 68 firms in its first year, to over 450 member companies today, that represent more than 15 commercial and industrial sectors of the Panamanian economy. Since its founding, the Chamber has provided members with conferences, forums and seminars on a variety of important topics.
As the independent voice business in Panama, AmCham has been instrumental in communicating U.S. trade and multinational commerce concerns to the American Embassy, as well as to the U.S. Congress in Washington. Improved communications and better understanding between U.S. and Panamanian member companies have also resulted from the Chamber´s activities. AmCham also promotes and supports the development of CSR programs within the AmCham membership. Since 2008, AmCham honors member companies for outstanding contributions and leading practices in social responsibility with the “Good Corporate Citizen Award”.
AmCham is a non-profit, non-political and independent association that promotes free enterprise in Panama. Panama´s Chamber is affiliated with the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) and is fully accredited member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of America.