American Chamber of Commerce in France

American Chamber of Commerce in France



AmCham France was founded by eleven American businessmen in Paris in 1894, making it the oldest U.S. association overseas. The AmCham President and co-founder Stephen Tyng then defined the Chamber’s role: “Our vocation, in a word, is to be the unofficial hyphen, or trait d’union, between the public authorities and the private enterprises of these two nations, France and the United States.” During his farewell address as AmCham President, Tyng added that “the interweaving of French and American interests in a bond of commercial union will be the best contribution we can make to the larger hopes of the coming century.” While AmCham France has undergone many changes since 1894 and is now a well-renowned think-tank, its fundamental mission retains these sentiments.

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