AmCham Macedonia Summer 2013 (issue 38) - Page 3

Dear AmCham Macedonia members and friends – Welcome to the summer edition of Emerging Macedonia. Despite the markedly slower pace in Skopje at this time of year, we’ve prepared a collection of interesting and timely articles for your perusal. It may not meet the strict definition of a “beach read”, but I think you’ll find it worthwhile, nonetheless! In early June, I attended the AmChams in Europe annual Transatlantic Conference in Washington, D.C. This gathering provides a chance each year for AmChams all over the continent to touch base with one another as well as with policy makers and colleagues in the United States. By attending these high-level meetings with State Department, U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Chamber of Commerce officials, I got a first-hand sense for Washington’s current focus areas in general and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) in particular. I’ve included an article on the trade deal to bring members up to speed on what this process means and how it will ultimately impact Macedonia. Coming up this fall, I’ll be excited to welcome Ms. Emily Fowler, Senior Vice President for Strategy & Business Development at Fix Challenges, Inc., and Mateja Forstnaric, Partner at Odgers Berndtson, for a seminar entitled, “Advantages of Gender Diversity in Organizational Leadership, Strategy & Innovation”. These two presenters bring a fantastic mix of experience and passion on issues ranging from strategic human resources practices in southeastern Europe to the gender gap in business and from gender intelligence to business strategy development and innovation. Whether you are a man or a woman, an “HR person” or not, you will not want to miss this event! Then in October we will hold our annual General Assembly, where members will need to fill 4 Board seats. I cannot understate the importance of Board service to our organization and encourage interested members to contact me for more information and/or visit our website: under About -> Board of Directors. With best wishes for a revitalizing summer break, Michelle Osmanli Executive Director American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia • Ivo Lola Ribar 59A-1/15, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia Phone: (+389 2) 3216 714; Fax (389) 2 3246 950 • Emerging Macedonia Summer 2013 Issue 38 3