International Info and Resources

Today is: May 29, 2017

HCCL is pleased to provide the following list of resources:  the first group is through the American Chambers of Commerce  in Latin America.  We have chosen this source as most of the information is in English.  There then follows information from other sources in Central America & the Caribbean.

We will add other country specific organizations as we continue to build out our website.

Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA)

AACCLA serves as:

  • a reliable source of information on regional trade and investment issues;
  • a critical point ofcommunication between the AmChams, members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. government;
  • a vehicle for companies based in the U.S. to reach one of the largest business federations in the hemisphere;
  • a coordinator of face-to-face interaction between business and government leaders of the Western Hemisphere; and . . .
  • a  resource for publications produced by the AmChams, including: membership directories, business guides, investment profiles, and magazines.

MISSION

  • AACCLA’s mission is to promote trade and investment between the United States and the countries of the region through free trade, free markets, and free enterprise.

About AmChams

AACCLA’s 23 American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams) are independent, non-profit, business organizations based in 21 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Their primary objective is to promote trade and investment between their countries and the United States. Collectively, AmChams represent over 20,000 U.S. and local companies and executives managing the bulk
of U.S. investment in the region. As members of AACCLA, AmChams are affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest business federation in the world.

AmChams play an important role as links between the private sector and the governments in their host countries and in the United States.  Their unique positioning enables them to effectively lobby for the interests and needs of their members. Their extensive experience and knowledge of doing business in the region make them a key resource for any U.S. company seeking to
expand its operations into the Latin American and Caribbean markets.

AMERICAN CHAMBERS ONLINE:

ASSOCIATIONS

  • Brazil-U.S. Business Council – The Brazil-U.S. Business Council is a bilateral trade organization that works to provide a high-level private sector forum for the business communities of both countries to engage in substantive dialogue on trade and investment issues and communicate private sector priorities to both governments.  http://www.brazilcouncil.org/
  • Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) – Caribbean-Central American Action is a non-profit organization that promotes private sector-generated economic development in the Caribbean and Central America. CCAA promotes trade and investment, works to improve the policy environment for business in the region, and seeks to strengthen the private sector so that it can play its rightful role in building democratic institutions.  http://www.c-caa.org/
  • Council of the Americas – The Council of the Americas promotes the understanding of the
    political, economic, and cultural issues that define and challenge the Americas.  http://www.counciloftheamericas.org/
  • Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) creates partnerships to assist the least advantaged people in Latin America and the Caribbean.  http://www.padf.org/
  • The Trust for the Americas – The Trust for the Americas is a foundation established in 1997 to foster partnership among corporations, foundations, governmental bodies, and academic institutions operating in the America.  http://www.trustfortheamericas.org/
  • TradeRoots
    – TradeRoots is the nation’s leading grass roots trade education program dedicated to raising public awareness of the importance of international trade on the local level.  http://www.traderoots.org/
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. It includes hundreds of associations, thousands of local chambers, and more than 100 American Chambers of Commerce in 91 countries.

NEWS & RESEARCH

  • Roll Call Daily – Roll Call Daily provides news about Capitol Hill and current legislative developments. http://www.rollcall.com/
  • THOMAS – Thomas provides legislative information on the Internet. Use THOMAS to find texts of any legislation and its current status.   http://thomas.loc.gov/
  • LatinFocus –  LatinFocus is a source of information for professionals seeking economic and financial data on the economies of Latin American countries.  http://www.latin-focus.com/
  • National Journal – National Journal provides news and updates on the latest developments on the Hill and in national politics. The National Journal also includes The Hotline, Congressional Daily, Technology Daily, and the American
    Health Line.  http://nationaljournal.com/

REGIONAL INSTITUTIONS

  • Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) – CIPE, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, works to build democracy and market economies throughout the world.   http://www.cipe.org/
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) – The Ex-Im Bank is an independent U.S. Government  agency that helps finance the overseas sales of U.S. goods and services. Ex-Im Bank has supported more than $300 billion  in U.S. exports.   http://www.exim.gov/
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) – The IDB Bank was established in December of 1959 to help accelerate economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean.  http://www.iadb.org/
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) – The IMF is an international organization of 183 member countries, established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment.  http://www.imf.org/
  • North American Development Bank (NADB) – The NADB is an international financial institution established under the auspices of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and capitalized in equal parts by the United States and
    Mexico for the purpose of financing environmental infrastructure projects.  http://www.nadbank.org/
  • Organization of American States (OAS) – The OAS is a multilateral organization comprised of 34 member states in the Western Hemisphere. The OAS was established in 1948.   http://www.oas.org/
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) – OPIC’s mission is “to mobilize and facilitate the participation of United States private capital and skills in the economic and social development of less developed countries and areas, and
    countries in transition from non-market to market economies, thereby complementing the development assistance objectives of the United States.”   http://www.opic.gov/
  • TradePort
    – TradePort is designed to be an easy-to-use tool providing comprehensive trade information. It is an international trade/defense conversion initiative of BAYTRADE, managed by the Bay Area Economic Forum, and LA TRADE, managed by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.   http://www.tradeport.org/
  • U.N. Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean
    (ECLAC)
    – The ECLAC is headquartered in Santiago, Chile and is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded for the purposes of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic relationships among the countries and with the other nations of the world.  http://www.eclac.org/

 

  • United Nations Development Business – UN Development Business (UNDB) is published by the United Nations Department of Public Information and provides a comprehensive source of information on opportunities to supply goods,  works and services for projects financed by the United Nations, governments and theworld’s leading development banks.  http://www.devbusiness.com/
  • World Bank – Founded in 1944, the World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of development assistance of The Bank, which provided US$17.3 billion in loans to its client countries in fiscal year 2001, is now working in more than 100 developing economies, bringing a mix of finance and ideas to improve living standards and eliminate the worst forms of poverty.   http://www.worldbank.org/
  • Inter-American Development Bank:  http://www.iadb.org

 

Other Caribbean & Central American Chambers & Trade Organizations:

Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
www.thebahamaschamber.com

Bahamas Financial Services Board
www.bfsb-bahamas.com

BELTRAIDE  (Belize)
www.belizeinvest.org.bz

Cámara de Comercio Latina de los Estados Unidos (CAMACOL)
www.camacol.org

Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI)
www.caribbeantradecenter.com

Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC)
www.caic.org.tt

Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI)
www.cariri.com

Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce
http://www.caymanchamber.ky

CG/LA Infrastructure
www.cg-la.com

Chamber of the Americas 
www.chamberoftheamericas.com

Chamber of Commerce of Nicaragua
caconic.org.ni

Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Antigua and Barbuda

Chamber of Industry & Commerce – Trinidad and Tobago
www.chamber.org.tt

Competitiveness Commission of Nicaragua
www.competitividad.org.ni

Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce
www.gcacc.com

Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce
www.haitianamericanchamber.com

Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)
www.iica.int

Organismo Internacional Regional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (OIRSA)
www.oirsa.org

Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ)
www.psoj.org

PRONACOM
www.pronacom.org

ProNicaragua
www.pronicaragua.org

Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturer’s Association (TTMA)
www.ttma.com

HCCL  PARTNERS IN HONDURAS:

1. CONSEJO HONDURENO DE EMPRESAS PRIVADAS (COHEP):  www.cohep.com

The Honduran National Business Council (COHEP), founded in 1967, is the highest level business trade organization in Honduras. COHEP’s members are  60 trade associations and chambers of commerce representing every productive sector of the Honduran economy.

COHEP is the political and technical arm of the Honduran private sector. Our organizing philosophy is that private initiative, by encouraging investment, employment and wealth creation,  is the basic pillar of economic development in Honduras, and a critical support for the democratic system.

2. CAMARA DE COMERCIO E INDUSTRIA DE TEGUCIGALPA  (CCIT):  www.ccit.hn/

Founded in 1890, the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Tegucigalpa is the largest chamber of commerce in Honduras.  Its mission is to serve the business sector and defend free enterprise.

3. ASOCIACION NACIONAL DE INDUSTRIALES  (ANDI): www.andi.hn/

Fundada en 1958, la Asociación Nacional de Industriales de Honduras  (ANDI) es una organización empresarial sin fines de lucro, creada con el propósito fundamental de representar y asistir a las unidades productivas del sector industrial a nivel nacional, velar por sus derechos y propiciar la solución de los problemas que de manera general o particular afectan su desenvolvimiento.

Misión

Fortalecer el sector productivo mediante propuestas, gestiones y servicios de desarrollo industrial, siendo una institución sólida, participativa y ética.

Visión

Ser una institución representativa del sector productivo nacional, reconocida por su liderazgo en el fomento de la competitividad y su impacto en el desarrollo sostenible e integral de Honduras.

¿Quiénes integran la ANDI?

  • Las empresas industriales en sus diferentes ramas.
  • Las empresas que prestan servicios o están vinculadas a la actividad industrial.
  • Las gremiales y asociaciones por rama o actividad industrial.

 

4. FIDE, INVERSION Y EXPORTACIONES, HONDURAS:  www.hondurasinfo.hn

 

FIDE,  Inversión y Exportaciones, es una institución privada sin fines de  lucro. Fue creada en 1984 para promover la inversión en el país, apoyar el  desarrollo de nuestras exportaciones y trabajar cerca del gobierno y con otros  organismos privados en la promoción y formulación de nueva legislación  conducente a mejorar el clima de negocios en Honduras.

Su misión ha sido  definida como la promoción del desarrollo sustentable de Honduras mediante el  fomento de las inversiones y las exportaciones a través del mejoramiento  continuo de la competitividad internacional del país y sus empresas.

FIDE cuenta con una serie de programas y  actividades que ofrecen a los inversionistas y empresarios tanto locales como  extranjeros una gama de servicios oportunos al desarrollo de nuevas inversiones  o expansiones, alianzas estratégicas y oportunidades de negocios.

 

5.  WORLD TRADE CENTER OF SAN PEDRO SULA HONDURAS

This organization has not launched yet (Fall 2011) but is being structured at this time.  Stay tuned for more details as we learn them.