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About the U.S. Public Affairs Committee (USPAC)

The U.S. Public Affairs Committee (USPAC) is responsible for AmCham Abu Dhabi’s participation in regional trade associations and for leading AmCham Abu Dhabi’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. For many years, the USPAC organized a delegation from AmCham Abu Dhabi to participate in what began as a traditional “D.C. Door Knock” campaign, and which in recent years has evolved into a sustained yearlong advocacy campaign as well as an intense “AmCham Advocacy Week” in Washington, D.C. Our advocacy efforts are primarily directed towards promoting U.S. policies that encourage export-driven commerce and investment in the region, as well as tax policies designed to keep Americans competitive overseas. AmCham Abu Dhabi is a member of the AmCham Middle East and North Africa Regional Council (AmCham MENA), and represents AmCham MENA in Washington D.C. during Advocacy Week. 


Advocacy Week 2016

AmCham Delegation at U.S. Chamber of Commerce
in Washington D.C., U.S.A.

AmCham Delegation at U.A.E. Embassy
in Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Being heard in Washington, D.C. can be hard to do from Abu Dhabi so USPAC takes advantage of its strong relationships with an array of strategic partners in the U.S. that we have developed over the years. In 2016, the committee engaged Williams & Jensen, a Washington, D.C. based high profile lobby firm that provides strategic guidance, so that our message is conveyed to the right policy makers and so that we make the most of our time on the ground while in Washington, D.C., as well as a sustained advocacy throughout the year. In connection with our 2016 AmCham Advocacy Week, USPAC had over 50 meetings on Capitol Hill with members and senior staff of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. AmCham Abu Dhabi also hosted a reception on Capitol Hill with remarks by Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs MENA Subcommittee Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and the U.A.E. Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef Al Otaiba. In addition, meetings were held with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the U.A.E. Embassy in Washington D.C. Meetings with Obama administration officials were held at the U.S. Departments of Treasury, State and Commerce.

Advocacy Week Fact Sheets:

FEIE      FBAR     U.S. Exports to the U.A.E.




Related Documents, Press Releases & Letters

2015 Foreign Housing Allowance IRC Section 911

2015 Passport Revocation or Denial

2016 Press Release

2015 Press Release

2014 Press Release

2016 Letter to Assistant Secretary Tax Policy Mark Mazmur

2016 Letter to Secretary of State John Kerry

2015 Letter to Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew and Commissioner John Koskinen

Read up on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

Due to Increased Regulations, Americans Abroad Forced to Reconsider Citizenship; article from the Weekly Standard

U.S. Citizens Entitled to Extension;
facts to know if you are U.S. taxpayer filing from abroad


U.A.E.: Top Destination for US Exports in the Middle East; U.S. Chamber of Commerce interview featuring Gregory Golden, Chairman, AmCham Abu Dhabi, 2013

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