More than 230 years ago, Sweden and the United States established a commercial alliance that recognized Sweden as the first European power to voluntarily and without solicitation offer its friendship to the newly formed United States.
Over the centuries, our friendship has formed a robust network of connections. And today our transatlantic relationship is stronger and more important than ever.
This year’s Transatlantic Conference and Brussels Briefing brought together 37 representatives from 23 AmChams across Europe to exchange views on advocacy and ways to cooperate. What is more, the annual Transatlantic Economy 2017 survey on jobs, trade and investment between the U.S. and Europe was released and showed that the two regions are more deeply integrated than any other in the world.
Despite many challenges and uncertainties, both regions are experiencing growth and confidence in their markets, while unemployment rates decrease. The report presents a compelling case for a more integrated trade and investment relationship between the U.S. and the EU, as well as the UK post-Brexit.
We see the current challenges to globalization as an opportunity for businesses large and small to change the way we talk about trade and its benefits. Indeed, the flow of ideas and data in the era of digitalization is filled with opportunity.
We also firmly believe the business community has a key role to play in the future direction of transatlantic cooperation. Strong trade and investment flows between across the Atlantic will allow U.S. and EU to continue setting the global regulatory agenda.
AmCham Sweden continues to promote U.S.- Swedish trade and investment and U.S. commercial interests in Sweden based on the strong foundation of the American-Swedish partnership. Accordingly, we stand ready to work with public and private sector partners to strengthen trade and investment between the U.S. and Sweden. We remain vigilant for policy developments that could impact this endeavor, and will provide updates to our members and partners as soon as information we receive can be verified.