World Chambers Federation

World Chambers Federation (WCF) is ICC’s unique and truly global forum uniting the global network of 12,000 chambers and their respective business communities. As well strengthening links among chambers, WCF also helps individual chambers become more productive.

As a non-political, non-governmental body, WCF is the backbone of the chamber community providing a platform for chamber leaders to communicate and collaborate with each other on matters of mutual interest and facilitating beneficial partnerships.

ICC WCFWCF’s extensive chamber membership plays a pivotal role in connecting ICC to SMEs worldwide and in promoting the important role SMEs play in the global economy. Recognising this valuable role, WCF provides chambers with the support they need to help SMEs face the challenges and opportunities of globalisation.

WCF works to enhance chamber capacity to foster private sector development and has developed strong ties with a range of multilateral organisations, including the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and regional development banks.

WCF also works with other private sector groups to extend programmes of assistance and training for chambers of commerce, particularly from developing and least developed countries.

Initially called the International Information Bureau of Chambers of Commerce, WCF was renamed International Bureau of Chambers of Commerce in 1966, before adopting its present name in 2001.

The activities and projects of WCF involve local, regional, national, bilateral, transnational, as well as public-law and private-law chambers.

Executive board
World Chambers Federation governance

World Chambers Federation members are eligible to serve on WCF's General Council (Governing Body), which sets the strategic direction and development of WCF's services.

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History of the chamber movement
History of the chamber movement

The long history of the chamber movement can be traced back to 1599, when the term “chamber of commerce" appeared for the first time, in Marseille, France.

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Women in business
Chamber partnerships and initiatives

A Transnational Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a group of chambers sharing a similar geographical region, economic grouping, cultural or language basis. Transnational chambers can be found in most regions of the world.

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World Chambers Congress
World Chambers Congress

Organized by the ICC World Chambers Federation, the World Chambers Congress is the only international forum for chamber leaders and professionals to share best-practices, exchange insights, develop networks, address the latest business issues affecting their communities, and learn about new areas of innovation from chambers around the world.

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ICC Commercial Mediation Competition
World Chambers Competition

World Chambers Competition is organized by the ICC World Chambers Federation. It is the only global awards programme to recognize the most innovative projects undertaken by chambers of commerce and industry from around the world.

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