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Having competed against two other chambers of commerce, the Brazilian Confederation of Trade and Business Associations (CACB) has been named co-organiser of the 2019 World Chambers Congress. The winning bid seals the destiny of the 11th edition of the global chambers forum, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro.

The announcement was made officially by Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) World Chambers Federation (WCF) Peter Mihok. Mr Mihok said: “All three chambers delivered impressive bidding presentations that showcased each country’s ingenuity and unique potential for business, as well as their organisation’s institutional capacity to hold this event. However, it was Rio’s bid that proved to be the preferred candidate by a majority of the WCF General Council—the selection committee responsible for making this decision.”

CACB competed against two impressive bids submitted by the Bogota Chamber of Commerce (Colombia) and the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce (United States).

With the theme “Creating a shared future,” CACB hopes to not only connect the global chambers network but to also provide a clear agenda of actions items for chambers of commerce to implement in their own regions.

President of CACB George Pinheiro said: “We would like to thank the trust of the members of ICC WCF General Council and confirm that Brazil and CACB—along with the Rio de Janeiro Chamber of Commerce (ACRio)—are going to promote a great event for chambers of commerce and businesspeople of the world in Rio de Janeiro in 2019.”

We would like to thank the trust of the members of ICC WCF General Council and confirm that Brazil and CACB–along with the Rio de Janeiro Chamber of Commerce (ACRio)–are going to promote a great event for chambers of commerce and businesspeople of the world in Rio de Janeiro in 2019.”

Also commenting on Rio’s victory, President of ACRio Pualo Protasio said: “The 11th World Chambers Congress in Rio will be the next important global achievement after the Olympic Games. We are committed to this event and look forward to going to Sydney.”

Brazil’s second-largest city, Rio de Janeiro is used to hosting large international events.  The cosmopolitan city hosted the 1950 and 2014 World Cup, and most recently, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Having once been the national capital, many businesses have flocked to the region, allowing the “Marvellous City” to become one of the largest economies and financial centres of the country.

Vice-President of CACB and member of the ICC WCF General Council said: “It will be an honour to welcome delegates to Rio de Janeiro. Now it is time for the hard work: to create a shared future.”

It will be an honour to welcome delegates to Rio de Janeiro. Now it is time for the hard work: to create a shared future.”

The Congress provides a unique experience for chamber leaders and their business members to share valuable knowledge; explore future development opportunities; and discuss global trends affecting their local communities.

Stephen Cartwright, CEO of the NSW Business Chamber of Commerce, co-organiser of 2017 edition of the Congress said: “Hosting the World Chambers Congress is a great privilege for chambers. We congratulate CACB for their efforts and look forward to seeing them in September 2017 in Sydney for the next edition of the event.”

The 10th World Chambers Congress will take place in Sydney, Australia under the theme “Where business connects.” More than 1,500 chamber delegates from over 100 countries are expected to attend.

For more information about the ICC WCF World Chambers Congress, please visit www.worldchamberscongress.org.

For further information, please contact

  • Stéphanie Vieilledent
  • +33 (0)1 49 53 30 39
  • Project Manager, ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF)