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Today marks the official one-year countdown to the 10th World Chambers Congress (WCC). Organised by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) World Chambers Federation (WCF) and the Sydney Business Chamber (SBC), the next edition of the first-class chamber and business networking event will take place in Sydney, Australia from 19-21 September 2017.

In celebration of the significant milestone, WCF Chair Peter Mihok will join Australian bi-lateral chambers and regional business council leaders at a lunch reception on 29 September 2016. The event will place at the New South Wales Business Chamber (NSWBC) office in North Sydney.

SBC Chief Executive Officer Stephen Cartwright, host of the reception said: “The Sydney Business Chamber is honoured to be the co-organiser of such a prestigious event. This is an excellent opportunity for SBC, as well as all Australian Chambers, to not only showcase the country’s capabilities and expertise but also boost essential two-way trade efforts.”

“The Sydney Business Chamber is honoured to be the co-organiser of such a prestigious event. This is an excellent opportunity for SBC, as well as all Australian Chambers, to not only showcase the country’s capabilities and expertise but also boost essential two-way trade efforts.

Mr Mihok will deliver a celebratory address to the Australian attendees, encouraging them to join the global forum next year. Following the lunch, Mr Mihok will meet with NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, the honourable Stuart Ayres MP. The two leaders will discuss the harbour city’s many competitive advantages and how business events, such as the Congress, are an important vehicle for boosting global trade.

“It is amazing to see how the bar continues to rise even after 20 years of the Congress. I have every confidence that the next edition will be a great success and exceed all expectations,” said Mr Mihok.

“It is amazing to see how the bar continues to rise even after 20 years of the Congress. I have every confidence that the next edition will be a great success and exceed all expectations.

Also coinciding around the one-year countdown is a groundbreaking partnership between the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), WCF and SBC.  CACCI will incorporate its annual conference with the Congress and become a strategic regional partner. The partnership will be showcased during CACCI’s 50th anniversary event in November 2016, which will take place in Taipei, Taiwan.

The 10th World Chambers Congress has attracted more than just a strategic partner. Four world-renowned thought leaders have already been confirmed. As keynote speakers, they will address some of the most pertinent and pressing global challenges. Speakers include Chairman of ICC and Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, Sunil Bharti Mittal; 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Joint Winner and President of the Tunisian Confederation of Trade, Industry and Handicrafts, Ouided Bouchamaoui; Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace, Steve Killelea; and Chairman of CPH Management and Deputy Chairman of Melco Crown Entertainment, James Packer.

The engaging three-day programme is set to cover social, political, economic and environmental topics. The depth and breadth of the agenda makes the Congress a valuable platform that collectively tackles today’s chamber and business challenges. Through informative plenary sessions, lively debates and interactive workshops, delegates will have the chance to gain new perspectives, acquire industry insights, share knowledge and exchange know-how.

Those prospecting unique ways of reaching key decision-makers can also consider the Congress’s  numerous sponsorship options. A new feature for 2017 is a chance to sponsor one of the fourWorld Chambers Competition categories. The only awards programme of its kind, the Competition recognises the most innovative projects undertaken by chambers of commerce and industry from around the world. Applications to participate are open as of 4 November 2016.

To learn more or register for the Congress, please visit the official event website.

For further information, please contact

  • Anthony PARKES
  • +33 (0)1 49 53 29 67
  • Director, WCF