The event was held on 10 November at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris Ile de France. By signing this agreement, ICC WCF and CPCCAF confirm their partnership while recognizing that they have common and complementary goals, and that their members work in the same community of entrepreneurs and business professionals. The two organizations also underscored their shared objective to contribute to the advancement of economic and social growth in their constituencies.
Both organizations are convinced that their close cooperation will develop better services and improve coordination of actions with their members.
Albert Yuma-Mulimbi, President of CPCCAF said: “This partnership agreement is for me a true recognition of our consular work and external credibility. It also acknowledges the emergence of African economies within the global economy.”
Mr Yuma-Mulimbi recalled that the two organizations had had the opportunity to work together in 2011 at the Consular Cooperation Workshops of Nantes, during which WCF representatives introduced many of the organization’s initiatives. These included the ATA Carnet system, the internationally-recognized Customs document which allows for the duty-free and tax-free temporary import of goods. A number of CPCCAF members also had the opportunity to participate in the 8th World Chambers Congress held last year in Doha.
By signing this agreement, CPCCAF is now a member of the WCF General Council. “The presence of an organization representing African and Francophone chambers in our General Council is very important for WCF and fits perfectly with the federation’s strategic plan,” stated Peter Mihok, Chair of WCF.
Mr Mihok also invited CPCCAF members to attend the next World Chambers Congress to be held on 10-12 June, 2015 in Torino, Italy. He encouraged chambers to participate in the World Chambers Competition which recognizes the most innovative projects undertaken by chambers of commerce around the world, and for which registration opened in September.