The ICC WCF 8th World Chambers Congress in Doha, Qatar is one year away and as preparations gear up, Rona Yircali, Chair of the ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF) met today with Sheikh Khalifa Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al-Thani, Chairman of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry (QCCI) and ICC Qatar, to mark the occasion.
To commence the countdown, WCF and QCCI announced the launch of a new Congress website. Providing the latest news on the Congress, the one-stop portal will also feature information on every aspect of the event, from the venue and programme to sponsorship opportunities.
Organized by the International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation, the 8th Congress will be hosted by the Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry (QCCI), which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in April 2013.
The Congress has established an enviable reputation as the ultimate venue for chamber leaders to meet international peers and share experience and best practice on issues that have a direct impact on their respective communities. So much so, bids have been submitted by chambers to host the event up to 2021.
More workshop than talk-shop, the Congress offers practical, hands-on solutions to support chambers in their role of serving the needs of small- and medium-sized enterprises. At the same time, it provides chambers of commerce with an opportunity to learn how to best deal with the myriad of challenges facing them in an ever-changing globalized world.
One of the most successful features of the World Chambers Congress is the exhibition area, which gives the exhibitors an ideal forum to promote their products and services, as well as trade and business opportunities in their region.
The Congress promises to be the most prominent event in 2013 for chamber executives and their leaders alike. “Mark your calendars now,” said Rona Yircali, WCF Chair. “Join us for this engaging and enlightening step forward, which promises to be as professionally significant as it will be personally gratifying.” Mr Yircali’s visit to Doha includes meeting local stakeholders to ensure that everything is on track to welcome chamber and business leaders, from more than 100 countries, to Doha next year.
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al-Thani, Chairman of the Qatar Chamber said: “We are honoured to host this prestigious international gathering, and look forward to the privilege of welcoming delegates to our country and the Middle East. I believe that the Congress in Doha will contribute importantly to the growth, progress and achievements of chambers and their members around the world.”
The Congress will feature a one-day, high-level World Business Summit, held on 22 April 2013 in Doha. “The Summit is designed to mobilize broad-based support for a proactive role of business in defining global trade priorities,” said ICC Secretary General Jean-Guy Carrier. “It will make recommendations on business priorities for a 21st century agenda for world trade and I invite chamber leaders to be part of this important dialogue.”