ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) figures show a rise in piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas in the first nine months of 2020, with a 40% increase in the number of kidnappings reported in the Gulf of Guinea. Pirates armed with guns and knives are abducting bigger groups of seafarers at further distances off the West African coast.
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The World Tourism Organization of the United Nations (UNWTO), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and AOKpass have officially partnered to support coordinated global efforts to more safely and efficiently restart travel.
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the institutional representative of 45 million businesses worldwide, has announced the creation of a new Advisory Group on Trade Finance (ATF) – a cross-sectoral coalition of leaders in global trade.
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is pleased to welcome Qatar as the 78th country to implement the ATA Carnet system. Simultaneously, the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry has also become the 77th member of the International ATA Carnet Guarantee Chain. Both announcements were made during a council meeting hosted by ICC’s World Chambers Federation (WCF) in Xi’an, China last week.
The International Chamber of Commerce and the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry have renewed a partnership agreement aimed at securing a robust ICC World Trade Agenda (WTA) work programme, established in 2012 to contribute to the advancement of the global rules-based trade and investment policy agenda.
Alongside World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations in Buenos Aires this December, the government of Argentina is officially partnering with ICC on the event’s Business Forum—the first ever official business event at a WTO ministerial conference.
Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and African countries are suffering the most from a deepening global trade finance gap according to the ICC 2016 Global Survey on Trade Finance.
ICC’s third global debate took place today as members of the ICC Executive Board gathered in The Hague ahead of their first leadership meeting of 2016.
The G20 Leaders’ Summit in Saint Petersburg was far from the failure described by many owing to a deadlock over Syria, and maintained a focus on shared economic objectives for re-balancing the world economy through sustainable growth and jobs.
G20 heads of state today met with CEOs representing the Business-20 or “B20” during a special session of the G20 Leaders’ Summit at Strelna Palace, near Saint Petersburg in Russia.