Home / News & Speeches / Transnational Chambers of Commerce stage inaugural meeting

The inaugural meeting of the Transnational Chambers of Commerce was held at ICC Headquarters in Paris last week attracting an unprecedented number of participants from around the world and addressing issues of urgent importance to chambers everywhere.

The meeting
produced a number of important action items, including further promotion of the
World Chambers Network, addressing quality audits and chamber accreditation
problems, as well as an agreement to organize a meeting with funding partners.


to this unique event were extended by the World Chambers Federation (WCF) and
the World Chambers Network (WCN). WCF is a founding partner of the WCN, the
only web-site designed by chambers of commerce, for chambers of commerce


The meeting
found that chambers operating at local and national levels have different
priorities based on the geography, economics and politics of their specific


Speakers at
the meeting concluded that despite such differences, transnational chambers, which
operate in a unique space between national chambers and the international
chamber of commerce, have much in common.


also provided an overview of the latest developments at the World Chambers
Network (WCN) and its range of services. Of particular note was a look at how
electronic business is opening up new opportunities and challenges for
chambers. Transnational chambers were further able to provide their input on
issues they would like to see addressed at the upcoming 3rd World Chambers Congress,
to be held in Quebec City, Canada 15 – 17 September 2003.


Building on
the success of this inaugural meeting, WCF director Anthony Parkes said that
planning is underway to make the transnational chambers meeting an annual
event. The next meeting is expected to take place in Quebec City, Canada during
the 3rd World Chambers Congress.


Livanos Cattaui, Secretary General of ICC: the world business organization and
Avijit Mazumdar, Chair of the World Chambers Federation (WCF), opened the
meeting. Avijit Mazumdar, and George Fischer Chairman of the World Chambers
Network (WCN) and Deputy Director, for the Economic Information Department for
the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry co-chaired the meeting.

World Chambers Federation homepage