Organized by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the World Chambers Federation (WCF) and the Mexico City National Chamber of Commerce (CANACO), the Congress took place in Mexico City under the theme of ‘Enterprise–Network–Prosperity’. The Congress attracted 1,200 participants from 105 countries.
“Over the last three days we have not only underscored the importance of investment and innovation for economic growth but we have also considered the role of chambers in achieving this,” said Rona Yircali, World Chambers Federation Chair.
“The World Chambers Congress never fails to underscore how vital chambers are as a vast resource of information, tools and services. It also highlights chamber potential and dynamism,” Mr Yircali concluded.
Closing addresses were also given by ICC Chairman Gerard Worms, ICC Vice-Chairman Harold McGraw and President of the Mexico City National Chamber of Commerce Arturo Mendicutti Narro.
The Congress comprised four plenary sessions, an advantageous business programme and an array of practical workshops relevant to the chamber and business community. It also provided plentiful networking opportunities to position the Congress as the most important event of the year on the chamber calendar.
The Congress also featured Mexican President Felipe Calderon and World-renowned speakers including Muhtar Kent, Coca-Cola Chief Executive and environmental researcher Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute.
Over 90 media representatives attended the Congress and attracted sound media coverage in the region.
The Congress concluded with a Gala dinner featuring a video presentation of Qatar, destination of the 8th World Chambers Congress in 2013. Entertainment followed the closing ceremony and was provided by World Class Mexican singers and Mariachis.