World Chambers Federation

Congress to spotlight sustainable growth and change

  • 29 September 2008

ICC’s World Chambers Federation has released the themes of its 6th World Chambers Congress plenary sessions.

Under the theme umbrella “Leading sustainable growth and change”, the three-day congress – to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-5 June 2009 – will address paramount challenges faced by chambers and their businesses today during three plenary sessions:

In addition, a series of 16 workshops divided into tracks (business issues, professional development and chamber services), will provide practical solutions and best practice guides for chamber and business leaders alike.

Workshop topics include: Intellectual property issues for chambers and SMEs, empowering women in business, Web 2.0 in business, how to develop young entrepreneurs, chambers and the environment, social responsibility and governance for chambers and association, and trade facilitation projects and services.

“The right mix of topics and best practices through our plenary sessions and workshops, with world class speakers continues to make the congress the premier meeting place for chamber leaders from all around the world,” said World Chambers Federation Chair Rona Yircali.

This year’s congress is organized by ICC’s World Chambers Federation, and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM).

“This is the first time the World Chambers Congress will be held in South-East Asia,” said Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon, President of FMM. “Our hope is that many chambers from developing countries in the region will be able to attend, thus opening the door for discussions and partnerships with chambers from industrialized countries.”

FMM, with the support of local partners, will arrange an extensive business programme for business delegations accompanying chambers. The business programme includes:

Since the First World Chambers Congress was held in Marseille in 1999, the biennial World Chambers Congress has quickly established itself as the place where chambers of commerce from around the world come together to share best-practices and develop networks. More than 1600 delegates from at least 100 countries are expected to attend the congress next year.