World Chambers Federation
ICC WCF celebrates 350 years of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce
Peter Mihok, Chairman of the ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF) joined President of Germany Joachim Gauck and over 1,600 guests at an event in Hamburg on 19 January to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (HCC).
The evening comprised various celebratory events attended by a wide variety of well-known guests. Speakers included Richard Weber, President of Eurochambres and Eric Schweitzer, President of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Founded in 1665, HCC is the oldest Chamber of Commerce in Germany and possesses a rich history. It served as a commercial capital for the northern part of Europe 350 years ago, and thanks to the guidance that came from this institution, the region has been able to develop greatly.
Mr Mihok extended an invitation to chamber representatives to attend the 9th World Chambers Congress, the largest international forum for chambers of commerce, set to take place in Torino from 10-12 June 2015. He stressed that guidance is needed, even today, to let businesses flourish and let them reach their maximum potential.
Chambers can play an important role in the sustainable development of the world economy. ICC WCF strengthens regional and global ties among chamber leaders to eventually globally forge a powerful united force.
“HCC remains powerful and looks towards the future on a positive note, planning to close the gap between companies and chambers and to strengthen the position of the chamber as a well-known and reliable institution. HCC joins ICC as an advocate for open trade,” said Mr Mihok.
“Chambers can play an important role in the sustainable development of the world economy. ICC WCF strengthens regional and global ties among chamber leaders to eventually globally forge a powerful united force.”
ICC WCF enjoys a fruitful partnership with HCC through relations with Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz, CEO of HCC and a member of the WCF General Council.