World Chambers Congress

LDC delegates to receive support to attend the 9th World Chambers Congress

  • 1 July 2014
ICC World Chambers

Participation by least developed country (LDC) chambers at the 9th World Chambers Congress is set to climb thanks to Congress co-hosts, the Torino Chamber of Commerce, who has allocated €100,000 to cover delegate expenses.

Reaffirming the role of the ICC WCF World Chambers Congress as a truly global and inclusive meeting place for chambers, WCF has invited 48 chambers, in countries identified by the United Nations as LDCs, to attend the 9th World Chambers Congress in Torino, Italy, from 10-12 June 2015.

Having recently returned from promoting the Congress to African chambers at the Global Trade Forum – organized by WCF and Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry – in Kampala, Uganda, Guido Bolatto, Torino Chamber of Commerce Secretary General said: “The Congress has raised a lot of interest and the sentiment is overall positive in Kampala. To date, 22 LDCs have confirmed their presence in Torino for the 9th World Chambers Congress, the largest representation of LDCs at the event to date. They comprise 15 from Africa and seven from the Far East.” Mr Bolatto also added: “Our capacity building budget is seeing its first results and thanks to our cooperation agreement with the International Training Center of the International Labour Organization (ILO), delegates from LDCs will be accommodated at the welcoming ILO campus.”

The sponsorship continues from the successful initiative of the 8th World Chambers Congress which took place in Doha, Qatar, when 50 LDCs were invited. The funding will make it possible for delegates from LDCs to exchange insights, develop networks, address the latest business issues affecting their communities and learn about new areas of innovation from their peers around the world. Taking part in frank exchanges relating to chamber best practices and experiences, LDC chambers will have a unique opportunity to enhance their management and service capabilities that will go a long way to stimulating and fostering private sector development.

Organized biennially, the World Chambers Congress assembles a global community of more than 12,000 chambers of commerce, their leading business members, and influential world leaders to take stock of the current business environment through a series of plenary, workshop and networking sessions. Over 1,600 delegates from 120 countries are expected to attend.

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