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MOU furthers ICC outreach in Africa

  • 23 May 2013
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The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Union of African Shippers’ Councils (UASC) entered into a cooperation agreement that aims to facilitate the exchange of views and consultations on issues of common interest to both organizations.

A long-time supporter of ICC’s work, the UASC is the strongest shipping organization in Africa with members in no fewer than 16 African countries.

Signed in Paris on 17 May, the agreement will sustain the momentum of ICC’s effective cooperation with the UASC and will serve to strengthen the world business organization’s presence and reputation in Africa.

“Following the creation of ICC Kenya in 2012 and new impetus given by ICC national committees in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa, the timing of the agreement couldn’t be better,” said ICC Secretary General Jean-Guy Carrier. “While ICC’s global network currently extends to over 6 million companies, chambers of commerce and business associations worldwide, cooperation with UASC will further promote ICC’s essential trade facilitation activities and services to businesses and governments in Africa.”

With shared objectives to enhance trade by protecting the interests of shippers along the entire transport chain, ICC and the UASC have agreed to meet yearly to establish a plan of action and take appropriate measures for improved efficiency. Under the terms of the agreement UASC is invited to participate in meetings of the ICC Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation as well as a wide range of pertinent conferences and training sessions offered by ICC on its services and products. These include arbitration, Incoterms© Rules, documentary credits and model contracts.

“Having already established a successful cooperation with ICC’s Training and Events Department we are delighted to enter into this agreement with ICC,” said UASC Secretary General Serigne Diop. “We look forward to further cooperation that stands to benefit both organizations and our respective networks.”

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