Accord de partenariat entre ICC et la Conférence Permanente des Chambres Consulaires Africaines et Francophones (CPCCAF)

ICC and the Standing Conference of African and French-speaking Consular Chambers (CPCCAF) have signed a partnership agreement, aiming to promote the international opening of French-speaking economies Africa and intra-African trade.

ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO and CPCCAF President Mounir Mouakhar, signed the partnership agreement in Paris, committing to work in tandem to facilitate the international development of the French-speaking African private sector, with particular focus on SMEs.

The signing of the memorandum of understanding comes ahead of the 12th World Chambers Congress,  co-organised by ICC and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and set to take place in Dubai from 23 to 25 November. Under the terms of the MOU, CPCCAF will endeavour to mobilise chamber members in 32 African countries in its network, including 26 Francophone countries around key areas of ICC work relating to international trade. These include dispute resolution through recourse to arbitration and mediation, trade facilitation through the application of ICC rules and best practices (e.g. INCOTERMS rules), financing of international trade, model contracts and combatting corruption.

A recent study by CPCCAF shows African companies are still suffering the economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 global health crisis, and are still insufficiently aware of the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA.

This is why the ICC-CPCCAF agreement provides for the establishment of ICC referents within key chambers among its global network, to implement at local level, practical training courses designed for African entrepreneurs, bankers, lawyers and executives. Other areas include awareness raising of dispute resolution options for French-speaking companies, and the promotion and expansion of ICC national committees in French-speaking African countries.

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