2017 北京国际友好商协会大会

The 4th Beijing international Conference of Friendly Chambers of Commerce(BICCC)

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2013 BEIJING INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF

BEIJING, 11-13 SEPTEMBER 2011

OPENING CEREMONY SPEECH (12 SEPTEMBER)

BY MR MAHENDRA SANGHI, VICE-CHAIR, ICC WCF

Ms. Xiong Jiuling, Chair of CCPIT Beijing Chamber

Distinguished guests

Ladies and gentlemen

I am very pleased to be here with you today for the 2013 Beijing International Conference of Friendly Chambers.

I am addressing you today in my capacity as Vice Chairman of ICC World Chambers Federation which has been enjoying a strong partnership with chambers across China for many decades.

My congratulations to the Beijing Chamber for organising this event which underlines the important relationship which must exist between chambers of commerce worldwide, based on common understanding, cooperation and, more broadly, friendship.

The concept of this event is at the heart of the World Chambers Federation mission, where we too, search to create ties and showcase the best practice and expertise of chambers of commerce.

WCF works for the entire global chamber community of more than 12,000 chambers. It has been clearly recognized as one of the pillars of the International Chamber of Commerce, the world business organization, along with policy and rules-writing, and the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Friends, whether it’s working with the chamber in Paris or Santiago, Cuba or Fiji, Los Angeles or Beijing, WCF is the unique and truly only global body that not only helps individual chambers to become more productive, but also strengthens links among them.

ICC is well-known as a representative of business everywhere, and through WCF it provides a vital link to the network of small and medium-sized enterprises, the foundation of a chamber’s membership

This Conference is an excellent initiative which responds to the needs of the Chinese chamber network. It offers an occasion to share your activities with peers from around the world, reaching out and building cross-border relationships and collaborate on issues of mutual interest.

As many of you present already know, WCF organizes, every two years the World Chambers Congress, with our next one to held in Turin, Italy, 10-12 June 2015. I hope that some of our discussions here over the next two days, can be continued at our global family reunion, in two years time. I look forward to working with Chair Xiong Jiuling in the future.

The relevance of the conference today is illustrated by the fact that chambers exist in almost every country of the world and chambers offer a multitude of programmes and services to support trade and development.

Chambers of commerce are at the forefront of the challenges presented by globalization. By virtue of their presence at the grassroots of economic activity, chambers will always be the first to feel the effect of changes to the international economy.

Chambers of commerce from all over the world are part of a global network allowing member companies in any part of the globe to gain access to their collective expertise and connections.

More than ever before, for thousands of small companies, membership of a chamber will be the key to taking part in the global economy. The smallest company in the remotest region of the world can tap into the chamber network to reach potential business partners in all corners of the globe.

The global network of chambers lies at the heart of every business world. Borders are coming down in every sense, in trade, communications, investment, and across financial markets. This presents an opportunity for chambers to assert their leadership, to extend and deepen their networks of cooperation, both real and virtual, and to promote the benefits of free trade, open markets and deregulation at the national level.