WORLD CHAMBERS FEDERATION (WCF)
Formally, ICC's International Bureau of Chambers
of Commerce, IBCC has updated its name in line with the needs
and requests of ICC chamber members renamed the ICC World
Chambers Federation. This event took place at the Second World
Chambers Congress in June 2001.
World Chambers Federation (WCF) is ICC's department responsible
for chambers of commerce affairs. WCF's mission is to strengthen
chambers worldwide. It provides a unique international meeting
place for exchange of experience and expertise on issues affecting
chambers of commerce, particularly for chamber executives
from emerging and transition economies.
World Chambers Congress
Held every two years in different regions of
the world, the World Chambers Congress creates the personal
networks that chamber executives worldwide need to truly exchange
expertise and experience. This sharing of knowledge on a permanent
basis is core objective of the Congress. The Premiere World
Chambers Congress was held in Marseille in 1999 with representatives
of 240 chambers from 91 countries. The second Congress, held
in Seoul, 7-8 June 2001 resulted in over 800 participants
of 271 chambers from 85 countries. The Third World Chambers
Congress will be held in Quebec, 16-18 September, 2003.
The World Chambers Network (WCN)
WCN mobilizes the worldwide network of chambers of commerce
to work together at one Internet location - www.worldchambers.com.
WCN is the only global chambers of commerce website, made
by chambers worldwide. The WCN site provides a platform for
the exchange of chamber "best practice" and facilitates
communication between chambers. In addition, the site provides
an international business opportunity service for chambers
to promote their SME members worldwide. A worldwide directory
of chambers (10000) is also located on this site.
ATA Carnets System (ATA)
WCF administers the ATA Carnet System and its international
guarantee chain, according to the conventions on temporary
admission of goods, developed by the World Customs Organization
(WCO). The ATA carnets are extensively used in most parts
of the world, with more than 195 000 issued every year for
goods valued at over US$12 billion. Currently, 56 countries
use the ATA Carnet for temporary admission of commercial samples,
professional equipment and goods destined for international
trade fairs and similar events. In cooperation with the WCO
and chambers internationally, IBCC is working to extend the
ATA Carnet System throughout the world.
ICC's programme of conferences and seminars
is an essential channel for passing on the world business
organization's expertise to a wider audience.
Alongside the conferences which spotlight policy issues of
direct concern to business, ICC experts travel the world to
stage seminars and courses on subjects in which ICC has unique
expertise. These include Incoterms, the Uniform Customs and
Practice for Documentary Credits and ICC arbitration.
ICC conferences are always highly topical and are often a
platform for defining policies favourable to business. Conferences
are held in all parts of the world, many of them in collaboration
with national committees.
Every two years ICC holds its World Congress, always at a
different venue and at the invitation of a national committee.
These are major global business events that bring together
business and public leaders to discuss issues that affect
the environment in which they work.
WORLD CHAMBERS FEDERATION
Director Anthony Parkes
Executive Assistant, Helene Kolmodin
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