10th World Chambers Congress

More than 1000 business leaders and Chamber of Commerce members from in excess of 100 countries will descend on Sydney for the 10th World Chambers Congress, to be staged at the International Convention Center from September 19-21, 2017.

The event, held every two years, will be staged in Australia for the first time.

Sydney won the right to host the event following bids from China, India and The Philippines.

Under the theme “Where Business Connects”, the 10th World Chambers Congress is the unique global forum where chambers and their business leaders address the business and economic issues that impact their local business communities.

“Having attended the past three Congresses in Mexico, Qatar and Italy, I know how beneficial this gathering is to share ideas, success stories and to hear the latest business developments from across the globe,” said NSW Business Chamber CEO Stephen Cartwright, who is also a Councilor of the World Chambers Federation.

“Some of the discussions over the three days will include:

  • Business, conflict and terrorism;
  • Global mobility;
  • The future of cities;
  • Access to finance for small and medium businesses;
  • Youth entrepreneurship; and
  • The 4th industrial revolution

“One of the highlights of any World Chambers Congress is the competition component, where Chambers of Commence from across the world showcase what they’ve done for their members.

“Categories in 2017 are:

  • Best education and training project;
  • Best job creation and development project;
  • Best corporate social responsibility project; and
  • Best unconventional project

“From the Opening Ceremony on the first morning to the gala dinner on the third night, the team in Sydney, in consultation with the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris has worked tirelessly to make this a great event,” Mr Cartwright said.

“I’m really looking forward to hosting these business leaders in Sydney and I know how beneficial the Congress will be for all of those attending

“A great program has been developed and there are amazing opportunities for Australian businesses to connect, network and start business discussions with new overseas markets.”

“We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the mix of nationalities that have registered for the Congress – there are big delegations from Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East, South America and Central Europe, all of whom have set up side meetings with Australian suppliers and distributors while they are here.

“They’re not coming for a holiday, they’re here to do business, which is what the international Chamber network was designed to facilitate,” Mr Cartwright said.

“Through its diverse programme and the World Chambers Competition, our event will discuss private-sector led responses to ever-important issues, such as sustainability, climate change, diversity and migration,” International Chamber of Commerce First Vice Chair John Denton said.

“This 10th edition of the Congress is a major opportunity to examine current developments affecting chambers of commerce and their respective business communities,” World Chambers Federation Chairman Peter Mihok said.

“As the champion of the chamber community, the World Chambers Federation is looking forward to welcoming participants who, in a digital age, recognize the value of face-face interaction with like-minded leaders,” Mr Mihok added.

Source: NSW Business Chamber

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