Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMUQ) Dean Ilker Baybers speaking at the first plenary of the ICC WCF 8th World Chambers Congress on Tuesday after it was inaugurated by His Highness the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
Speaking in the panel “Education and Business”, Dean Baybers said that the hallmark CMU entrepreneurial spirit is evidenced throughout the Qatar campus as it equips a new generation of students with problem solving and team work skills. Dean Baybers was joined by Harold McGraw III (McGraw-Hill Companies), Khalil Mahshi (UNESCO), Barton Cahir (ExxonMobil Qatar), and Hans-Jorg Schmidt-Trenz (Hamburg Chamber of Commerce) at the panel.
What is a World Chambers Congress?
World Chambers Congresses are held every two years and are organized by the International Chamber of Commerce and its World Chambers Federation.
Since the inaugural World Chambers Congress in Marseilles in 1999, the event has established an enviable reputation as the place where chamber of commerce and business leaders get to know international peers and share experience and best practice on issues that have a direct impact on the chamber of commerce community.
More workshop than talkshop, the World Chambers Congress offers practical, hands-on solutions to support the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises and provides chambers of commerce with an opportunity to learn best how to deal with the myriad challenges facing modern business.
The World Chambers Congress is the only international forum devoted to the global community of over 12,000 chambers of commerce.
Who is hosting the Congress in 2013?
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
ICC is the world business organization representing enterprises from all sectors in every part of the world. The fundamental mission of ICCis to promote trade and investment across frontiers and help business corporations meet the challenges and opportunities of globalization. For more information about ICC, please visit: www.iccwbo.org
World Chambers Federation (WCF)
The World Chambers Federation (WCF) was established by ICC in 1951 to be the advocate of its chamber of commerce members worldwide. While each chamber represents a group of companies of mostly small- and medium-sized enterprises, WCF strengthens links between these chambers, enabling each to improve performance and discover new products and services to offer their members. WCF promotes and protects the role of the chamber as an essential intermediary between government, businesses and the general public. For more information visit www.worldchambersfederation.org
Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry
In 2011 Qatar Chamber won the bid to host the Congress in 2013.
Qatar Chamber is one of the oldest chambers in the GCC and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013. Designed to support the burgeoning business climate in the country, the chamber was a governmental body until 1990 when it was granted its own autonomy with the legal authority to represent all the private sector’s activities in the State of Qatar. By providing key support services, networking opportunities and leadership, the Chamber has helped oversee one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing economies in the world. As the sole chamber in Qatar, it utilizes its well-established connections in the region and beyond to promote free and expanded trade and create new business opportunities. For more information visit www.qatarchamber.com
What is on the programme for the World Chambers Congress in Doha?
The 2013 Congress promises to be the biggest chamber and business gathering of the year, featuring dynamic plenary and workshop sessions on issues most pertinent to chambers and their business communities worldwide.
The theme of the 8th World Chambers Congress is “Opportunities for All”.
The programme provides a stimulating discussion of current international business and chamber issues featuring leading political and business figures, plus a series of workshop sessions offering practical solutions, case studies, new products and services to help enable chambers of commerce to improve their performance.
The topics of the four plenary sessions are:
– Education and business
– Small business – the heart of the global economy
– Women mean business
– A world in crisis
The Congress will also feature a high-level business summit hosted by ICC and Qatar Chamber on 22 April. The ICC World Trade Agenda Business Summit will be a major milestone for the ICC Business World Trade Agenda initiative, which was launched in 2011 in partnership with the Qatar Chamber to mobilize broad-based support for a proactive role for business in defining global trade priorities.
Who are the participants?
Chamber delegates from more than 130 countries are expected to attend the Congress. Delegates come from as far as Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Fiji, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Uganda.
World Chambers Congresses attract high-calibre business and chamber of commerce executives. The event is valued within the business and chamber community as an opportunity to network with fellow chamber leaders from around the world.
The last congress, held in Mexico City in 2011, attracted over 1,000 delegates from more than 100 countries.
The 9th World Chambers Congress is due to take place in Torino, Italy in 2015. Chambers from all parts of the world are lining up to host the event until 2023.
Reported by: Zahir Abbasi, Caye Global News
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