The three-day biennial congress, being held in the Middle East for the first time, features a distinguished list of high-profile speakers who will share their vision for business and trade of tomorrow.
They include Lakshmi Puri, assistant secretary general, UN Women; Harold McGraw III, president and CEO, The McGraw-Hill Companies; Marc Bolland, CEO, Marks & Spencer; Joost Hiltermann, COO, International Crisis Group; Sergio Arzeni, director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development, OECD; Ilker Baybars, Dean, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, among others.
Qatar Chamber, the host organisation, together with International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and World Chambers Federation (WCF) has made the 2013 Congress theme ‘Opportunities for all’ a converging point for major global issues currently affecting business.
The speakers will address topics at the heart of chambers’ and companies’ local and international agendas: education and unemployment, SMEs and the world economy, women mean business, what business needs from trade and World Trade Organisation, youth entrepreneurship, and innovations and new services for chambers’ daily operations.
“While Doha is in the international spotlight as the centre of worldwide dialogue, we will strive to create a long-lasting legacy through ICC WCF 8th World Chambers Congress by pushing into new frontiers and re-examining business’s traditional role in economies,” said Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani, Chairman of both Qatar Chamber and ICC Qatar.
“Our aim through the 2013 congress is to bring a new wave of enthusiasm and set a new course of ambition for business and trade in Qatar, the region, and the world,” added Sheikh Khalifa.
Meanwhile, the politics of business will be discussed by another set of global influencers at the full-day ICC Business Trade Agenda Summit a day ahead of the 2013 Congress, on 22 April, as speakers attempt to move international trade negotiations out of a 12 year deadlock.
HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani, will be joined by chamber leaders from the US, Europe, Asia and Africa, senior officials from OECD, WTO, ICC, World Bank and others, for four plenary sessions focused on shifting of global economy powers, 21st century trade, and domestic political support for trade.
The ICC Business World Trade Agenda initiative, launched in 2011 by ICC in partnership with the Qatar Chamber, aims to define a practical and forward-looking trade policy agenda that will contribute to economic growth and job creation, moving World Trade Organisation (WTO) trade talks “beyond Doha”.
“As one of the oldest chambers in the region and after successfully propelling Qatari economy to be one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing in the world, Qatar Chamber is hosting the four-day gathering to bring together the global community of over 12,000 chambers, hundreds of multinational businesses and SMEs, and many influential world leaders to the region,” said Remy Rowhani, CEO, Qatar Chamber and ICC Qatar.
One of the main highlights of the Doha Congress is the interactive Business Programme sponsored by Qatari Diar and Silatech with a focus on the region and Qatar through a series of panel sessions where key organisations such as Kahramaa, Rail, Ashghal, Qatar National Food Security Programme among others, will present how their organisation are supporting the diversification of the economy and businesses accordingly to the National Vision 2030.
Additional planned events over four days include the World Chambers Competition, a cultural programme, a business matchmaking programme, and more.
Further, there will be a 10,000 sq m exhibition space allowing companies from both Qatar and around the world to highlight their work and the new business opportunities.
The event enjoys the support of some of Qatar’s foremost organisations. They include QNB Group, strategic sponsor, and national carrier Qatar Airways. Doha-based Al Srayia Holding Group will partner with Qatar Airways and Qatar Chamber to bring in delegates from 50 of the least developed countries to Doha, in a first-of-a-kind move for the Congress.
Other leading companies from Qatar as well as worldwide organisations include: ExxonMobil (Diamond), Commercialbank, Qatar Petroleum, Qatari Diar (Platinum), Barwa Bank, United Development Company, Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros Company, Milaha and Ginger Camel LCC (Gold), Dubai Chamber, Sydney Chamber and Al Khaliji Bank (Emerald), Creative Action Design and Torino Chamber of Commerce (Sapphire) DHL Express, Oslo Chamber of Commerce, ATA Carnet, KPMG, Silatech, Patton Boggs, CIPE, UN Procurement Service and Macedonian Chamber of Commerce (Silver), BEST, Qatar Financial Centre Authority, Nakilat, Chamber of Commerce of Geneva and Console and Partners (Bronze). MK Sanghi Group sponsored the World Chambers Competition.
The Ministry of Arts, Heritage and Culture of Qatar and Mowasalat are the official supporter and the official transport provider of the congress respectively.
As well as one of the largest to date, the ICC WCF 8th World Chambers Congress will also be one of the most interactive and harness the dynamism of social and web media. The entire four-day event can be tracked by following #WCC and #ICCWTA, as well as www.worldchamberscongress.com and www.qatarchamber.com
Source: Caye Global News, Gulf Times
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