2018 Year-End Review

As the year 2018 came to a close and the year 2019 begins, it is an opportune time for CACCI to take stock of our accomplishments over the past year, with the view to build on them in order to make our Confederation even more relevant to our members in this new year.

Here under is a summary report on the activities undertaken by CACCI in 2018:

 

I. Preparations for the 32nd CACCI Conference

 

A. Planning Committee Meeting in Istanbul

 

 

(1) A highly productive and successful Planning Committee Meeting was held jointly by CACCI and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) on February 5, 2018 at the TOBB Headquarters in Istanbul.

 

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(2) Chaired by CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili and co-chaired by TOBB President Mr. Rifat Hisarciklioglu, the meeting was attended by 31 representatives of 9 CACCI Primary Members from 9 countries, as well as representatives from TEPAV, the think-tank of TOBB. Discussions focused mainly on preparations for the 32nd CACCI Conference to be held in November 2018 in Istanbul, as well as on the recent and upcoming activities of CACCI in the year ahead.

 

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(3) Some 15 representatives from the Turkish media were also present at the Opening of the meeting. They asked questions addressed to the CACCI and TOBB Presidents, as well as to other CACCI officers including CACCI Senior Vice president Mr. Samir Modi from India.

 

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(4) As decided by the CACCI Planning Committee, the 2018 Conference would focus on the theme “Asia: Expanding Boundaries”. Invited speakers would address the following topics: (a) The Changing Role of Chambers in Promoting Business; (b) Innovation and Digitization: Implications for Business; (c) Regional Integration and Connectivity for Sustainable Development; and (d) A New World Economic Order: What It Means for Asia.

 

B. Teleconferences with TOBB and other CACCI officers

 

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(5) Following the Planning Committee Meeting, the CACCI Secretariat coordinated regularly with the TOBB on preparations for the 32nd CACCI Conference. They reviewed – via regular teleconferences – the proposed program, the possible speaker line-up, the Conference format, and other related matters. During some of these teleconferences, CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili and Senior Vice President Mr. Samir Modi participated in the discussions.

 

C. Solicitation of nominees for the CACCI Awards 2018

 

(6) The CACCI Secretariat sought nominations from Primary Members for the various CACCI Awards to be presented during the 32nd CACCI Conference in November 2018 in Istanbul. These Awards include the following:

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(6.a) 8th CACCI Local Chamber Awards, which aim to recognize local chambers for their outstanding achievement in promoting the industrial, commercial and social welfare of their respective communities.

 

 

 

 

 

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(6.b) 7th Asia-Pacific Young Entrepreneur Award, which aims to recognize excellent young entrepreneurs in Asia who not only are successful in their business but also advocate corporate social responsibility.

 

 

 

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(6.c) 2nd Asia-Pacific Women Entrepreneur Award, which aims to recognize excellent women entrepreneurs in Asia who not only are successful in their business but also advocate corporate social responsibility.

 

 

 

 

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(6.d) 3rd CACCI Hydropower and Clean Energy Excellence Award, which recognizes a person or institution that has contributed significantly to the sustainable promotion of hydropower and clean energy in the Asia Pacific region.

 

 

 

 

 

(7) The Secretariat also invited selected members to constitute the Awards Committees tasked to evaluate all the nominations for the various Awards, as well as the Board of Judges that would conduct the final evaluation process for selecting the winners.

 

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(8) CACCI members were requested to submit suggestions on activities that CACCI should undertake in the next two years (2018-2020). They were asked to propose activities that benefit all members, further promote the growth and development of the Confederation, and help CACCI attain its primary objectives. All suggestions received from members were integrated into the draft Work Program that was later considered and finalized during the 90th CACCI Council Meeting held on November 24, 2018, in Istanbul.

 

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(9) The CACCI Secretariat solicited nominations from CACCI Primary members for qualified members to assume leadership positions in CACCI for the next two-year term of 2018-2020. Election of the new set of CACCI office bearers was scheduled to take place during the 32nd CACCI Conference on November 23-24, 2018 in Istanbul.

 

II. 32nd CACCI Conference

 

2018 1229 CACCI 32 logo 150 x 150(10) CACCI successfully held its 32nd CACCI Conference in Istanbul, Turkey on November 23-24, 2018, with the participation of some 450 delegates composed largely of businessmen and chamber of commerce representatives from 22 Asia-Pacific countries, led by CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili from Georgia and Mr. Rifat Hisarciklioglu, President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB). Focusing on the theme “Asia: Expanding Boundaries”, the Conference was held at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski and was organized under the patronage of H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey.

 

A. Opening ceremony

 

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(11) The Opening Ceremony featured Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay and Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan as Special Guests of Honor , while the Keynote Speech was given by Mr. Yi Xiaozhun, Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

 

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(12) Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay in his Address emphasized CACCI’s important role as a key regional organization in the development of economic boundaries of Asia, regional economic integration and broadening consultation on new economic trends.

 

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(13) Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan pointed out that it is important that young entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs and SMEs participated in the CACCI conference this year and said that the world economy cannot be interpreted correctly without understanding developments in the Asia Pacific region.

 

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(14) In his Keynote Speech, Mr. Yi Xiaozhun, pointed out that in order to make progress on the emerging issues of greatest interest to business in the future, a strong multilateral trading system is indispensable. He called on CACCI members to voice their concerns to their governments and ask them to engage constructively with the multilateral trading system, including their participation in ongoing discussions on WTO reform, stressing that safeguarding the WTO is the best way to keep protectionist pressures at bay and to secure the benefits of global trade today and in the future.

 

B. Plenary sessions

 

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(15) Plenary Sessions featured eminent speakers who shared their perspectives on the following timely and relevant issues: (a) The Changing Role of Chambers in Promoting Business; (b) Innovation and Digitalization: Implications for Business; (c) Regional Integration and Connectivity for Sustainable Development; and (d) A New World Economic Order: What It Means for Asia.

 

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C. Sectoral roundtable discussions

 

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(16) In addition, parallel sectoral breakout sessions were organized that gathered government and private sector experts for dialogue and panel discussion on important sectoral issues, including the following: (a) Woman entrepreneurship; (b) Youth entrepreneurship ; (c) Information and Communication Technology; (d) Food and Agriculture; (e) Health and Education; (f) Tourism; (g) Trade Facilitation ; (h) SME Development; and (i) Water, Energy and Environment.

 

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D. Discover business opportunities through CACCI

 

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(17) The two-day program also included a special session on “Discover Business Opportunities through CACCI”, which featured country presentations by selected organizations on current economic conditions in their respective countries and opportunities for trade and investments.

 

E. Election of new CACCI officers

 

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(18) The CACCI Council, which is the organization’s governing body, elected the office bearers for the term 2018-2020. Mr. Samir Modi, Member of Executive Committee, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), and Executive Director of K.K. Modi Group, was elected CACCI President.

(19) The other elected/appointed CACCI officers included:

(19.a) Vice Presidents:

Mr. Rifat Hisarciklioglu, President, TOBB & Chairman, Eskihisar Group of Companies

Mr. Pradeep K. Shrestha, Former President of Federation of Nepalese CCI’s and Managing Director, Panchakanya Group

Mr Peter McMullin, Board Member, ICC Australia & Special Counsel, Cornwall Stodart Lawyers

Mr. Teruo Asada, Special Advisor, Japan CCI and Chairman of Marubeni Corp.

Mr. Henry Kao, Charman of CIECA and Chairman, Imei Foods Co. Ltd.

Mrs. Magvan Oyunchimeg, CEO, Mongolia National CCI

Sheikh Fazle Fahim, FBCCI and Managing Director, Obsidian Bangladesh Ltd.

Dr. Pedram Soltani, First Vice President ICCMA and Chairman, Persol Corporation

Mr. Wyler Wong, Vice Chairman of Kowloon Chamber of Commerce and Owner of various business enterprises

 

(19.b) Honorary Treasurer:

Mr. Ernest Yuen, Vice Chairman, Kowloon Chamber of Commerce, and Partner, Messrs, Yuen & Partners

 

(19.c) Budget Commission Members:

Dr. Steve Hsieh, Convener of Board of Supervisors, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association and Chairman, Taiwan Lottery Company

Mr. Obaidur Rahman, Former Director, FBCCI and Managing Director, Dorasco Ltd.

Dr. Iqbal Thaheem, Secretary-General, Federation of Pakistan CCIs

 

F. Admission of new members

 

(20) CACCI announced the admission of two new Affiliate Members, namely:

 

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(20.a) Hong Kong Children, Babies, Maternity Industries Association Ltd. and (b) Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei

(21) CACCI also admitted five new Lifetime Special members, namely: (a) Shan Sabil (BD) Ltd. (Bangladesh); (b) Mrs. S. Ayesha Akhtar Jahan (Bangladesh); (c) Mongol Basalt JSC (Mongolia); (d) Bishrelt Group (Mongolia); and (e) Mr. Yassin Saeed Al Suroor (Saudi Arabia)

 

G. CACCI Work Program for 2018-2020

 

(22) The CACCI Council adopted the 2018-2020 Work Program outlining activities over the next two years in the area of policy advocacy, professional development program, membership expansion, relationship with other regional and international organizations, and development of the CACCI Product and Service Councils, among others.

 

H. MOU signing

 

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(23) During the 89th CACCI Council Meeting on November 23, the TOBB and the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining possible areas of cooperation between the two organizations.

 

I. Presentation of CACCI Awards

 

(24) CACCI announced the winners of the 8th Local Chamber Awards, the 7th Asia-Pacific Young Entrepreneur Award, the 2nd Asia-Pacific Woman Entrepreneur Award, and the 3rd Hydropower and Clean Energy Excellence Award during the Gala Dinner of the Conference held on November 24, 2018. The winners received their awards from Outgoing President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili and newly elected CACCI President Mr. Samir Modi during the Gala Dinner.

 

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(24.a) There were two winners for the 8th Local Chamber Awards. The Aegean Region Chamber of Industry from Turkey won under the Big Chamber category, and the Union The Primorsky Chamber of Commerce and Industry from Russia was proclaimed the winner under the Small Chamber category.

 

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(24.b) CACCI presented the 7th Asia-Pacific Young Entrepreneur Award to Ms. Nazanin Daneshvar, Founder and CEO of Takhfifan from Iran,. A Special recognition was also given to Mr. Roman Nikolaevich Bobylev, Founder/Head of Lozaholding from Russia.

 

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(24.c) Two nominees were declared joint Winners of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Woman Entrepreneur Award, namely: Ms. Sherill R. Quintana, President/CEO of Oryspa Spa Solutions, Inc. from the Philippines, and Ms. Zeynep Erkunt Armagan, Chairperson of Erkunt Tractor Industries Ltd. from Turkey.

 

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(24.d) The winner of the 3rd Hydropower and Clean Energy Excellence Award was Meghna Group of Industries from Bangladesh.

 

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The CACCI Council accepted the offer of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce to host the 33rd CACCI Conference in September 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with the exact dates and venue to be finalized during the CACCI Planning Committee to be held in early 2019 in Colombo.

 

II. Presidential visits

 

A. Three-Country Visit to Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos

 

(26) CACCI President Mr. Inaishvili led a delegation of CACCI officers and members to Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos for Presidential visits on April 19-20 in Phnom Penh, April 23 in Hanoi, and April 25 in Vientiane.

 

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(27) The three-country trip was a milestone on two counts. It was the first-ever CACCI Presidential visit covering three countries in one trip. It was also the first-ever Presidential visit undertaken by Mr. Inaishvili to Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos since he took over as CACCI President in 2014. The CACCI delegation was composed of key chamber officers and leading businessmen from Australia, Bangladesh, Georgia, India, Nepal, and Taiwan.

 

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(28) The Presidential visits enabled the CACCI delegation to meet with various government officials of the three host countries (such as the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Vietnam) to exchange views on trade and investment issues as well as identify areas where the host countries and CACCI member economies may strengthen their economic relations.

(29) The delegation also had the opportunity to network with officers and members of the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC), the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), and the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), as well as with other local businessmen.

 

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(30) They also visited special economic zones and made company visits, including textile and garment companies. Business matching sessions were also arranged, with the attending host chamber members approaching the individual members of the CACCI delegation who may take interest in exploring possible business cooperation with them.

 

B. Vladivostok visit

 

(31) Following his successful Presidential visits to Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos in April 2018, CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili led another delegation of CACCI officers and members for a visit to another CACCI member country, this time to Russia – specifically in the port city of Vladivostok.

 

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(32) Considered the administrative center of Primorsky Region, the city of Vladivostok (literally means “ruler of the east”) is located around the Golden Horn Bay, not far from Russia’s borders with China and North Korea. The population of the city as of 2017 was 606,589, up from 592,034 recorded in the 2010 Russian census. The city is the home port of the Russian Pacific Fleet and the largest Russian port on the Pacific. The city’s main industries are shipping, commercial fishing, and the naval base. Fishing accounts for almost four-fifths of Vladivostok’s commercial production. Other food production totals 11%. A very important employer and a major source of revenue for the city’s inhabitants is the import of Japanese cars.

 

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(33) The visit was another milestone as it was the first-ever CACCI Presidential visit to Vladivostok. Like the other previous Presidential visits, the Vladivostok trip was aimed at providing the CACCI visitors the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the economic conditions in the city and explore possible joint business ventures and investment cooperation with their local counterparts. The visitors had the opportunity to meet with key officers of important organizations – such as the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Primorsky Krai Administration, and the Duma of Vladivostok City – and to share information with them on the current conditions as well as the trade and investment opportunities in Vladivostok and the Primorsky Region, as well as to exchange views with them on other matters of common interest.

(34) They also visited local companies – including the European Diamond Centre Co. Ltd., the Aviapolis Yankovsky Co. Ltd., the Techno Holding Sumotiru Co. Ltd, and the Marine Experimental Center – and learned first-hand about their activities and the areas in which they are open for investments.

 

C. Taipei visit

 

(35) CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili and CACCI Senior Vice President Mr. Samir Modi visited Taipei on September 3-4, 2018 to meet with officers of CACCI Primary Members in Taiwan – namely, the Chinese International Economic Association (CIECA) and the Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce (CNAIC) – as well as make courtesy calls on key government officials and other business organizations involved in promoting trade and investment cooperation between Taiwan and other countries. Mr. Inaishvili and Mr. Modi also visited local business enterprises to explore possible areas of business cooperation.

 

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(36) The two-day program of President Inaishvili and Senior Vice President Modi was mainly arranged by CIECA through its Chairman Mr. Henry Kao, head of I-Mei Foods, a leading food company in the Taiwan market. The government officials, trade organizations, and business enterprises visited included the following:

(36.a) ROC President H. E. Tsai Eng-Wen

(36.b) Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the ROC. Amb. Jose Maria Liu

(36.c) Taiwan External Trade Development Council

(36.d) Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei

(36.e) I-Mei Foods

(36.f) Taiwan Family Mart Co. Ltd.

 

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D. Mongolia visit

 

(37) CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili led another Presidential visit to Mongolia on September 6-8, 2018, accompanied by CACCI Senior Vice President Mr. Samir Modi and 30 other delegates from Georgia, India, China and Taiwan.

 

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(38) During the visit, the CACCI delegation made courtesy calls on Mongolian President Khaltmagiin Battulga and the Foreign Minister of Mongolia Damdin Tsogtbaatar. The visiting delegation took the opportunity to introduce CACCI and its activities, inform them of the role played by MNCCI in the Confederation, exchange information with them on the economic conditions in Mongolia as well as on the government’s trade and investment policies, and invite them to the 32nd CACCI Conference in Istanbul in November.

 

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(39) As part of the Presidential visit program, the MNCCI organized a Conference entitled “Discover Business Opportunities Through CACCI” which gave an opportunity for CACCI delegates to obtain information on the economic, trade and investment environment in Mongolia, as well as for the local entrepreneurs and organizations to learn more about CACCI and its activities. The Conference was aimed at increasing knowledge and generating awareness about CACCI among entrepreneurs of Mongolia and enhance the cooperation between Mongolia and members of CACCI.

(40) The CACCI delegates also attended the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day program at the MNCCI headquarters. This one-day program provided the delegates a great opportunity to learn from the global and domestic communities to meet the needs of women entrepreneurs today. Women entrepreneurs from a multitude of backgrounds from Mongolia and other countries discussed the policies and programs of their governments to promote the women entrepreneurship in their respective countries. In order to establish and enhance the cooperation among the members of Council, an exhibition was organized to showcase all the products and services they offer.

(41) The Mongolia visit also took place at the same time as the Ulaanbaatar Partnership 2018, the country’s largest international trade fair. Jointly organized by the Mayor Administration of Ulaanbaatar City and MNCCI on September 7-10, the Ulaanbaatar Partnership 2018 brought together international and domestic companies from the food, textile, light industry, and agriculture sectors. CACCI members were invited to participate in the trade fair and set up their own booths. CACCI itself was given a complimentary booth in which CACCI related materials were displayed.

 

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(42) The delegates also had the opportunity to visit the International Intellectual Puzzle Museum, or the IQ Museum, which displays rare and precious puzzles from around the world, and the Gobi Corp., which is one of the five largest vertically integrated producers of cashmere in the world, holding 60% of the domestic market of cashmere, and exports to over 30 countries globally. The CACCI delegation also visited Thonjin Boldog to see the biggest Chinggis Khan Monument, as well as the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, hosts some of the loveliest and most picturesque scenery of the country. the Bayagal Resort located inside the Terelj National Park, the delegation was hosted for lunch by the MNCCI officers . The MNCCI also arranged a Mini-Naadam Festival featuring some cultural performances and wrestling matches for the delegation in the open field of the countryside.

 

III. Training Programs

 

(43) The CACCI Secretariat coordinated with Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) CACCI and VCCI in co-organizing two-day workshops on International Trade and Short-Term Trade Finance in Vietnam. The first workshop was held in Hanoi on April 17-18 and the second one in Ho Chi Minh City on April 19-20.

 

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(43.a) Day One of the workshop focused, among others, on the current revision of Incoterms. The facilitator explained the logic behind the proposals and the discussion around them. The participants were expected to learn about the main current issues with Incoterms 2010, the ideas for improvements, and the likely outcome: what the main changes in the Incoterms 2020 would be like.

(43.b) Day Two focused on short-term trade finance – documentary credits, financing, factoring, supply chain finance best practices. Participants were expected to gain a solid knowledge of how to use documentary credits in a day-to-day operational practice.

(43.c) The seminar was delivered by Mr. Pavel Andrl, an active and well established international trade finance specialist and senior tutor with the electronic Business School International.

 

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IV. Participation in regional and international meetings/events/projects

 

A. Project on “South/Southeast Asian Business Society Models”

 

(44) Mr. Chandula Abeywickrema, Chairman of CSR Lanka, solicited CACCI’s support for a project with the Durham University UK on “South/Southeast Asian Business Society Models” which will focus on SMEs. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) UK (www.esrc.ac.uk) as part of Britain’s Official Development Assistance, the 30-day project covered Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

 

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(45) Mr. Abeywickrema requested CACCI to endorse the project and to facilitate – within its organizational mandate – the project in the countries covered. By endorsing the project, CACCI would be given the opportunity to participate in workshops/conferences and knowledge sharing events in the South/Southeast Asian region to be organized by the Durham University Research Office and use the research findings.

(46) There was no financial obligation on the part of CACCI, as the cost of project activities was borne by the Durham Research Office and ESRC. Costs of the participation of a designated CACCI representative in workshops/conferences would be covered by the project.

 

B. ASEAN Business Advisory Council Meeting in Singapore

 

(47) CACCI was invited to participate, as an Observer, in the 11th Joint Consulting Meeting of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) with ASEAN +1 Business Councils and Associations that took place on January 17, 2018. Held at the Supply Chain City, a 6.5-hectare logistics facility located in Jurong West, Singapore, the meeting was attended by ASEAN-BAC members, Joint Business Council Members, and representatives of the ASEAN + 1 Business Councils and Associations.

 

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(48) It was the second time CACCI was invited as an Observer to a Joint Consulting Meeting regularly organized by the ASEAN BAC with ASEAN Business Councils and Associations from various Dialogue Partners of ASEAN. CACCI attended the 9th Joint Consultation Meeting held in January 2017 in Manila. Representing CACCI at both meetings was Deputy Director-General Mr. Amador Honrado Jr.

(49) The ASEAN BAC was formed following decision of the ASEAN Leaders at the 7th ASEAN Summit and launched in April 2003, with the mandate to provide private sector feedback and guidance to boost ASEAN’s efforts towards economic integration.

 

C. 4th ICC Asia-Pacific CEO Forum in Tokyo

 

(50) CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili served as one of the panel of experts during the 4th ICC Asia-Pacific CEO Forum held on March 8-9, 2018 at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo, Japan.

 

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(51) Mr. Inaishvili was invited by ICC Japan as Panelist during the session on “Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” He joined Mr. Takeo Harada, CEO, Institute for International Strategy and Information Analysis, Inc., and Ms. Cherie Nursaalim, Vice President, GITI Group in the panel discussion. The session was chaired and moderated by Mr. John Danilovich, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce.

 

D. ICC World Chambers Federation General Council Meeting

 

(52) CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili attended the meeting of the General Council of the International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation (ICC WCF) on April 11, 2018 in Beijing, China. The meeting was hosted by the China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) and held at the Guido Hotel Beijing. Attending the meeting with M. Inaishvili was CACCI Deputy Director-General Mr. Amador Honrado, Jr.

 

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(53) During the meeting, President Inaishvili had the opportunity to introduce CACCI to the meeting participants and to brief them about the ongoing and upcoming activities of CACCI, including the CACCI Presidential visits to Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Russia and Mongolia scheduled to take place during the year. He also invited them to the 32nd CACCI Conference held on November 23-24, 2018 in Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul.

 

E. Belt and Road Trade and Investment Forum

 

(54) CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili joined other ICC-WCF General Council Members in attending the “Belt and Road Trade and Investment Forum” held on April 12, 2018 in Beijing at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. The Forum was Organized by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), and the ICC World Chambers Federation (ICC WCF), and supported by the Silk Road Business Council.

 

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(55) Focusing on the theme “Unleashing Potential for Shared Future,” the Forum aimed to introduce and disseminate the Belt and Road concept, strengthen the dialogue between government and business, enhance connectivity between China and foreign countries, and build consensus of cooperation. The Forum discussed such topics as financing and unimpeded trade. It brought together about 700 business and industry delegates from more than 70 countries, including those covered by the CACCI membership. Several officers from CACCI member chambers served as panelists in the various sessions.

 

F. Meeting of ICC and CACCI officers in Taipei

 

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(56) Amb. Feng Chi-Tai, CACCI Vice President, received Mr. Philip Kucharski, Chief Operating Officer of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), during the latter’s visit to Taipei on April 16-17. Amb. Feng and Mr. Kucharski exchanged views on the current conditions in the global economy, the growing protectionism among some of the major economies, the challenges and opportunities they offer, how these would impact on the Asian business community. They also explored possible areas of cooperation between CACCI and ICC that would be beneficial to their respective members, and bring the two organizations closer together in pursuing their common objective of promoting the interests of the business community.

 

G. ICC-CIECA Business Forum

 

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(57) CACCI Secretariat executives joined members of the Chinese International Economic Association (CIECA), CACCI Primary Member in Taiwan, at the ICC-CIECA Business Forum held on April 16, 2018 in Taipei. The Forum featured Mr. Philip Kucharski, Chief Operating Officer of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), as Keynote Speaker. Mr. Kucharski made a presentation on the ICC – its mission and its activities aimed at expanding international trade, representing business, and promoting peace and prosperity. He identified areas where ICC would like to work more closely with the ICC national committees and other chambers of commerce in the Asian region – particularly those in Taiwan – to help achieve its objectives.

 

H. Forum on “The Great Silk Road: Towards New Frontiers of Development”

 

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(58) CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili was invited as one of the special guests of honor at the international forum on “The Great Silk Road: Towards New Frontiers of Development” held at the Turkmen Awaza National Tourist Zone in the Caspian Sea shore in Turkmenistan on May 2, 2018. The Forum took place in conjunction with the opening of the new International Turkmenbashi Port, which is expected to connect Asia and Europe for transferring goods and ideas and help activate the so-called Silk Road corridors.

 

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(59) Also attending the forum was the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. During the forum, Mr. Inaishvili presented a special award to President Berdimuhamedov as initiator of the project of Turkmenbashy International Seaport.

 

I. B20 Argentina Task Force on Trade and Investment and B20 Summit

 

(60) Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACI), was accepted as member of the B20 Task Force on Trade and Investment and participated in some of its various meetings and teleconferences.

 

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(61) The B20 – chaired by Argentina in 2018 – is a platform that serves as an intermediary group between G20 governments and the international business community. Its primary mission is to deal with the urgent and significant global issues by developing actionable recommendations from global business leaders to the G20 Leaders. These issues are addressed by the various Task Forces set up for this purpose, including the Task Force on Trade and Investment.

(62) As member of the Task Force on Trade and Investment, Mr. Inaishvili attended the B20 Summit held on October 4-5, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Summit gathered some 1,200 business leaders from around the world. The high-level representatives from business presented B20 recommendations and debate on the issues that are shaping economies today and will have substantial impact on their future.

 

J. 2018 Silkroad Business Summit

 

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(63) President Inaishvili also attended the 2018 Silkroad Business Summit organized by the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC) held on October 16, 2018 in the city of ZhangJiajie, central China’s Hunan province. During the two-day event, some 400 representatives from 84 countries and regions (from Chinese and foreign governments, international organizations, and chambers of commerce ) explored issues such as maintaining multilateral trade system, building an open world economy, creating a safe international business environment and promoting the development of traditional medicine.

 

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(64) During the Summit, President Inaishvili was presented the SRCIC Outstanding Leadership Award, along with the leaders of two other CACCI Primary Members, namely, Mrs. Magvan Oyunchimeg, CEO of the Mongolian National Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and Mr. Said Sharif, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tajikistan. Another officer of a CACCI member chamber – Mrs. Nino Chikovani, President of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was presented the 2018 SRCIC Outstanding Contribution Award.

 

K. 3rd ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival in Singapore

 

(65) CACCI participated in the 3rd ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival upon the invitation of the Singapore Business Federation and the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council. Held on 13-14 November 2018 at the Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore, the Carnival was attended by young business leaders from 14 countries, including representatives from the Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce (CNAIC) and the Third Wednesday Club of Taiwan.

 

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(66) Focusing on the theme “Smart Leaders: Smart Businesses”, the Carnival sought to strengthen ASEAN as a resilient and innovative region and connect ASEAN’s economies and businesses through digital technology. The two-day event deployed the use of artificial intelligence and analytics in a specially organized workshop to help delegates analyse their business performance, recommend improvements to strengthen their management capabilities, and help improve the appeal to financier, all with lesser human intervention.

(67) The Carnival also dwelt on enhancing collaborations for five industries, namely: (a) IT and Technology; (b) Agribusiness and commodities; (c) Construction and real estate development; (d) Supply chain and logistics; and (e) Consumer goods.

 

L. 80th Anniversary of the Kowloon Chamber of Commerce

 

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(68) Director General Mr. Ernest Lin and Deputy Director-General Mr. Amador Honrado represented CACCI at the 80th Anniversary celebration of the Kowloon Chamber of Commerce (KCC) held on December 18, 2018 in Hong Kong. Mr. Lin presented a token gift to KCC to commemorate the occasion.

 

M. Invitations for CACCI members to attend forums

 

(M.1) 6th SAARC Business Leaders Conclave

 

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(69) CACCI members were invited by Ceylon Chamber of Commerce to attend the 6th Edition of SAARC Business Leaders Conclave (SBLC) held on 16-18th March, 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Focusing on the theme “Unleashing Shared Prosperity Through Economic Integration,” this year’s SLBC was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Nepal as per tradition. The SBLC was also attended by Commerce Ministers of SAARC Member states.

(M.2) IFFA International Forum of Grains, Oil Seeds and Related Products

2018 1229 Tehran Show(70) The Iranian Federation of Food Associations (IFFA) invited CACCI members to attend the “International forum of grains, oil seeds and related products” held on May 7-8, 2018 in Tehran IRIB International Conference Center. Supported by the Iran Agricultural Ministry and Iran/Tehran Chamber of Commerce, the two-day forum focused on market developments. It offered an excellent environment for discussions of trends in agricultural market, supported development of business strategies in a rapidly changing world, and provided great opportunities to contact producers and buyers of grains and oil seeds.

(M.3) International Exhibitions on Beverages, Coffee, Tea and Dairy and Related Industries

2018 1231 Iran 578(71) The Federation of Iranian Food Industry Associations invited CACCI members to the “9th International Exhibition of Beverages, Coffee, Tea and Related Industries” and the “3rd International Exhibition of Dairy and Related Industries” held on on September 15 – 18, 2018 in Tehran, Iran. The exhibition provided the participants the opportunity to know the latest market trends and identify areas of mutual cooperation opportunities.

(M.4) Regional Australia Asia Chambers Forum

(72) Mr. Brian O’Gallagher, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory, met with CACCI Director-General Mr. Ernest Lin and Deputy Director-General Mr. Amador Honrado on August 30, 2018 at the CACCI Secretariat office in Taipei. Mr. O’Gallagher briefed Mr. Lin and Mr. Honrado on the upcoming Regional Australia Asia Chambers Forum scheduled to be held on May 2-3, 2019 in Darwin, Australia. The two sides also exchanged ideas on how CACCI can help promote the Forum to its members, and how the Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory can use the CACCI platform – such as the upcoming 32nd CACCI Conference to be held on November 23-24, 2018 in Istanbul – to disseminate information on its activities and drum up participation of CACCI members.

 

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V. Other activities

 

A. Project proposals for CACCI Foundation funding

 

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(73) CACCI invited its Primary Members and Affiliate Members to submit formal proposals on projects that they wish to be financed by the CACCI Foundation. The CACCI Foundation was established in 2006 to help Primary and Affiliate Members implement projects aimed at promoting entrepreneurship and the development of small and medium enterprises. The ultimate objective is to assist chambers in Asian developing countries region to become sustained contributors to the economic development of the private sector. CACCI called on Primary and Affiliate Members to submit formal proposals on projects – either ongoing or still to be implemented – that encourage entrepreneurship and promote the growth and development of SMEs, thereby helping achieve the objective of the CACCI Foundation.

 

B. Creation of LinkedIn Page

 

(74) CACCI created its own LinkedIn account as additional social media platform for disseminating information to both members and non-members alike and for encouraging discussion and dialogue on issues of common concern.

 

C. Teleconferences with the World Chambers Federation

 

(75) The CACCI Secretariat participated in two teleconferences with ICC World Chambers Federation – one on October 27 and the other on December 1. The two sides updated each other on their ongoing and upcoming activities, as well as discussed other possible areas of cooperation between the two organizations.

 

D. Dissemination of ASEAN Investment Report 2017

 

(76) In addition, the CACCI Secretariat disseminated to all CACCI members copies of the ASEAN Investment Report 2017, which was launched at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit held in Manila on November 13, 2017.

 

E. Publication of the latest newsletters of CACCI Product and Service Councils

 

(77) CACCI published the latest editions of the newsletters of the following CACCI Product and Service Councils:

(77.a) Asian Tourism Council

(77.b) Asian Council on Food and Agriculture

(77.c) Asian Council on Health and Education

(77.d) CACCI Women Entrepreneurs Council

(77.e) Young Entrepreneurs Group of Asia-Pacific

(77.f) Asian Council on Water, Energy and Environment

(77.g) Asian ICT Council

(77.h) Asian Council on Textiles and Garments

(77.i) SME Development Council

(77.j) Asian Council on Contracting and Construction

(77.k) Asian Council on Trade Facilitation

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  Taipei – At the invitation of Indonesian Economic and Trade Office to Taipei (IETO), CACCI Secretariat executives joined the “Indonesian Economic, Tourism And Labor Seminar” held on March 23, 2018 at the Taipei World Trade Center. Consisting of the Seminar in the morning session and Business Matching in the afternoon, the one-day event aimed […]

CACCI and VCCI to co-organize workshops on International Trade and Short-Term Trade Finance

Hanoi – The Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) are co-organizing two-day workshops on International Trade and Short-Term Trade Finance in Vietnam. The first workshop will be held in Hanoi on April 17-18 and the second workshop in Ho Chi Minh City on […]

UNCTAD issues latest Investment Policy Monitor

Geneva – Tne United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released the latest issue of its Investment Policy Monitor. In the Report, UNCTAD notes that twenty two countries took 32 investment policy measures in the review period (November 2017 – February 2018). The share of investment restrictions and regulations increased to 29 percent. Compared […]

6th SAARC Business Leaders Conclave in Kathmandu, March 16-18

Kathmandu – The SAARC Business Leaders’ Conclave 2018 was held in Kathmandu on March 16-18, 2018 with an objective to promote investment, innovation and entrepreneurship in the region by unleashing shared prosperity through economic integration. The event drew business leaders of the SAARC member nations, high-level leaders and government officials, among other stakeholders, to identify […]

ICC Invites CACCI Members to the 3rd SDG Business Forum

New York – CACCI members are invited to attend the 3rd SDG Business Forum Led by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) that will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York on July 17, 2018.The Forum is being held during the Ministerial segment of the UN’s High-Level Political Forum, the annual review of […]

CACCI Members Invited to the International Business and Human Rights Conference in Paris

Paris – The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is encouraging members to participate in the next International Business and Human Rights Conference, organised by the IOE, MEDEF and Sodexo, taking place on 18th April 2018 in Paris. This business-only conference is aimed at representatives of companies, business and employers’ federations, corporate law firms and industry associations. […]

32nd CACCI Conference to be held on November 23-24 in Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel in Istanbul

  Istanbul – As decided by the CACCI Planning Committee during its meeting on February 5 in Istanbul, the 32nd CACCI Conference will be held on November 23-24, 2018 at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski. To be hosted by the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), the two-day event aims to provide another valuable […]

CACCI and TOBB Jointly Hold a Successful CACCI Planning Committee Meeting

Istanbul – A highly productive and successful Planning Committee Meeting was recently held jointly by the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) on February 5, 2018 at the TOBB Headquarters in Istanbul. Chaired by CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili and co-chaired […]

CACCI Invited to ASEAN-BAC’s 11th Joint Consulting Meeting with ASEAN+1 Business Councils and Associations

Singapore – The Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) attended, as an Observer, the 11th Joint Consulting Meeting of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) with ASEAN +1 Business Councils and Associations held on January 17, 2018. Held at the Supply Chain City, a 6.5-hectare logistics facility located in Jurong West, Singapore, […]

CEO-Preneurship Summit Scheduled On 20 February 2018 in Istanbul

  Istanbul – On February 20, 2018, the CEO-Preneurship Summit of the WBAF World Congress 2018 will host the CEOs of more than 100 corporates from 80 countries. For the first time ever, the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) will be hosting more than 1,000 delegates from all over the world at its annual […]

2019 33rd CACCI Conference to be held in Colombo

Colombo – CACCI wish to inform all CACCI officers and members that the 33rd CACCI Conference will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka and is tentatively scheduled on September 17-18, 2019. To be hosted by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, next year’s Conference will take place at Shangri-la Hotel Colombo. The dates and venue were […]

ASEAN Investment Report 2017 Launched

Manila – ASEAN Investment Report 2017 was launched at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit held in Manila on November 13, 2017. The Report was prepared under a technical cooperation agreement between the ASEAN Secretariat and the UNCTAD Division on Investment and Enterprise. Copies of the Report have been forwarded to all CACCI members. The 2017 […]

CACCI Delegation Meets with Nepal’s Commerce Secretary

Kathmandu – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, along with 30 members of his delegation from six CACCI member-countries, met with Commerce Secretary Chandra Kumar Ghimire of Republic of Nepal on November 21, 2017 during the CACCI Presidential visit. The visitors shared information and exchanged views with Secretary Ghimire on trade and investment opportunities in Nepal, industry […]

CACCI Delegation Visits Bhaktapur CCI

Bhaktapur – A 20-member delegation consisting of businessmen from six CACCI member countries visited the Bhaktapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) on November 23 as part of the program of the three-day CACCI Presidential visit to Nepal. The CACCI visitors led by President Jemal Inaishvili met with the officers and members of BCCI and exchanged […]

FNCCI Officers and Members Receive CACCI Delegation in Kathmandu

Kathmandu – Officers and members of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) led by FNCCI President Mrs. Bhawani Rana welcomed the 30-member CACCI delegation from six countries led by CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili. The meeting took place at the FNCCI headquarters in Kathmandu. The two sides discussed matters of interest to […]

FNCCI & Kowloon Chamber Sign MOU in Kathmandu

Kathmandu – The Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and the Kowloon Chamber of Commerce (KCC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining possible areas of cooperation between the two organizations. Aimed at promoting greater trade and investments between Nepal and Hong Kong, the MOU was signed at the FNCCI headquarters […]

“Tbilisi Belt and Road Forum” on November 28-29, 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi – CACCI would like to convey an invitation from the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia for CACCI members to attend the “Tbilisi Belt and Road Forum” to be held on November 28-29, 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Organized under the patronage of H. E. Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the two-day […]

CACCI, KPMG, Vietnam VCCI, India FICCI & Iran ICCIMA jointly presented business opportunities during Sydney Conference

Sydney – On Tuesday September 19 2017, the Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce (CACCI) successfully featured the workshop session “Discover Asia Pacific’s business opportunities through CACCI” during the 10th ICC World Chambers Federation Congress in Sydney. The session chaired by CACCI President Jemail Inaishvili, first presented Vincent Chang, President of the KPMG Deal Advisory […]

Taiwan-Philippines Economic Forum Held in Taipei

Taipei – Representatives of the government and private sector from the Philippines and Taiwan spoke during the Philippine Investment Forum on August 25, 2017 at the Taiwan Academy of Banking and Finance headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan. The Philippine speakers talked about the country’s trade and investment policies and identified some areas of opportunities for business […]

Ceylon Chamber supports Public Private Partnership for the Hambantota Port

Colombo – The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce appreciates the steps taken to develop the Hambantota Port as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) as it marks an important step towards the goal of positioning Sri Lanka as a full-service maritime hub nation. In addition to the much-needed boost to the country’s foreign reserves, the reported scale […]

10th World Chamber Congress App now available

Sydney – CACCI members can now start their 10th World Chambers Congress experience by downloading the newly released App, which will provide valuable information about the 10WCC and contains features to enhance their event experience. Connect with registered delegates, set-up meetings and message each other through the ‘peer networking’ feature. For more information on how […]

ADB: Rise in exports boost developing Asia’s growth outlook

Manila – Stronger-than-expected export demand has improved growth prospects for Asia’s developing economies, including China, the Asian Development Bank said recently. The Manila-based ADB upgraded its growth forecast for this year to 5.9 percent from an earlier forecast of 5.7 percent. It expects developing Asia to grow at a 5.8 percent pace in 2018, up […]

B20 Welcomes G20 Leaders’ Declaration as a partial success

Hamburg – The B20 says it welcomes the final G20 Leaders’ Declaration as a partial success, given the difficult negotiating climate. “Naturally, we had hoped for something more substantial with more concrete policy actions”, said Jürgen Heraeus, President of the B20, the official G20 dialogue partner, after the G20 Summit came to a close. “In […]

ICC Open Markets Index: More effort required to open economies to global trade

Paris – Despite repeated pledges to enable trade as a driver of growth and job creation, G20 economies are failing to demonstrate global leadership on trade openness according to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Open Markets Index 2017 (OMI) published on July 7, 2017. Highlights: (a) G20 countries failing to demonstrate global leadership on […]

Vietnam CCI Invites CACCI Members to APEC 2017 Start-ups Forum

Hanoi – The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) is inviting CACCI members to attend the APEC 2017 Start-ups Forum to be held on September 11-12, 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam. The two-day Forum will focus on discussing the issues of supporting micro, small and medium- sized enterprises (MSMEs), especially the start-up businesses, […]

B20 Calls for G20 Unity and Leadership in Shaping Globalization

Hamburg – Business 20 (B20), the official G20 business dialogue with the global business community, calls on the G20 to be united and to shape globalization on the basis of clear and reliable rules. In addition, B20 also speaks out against protectionism and for climate protection. “The business representatives of the G20 members call on the […]

Ex-CACCI President Amb. Yujuico inaugurates PCCI’s First Pitching Session

Manila – Amb. Benedicto Yujuico, Chairman of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and Immediate Past President of CACCI, delivered the Welcome Remarks at the first-ever Pitching Session co-organized by PCCI along with the Philippines-USA Economic and Business Council (PUBC) and Launchgarage Philippines on May 24, 2017 at the PCCI Office. During the […]

CACCI Former President Yujuico meets KADIN Chairman Rosan Roeslani

Manila – Ambassador Benedicto Yujuico, Immediate Past President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), met with the business delegation of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia) led by Chairman Mr. Rosan Roeslani and Mr. Anindya N. Bakrie, CEO, PT Bakrie Global. They met during the Conference of […]

CACCI Conference and World Chambers Congress in Sydney Offer Networking and Learning Opportunities

Taipei – The upcoming 31st CACCI Conference and the 10th World Chambers Congress to held on September 18 -21, 2017 in Sydney will provide delegates many valuable learning and networking opportunities. The 31st CACCI Conference will feature sectoral roundtable discussions and concurrent sessions that will gather government and private sector leaders for dialogue and panel […]

Wellington Chamber’s John Milford visits CACCI Secretariat

Taipei – Mr. John Milford, Chief Executive of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce (WCC), called on key officers of the CACCI Secretariat led by Director-General Amb. Victor C. Y. Tseng during his recent trip to Taipei on the week of June 14. During their meeting at the CACCI Secretariat office, Amb. Tseng thanked Mr. Milford […]

B20 Germany Issues Statement on the US Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

The Chairs of the Climate and Energy Taskforces of the G20 Engagement Groups Business 20, Civil 20, and Think 20 as well as the Engagement Groups Labor 20, Women 20, and Youth 20 – together with the Foundations 20 – said that they deeply regret the decision of the U.S. President to withdraw the United […]

B20 Health Initiative published its final policy paper

Berlin – The B20 Health Initiative has published its final policy paper. The paper is the outcome of five months of intense discussions and hard work among almost 100 taskforce members from 24 countries and diverse economic sectors. Under the leadership of Chair Kemal Malik, Member of the Board of Management at Bayer AG, and […]

B20 Chair Jürgen Heraeus Outlines the Role the B20 Can Play in Health

Berlin – At the B20 Health Conference held at the Gasometer in Berlin in Mid-May, B20 Chair Jürgen Heraeus welcomed the efforts of the B20 regarding the G20 health track. More than 200 guests from various G20 members and health sectors came together for the first ever B20 health conference to present their recommendations to […]

CACCI Secretariat Meets with SME Development Council Chairman

Singapore – Mr. George Abraham, Chairman of the SME Development Council of CACCI, recently met with CACCI Director-General Mr. Amador Honrado Jr. in Singapore. They discussed preparations for the Roundtable Session to be organized by the SMEDC during the 31st CACCI Conference scheduled to take place on September 18, 2017 in Sydney, as well as […]

CACCI Invites Nominees for IWEC Awards 2017

Taipei – The International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Awards (IWEC Awards) 2017, an international award for extraordinary women entrepreneurs, will be presented on the campus headquarters of Microsoft in Redmond, Washington in the United States on November 12-14, 2017. CACCI is inviting its Primary and Affiliate members to submit nominations for this year’s IWEC Awards. Established […]

CACCI Director-General Attends Berlin Meeting of the Global Chamber Platform

Berlin – CACCI Director-General Amb. Victor C. Y. Tseng represented CACCI in the meeting of the Global Chamber Platform (GCP) held on the morning of May 2, 2017 in Berlin. This year’s GCP discussed the many challenges the global economic environment is currently facing as well as the position of the GCP regarding the outcome […]

CACCI Director General Attends B20 Summit in Berlin

Berlin – CACCI Director-General Amb. Victor C. Y. Tseng represented CACCI at the B20 Summit held on May 2-3, 2017 in Berlin, and had the opportunity to meet with the current B20 Chairman Dr. Jurgen Heraeus. During the two-day high-level event – which served as the highlight of the B20 process – panelists and some […]

CACCI Director-General to Attend B20 Summit in Berlin on May 2-3, 2017

Taipei – Amb. Victor Tseng, CACCI Director General will attend the two-day high-level event which will serve as the highlight of the B20 process. The B20 Summit in Berlin will convene world known panelists and some 800 B20 affiliated CEOs and representatives from international organizations and politics to discuss the crucial findings and policy recommendations […]

Amb. Alfonso T. Yuchengco – Former CACCI President, a business tycoon, a remarkable man

Manila – Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco, a remarkable diplomat and businessman in the Philippines, Emeritus Chairman of the RCBC Banking Group, former Chairman of the Asian Bankers Association (ABA) and former President of the Confederation of the Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) passed away last Saturday night, April 15, 2017 in Manila […]

B20 Task Force on Trade and Investment Issues Final Policy Paper & CACCI Secretary General to join discussions

Berlin – The B20 Task Force on Trade and Investment has issued its Final Policy Paper entitled “Creating Benefits for All: Driving Inclusive Growth Through Trade and Investment.” In the paper, the Task Force – of which CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili is a member – stresses the need to ensure that the benefits of trade […]

ADFIAP organizes National SME Development Tour in the Philippines and Malaysia

Manila – The Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) isorganizing the “ADFIAP Familiarization Tour on National SME Development” scheduled on June 19-23, 2017 in Manila, Philippines, and on July 10-14, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The objective of the five-day program is to provide an opportunity for participants to learn […]

31st CACCI Conference in Sydney, September 18-31, 2017

I. CACCI Conference’s Key Features   1. Invited experts who will speak on timely and relevant issues of current concern to the chambers and their respective business constituencies 2. Sectoral roundtable discussions and concurrent sessions that will gather government and private sector leaders for dialogue and panel discussion on important sectoral issues pertaining to women […]

31st CACCI conference to be held in conjunction with 10th World Chambers Congress (WCF) in Sydney

Taipei – We would like to reiterate our invitation for all CACCI officers and members to the 31st CACCI Conference scheduled to take place on September 18-21, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. This year’s CACCI gathering will be held in conjunction with the 10th World Chambers Congress, which is jointly organized by the ICC World Chambers […]

Motivating young women towards importance of entrepreneurship

New Dehli –  The Indian Economy has been witnessing a drastic change since mid-1991, with new policies of economic liberalization, globalization and privatization initiated by the Indian Government. India has great entrepreneurial potential. At present, women involvement in economic activities is marked by a low work participation rate, excessive concentration in the unorganized sector and […]

CACCI Director General Victor Tseng visits FICCI Secretary General Ambika Sharma

New Delhi – CACCI Director-General Amb. Victor C. Y. Tseng visited the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) during his recent trip to New Delhi, India on March 13, 2017. Amb. Tseng was received by FICCI Secretary-General Ms. Ambika Sharma and Mr. Gajendra Badgujar, Liaison Officer and Joint Director for East Asia. […]

CACCI Planning Meeting in Paris “Preparing for Sydney 18-21 2017”

Paris – Members of the 2017 CACCI Planning Committee led by CACCI President Mr, Jemal Inaishvili, along with key officers and staff members of the ICC World Chambers Federation (ICC WCF) and the New South Wales Business Chamber (NSWBC), met on 2 March 2017 at the ICC Headquarters in Paris, France. Hosted by ICC WCF, he […]

CACCI takes part in the Association Management Course conducted by PCAAE

Manila – CACCI Deputy Director-General Mr. Amador Honrado Jr. attended the Association Management Course organized by the Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE) on February 16, 2017 at the A. Venue Hotel in Makati City, Philippines. Attended by some 35 representatives of various member associations of PCAAE, the one day course is part […]

CACCI members invited to “Nepal Investment Summit”

Nepal – CACCI would like to convey an invitation from the Investment Board of Nepal to participate in the “Nepal Investment Summit” to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 2-3, 2017. Featuring the theme of “Harnessing Investment Opportunities in Nepal,” the two-day event is jointly organized by Ministry of Industry and Investment Board of […]

CACCI attends ASEAN BAC in Manila

Manila – The Deputy Director-General Mr. Amador Honrado Jr. represented the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) at the 9th Joint Consultation Meeting with ASEAN + 1 Business Councils and Associations held on January 26, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. The Consultation Meeting was organized as part of the program of the 69th ASEAN-BAC Meeting […]

CACCI Officers to meet in Paris in March – Join now!

Paris – CACCI members are invited to attend the meeting of the CACCI Planning Committee scheduled on March 2, 2017 to be held at the Headquarters of the ICC World Chambers Federation in Paris. The meeting will primarily: (a) Discuss preparations for the 31st CACCI Conference to be held within the framework of the ICC […]

Sydney will host CACCI 31st Annual Conference

Taipei – CACCI announced the venue and co-hosts of this year’s annual gathering during the recently-concluded 30th CACCI Conference in Taipei. The 31st CACCI Conference will be held in Sydney, Australia within the program of the ICC World Chamber Federation’s (ICC-WCF) 10th World Chambers Congress (WCC) on September 19-21, 2017. The 10th WCC is jointly […]

CACCI Planning Committee Meeting in Paris March 2 2017

Paris – 2017 CACCI Planning Committee Meeting is scheduled on March 2, 2017 and will be held at the headquarters of the ICC World Chambers Federation in Paris. The meeting will primarily discuss preparations for the 31st CACCI Conference to be held in conjunction with the ICC World Chamber Federation’s 10th World Chambers Congress, which […]

B20 calls for open markets and inclusive growth

Hamburg – Members of the B20, expressing concern about current antiglobalization sentiments being witnessed in many countries around the world, urge governments to resist the temptation to resort to protectionist measures such as trade barriers or investment restrictions. This is the message conveyed by the statement that the B20 issued and shared with G20 Sherpas […]

Timor Leste and others join CACCI

Taipei – CACCI welcomed the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Timor-Leste (CCI-TL) as its newest primary member, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Northern Territory of Australia as new affiliate member at the 86th CACCI Council Meeting held in Taipei on November 23, 2016. Also, eight Lifetime members were welcomed during the Council […]

CACCI names office bearers for 2016-2018

Key officers from Primary Members have been elected by the CACCI Council to serve as Vice Presidents, Honorary Treasurer, Budget Commission members, and members of the Executive Committee for the term 2016-2018. Vice Presidents: Mr. Samir Modi, Member of Executive Committee, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, and Executive Director of K.K. Modi […]

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy links with ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy searches for closer links with ASEAN, South Asia, Australia and New Zealand said the ROC (Taiwan) President Tsai Ing-Wen in her widely publicized remarks during the 50th Anniversary of Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry on November 24, 2015 at the Marriot Hotel Taipei. Here is the complete Presidential speech. Good […]

450 delegates from 22 Asia Pacific countries attended 30th CACCI Conference in Taipei

On November 23-24, 2016, 450 delegates from 22 Asia Pacific countries attended the 30th CACCI Conference in Taipei, Taiwan. The successfully conference titled “The Rise of Asia: Taking a Bigger Role in the Global Economy” also celebrated CACCI’s 50 years anniversary. Co-hosted by the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA) and the Chinese National Association of […]

CACCI honors leaders with Illustrious Service Award

CACCI presented the “Illustrious Service Award” to past and present CACCI Presidents in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Confederation. The award was given at the gala dinner held on November 24 at the Taipei Marriott Hotel. The awardees and their representatives who were present during the awarding ceremony were: CACCI […]

2020 Tokyo Olympics will drive growth, said ANA CEO Osamu Shinobe

Taipei – ANA Airlines CEO, Osamu Shinobe, the keynote speaker during the 30th CACCI Conference in Taipei, presented on November 24 2016 “Tourism Trends and the Aviation Industry in Asia” to an audience of 450 CACCI delegates from 22 Asia Pacific Countries. Osamu Shinobe first gave a detailed description of the current international airlines market […]

50 years of CACCI – A movie

Taipei – During the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) celebrated in Taipei, Taiwan, on November 23-24 2016, hundreds of delegates from 22 countries had the opportunity to view a short video summarizing the accomplishment of this premier Asia Pacific institution. From his idealistic beginnings in […]

CACCI Director General and CIECA Chairman call on Myanmar UMFCCI President

Yangon – Amb. Victor C. Y. Tseng, Director-General of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), and Mr. Chung-Yu Wang, Chairman of the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA) and concurrently Member of the Executive Committee of CACCI, called on Mr. Zaw Min Win, President of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of […]

Philippine Vice President Robredo met ex-CACCI President Yujuico at PCCI

Manila – Immediate CACCI President and current Member of the CACCI Advisory Board Amb. Benedicto Yujuico welcomed Philippine Vice President H. E. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo during the annual Philippine Business Conference organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) on October 13, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Amb. Yujuico is also the current Chairman […]

Philippine President Duterte awards ex-CACCI President Yujuico

Manila – Philippine President H. E. Rodrigo Duterte presented an Award to Immediate Past CACCI President and current Member of the CACCI Advisory Board Amb. Benedicto Yujuico during the annual Philippine Business Conference organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) on October 13, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Amb. Yujuico is also the […]

Taiwanese Study Tour Group visits Philippine CCI

Manila – A study tour group from Taiwan visited the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) to meet with PCCI officers on the morning of September 30, 2016 in Manila. The 20-member delegation was composed largely of bankers and finance experts from Taiwan. They were warmly received at the PCCI headquarters by key officers of the chamber […]

Taiwanese Study Tour Group visits the Bankers Association of the Philippines

Manila – A study tour group from Taiwan met with officers and members of the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) on the morning of September 28, 2016 in Manila. The 20-member delegation was composed largely of bankers and finance experts from Taiwan. They were warmly received by BAP officers led by BAP President Mr. […]

Stable Outlook for Asia Despite Global Uncertainties

Economic growth in developing Asia remains broadly stable, but a slight slowdown in India has trimmed the region’s growth outlook for 2016, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report. In a supplement to its Asian Development Outlook 2016 Update report, ADB has downgraded 2016 growth to 5.6%, below its previous projection of 5.7%. For […]

CACCI Director General Meets ASEAN BAC Chairman in Vientiane

Vientaine – CACCI Director-General Amb. Victor C. Y. Tseng met Mr. Oudet Souvannavong, 2016 Chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ASEAN BIS) held on September 5-7, 2016 in Vientiane, Laos. Mr. Oudet is also President of the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), […]

CACCI Director General Visits Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Vientaiane – CACCI Director-General Amb. Victor C. Y. Tseng called on Mr. Oudet Souvannavong, President of the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), during his recent trip to Vientiane, Laos to attend the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit on September 5-7, 2016. Amb. Tseng introduced CACCI to Mr. Oudet, and invited the LNCCI […]

CACCI Vice President Mr. Hisarciklioglu Serves as Panelist at B20 Summit in Hangzhou

Hangzhou- Mr. Rifat Hisarciklioglu, President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) and concurrently Vice President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), was invited as Panelist at the B20 Summit held on September 3-4, 2016 in Hangzhou, China. Mr. Hisarciklioglu, who served as Chair of B20 […]

ICC Asia Executive Director Visits CACCI Secretariat

Taipei – Mrs. Lee Ju Song, Executive Director of International Chamber of Commerce Asia (ICC Asia), visited the CACCI Secretariat during her recent visit to Taipei. Mrs. Lee was received by CACCI Secretariat executives led by Deputy Director-General Mr. Amador Honrado Jr. on the afternoon of August 17 at the Secretariat’s headquarters. Mrs. Lee and Mr. […]

CACCI Director General Calls on PCCI President in Manila

Manila – CACCI Director-General Amb. Victor C. Y. Tseng met with Mr. George Barcelon, President of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the former’s recent visit to Manila on August 11. Amb. Tseng updated Mr. Barcelon on the ongoing and upcoming activities of CACCI, and invited the PCCI head to organize a delegation […]

CACCI Director General Meets with FTI Chairman

Bangkok – CACCI Director General Amb. Victor C. Y. Tseng called on Mr. Chen Namchaisiri, Chairman of the Federation of Thai Industry (FTI), during his recent visit to Bangkok on July 14. Amb. Tseng, accompanied by representatives of CTBC Bank, took the opportunity to introduce CACCI to the FTI Chairman and other FTI officers and […]

Ranatunga re-appointed Ceylan CCC Chairman

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) re-appointed Mr. Samantha Ranatunga for his second term as chairman at the Chamber’s 177th Annual General Meeting held on June 28 in Colombo. Mr. Ranatunga is the CEO and Managing Director of CIC Holdings. He holds a degree from the University of Delhi and a Masters in Business Administration […]

ACCI Chief James Pearson wants a stronger voice for business

James Pearson knows better than most people that speaking out on policy matters comes at a price. “I’ve been through it,” he told The Australian. The former diplomat and Shell executive, who replaced Kate Carnell as head of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), is talking about his 1992 expulsion from Vanuatu. He […]

Sunil Bharti Mittal, new ICC Chairman

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, has been elected Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Voting by ICC’s World Council took place on June 15 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bharti Enterprises has interests in telecom, insurance, real estate, hospitality, agri and food, besides other ventures. Bharti Airtel, the group’s flagship […]

YBSL of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce trains budding Entrepreneurs

Youth Business Sri Lanka (YBSL) of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the National Human Resources Development Council of Sri Lanka, recently trained over 230 budding entrepreneurs on the finer skills of entrepreneurship under the ‘Promoting and Empowering the Small and Medium Entrepreneurs’ project carried jointly by the two institutions. Three separate training programs were […]

2016 New Year’s message to all CACCI members

I am pleased to convey to all CACCI members and friends a very Happy New Year. May the incoming 2016 bring you continued success and prosperity in all your undertakings. As we usher in the New Year, I believe it is an opportune time for us to take stock of our accomplishments in the year […]

FICCI & World Bank advance ‘Millennium Alliance’ initiative

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the World Bank on July 13, 2015 announced their partnership to advance the Millennium Alliance (MA) initiative. The MA seeks to identify and scale up innovative solutions being developed and tested by social enterprises in India that can improve access to services for poor […]

Iran Agro celebrates 22nd International Agricultural Trade Fair

Iran Agro Food 2015, which is the biggest and most famous international food, technology and agricultural event in the Middle East took place in 26-29 May 2015 in Tehran. The 22nd expo has shown a growth of 44 percent compared to the previous year. 710 domestic companies and 236 foreigners from countries such as Austria, […]

4th World Business Leaders Conference convenes in Kunshan, China

The 4th World Business Leaders Conference of 2015 aimed at providing a platform for the global business community to discuss the latest trends and challenges on global trade and investment, promote close cooperation among the international business community, and share information and ideas on opportunities brought by world economic development. More than 300 delegates from […]

Kowloon CC hosts CACCI officers in Kunshan, China

Conrad Lee, Chairman of Kowloon Chamber of Commerce (KCC) and Honorary Treasurer of CACCI, hosted dinner for members of the CACCI delegation on May 20, 2015. Other guests were also invited, including officers from the CCPIT led byMr. Zeng Yafei, President of the CCPIT Commercial Sub-Council, and Ms. Maria Perez-Esteve, Counsellor at the World Trade Organization. […]