CACCI joins CoNGO in Bangkok

2019 0527 ConGo imageBangkok – The Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) attended the Regional Committee in Asia-Pacific (RCAP) of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) held on May 29-30, 2019 at the premises of Siam University in Bangkok, Thailand. The agenda for the meeting was “The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Civil Society – National and Local Implementation and Follow-up”.

Representing CACCI at the Bangkok meeting was Mr. Amador R. Honrado, Jr., CACCI Deputy Director-General, who joined some 30 other officers and members of CoNGO in this year’s gathering. Also in attendance with Mr. Honrado was Ms. Allisson Hsu, Consultant of CACCI and Chief, Taiwan Technical Mission in the Kingdom of Thailand, International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF).

The other CoNGO member organizations that registered for the meeting included the following:

(1) Siam University
(2) Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education
(3) Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
(4) Christian Conference of Asia
(5) Coast Trust Bangladesh
(6) International Federation of Business and Professional Women
(7) International Planned Parenthood Federation, South Asia Region
(8) International Society of Geriatric Oncology
(9) Life Development Center
(10) Nonviolence International
(11) Pan-Pacific South East Asia Women’s Association
(12) Soka Gakkai International
(13) Southeast Asian Press Alliance
(14) Taiwan Alliance in International Development
(15) Taiwan District, Kiwanis International
(16) Taiwan Foundation for Democracy
(17) United Methodist Church, Global Board on Church and Society
(19) Vanguard Service Brigade
(20) Taipei Economic Cultural Office (Observer)

 

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Chaired by CoNGO President Mr. Liberato Bautista and co-chaired by CoNGO First Vice President Mr. Cyril Ritchie, the two-day meeting aimed to examine case studies by NGOs/CSOs on implementation (regional, national, local) of the six Sustainable Goals (SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13, 16, 17) that are to be reviewed at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in July 2019.

 

Introduction & background on the meeting

 

In their introductory remarks, President Bautista and First Vice President Mr. Ritchie pointed out that CoNGO and RCAP are committed to Agenda 2030 and to mobilization and action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They explained that since the adoption of the 17 SDGs by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, NGOs and CSOs throughout the world – including those in the Asia-Pacific region – have set to work to make the Goals meaningful to the populations they serve, working in concert with governments, communities, academia and other stakeholders.

NGOs/CSOs advocate with governments at national and local level to achieve meaningful commitment to implementation of the Goals. The HLPF reviews each July the progress and the gaps on achieving the SDGs. This is done on a rotation basis, and in 2019 the HLPF will review the following Goals:

 

(a) Quality Education
(b) Decent Work and Economic growth
(c) Reduced Inequalities
(d) Climate Action
(e) Peace, Justice and strong institutions
(f) Partnerships for the Goals

 

2019 0603 Congo 01 1028 x 578Mr. Bautista and Mr. Ritchie said that NGOs/CSOs throughout the Asia-Pacific are working in many different ways and at many different levels on the six SDGs up for review at this year’s HLPF. Thus for the Bangkok Meeting of RCAP on May 39-30, CoNGO invited a wide range of Asia-Pacific NGOs/CSOs to present and discuss their substantive on-the-ground experience in advocating for and implementing one or more of the above six SDGs.

The participating NGOs/CSOs were requested to focus their discuss good practices, such as what initiatives have worked, what cooperation mechanisms with other stakeholders have proven valuable; as well as core challenges, such as what impediments have arisen in cooperation and outreach; and lessons learned, including what new mobilization actions and channels are needed and/or foreseen to make progress on SDG implementation.

The CoNGO officials said that the presentations on each of the six SDGs made at the Bangkok meeting of the RCAP would serve as the focus of analysis, lessons learned, and new cooperation – whether at country or regional level. They explained that following the RCAP session in Bangkok, CoNGO is expected to produce a synthesis which will be fed into the 2019 HLPF. They added that on an ongoing basis, all of these processes would serve also to enhance NGO/CSO relationships with and input to the UN Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), the prime regional intergovernmental body promoting the SDGs. They expressed their hopes that, taking account of existing interactions and structures linking NGOs/CSOs with ESCAP, the May 2019 meeting of RCAP in Bangkok would further foster long-term and enhanced cooperation.

 

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Sumary of CACCI Presentation

 

Ms. Allison Hsu made the presentation on behalf of CACCI. Hsu’s presentations focused on the “Case Studies on Training Education and Better Jobs.”

The case studies – mainly from ICDF’s various programs – presented how NGOs can support beneficiaries find decent jobs by providing formal and non-formal education and training. The case study underscored the importance of human capital as the foundation for all business, and that in the Asia-Pacific region, formal education is vital to gaining access to decent jobs.

The study pointed out that for people who are not able to achieve tertiary education, education training or on-the-job training can improve the quality of employment, adding that for the people cannot afford higher education and those who seek better positions, international NGOs/NPOs can provide solutions to them.

2019 0603 Congo 02 1028 x 578The case studies presented by Ms. Hsu demonstrated the strategies, methods and outcomes of providing education and training in the Asia-Pacific region and how it helped to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. Among the examples she highlighted on formal education were ICDF’s International Higher Education

Scholarship Programs for Asia-Pacific students focusing mainly on agriculture and fisheries, public health and medicine, business and management, engineering and science, and human resources. On the other hand, nonformal education programs offered to participants from Asia-Pacific countries focused mainly of health care personnel training, professional workshops on agriculture biodiversity, circular agriculture, water management, and youth entrepreneurship development.

2019 0603 Congo 03 1028 x 578She also highlighted ICDF’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program that aims mainly to improve the employability of the youth and women in the small developing island states in the Pacific region, by fostering professional skills through training and building capacity for micro-business start-up.

 

Among the recommendations presented by the case studies included the following:

(a) Providing affordable and quality technical, vocation and tertiary education for all, and covering both youth and adults in formal and non-formal education and training;

(b) Achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, and developing and operationalizing a global strategy for youth employment and implementing the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour;

(c) Enhancing the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of SDGs

 

Other presenters

 

The other presenters included the following:

(a) Soka Gakkai International (SGI) – SGI is a lay Buddhist Association of constituent organizations in 192 countries and territories. It was originally founded in 1930 in Japan as a group of educators who were concerned about the then education systems during wartime and stroke to practice Soka Education or Value-Creating Pedagogy.

In essence, Soka education is a humanistic process that nurtures wisdom and enables the individual’s potential to bloom to the fullest while setting the happiness of children as the utmost priority. It was regarded a radical idea under fascist militarism at that time,

This idea has very much endured and is alive today in SGI, which now has a general membership of people from all walks of life. The presenter was Mr. Hiro Sakurai, Director, SGI.

2019 0603 Congo 04 1028 x 578(b) Siam University – Since its founding in 1965, Siam University has become the fifth largest private university with a student body containing over 15,000 students across 13 programs, including an International and Graduate Program. The University also offers its students opportunities to work and study abroad for valuable experiences. Siam University is affiliated with more than twenty universities and institutions on four continents, including the Philippines and Japan. In its commitment to each and every student’s future, Siam University has devised a set of 3 Pillars, named employability, sustainability, and diversity. In line with these three pillars, the university has set three main objectives, namely:

2019 0603 Congo 05 1028 x 578(i) Empower and prepare students to become significant leaders and operators in international environments; (ii) Utilize cutting-edge research and innovative methods to preserve academic advancement and infinite wisdom as an unwavering effort to achieve virtue among the ASEAN community and other world markets.; and (iii) Maintain Asian ethnics and preservation of individuality among nations along with clear understanding and recognition of its cultural diversity. The presenter was Mrs. Chanita Rukspollmuang, Vice President, Siam University.

(c) Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) – The ASPBAE is a regional network of more than 200 civil society organisations and individuals operating in around 30 countries of the Asia-Pacific. ASPBAE works towards promoting the right to quality education and transformative and liberating lifelong adult education and learning for all. Through its work, ASPBAE lobbies with governments to uphold education as an empowering tool to combat poverty and all forms of exclusion and discrimination, enable active and meaningful participation in governance, and build a culture of peace and international understanding. ASPBAE works to ensure that the internationally agreed goals, especially Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, its targets, indicators, and framework of action are translated in robust education sector plans at the country level; the resources required to meet the full agenda are mobilised and judiciously applied; and that the processes and mechanisms for accountability, coordination, capacity building, and monitoring of Education 2030 are set up, with the institutionalised participation of civil society, including representative organisations of learners, teachers/educators, parents, and youth. The Presenter was Ms. Cecilia Soriano, Officer, ASPBAE.

(d) Pan-Pacific South East Asia Women’s Association (PPSEAWA) – The PPSEAWA is the only international women’s organization devoted to families, peace and understanding in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. Since the founding of PPSEAWA in 1928, in Honolulu, Hawaii, its membership has grown to 23 national associations, many having several local chapters. It is an all- volunteer organization and is financed by contributions from individuals, organizations, and PPSEAWA member associations. Continued monitoring of and participation in various United Nations bodies have enable PPSEAWA to inform its members and help them identify areas where they can be of assistance by mobilizing local support.

PPSEAWA branches in individual countries, also known as National Member Organizations, have local programs to further the education, health, security, economic empowerment, and human rights of women and girls, especially those who are marginalized and vulnerable. The presenter was Mrs. Mondhiya Bhangsbha, President, PPSEAWA.

 

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(e) Taiwan Alliance in International Development (Taiwan AID) – Taiwan AID is a platform for Taiwan-based NGOs with nearly 30 members working all over the world. Members are involved in various sectors, such as medical service, education, information, gender issues, emergency relief, community development, human trafficking, humanitarian assistance, and volunteer service. Taiwan AID is an NGO platform with the aim of strengthening transparency, efficiency and cooperation among Taiwan-based NGOs involved in international humanitarian aid with the value of humanity, equality, justice, and sustainable development. Its mission includes:

(i) Facilitate an interaction platform for international cooperation, such as seminar; (ii) Facilitate capacity building to improve professional services; (iii) Promote concept of international development through public education; (iv) Advocate and facilitate international development policies; (v) Establish principles, ethics and regulations of international development and assistance; and (vi) Make other efforts in favor of international development. The presenter was Ms. Nina H. L. Kao, Board Member, Taiwan AID.

(f) Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) – Founded in 2008, CPCS is a Cambodia-based NGO, working in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation in Asia. Its aim is to strengthen strategic intervention into armed conflict with the overall goal of reaching sustainable and positive peace in the Asia region. Given Cambodia’s experience of passing from carpet bombing to genocide, to civil war, to peace process, rehabilitation and now relative peace, CPCS considers the country as a vital and critical basis for regional learning. While CPCS does not undertake peacebuilding initiatives in Cambodia, it utilises the country’s rich post-war history and reconciliation efforts as a learning base for other contexts, as well as provide support to other Cambodian organisations focused on local peacebuilding initiatives. The Centre is home to a range of interconnected programmes and initiatives that are based on robust analyses and guided by CPCS’ theory of change. The presenter was Ms. Rachana Thummala, Programme Coordinator, CPCS.

 

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(g) International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) – Founded in 2000, SIOG has been working to foster the development of health professionals in the field of geriatric oncology, for the optimization of treatment of older adults with cancer. SIOG was registered as a non-profit organisation under the Swiss Law in 2012. SIOG is a multidisciplinary team of oncology and geriatrics physicians, as well as allied health professionals and expert trainers with a unique collaborative approach to address the rising public health challenges related to ageing and cancer around the world. As of 2018, it counts over 1700 members in more than 80 countries worldwide. SIOG is powered by global collaborations to strengthen the national capacity for Human Resources for Health and to promote and advocate for SDG3 ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages’. SIOG promotes efforts in 3 strategic directions: education, clinical practice, and research. The presenter was Ms. Barbara Ewals, Director for Partnerships, whose presentation focused mainly on why successful partnerships are important to the 2030 Agenda and elaborated on the guidelines for partnerships.

 

About Congo

Founded in 1948, the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) is an independent, international, non-profit membership association of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). It facilitates the participation of NGOs in United Nations debates and decision-making. CoNGO is most active at the major UN centres of New York, Geneva and Vienna but its work stretches out to all regions of the world. CACCI, which was granted Consultative Status with the ECOSOC under the United Nations in 1970, joined CoNGO in 1979.

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London – Mr. Salauddin Yousuf (leftmost), Director of Lub-rref (Bangladesh) Limited – a Lifetime Special Member of CACCI – was part of the delegation from Bangladesh that attended  this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings and Commonwealth Summit held on April 16-20, 2018 in London and Windsor, United Kingdom. Mr. Yousuf joined his country’s delegation […]

CACCI delegation meets with Laotian businessmen in Vientiane

Vientiane – Members of the CACCI delegation that joined the CACCI Presidential visit to Laos on April 25 had the opportunity to meet with local entrepreneurs at the headquarters of the Lao National Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Vientiane. During the meeting, CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili and his delegation introduced CACCI and its […]

CACCI delegation meets Lao LNCCI President

Vientiane – A delegation composed of officers of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) led by President Jemal Inaishvili, was received by Mr. Oudet Souvannavong, President of Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), during the former’s visit to Laos on April 25, 2018. The meeting took place at the […]

CACCI delegation visits Vientiane Saysettha Development Zone

Vientiane – A CACCI delegation led by CACCI Senior Vice President Mr. Samir Modi and CACCI Vice President Mr. Pradeep Kumar Shrestha on April 25 visited the Vientiane Saysettha Development Zone, located in a suburban district 17 kilometers northeast of Vientiane. During the visit, the delegation learned that the Zone covers an area of 11 […]

CACCI members meet with Officers of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Vietnam

Hanoi – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, accompanied by members and officers CACCI member chambers, met with key officers and staff of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (International Cooperation Department) of Vietnam led by Deputy Director General Dr. Chu Van Chuong in Hanoi on April 21, 2018. The two sides shared information on the […]

CACCI Delegation calls on the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam

Hanoi – A visiting delegation from the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) led by President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili called on the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam in Hanoi on April 21, 2018. The visitors were received by Vice Minister Vu Van Tam. The two sides shared information on […]

CACCI members visit Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone

Phnom Penh – Members of the CACCI delegation that joined the Presidential visit to Cambodia visited the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone on April 20, 2018, which is located within the proximity of the country’s capital city. Led by CACCI Vice President Mr. Peter McMullin and CACCI Vice President Mr. Pradeep Kumar Shrestha, the visitors […]

Vietnam Chamber welcomes CACCI Delegation in Hanoi

Hanoi – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili led a delegation composed of CACCI officers and members to visit the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in Hanoi on April 19, 2018. The CACCI visitors were welcomed by VCCI officers and members led by Dr. Doan Duy Khuong, VCCI Vice Executive President, at the VCCI headquarters. […]

VCCI hosts International Contract of Sale & Short Term Trade Finance Workshop in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh – The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) hosted a workshop on International Contract of Sale and Short Term Trade Finance in Ho Chi Minh City on April 19-20, 2018. Organized in cooperation with the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), the two-day workshop was conducted by Mr. […]

CACCI holds International Contract of Sale & Short Term Trade Finance Workshop in Hanoi

Hanoi – The Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) organized, in cooperation with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), a two-day workshop on International Contract of Sale and Short Term Trade Finance in Hanoi on April 17-18, 2018. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Pavel Andrl, an international trade finance […]

CACCI Vice President Amb. Feng Chi-Tai Meets with ICC Chief Operating Officer Philip Kucharski

Taipei – Amb. Feng Chi-Tai, Vice President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), 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, […]

CACCI Vice President Mrs. Magvan Oyunchimeg serves as panelist at the Belt and Road Trade and Investment Forum in Beijing

Beijing – CACCI President Mrs. Magvan Oyunchimeg, CEO of Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI), was invited as a Panelist at the “Belt and Road Trade and Investment Forum” held on April 12, 2018 in Beijing. The two-day Forum was Organized by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), China […]

CACCI members join visit to Alibaba Group Headquarters in Beijing

Beijing – Members of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), including CACCI Deputy Director-General Mr. Amador Honrado Jr., joined officers and members of the ICC World Chambers Federation (ICC-WCF) during the visit to the headquarters of the Alibaba Group in Beijing, China on April 12, 2018.The visit was made following the […]

CACCI invited to support Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW)

Singapore – The Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) has been invited to be a supporting organization of the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) to be held on October 29 – November 2, 2018 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. SIEW is an annual platform for energy professionals, policymakers and commentators to […]

CACCI Conference in Istanbul themed “Asia: Expanding Boundaries”

Istanbul – The 32nd CACCI Conference scheduled to take place on November 23-24, 2018 at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul, Turkey will carry the theme “Asia: Expanding Boundaries”. To be hosted by Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), the two-day event aims to provide another valuable platform for CACCI members and […]

CACCI calls for members’ inputs to the 2018-2020 CACCI Work Program

Istanbul – One of the main agendas of the upcoming 32nd CACCI Conference scheduled to take place on November 23-24, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey is the formulation of a draft Framework for the 2018-2020 CACCI Work Program to be implemented by the new CACCI officers to be elected during the Istanbul Conference. In this connection, […]

CACCI invites nominations for Hydropower & Clean Energy Excellence Award

Taipei – CACCI invitation Chambers to submit nominations for the 3rd CACCI Asia-Pacific Hydropower and Clean Energy Excellence Award. We are attaching reference documents for the Award nomination and selection mechanics. Initiated by the CACCI Asian Council on Water, Energy and Environment (ACWEE) which is under the chairmanship of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of […]

CACCI Secretariat attends seminar on Indonesian Economy, Tourism and Labor

  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. […]