1. Annual Conferences
Since its foundation in 1966, CACCI has been convening business and leading entrepreneurs into personal contacts through annual meetings and conferences held in major cities of the region.
The CACCI Council Meetings and Conferences for instance, and its related Planning Meetings, are held throughout the year and have become an effective fora for exchanging information and ideas among members and businessmen. These theme based gatherings focus on current issues that have significant business impact.
2. President & Officers Meetings
CACCI officers and other members form delegations to visit Primary Members to: (a) gather first-hand information on the business situation in the host country; (b) meet with representatives of the local business community; and (c) conduct company visits.
Numerous visits are launched throughout the year. These prestigious delegations also make courtesy calls on heads of states, economic ministers, and other high-ranking government officials building trust with government officials and lobbying for business-friendly policies.
3. CACCI Summits
CACCI leaders held extraordinary CACCI Summits when fundamental changes and developments in the world’s economic and political arena may have drastically changed the structure of trade and business.
In June 1993, the First CACCI Summit in Singapore urged action on GATT’s Uruguay Round as a turning point in world’s trade expansion. In June 1995, the Second CACCI Summit in Manila emphasized GATT implementation for trade facilitation and investment as well as advocated faster IT in business. In October 2011, during the Third CACCI Summit in Taipei, CACCI reiterated further Asia Pacific’s trade and investment in response to the 2007 financial crisis, as well as redefined CACCI’s role within APEC and ASEAN. In 2016, the Fourth CACCI Summit in Taipei recasts CACCI’s future role in business cooperation and platform for economic growth in Asia Pacific economies.
4. Policy Advocacy
CACCI regularly issues position papers advocating policies for the benefit of our members. These well researched documents are submitted to appropriate regional and international bodies concerned – such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank (WB), and the International Trade Centre (ITC).
In fact, CACCI serves as spokesman and defender of national chambers of commerce and industry’s interest and every CACCI activity, from Presidential visits to Speaker’s invitations to global meetings is inherently motivated to pursue our members’ interest.
5. Product & Service Councils
The Product and Service Councils are product or service based forums where members meet regularly to identify, discuss and resolve sectoral problems; explore business opportunities and joint ventures to enhance the growth of their respective sectors. The number of CACCI sponsored councils has grown recently up to 12 and they are:
- Asian Chemical Industry Council (ACIC)
- Asian Council on Contracting and Construction (ACCC)
- Asian Council on Food and Agriculture (ACFA)
- Asian Council on Health and Education (ACHE)
- Asian ICT Council (AICTC)
- SME Development Council (SMEDC)
- Asian Textiles and Garments Council (ATGC)
- Asian Council on Tourism (ACT)
- Asian Council on Trade Facilitation (ACTF)
- Asian Council on Water, Energy and Environment (ACWEE)
- CACCI Women Entrepreneurs Council (CWEC)
- Young Entrepreneurs Group Asia Pacific (YEGAP)
CACCI stresses a knowledge-based economy that promotes information exchange. To help achieve this objective, CACCI has created regular publications designed to disseminate relevant information promoting trade, investment and business opportunities for its members. CACCI Profile is the official monthly newsletter, the Journal of Commerce and Industry is a bi-annual publication which features papers, speeches and articles related to the business and economic situations of the region. Also, each of the 12 Product and Service Councils publishes a bi-annual newsletter that contains related news and reports pertaining to their area of expertise.
One of CACCI’s original goals was to foster cooperation among members by transferring and sharing sound business practices, trade and investment procedures as well as chamber management techniques.
Nowadays, CACCI conducts or sponsors workshops, seminars, conferences, and other training programs that address specific issues to enhance our members’ competence, particularly on the latest business practices.
CACCI has built relationships with other international organizations not only in Asia Pacific but outside the region as well. Today, CACCI maintains ties, dialogues and exchange information with the World Chambers Federation (WCF), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Eurochambres, the Federation of Gulf Council Chambers of Commerce (FGCCC), the Junior Chamber International (JCI), the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), among others.
CACCI enjoys effective channels of communication with members of APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) and the SAARC Chambers of Commerce and Industry (SAARC-CCI). By participating in the ABAC, ASEAN-BAC and SAARC-CCI activities, CACCI joins the dialogues with APEC, ASEAN and SAARC-CCI Leaders and Economic Ministers and shares best practices and business networking.
9. Special studies & researches
CACCI carries out, through the Secretariat or other reputable research institutions, special studies and researches in various fields of economic activities to help solve problems affecting regional cooperation, to advocate positions on certain issues, or to develop projects designed to promote and achieve the objectives of CACCI.
For more details about this special CACCI service please contact us.
10. Network of Business Assistance Centers
CACCI provides its members access into a network of Business Assistance Centers (BACs). BACs are set up and operated by Primary Members, with the assistance of CACCI, to help their own members and foreign businessmen who are exploring or planning to do business in their respective areas. BACs help in:
- Arranging meetings or contacts;
- Setting appointments with government officials;
- Providing a temporary office with staff;
- Serving as forwarding address and message center;
- Providing information services; and
- Extending use of business facilities and equipment as may be needed at cost.
For more details about this special CACCI service please contact us.
To nurture the growth of its members, CACCI also established yearly awards to recognize outstanding achievements in the following areas:
- Asia Pacific Woman Entrepreneur Award
- Hydropower and Clean Energy Award
- Local Chamber Award
- Asia-Pacific Young Entrepreneur Award
Established during the 40th Anniversary celebration of CACCI in Taipei in November 2006, the CACCI Foundation for Entrepreneurship and SME Development aims to help chambers in developing countries to become sustainable.
The CACCI Foundation has funded:
- The Youth Business Sri Lanka (YBSL) Program;
- The “Life Forever Beautiful-Organic Mongolia” Project;
- The Barisal Women CCI’s Project on Promoting Women Entrepreneurship Through Development of SMEs.