PCCI & Indonesian chamber to facilitate more investments & trade

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Manila – The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the country’s largest business organization and “Voice of Philippine Business”, and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (Kadin), the sole business organization of Indonesia, have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote cooperation and partnership for a dynamic development of trade and investments between the Philippines and Indonesia.

The MOU was signed by PCCI president George T. Barcelon and Kadin chairman Rosan P. Roeslani, head of the Indonesian business delegation that attended a conference of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council last April 28.

Under the MOU, both chambers will work to further enhance existing relations through cooperation in trade investment and economic development. Both will encourage, promote and facilitate the exchange of missions, participate and organize trade fairs, exhibitions, conferences, and seminars.

They also will share market information and market intelligence, and support the maritime connectivity of Davao/General Santos and Bitung through the Roll-On-Roll-Off network and encourage companies to make use of the roro connectivity for the trade of products and commodities as well as cooperation for investments and tourism.

FICCI Invites CACCI Members to its Annual Banking Conference in Mumbai

Bombay – The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Indian Banks Association (IBA) are jointly organising FIBAC – an annual banking conference – on 6th and 7th November, 2017 at Hotel Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai, India with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as its Knowledge Partner. The theme of the […]

CACCI Members invited to Match4Industry Event in Kocaeli

Kocaeli – The Kocaeli Chamber of Industry is inviting CACCI members to participate in its Match4Industry event that will take place on 2-3 November 2017 in Kocaeli, Turkey. Match4Industry is part of “Doing Business Onsite”, a unique concept in matchmaking events that offer meetings held in company premises as well as the main event site. […]

Ceylon Chamber Receives Lahore CCI Delegation to Discuss How to Strengthen Sri Lanka-Pakistan Trade and Investment

Colombo – The Sri Lanka-Pakistan Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce hosted recently a delegation from the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). LCCI is the oldest and largest trade body in Pakistan with strong credentials having a large membership base standing around 20 thousand members. Led by Senior Vice President Mr […]

New Lifetime Special Member from Bangladesh Visits CACCI Secretariat

Taipei – Mr. Md. Gias Uddin Bhuiyan, Managing Director of Shan Sabil (BD) Ltd. from Bangladesh, met with executives of the CACCI Secretariat during his recent visit to Taipei on September 26. Mr. Bhuiyan, who frequently travels to Taipei because of his various businesses, discussed with the CACCI executives his desire to take a more […]

Tajikistan pavilion won first place in Astana Expo 2017

Astana – The Pavilion of the Republic of Tajikistan won first place in the International Specialized exhibition “Astana EXPO-2017” in category “The best disclosure of the theme and content” among joint pavilions on September 9, 2017 in the ENERGY lobby of the EXPO-2017. The international jury from 9 experts in the field of exhibitions, architecture […]

Pakistan International Trade Fair (PITF) in Karachi from 26-29 October 2017

Karachi – The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) is organizing the Pakistan International Trade Fair (PITF) from 26 to 29 October 2017. To be held at the Expo Centre in Karachi, it will be the first ever trade exhibition of its kind in Pakistan. Organized by the FPCCI, the four-day event […]

23rd Annual General Meeting of Sri Lanka – Malaysia Business Council

Colombo – The Sri Lanka – Malaysia Business Council was inaugurated on February 23, 1994 under the aegis of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka. The main objective of this Council is to promote joint ventures in trade, tourism […]

2017 World Chambers Competition finalists announced

Paris – Eighteen chambers of commerce from 13 countries move into the final round of the 2017 World Chambers Competition, to be held in Sydney on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 September. The winners will be announced during the Congress Gala dinner on the 21 September. The World Chambers Competition, organised by the ICC World […]

ACCI urges Australians to ‘think small’ on day to honour SMEs

Sydney – The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) encouraged Australians to “think small” by supporting their local enterprises in order to celebrate the inaugural international day in honour of small businesses. June 27 has been declared Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day by the United Nations to raise public awareness of their contribution […]

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Names Mr. Rajendra Theagarajah as Chairman

Colombo – The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce appointed Mr. Rajendra Theagarajah as its new Chairman during its 178th AGM held at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo on the 29th June, 2017. Mr. Theagarajah, a veteran banker, succeeds the outgoing Chairman Mr. Samantha Ranatunga, who led the Chamber during the past two years. He functioned as […]

Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2017 to Discuss ‘Walking the Talk’ for Greener Growth

Colombo – The Importance of Sri Lankan businesses aligning its growth plans with greener practices to help develop a ‘sustainable era,’ will be discussed intensely at the upcoming Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2017. The topic will be discussed at a thematic session titled, ‘Realizing a Greener Growth Path – Walking the Talk’, with the participation […]

Sri Lankan & Italian business leaders held 18th Annual General Meeting in Colombo

Colombo – She Sri Lanka – Italy Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce held its 18th Annual General Meeting at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce on 22nd June, 2017. His Excellency Paolo Andrea Bartorelli, Italian Ambassador to Sri Lanka was the Chief Guest at this occasion. Mr. D. R. P Abeyasinghe, Chief Executive Officer, Hydromec International (Pvt) Ltd […]

Turkey most active country in promoting investments

Ankara – According to the World Investment Report 2017, prepared by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Turkey has noticeably increased foreign direct investments (FDI) over the last 15 years, attracting USD 12.3 billion in 2016 alone. The FDI inflows reflect the country’s diversified industrial structure, with manufacturing accounting for around half […]

PCCI Joins Hands with DA and DTI to Improve Market Access of Small Farmers

Manila – The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), The Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have agreed to promote the increase in livelihood income, lower costs, and create more employment opportunities for small farmers and fishermen by further improving the access of their products and services with […]

TOBB President Celebrates Cabotage Day

Ankara – TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarciklioglu has issued a celebratory message for the July 1st Maritime and Cabotage Day. Hisarciklioglu emphasized that the right to cabotage is one of the most important parts of Turkey’s independence. “Our country, surrounded by seas, has big goals in the maritime area. We need to take the steps in […]

Saudi Fund for Development looking to provide credit facilities for Lankan importers

Colombo – The Saudi Fund for Development is looking to provide credit facilities for Sri Lankan firms to import raw materials from Saudi Arabia. Accordingly, Lankan Importers importing fertilizer, plastic raw materials, cables and electrical wires from Saudi Arabia will be eligible to obtain credit, which would be given under the ‘Foreign Buyer Credit Assistance’ by […]

Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2017 to discuss ways of building its manufacturing competitiveness

Colombo – The upcoming “Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2017” organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will conduct a dedicated thematic session to discuss, how important it is for the Lankan manufacturing sector to become competitive to attract global markets. The session titled, ‘Realizing New Competitiveness in Sri Lankan Manufacturing’, will line up some of […]

Citi and Ceylon CCI empower more rural entrepreneurs

Colombo – The ‘Rural Economic Empowerment Programme initiated by the Citibank in collaboration with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Hatton National Bank in June 2015 assisted over 400 rural entrepreneurs in four rural villages namely; Beralapanathara in Matara District, Dadayamkanda in Ratnapura District, Weheragala in Anuradhapura District and Udappuwa in Puttalam District. The project […]

FICCI publishes Digital Banking report on India

Taipei – CACCI is pleased to share with all CACCI members the April 2017 issue of “Financial Foresights” – a publication of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) – which focuses on the topic “Digital Banking: New Horizons in a Cash-Light India”. This FICCI reports presents insightful write-ups contributed by industry leaders from the digital […]

Sri Lanka launches Private-Public Partnership Unit for investment

Colombo – Sri Lanka will launch its ‘Private – Public Partnership ( PPP) Unit’, set up through a Cabinet decision at the upcoming ‘Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2017’, which will take place on the 30th May to 01st June 2017, in Colombo. The unit is mandated to source investment from both national and […]

ASEAN-BAC Calls for Nominations for the ASEAN Business Awards 2017

  Jakarta – The ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) is seeking nominations for the ASEAN Business Awards 2017. The ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) aims to recognize the outstanding ASEAN enterprises in the region. It disseminates information related to the ASEAN Economic Community and to bring the spotlight to the SMEs that have the potential to become […]

Ratepayers winners from fresh bus tender, says Wellington Chamber

Wellington 05/05/2017 – Wellington Chamber of Commerce congratulates Tranzit Group and Uzabus for being the successful bidders for a large part of the bus services across the region. “Ratepayers, as well as taxpayers, are set to benefit from this tender, which will save millions of dollars and deliver a fleet of new and more environmentally […]

“Sri Lanka Investment & Business Conclave 2017” Aims to attract Foreign Direct Investors

Colombo – The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will organize the “Sri Lanka Investment & Business Conclave 2017” from 30th May to 1st June 2017 in Colombo to attract much-needed foreign direct investors, trading partners, and tourists to Sri Lanka in a bid to help propel the nation’s economic growth to greater heights. The Conclave 2017, which will be […]

PCCI to Hold Pakistan International Trade Fair

Karachi – The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) is organizing the Pakistan International Trade Fair (PITF) from 26 to 29 October 2017. To be held at the Expo Centre in Karachi, it will be the first ever trade exhibition of its kind in Pakistan. The PITF will provide great opportunities to […]

Nepalese FNCCI Elects New Executive Committee Members

Kathmandu – The recently held election of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) has named new members of the Executive Committee under the leadership of Mrs. Bhawani Rana for the next three years (2017-2020). The new team includes Mr. Shekhar Golchha as the Senior Vice President, Mr. Pramod Shrestha, Mr. Umesh […]

Inaugural Export Awards for Wellington exporters

Wellington – The success of Wellington exporters will be celebrated at the region’s inaugural ExportNZ ASB Wellington Export Awards in June. Entrants must have a minimum of $100,000 in export revenue and be based in the Wellington region, which includes Horowhenua, Manawatu,Tararua, and Wairarapa down to Wellington. Details were announced by Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive […]

World Chambers Competition Deadline Extended

Paris – Very good news for the chamber community! The deadline for submitting your projects to the World Chambers Competition has been extended until 04 May. Under the umbrella of the World Chambers Congress, the Competition gives an opportunity for chambers to improve and enhance their services as well as strengthening local SME’s. After a […]

Lankan Business Delegation Visits Moscow, led by Sri Lanka – Russia Business Council

Colombo – A 25 member Sri Lankan business delegation led by Sri Lanka – Russia Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce together with the Sri Lankan Embassy in the Russian Federation visited Moscow last week. The business delegation, which was led by President of the Sri Lanka – Russia Business Council, Mr. Isuru […]

Spackman appointment a coup for city, says Wellington Chamber

Wellington – Wellington’s reputation as the creative capital of New Zealand will be greatly enhanced by the appointment of Victoria Spackman as the first director of Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity, says Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. “It’s a real coup for Te Auaha and for Wellington to have Victoria […]

Wellington business confidence climbs back up, Chamber survey shows

Wellington – Business confidence in the Wellington region’s economy has made a sharp reversal to the drop suffered at the end of 2016, according to the latest Wellington Chamber of Commerce Business Confidence Survey, sponsored by Getsmart. A net 52 per cent of business respondents now expect the local economy to improve over the next […]

Wellington Chamber applauds rates rise restraint

Wellington – Wellington Council has done well to keep the 2016/17 rates increase to 3.3 per cent, in light of the many pressures put on spending, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. Mayor Justin Lester made the announcement at his State of the City speech to a Chamber of Commerce event today. “This […]

The Ceylon Chamber marks 178 years of service to its nation

  Colombo – The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka’s premier Business Chamber will complete 178 years of service to the nation on the 25th March, 2017, marking yet another achievement for an organization, which has played one of the most decisive roles in transforming the commercial landscape of Sri Lanka, since its inception in […]

Ceylon Chamber releases note on how government can help SL businesses adjust to trade liberalisation

Colombo – The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) on February 17 released a document containing recommendations on helping Sri Lanka’s industries prepare for trade liberalization. The policy brief titled, ‘Building Resilience, Supporting Growth: Preparing the Domestic Private Sector for Trade Liberalization’, provides insights on how to consider the types of firms, as well as types […]

Japan JCCI President Toru Ishida

Tokyo – Mr. Toru Ishida is currently the president of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Ishida took over the position in December 2015. He served as director and vice president of the Japan Alcohol Trading Co., Ltd. from 2013-2014. He was the director […]

Wellington Chamber congratulates Eight Wire

Wellington – Wellington start-up IT Eight Wire is to be congratulated for securing a major contract to build a data exchange platform for the government, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. “This is very small business doing some very big things. “They have previously described themselves as ‘three guys and three laptops’, […]

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister meets Sri Lankan business leaders

Colombo – The Honorable A. M. Fachir, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia visited Sri Lanka recently during which time he met with the executive Committee of the Sri Lanka Indonesia Business Council along with other businessmen for a discussion about the business situation between the two countries. Mr Moiz Mohamedally, […]

International investors invited to Sri Lanka conclave in May 2017

Colombo – The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce presents an opportunity to be introduced to the emerging preferred destination for investments in Asia – Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2017 offers the perfect blend of opportunities aimed at enriching institutional, corporate and individual investors and business houses with a comprehensive set of guidelines […]

The Kowloon Chamber hosts New Century Elite Development Program about OBOR

Kowloon – The Kowloon Chamber of Commerce (KCC) is organizing the “KCC New Century Elite Development Program 2017” from July 8 to July 27 this year. Held for 17 terms since 1998, the Program is one of the key KCC projects and has trained more than 2,250 university student elites from Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau and […]

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce issues recommendations about trade liberalization

Colombo – The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce today released a document containing recommendations on helping Sri Lanka’s industries prepare for trade liberalization. The policy brief titled, ‘Building Resilience, Supporting Growth: Preparing the Domestic Private Sector for Trade Liberalization’, provides insights on how to consider the types of firms, as well as types of impacts, in […]

Wellington Chamber of Commerce welcomes Hilton Brand

Wellington – Wellington’s image will be enhanced by the arrival of a 4½-star Hilton-brand hotel in the centre city, says Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. “Having a DoubleTree by Hilton is great news for the city, and makes up for the disappointment of earlier plans for a 5-star Hilton Hotel falling through due […]

CACCI survey – The Impact of Trump’s “America-First” Policy and Brexit on Asia?

To: All CACCI Primary Members Re: Request for Members’ Views on the Impact of Brexit and the Trump Presidency on the Region’s Economies The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (Brexit) on June 23, 2016 and the election of Donald Trump on November 8, 2016 have brought uncertainties – in varying degrees – to the […]

SLSBC concludes successful Trade and Investment Promotion Mission to Singapore

Colombo – The Sri Lanka- Singapore Business Council (SLSBC) of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce successfully concluded a business mission to Singapore recently. The mission was organized to coincide with the SBF Seminar on Doing Business and Opportunities in Sri Lanka followed by One-to-One Business Meetings held by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF). The objective […]

Iran Chamber names new Deputy President for International Affairs

Tehran –  Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) named Dr. Mohammad Reza Karbasi as its new deputy president for international affairs. Dr. Karbasi concurrently serves as secretary general of the Iranian National Committee of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and director general of Islamic Chamber Research and Information […]

Shafei elected as Iran Chamber president

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Ceylon Chamber and Tajikistan CCI sign MOU to strengthen trade, investment and tourism opportunities

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Ceylon Chamber of Commerce invites CACCI Members to the Sri Lanka Investment & Business Conclave 2017

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ICC Australia Launches Asia-Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition

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