President Samir Modi conducts successful visit to New Zealand

CACCI President Mr. Samir Modi and his nine-member delegation composed of businessmen and chamber officers from five Asian countries were warmly received by the officers and members of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce during their visit to Wellington, New Zealand on May 7-8, 2019.

 

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The CACCI delegation led by Mr. Samir Modi with Minister of Economic Development Hon. David Parker (3rd from left, left photo) and with Wellington Mayor Mr. Justin Lester (center, right photo) The New Zealand visit was significant as it was the first CACCI Presidential visit led by Mr. Modi since he assumed the CACCI Presidency in November last year. It also served as a valuable occasion for the CACCI delegation to meet with local businessmen and various government officials to exchange views on trade and investment issues as well as identify areas in New Zealand where CACCI members may consider investing. The delegation also had the opportunity to network with officers of local institutions and business enterprises and listened to presentations on their activities and projects, especially those that welcome the participation of foreign investors.

As a result of the delegation’s various meetings, the CACCI Presidential visit to Wellington succeeded in generating awareness about CACCI and its activities among key administrative officials and the local companies in the capital city of New Zealand.

 

HIGHILIGHTS OF THE VISIT

DAY ONE: May 7, 2019

A. Visit to Pertronic Industries Ltd.

2019 0509 NZ 03 1028The first program for Day One was a visit to Pertronic Industries, Ltd., a company that has been designing, manufacturing and delivering mostly custom-made, fully compliant, high quality automatic fire detection since 1986. The delegation was accompanied by Mr. John Milford, Chief Executive of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce (WCC), and Mr. Josh Tan, Policy and International Relations Advisor at WCC.

On the way to Pertronic Industries Ltd., Mr. Milford – assisted by Mr. Tan – provided the delegation with some information about the Wellington and the New Zealand economies, highlighting major economic sectors and industries and possible areas for trade and Investments.

At the Pertronic Industries, the delegation was received by the company officers led by Mr. David Percy, Managing Director, who then gave a presentation on the operations of the company. The CACCI visitors learned, among others, that:

 

2019 0509 NZ 04 1028(a) The company’s manufacturing operation is designed around the flexibility of its modular product system and its vast range of options and peripherals, and that each Pertronic fire alarm control panel is built to a specific customer specification, which often calls for a unique set of optional components.

(b) The company invests a substantial part of its annual profits in continual innovation and improvement and that its research and development activities are guided by an awareness of the critical role of fire detection and alarm systems in safeguarding personnel, protecting property, and maintaining operational continuity. Its research and development process is designed to discover exactly how and why its customers need specific solutions that go above and beyond the capabilities of today’s fire systems.

(c) The company’s support and training services cover the entire system life-cycle, including tendering, design, implementation, commissioning, operation, maintenance, and upgrading.

(d) The company’s sales, distribution, and service network includes offices in Auckland, Wellington, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, together with distributors covering South-East Asia, the Western Pacific, and the Americas.

 

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Following the presentation, the delegates were given a tour of the company’s facilities covering the various aspects of its operations.

 

B. Lunch at Wellington Chamber of Commerce

After the visit to Pertronic Industries, the CACCI visitors returned to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce office for lunch hosted by the Chamber.

In addition to Mr. Milford and Mr. Tan, the group was joined at lunch by Ms. Tracey Farrelly, General Manager of WCC; and Ms. Catherine Beard, Executive Director, Manufacturing and Export, at the Business New Zealand).

 

C. Meeting with the Indian High Commissioner

2019 0509 NZ 07 1028The CACCI visitors then proceeded to the Office of the Indian High Commission to make a courtesy call on Sanjiv Kohli, High Commissioner of India to New Zealand along with his colleagues.

The discussion between the two sides focused on the current state of economic relationships between New Zealand and India, highlighting some of the areas and activities in which Indian businessmen are engaged, particularly agriculture and construction products. Among others, the CACCI visitors were informed that:

 

2019 0509 NZ 09 1028(a) Bilateral relation between New Zealand and India has good potential

(b) There are currently 35,000 Indian students in New Zealand, representing 4-7% of the population, and that there are 40,000 Indians in Wellington itself.

(c) New Zealand offers many untapped opportunities for Indian businessmen, on account of the country’s relatively low cost of labor, innovative mindset (including in energy related sectors), and its reputation as a center of excellence.

(d) Lack of talent, however, poses a challenge for many industries and businessmen

Mr. Modi took the opportunity to introduce to the Indian High Commissioner his company and the business activities he is engaged in, and cited some of the areas that he is looking at in New Zealand for possible investments.

 

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D. Meeting with Hon. David Parker

The next activity of the CACCI delegation was a meeting with Hon. David Parker, who holds several portfolio, including the following: Attorney-General; Minister of Economic Development; Minister for the Environment; Minister for Trade and Growth; and Associate Minister of Finance.

 

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Mr. Modi thanked Minister Parker for receiving the delegation, and proceeded to brief him about CACCI, the geographical scope of its membership, its objectives and its activities to achieve these objectives. Among others, Mr. Modi informed the Minister that:

 

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(a) It was his first time to visit Wellington, and based on what he had seen so far, the city and the country itself offer many business opportunities which he and members of the CACCI delegation hoped to further explore.

(b) The New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and Industry, through the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, has been an active member of CACCI and has done a good job at strengthening relations between New Zealand and the CACCI member countries.

(c) The size of the visiting delegation would have been bigger – some 45 in total – if not for the fact that many of the other members who wanted to join – mainly from Bangladesh and Pakistan – were unable to get their visa applications approved on time.

Minister Parker thanked Mr. Modi and the CACCI delegation for visiting Wellington. He pointed out a number of points to the delegation, including the following, among others:

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(a) He underscored the importance of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – which is the trade agreement between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam – in addressing the issues of digitalization and the rise of nationalist/protectionist sentiments in many major economies.

(b) He said that New Zealand is worried about the undermining of international rule of law relating to trade as a result of the growing nationalism and protectionism in some countries, adding that the World Trade Organization has been too slow to update its rules to reflect market developments. New Zealand is worried about the impasse in the WTO, he remarked.

(c) The Minister said he foresees the continuing rise of China over the long-term

(d) He also noted that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – which is a proposed free trade agreement the ten ASEAN member states and the six Asia-Pacific states with which ASEAN has existing free trade agreements (Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand) – presents commercial opportunities for CACCI member countries in New Zealand as the country is open to movement of goods. Mr. John Milford supplemented the statement of the Minister by mentioning that during the recently held Regional Australia-Asia Chambers Forum held in Darwin on May 2-3, the “Look North” policy of Australia was underscored, providing business-to-business and investment opportunities for both Australia and Asian countries

(e) The Minister also cited the ease of doing business in New Zealand – ranking first in the world in this category – as well as its reputation as free of corruption, makes the country as an in ideal destination for trade and investment and for setting up business.

 

E. Meeting and Dinner with the NZCCI Management Team and Wellington Chamber of Commerce Officers.

The CACCI delegation then proceeded to the dinner hosted by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce at the Dockside Restaurant, where they were joined by the officers of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NZCCI), including the following: Mr. Michael Barnett, NZCCI Chairman and Chief Executive of Auckland Chamber of Commerce; Ms. Leeann Watson, Chief Executive of Canterbury Chamber of Commerce; and Mr. Ged Casey, Chairman of the Eastern Bay Chamber of Commerce.

 

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Also attending the dinner from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce side were Mr. John Milford, Mr. Brent Callaghan, Mr. Josh Tan, Ms. Tracey Farrelly, Ms. Emily Lake and Ms. Carole O’Connor.

The dinner served as occasion for the CACCI visitors and the hosts to know more about each other’s activities and about their respective Chambers, and to further strengthen their networking and professional relationships.

 

DAY 2: May 8, 2019

 

F. Visit to the Victoria University of Wellington

The second day began with a visit to the Victoria University of Wellington, where the delegation was warmly received by high-ranking university officials, including the following:

(a) Mr. Neil Paviour-Smith, Chancellor

(b) Mr. Grant Guilford, Vice Chancellor

(c) Dr. Alan Bollard, Chair for Pacific Region Business, School of Government

(d) Professor Siah Hwee Ang, Chai in Business in Asia, School of Marketing and International Business, Victoria Business School

 

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From the presentations made by Chancellor Paviour-Smith and his colleagues, the CACCI visitors learned the following, among others:

(a) The University, originally known as Victoria College, was founded in 1897. This was the year of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

(b) Victoria University is characterised by the depth, consistency and effectiveness of its culture of domestic and international engagement. Its commitment to reciprocal, high quality relationships springs from identifying and understanding the need for New Zealand to achieve sustainable development.

(c) Victoria University has developed close ties with a wide range of businesses and government organisations, and several recent initiatives are aimed at improving the University’s engagement with industry.

(d) Victoria University’s historic strength in public policy has been fully demonstrated by substantial contributions to major government projects, and entrepreneurship education is an emerging strength on which it intends to build. Victoria University also gives high priority to engagement with Māori and Pacific communities.

(e) Victoria University aims to produce graduates whose learning has been developed inside and outside of the classroom, experientially, and informed by a global perspective.

(f) Victoria University’s strategic plan outlines eight areas in which it has distinctive capability. These areas of strength are multidisciplinary and draw upon its position as New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university, namely, better government, creative capital, Asia-Pacific trading nation, sustainability and resilience, national culture, health and well-being, digital futures, and high-value manufacturing.

The delegation was also informed about the Viclink, which is Victoria University of Wellington’s commercialisation office, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the university. The visitors were informed that:

(a) VicLink’s role is to add value to the University by helping researchers transform their discoveries into products or services that have real benefit to society. Viclink can help test, protect and develop an idea, optimising its chances of success, before launching it into the world where it can do the most good.

(b) Viclink translates Victoria University’s research and knowledge into sustainable economic growth for the region. We work closely with university researchers to support them in commercialising their inventions, and maximising the impact from their research. We assist with securing funding and investment, and developing the partnerships with industry necessary to take these ideas forward.

(c) Using researcher’s knowledge and expertise, VicLink deliver sustainable social and economic development projects in the Asia-Pacific.

(d) VicLink supports and stimulates entrepreneurship across the university, whether it be starting a new commercial service activity, a new business, or enterprise skill development in staff and students.

 

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Following the presentations, Mr. Samir Modi inquired about some of the funding requirements of the projects of VicLink, and areas that may need investments from foreign investors.

Questions were also asked on how the University is coordinating with the private sector, the industries, the businessmen and the government in addressing the challenge of lack of talent in New Zealand to meet the requirements of the growing economy. It was mentioned that the University is constantly holding dialogues with government and the private sector on how the university program can help mitigate the problem of lack of talent.

Mr. John Milford suggested the possibility of inviting a representative from the University to make a presentation during the 33rd CACCI Conference about the educational program of the University. The Chancellor welcomed the idea and expressed his hopes of the university’s participation in the Conference and take the opportunity to discuss with CACCI members from other countries on the University’s program.

 

G. Meeting and Lunch with the Mayor and Councilors of Wellington City Council

Following the visit to the Victoria University of Wellington, the CACCI visitors moved to the Wellington City Council where they were hosted for lunch by the officials of the City Council led by Mr. Justin Lester, Mayor of Wellington, and Ms. Jill Day, Deputy Mayor of Wellington.

 

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During the occasion, Mayor Lester informed the delegation about the various programs of the City Council to make Wellington a liveable city convenient and comfortable for its residents, as well as making it an attractive destination for investments and ideal and profitable place for business. Among others, he pointed out the following:

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(a) Wellington is the capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand, with 418,500 residents. It is the major population centre of the southern North Island, and is the administrative centre of the Wellington Region. Considered the world’s southernmost capital of a sovereign state, Wellington features a temperate maritime climate, and is the world’s windiest city by average wind speed.

(b) Wellington is home to several of the largest and oldest cultural institutions in the nation such as the National Archives, the National Library, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and numerous theaters.

(c) Wellington’s economy is primarily service-based, with an emphasis on finance, business services, and government. It is the centre of New Zealand’s film and special effects industries, and increasingly a hub for information technology and innovation, with two public research universities. Wellington is one of New Zealand’s chief seaports and serves both domestic and international shipping. The city is served by Wellington International Airport, the third busiest airport in the country.

(d) For the APEC meetings scheduled to be hosted by New Zealand in 2021, some of the side meetings will be held in Wellington instead of Auckland, where most of the other events will be held.

 

H. Visit to Te Papa Museum

After the lunch at the Wellington City Council, the delegation proceeded to the Te Papa Museum where they had a complimentary guided tour of some of the points of interest in the Museum.

 

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The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is New Zealand’s national museum. Known as Te Papa, or ‘Our Place’, it opened in 1998 after the merging of the National Museum and the National Art Gallery. More than 1.5 million people visit every year.

Te Papa Tongarewa translates literally to ‘Container of Treasures’. Te Papa’s philosophy emphasises the living face behind its cultural treasures, many of which retain deep ancestral links to the indigenous Maori people. The Museum recognises the partnership that was created by the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, te Tiriti o Waitangi, in 1840.

 

I. Meeting with Officers of Business New Zealand and Wellington Chamber of Commerce

From the Te Papa Museum, the CACCI delegation moved to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce headquarters where they met with officers of the WCC and the Business New Zealand, including the following (in addition to Mr. Milford and Mr. Tan):

(a) Ms. Jo Healey, President of Wellington Chamber of Commerce

(b) Mr. Kirk Hope, CEO of Business New Zealand

(c) Ms. Catherine Beard, Business NZ Executive Director, Manufacturing and Export

(d) Mr. Sam McKinnon, ExportNZ Policy Advisor

 

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The hosts explained to the delegates the relationship between Business New Zealand, Export New Zealand, and Wellington Chamber of Commerce. They informed the CACCI visitors that:

2019 0509 NZ 27 1028(a) Business New Zealand advocates for enterprise and promotes the voice of thousands of businesses across New Zealand by working for positive change through new thinking, productivity and innovation. Its unique strength lies in its capability to engage with government officials, community groups, MPs and Ministers on a daily basis, ensuring business interests are represented throughout the policy making process.

(b) The BusinessNZ family has its roots in four large regional organisations of member businesses that together cover the entire country. EMA, Business Central, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Otago-Southland Employers Association have been serving their member businesses for over a hundred years with legal advice, human resources and other services. This regional presence is the strength behind BusinessNZ’s advocacy on behalf of all New Zealand business.

(c) Export New Zealand is a division of Business NZ. ExportNZ’s key objectives are to: provide effective advocacy and lobbying on behalf of exporters; inspire New Zealand firms to engage in exporting to expand their business horizons and grow internationally; and provide practical support programmes and networking events to help firms achieve these goals.

(d) The Wellington Chamber of Commerce was formed by a group of local business professionals in 1996 to focus on what makes Wellington unique from surrounding communities by emphasizing the differences, to bring a competitive advantage to Wellington merchants, and to protect those differences for all residents. In fact, it was a return to the idea that chambers of commerce best serve their communities when they are local and when they do not try to be all things to all people. It was also felt that local chambers must look to the betterment of their communities in all facets of community life and not just the business aspect of the communities.

 

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The hosts discussed the activities of their respective organizations, particularly their roles in promoting the economic growth and development of New Zealand. They also cited some of the growth sectors of the country’s economy, such as the small-scale manufacturing of non-food items that are top-quality and premium products; film industry, gaming, incubators, data processing, and IT.

They likewise mentioned that the SMEs in the country does not have much capital and would therefore welcome the opportunity to partner with overseas companies. In response, Mr. Modi informed them that CACCI, given the geographical scope of its membership, would provide as a good platform for collaboration between New Zealand SMEs and potential investors from the CACCI countries.

Mr. Modi took the opportunity to invite the chamber officers to attend the 33rd CACCI Conference which is now tentatively scheduled to take place in Japan either in late October or November. Their presence will provide them the opportunity to network with CACCI members and explore possible business collaboration.

 

J. Side Activities

Some of the delegates had the opportunity to visit the Weta Workshop. Weta Workshop is a special effects and prop company based in Miramar, New Zealand, producing effects for television and film. Founded in 1987 by Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger as RT Effects, Weta Workshop has produced creatures and makeup effects for the TV series Hercules:

The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess and effects for films such as Meet the Feebies and Heavenly Creatures. A digital division, Weta Workshop’s output came to worldwide prominence with director Peter Jackson’s film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, producing sets, costumes, armour, weapons, creatures and miniatures. It supported the creation of Reclaiming the Blade (2009), a documentary film on stage combat, historical European and Asian swordsmanship. The company name comes from the weta, “New Zealand’s coolest little monster, a bizarre and prickly prehistoric cricket”

 

K. Delegation

The members of the delegation included the following:

Head of Delegation: Mr. Samir Modi, President, CACCI and Member of Executive Committee, FICCI

Australia
Mr. Peter McMullin, Vice President, CACCI and Chairman, McMullin Group of Companies

Hong Kong
Ms. Lee Wai Yan Cezarine, Director, Gainex Trading Ltd. and Member, Kowloon Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Lee Wai Na, Weena, Partner, Xie Wei Jun Law Firm and Member, Kowloon Chamber of Commerce

India
Ms. Aneesha Duggal, Senior Manager Godfrey Phillips (I) Ltd.

Taiwan
Mr. Charles Chih-Han Cheng, Specialist, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA)

CACCI Secretariat
Mr. Ernest Lin, Director-General
Mr. Amador Honrado, Jr., Deputy Director-General
Ms. Wendy Yang, Senior Officer

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CACCI members invited to join Presidential Visit to Mongolia – September 5-9, 2018

Ulaanbaatar- CACCI members are invited to join CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili in another Presidential visit in the latter part of the year, this time to Mongolia scheduled to take place on September 5-9, 2018. The Mongolia National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) will be receiving the CACCI delegation and has prepared a Tentative […]

CACCI Presidential Visit to Vladivostok, Russia

Vladivostok – 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 on June 14-15, 2018. Considered the administrative […]

CACCI President attends International Silkroad Forum in Turkmenistan

Awaza – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili was invited as one of the special guests of honor and speaker 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 […]

CACCI President presents award to Turkmenistan President

Awaza – The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received a special award as initiator of the project of Turkmenbashy International Seaport during an international forum on “The Great Silk Road: Towards New Frontiers of Development” held in Awaza, Turkmenistan on May 2, 2018. The award was presented to President Berdimuhamedov by CACCI President Mr. Jemal […]

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 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 […]

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. […]

CACCI Delegation meets with Cambodia Chamber of Commerce Officers and Members

Phnom Penh – A CACCI delegation led by President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili visited the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) on November 19, 2018 at the CCC headquarters in Phnom Penh were they were received by key officers and members of the Chamber led by Vice President Oknha Lim Heng. In his Opening Remarks, CACCI President […]

CACCI President Jemal Inaishvili attends Belt and Road Trade and Investment Forum in Beijing

Beijing – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili attended 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 Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), and the ICC World Chambers Federation (ICC WCF), and supported by […]

CACCI President joins WCF General Council Meeting

Beijing – Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry attended the meeting of the ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF) General Council Meeting held on April 11, 2018 in Beijing. The WCF is a global network of 12,000 chambers that aims to help individual chambers to become more productive and […]

CACCI President Inaishvili Invited to Belt and Road Trade and Investment Forum in Beijing

Beijing – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili has been invited to participate in the “Belt and Road Trade and Investment Forum” to be held on April 11-13, 2018 in Beijing. The two-day Forum is Organized by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), and the ICC […]

CACCI President joins B20 Argentina Task Force on Trade and Investment

Buenos Aires – Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), has been accepted as member of the B20 Task Force on Trade and Investment. The B20 – currently chaired by Argentina – is a platform that serves as in intermediary group between G20 governments and the international business […]

CACCI President to Lead A Delegation to Visit Vladivostok in Mid-June

Vladivostok – At the invitation of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (CCIRF), CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili will lead a delegation to visit Vladivostok on June 13-16, 2018. Jointly organized by the CCIRF and CCI of Primorskiy region, the three-day Presidential Visit is aimed at giving members the opportunity to explore […]

CACCI President Inaishvili attends WCF General Council Meeting – Beijing

Beijing – Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), will be attending the meeting of the World Chambers Federation (WCF) General Council Meeting on April 11, 2018 in Beijing. The WCF is a global network of 12,000 chambers that aims to help individual chambers to become more […]

CACCI President Inaishvili Invited to Awaza Global Forum

Awaza – Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) has been invited to be a keynote speaker at the Awaza Global Forum to be held on May 2, 2018 in Awaza, a touristic zone in Turkmenistan located at the east side of the Caspian Sea, 12 km west […]

CACCI Presidential Visit to Phnom Penh, Hanoi & Vientiane from April 19-25, 2018 – Register now!

Phnom Penh – Following his successful visit to Nepal in November last year, CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili has scheduled a Presidential visit in April 2018, this time covering three neighboring countries in one trip, tentatively as follows: Phnom Penh, Cambodia: April 19-20 Hanoi, Vietnam: April 22-23 Vientiane, Laos: April 24-25 The host chambers for […]

CACCI Presidential Visit to Ulaanbaatar – September 5-8, 2018 – Members should join!

Ulaanbaatar – As part of his activities during the second half of this year, CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili is inviting CACCI officers and members to join him in another Presidential visit, this time to Mongolia scheduled to take place on September 5-9, 2018. The Mongolia National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) will be […]

CACCI President is expert panelist at the ICC CEO Forum

Tokyo – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili served as a member of a 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. Mr. Inaishvili was invited by ICC Japan as Panelist during the session on “Achieving the United Nations Sustanable Development […]

President Inaishvili Meets with TOBB President in Istanbul

Istanbul – Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), recently met with Mr. Rifat Hisarciklioglu, President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), in Istanbul to discuss preparations for the upcoming CACCI Planning Committee Meeting to be held on February 5 in Istanbul. […]

President Inaishvili Attends Ukraine CCI 45th Anniversary Celebration

Kiev – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili accepted the invitation from the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UCCI) to attend the 45th Anniversary celebration of the Ukranian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UCCI) held on December 14-16, 2017 in Kiev. In particular, Mr. Inaishvili was invited to attend the Opening Session on the International […]

Nepal President Welcomes CACCI Officers and Members in Kathmandu

Kathmandu – A 30-member CACCI delegation led by CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili made a courtesy call on Right Honourable President Bidya Devi Bhandari as part of the program of the CACCI Presidential visit to Nepal on November 21-22. The CACCI delegation consisted of CACCI members from Georgia, Australia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Pakistan, the Philippines, and […]

CACCI President Inaishvili Attends the EU-Eurasia-China Business Summit in Athens

Athens – Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) and Honorary Chairman of the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce, attended the recent EU-Eurasia-China Business Summit as a commentator. Held on October 9-10, 2017 in Athens under the sponsorship of The Economist magazine, the Summit carried the theme […]

CACCI President Inaishvili Speaks at 4th Eastern Partnership Business Forum

Tallinn – Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), was one of the invited speakers at the 4th Eastern Partnership Business Forum held on October 26-27, 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. The Forum is a traditional event to the EU Eastern Partnership Summit. The main objective of the forum […]

President Inaishvili visits Kocaeli Chamber of Industry’s 5th Edition of Match4Industry

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

President Inaishvili Meets with Iran Chamber delegation in Sydney Congress

Sydney – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, along with other CACCI officers, met with with the delegation from Iran Chamber of Commerce,Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) led by ICCIMA Vice President Mr. Pedram Soltani. The meeting was held on the sides of the 31st CACCI Conference and 10th World Chambers Congress held on September 18-21, […]

CACCI President Inaishvili Speaks at the Opening Ceremony of 10th World Chambers Congress in Sydney

Sydney – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili was featured as a Speaker at the Opening Ceremony of the 10th World Chambers Congress held on September 19, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Inaishvili joined Mr. Peter Mihok, Chair of the ICC World Chambers Federation; Mr. John Denton, First Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce; and […]

CACCI President and Officers Join Other VIPs at the Welcome Reception Hosted by NSW Governor

Sydney – CACCI officers led by President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili attended the VIP Reception hosted by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC, the Governor of New South Wales, for selected delegates of the 31st CACCI Conference and the 10th World Chambers Congress on the evening of September 18, 2017 in Sydney. The […]

Presidential Visit to Nepal on November 20-21, 2017 – Register now!

Kathmandu – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili has been invited by The Federation of  Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) to make a Presidential visit to Kathmandu, Nepal on November 20-21, 2017, and is inviting CACCI members to join the delegation. The last CACCI Presidential visit to Nepal was held in September 2011. The […]

CACCI President Meets with Esfahan CCI President in Sydney Conference

Sydney – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili held a special meeting with the delegation from Esfahan Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA) led by President Mr. S. Abdolvahab Sahlabadi on the sides of the recently concluded 31st CACCI Conference and 10th World Chambers Congress held on September 18-21, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. The […]

Heads of CACCI and Russian CCI Meet During the CACCI Conference and World Chambers Congress in Sydney

Sydney – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili and Vice President Mr.Peter McMullin took some time off from their busy schedule in Sydney to meet with the delegation from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (CCIRF) led by Mr. Sergey Katyrin. The officers of the two organizations exchanged views on possible collaborative initiatives […]

CACCI President Inaishvili Meets with RP Finance Secretary Dominguez at the AIIB Board of Governors Meeting in Jeju, Korea

Jeju Island – Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), met with Mr. Carlos Dominguez, Secretary of Finance of the Republic of the Philippines, during the second annual meeting of Board of Governors of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) held on June 16-18, 2017 in South […]

CACCI President Inaishvili Attends AIIB Board of Governors Meeting in Jeju, Korea

Jeju Island – Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), attended the second annual meeting of theAsia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) held on July 16-18, 2017 in South Korea’s Jeju Island. This year’s annual meeting brought together about 2,000 participants, including delegations of both 57 founding members […]

Crans Montana invites Inaishvili to 2017 Homeland & Global Security Forum

Brussels – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili has been invited to attend the 19th Annual Session of the Homeland & Global Security Forum being organized by the Crans Montana Forum in Brussels, Belgium on October 25-28, 2017. With security threat now global, the people’s life framework unpredictable and changing, political uncertainties growing, this event will […]

Thai ITD Investment & Trade Forum invites CACCI President to speak

Bangkok – The International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD) has invited CACCI President to be a Panelist in the Regional Trade and Development Forum 2017 to be held on July 19-20, 2017 in Bangkok. The 2017 forum titled “Linking Trade and Development for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth,” will be addressing emerging issues around sustainable […]

CACCI President & SME Chairman proud to be judging 2017 World Chambers Competition

Taipei – The ICC World Chambers Federation has invited key members of CACCI to serve as judges in the 2017 World Chambers Competition. CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili and CACCI SME Development Council Chairman Mr. George Abraham have accepted the invitation to take part in the judging process. In accepting the invitation, Mr. Inaishvili said: […]

CACCI President to Lead Delegation to Nepal on June 28-30

Taipei – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili has been invited by The Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) to make a Presidential visit on June 28-30, 2017, and is inviting CACCI members to join the delegation. The CACCI Presidential visits are intended to give the CACCI President and members of his delegation […]

CACCI President Inaishvili attends One-Belt, One-Road Summit in Beijing

Beijing – At the Summit in May 14-15, 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged multilateral institutions to join the One-Belt, One-Road Initiative, stressing the importance of rejecting protectionism in seeking global economic growth. President Xi pledged US $124 billion for the new Silk Road which aims to bolster China’s global leadership ambitions by expanding links […]

CACCI President Invited as Judge for the 2017 World Chambers Competition

Taipei – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili has been invited to be a Judge in selecting the finalists of this year’s World Chambers Competition, which is a global awards programme that recognizes the most innovative projects undertaken by chambers of commerce from around the world. The four categories for which Mr. Inaishvili will be a […]

B20 Germany Invites CACCI President Inaishvili to B20 Health Conference in Berlin

Berlin – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, who is a member of the B20 Task Force on Trade and Investment, has been invited to attend the B20 Health Conference to be held on May 18 at the Gasometer EUREF-Campus in Berlin. The German G20 has placed health high on its agenda. It considers global business as […]

CACCI President Invited to 28th Annual Session of the Crans Montana Forum in Barcelona

Madrid – The Crans Montana Forum has invited CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili to its 28th Annual Session to be held in Barcelona,Spain on July 5 to 8, 2017. The Forum aims to provide an opportunity to foster global cooperation between the new priority markets: China, Central Asia, Middle East, Africa and the Mediterranean. Crans […]

President Inaishvili attends WCF General Council Meeting in Paris

Paris – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili attended the 1st Meeting for 2017 of the General Council of the World Chambers Federation (WCF) held on March 1, 2017 in Paris, France. As a transnational chamber, CACCI is a Permanent Member of the WCF General Council and is currently represented by President Inaishvili. During the Paris […]

CACCI President hopeful of productive and meaningful Sydney Conference in September 2017

During the CACCI Planning Committee Meeting in Paris March 2nd 2017, CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili spoke about this year 31st CACCI Conference to be held jointly with ICC World Chambers Federation in Sydney. Here is his complete speech. Ladies and Gentlemen: Thank you very much, Chairman Peter Mihok and Mr. Stephen Cartwright, for your kind […]

CACCI President invited to Global Chamber Platform (GCP)

Paris – The Chairman of the Global Chamber Platform (GCP) Mr. Christoph Leitl and EUROCHAMBRES President Mr. Richard Weber cordially invited CACCI President Jemal Inaishvili to the annual gathering of the Global Chamber Platform this 2nd of May in Berlin, Germany on the occasion of the B20 Summit. Dominic Boucsein, Senior Policy Advisor of Eurchambres issued […]

CACCI President speaks at the Economic Chamber of Macedonia

Skopje – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili participated as Speaker at the Roundtable organized by the Economic Chamber of Macedonia in Skopje on February 17, 2017 marking 95 years of Macedonia’s successful system of commercial chambers. Entitled “Position of Small Countries in the International Economy: Advantages and Disadvantages,” the Roundtable was attended by renowned representatives […]

CACCI President Invited to the B20 Joint Taskforce Meeting in Paris

Paris – The B20 Germany has invited CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili to attend the B20 Joint Taskforce Meeting scheduled to take place on March 22, 2017 in Paris. President Inaishvili is member of the B20 Task Force on Trade and Investment. To be held in cooperation with Business at OECD (BIAC) and the OECD, […]

CACCI President invited to Macedonia

Skopje – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili is being invited by the Economic Chamber of Macedonia to participate as speaker in a roundtable on February 17, 2017 marking 95 years of Macedonia’s successful system of commercial chambers. The Chamber has traditionally been organizing events to mark its anniversaries which are closely connected to the Chamber’s […]

CACCI President joins B20 Germany Task Force

Berlin – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili was accepted as member of the B20 Germany Task on Trade and Investment, and attended the first meeting of the Task Force held on December 2 in Berlin. Mr. Inaishvili also participated in the B20 Conference on “Resilience, Responsibility, Responsiveness – Towards a Future-Oriented, Sustainable World Economy” on […]

CACCI President attends 2016 Global Diaspora Business Summit in Singapore

Singapore – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili was invited as one of the speakers at the 2016 Global Diaspora Business Summit (GDBS) held on November 28-29, 2016 in Singapore. The GDBS is designed to provide a platform for successful diaspora global entrepreneurs to meet and discuss mutually beneficial business opportunities available in the region. The […]

CACCI is about personal relationships and networking, said CACCI President in radio interview

Taipei – This is the transcript of CACCI President Jemal Inaishvili’s live interview with ICRT FM Radio Taipei on November 24th 2016 during the 30th CACCI Conference in Taipei. During the interview, President Inaishvili emphasized the particular importance that CACCI plays in international business. Despite advances in technology and communications, the personal contact and cordiality […]

CACCI President recollects 50 years of success

Taipei – CACCI President Jemal Inaishvili lead the 30th CACCI conference in Taipei where over 400 delegates from 22 Asia Pacific countries convened to celebrate CACCI’s 50 anniversary as well as to prepare CACCI’s agenda for the future. Here are CACCI President Jemal Inaishvili’s comments… CACCI President recollects 50 years of success As we celebrate […]

CACCI President attends Madrid Meeting of the ICC World Chambers Federation

Madrid – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili attended the 2nd Meeting for 2016 of the General Council of the ICC World Chambers Federation (ICC-WCF) held on October 12-13, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.As a transnational chamber, CACCI is a Permanent Member of the WCF General Council and is currently represented by President Inaishvili. The WCF is […]

CACCI President visits Taipei to discuss Conference preparations

Taipei – Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), recently visited Taipei to meet with key officers of the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA), the Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce (CNAIC, the CTBC Bank, and the CACCI Secretariat to discuss preparations of the upcoming […]

CACCI President Joins Other Business Leaders at the SRCIC Silk Road Business Summit in Xi’an, China

Xi’an – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili attended the SRCIC Silk Road Business Summit and Development Cooperation Conference held on September 6-8, 2016 in Xi’an, China. The three-day event was co-sponsored by China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC) and the Chinese Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT). […]

CACCI President Mr. Inaishvili Attends B20 Summit in Hangzhou

Hangzhou – Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), was invited to participate the in the B20 Summit held on September 3-4, 2016 in Hangzhou, China. Coinciding with the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, the B20 Summit 2016 gathered G20 leaders, CEOs and leading thinkers to deliberate on […]

CACCI President Inaishvili Meets with Bulgaria’s Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications

Sofia – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili called on Mr. Ivaylo Moskovski, Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications of the Republic of Bulgaria, during his visit to Sofia on July 21.

CACCI President Meets with Bulgaria’s Minister of Regional Development and Public Works

Sofia – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili met with Mrs. Lilyana Pavlova, Minister of Regional Development and Public Works of the Republic of Bulgaria during his recent visit to Sofia, Bulgaria on July 21.

CACCI President Meets with Bulgarian CCI Vice President

Sofia – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili called on the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice President Mr. Georgi Stoev during his recent visit to Sofia, Bulgaria. The meeting took place on July 21 at the Chamber’s premises. Mr. Inaishvili and Mr. Stoev discussed and exchanged views on several issues, including CACCI-related matters, activities […]

CACCI President Attends Crans Montana Forum in Vienna

Vienna – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili participated in the Crans Montana Forum on Central to Far Eastern Europe that took place on June 29 – July 2, 2016 at the Niederösterreich Palace, in Vienna. The Forum aimed to put together all countries and key actors from Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean to resume and […]

CACCI President Meets Michael Barnett, Auckland Chamber’s Chief Executive

Auckland – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili met with Mr. Michael Barnett, Chief Executive of the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry during the former’s visit to Auckland on March 23, 2016. Mr. Inaishvili thanked Mr. Barnett for the continued strong support that the Chamber has extended to CACCI over the past years. He […]

CACCI President Inaishvili calls on Ceylon Chamber of Commerce officers

Colombo – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili took off some time from his recent family vacation in January 2016 in Sri Lanka to meet with the key officers of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) to discuss how CACCI can support the Chamber’s activities. Above photo shows Mr. Inaishvili (2nd from left) with CCC Chairman Mr. […]

CACCI President Meets Sri Lankan Finance & Ports Ministers

Colombo – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili called on two Ministers of Sri Lanka during his recent visit to Colombo in early January this year. The first photo shows Mr. Inaishvili with Minister of Finance . Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, who is a Member of Parliament for the Colombo District and was the former Cabinet Minister […]

President Inaishvili appointed Vice-President of SRCIC

Hong Kong – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili adds another hat to his growing list of officership positions in international organizations, this time as Vice Chairman of the newly launched Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC). Mr. Inaishvili’s appointment was formally made during the launching of the SRCIC on December 20, 2015 in Hong […]

CACCI President signs MOU with Investelligence Group’s CEO

Tbilisi – The Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Investelligence Group Pte Ltd.) in which the two organizations agree to set up an exclusive strategic partnership to promote and facilitate cross-border direct investments, partnerships, and business cooperation between CACCI members and other business enterprises. The […]

CACCI President Visits Australian CCI & New South Wales Business Chamber

Sydney – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili made a highly successful visit on November 25-27, 2015 to Australia where he and his 14-member delegation were warmly received by the officers and members of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and the New South Wales Business Chamber (NSWBC), called on key government officials, and […]

CACCI President Attends WCF General Council Meeting in Slovakia

Brastislava – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili meets with other participants of the meeting of the General Council of the World Chambers Federation (WCF) held on October 1, 2015 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The General Council is the governing body of WCF, of which CACCI as a transnational chamber organization, represented by Mr. Inaishvili, is a […]

Visit to the High-Tech Park Administration

Minsk – On the afternoon of September 23, the delegation visited the High-Tech Park Administration (HTPA), where they were received by Mr. Yury Derevyanko, Head of Marketing and Development Department. Mr. Derevyanko explained that the Hi-Tech Park Administration was created to manage the High-Tech Park and is in charge of defining the trends and policies […]

Visit to the Belarusian Potash Company

Minsk – The CACCI delegation visited the headquarters of the Belarusian Potash Company (BPC) where they were received by Mr. Alexandr Polyakov, Deputy Director General for Sales and Marketing, and Mr. Ivan Kozlov, Manager, Sales Department. During the meeting, the delegation learned that the BPC was first established in April 2005, reorganized in September 2013, […]

CACCI President Calls on Belarus Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Minsk – On September 22 2015, the CACCI delegation made a courtesy call on Mr. Valentin Rybakov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus. In his remarks welcoming the visitors, Deputy Minister Rybakov thanked the delegation for taking time out to visit the country and to know more about its current economic […]

CACCI President Holds Successful Two-Day Visit to Belarus

Minsk – Following his visit to Bangladesh early this year, CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili made another successful visit to another country, this time to Belarus where he and his eight-member delegation met with key officers and members of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, called on high-ranking government officials, and visited a number […]

CACCI President attends B20 Conference in Ankara

Ankara – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili joins other delegates at the opening ceremony of the B20 Turkey Conference in Ankara on September 3, 2015. The Business 20 or B20 is an outreach group of G20 which represents the international business community. B20 presents a series of events with the purpose of developing recommendations and […]

CACCI President at the 9th World Chambers Congress in Torino

Torino – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili makes a presentation at the Networks Session of the  9th World Chamber Congress held on June 11 in Torino, highlighting CACCI’s Product and Service Councils organized to promote greater business interaction among CACCI members who are in the same product or service line. Mr. Inaishvili also met Mr. […]

CACCI Presidential Delegation Visited 4th China Import Expo Kunshan (CIE 2015)

Kunshan – On May 21, members of the CACCI delegation led by President Inaishvili visited the 4th China Import Expo Kunshan (CIE 2015), which was held from May 20 to 23. The CIE is one of the first international fairs in China focused on boosting imports to the country. The exhibition venue covered 80, 000 square […]

CACCI President participates in World Business Leaders Conference in Kunshan, China

Kunshan – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili led a twelve-member delegation to Kunshan, Jiangsu Province in China, to participate in the 4th World Business Leaders Conference hosted by the China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) and the International Chamber of Commerce China (ICC China) on May 20, 2015. The 4th World Business Leaders Conference aimed […]

CACCI President attends B20 IBAC Meeting in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. – The CACCI President Jemal Inaishvili attended the Joint High-Level B20-World Bank Group Meeting and the First B20 IBAC Meeting in Washington D.C. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde addressed the joint high-level B20-World Bank Group on April 17 2015 in Washington DC.     Members of the B20 International Business Advisory Council — […]

CACCI President Meets with Chamber Leaders of Ireland

Dublin – CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili meets with Mr. Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland (first photo) and shakes hands with Mr. Conor Healy, Chief Executive of Cork Chamber (second photo) during his visit to Dublin, Ireland in April 2015 .         Mr. Inaishvili exchanged ideas with Mr. Talbot and […]

CACCI Presidential Visit to Bangladesh FBCCI and Government Ministers

Dhaka – On the 2nd and 3rd February, 2015, FBCCI hosted the CACCI Presidential Visit to Bangladesh. The President of CACCI, Mr. Jemal Inaishvilli and the President of FBCCI, Mr. Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed joint hands in working with Bangladesh’s government and business leaders to promote the trade and job-creating benefits of the CACCI and […]