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ICC-Georgia attends ICC 8th World Council in Doha, Qatar

Thursday, April 25
This weekend the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) held its World Council meeting in Doha, Qatar prior to the 8th World Chambers Congress being held in Doha, Qatar this week. The World Council meeting in Doha was attended by representatives from ICC’s national committees throughout the world. ICC Georgia’s National Committee was represented in Doha by Executive Director, Ms. Andrea Wilson.

Various issues were discussed at the World Council meeting, including ICC’s involvement in the G20 which will meet in St. Petersburg this year, ICC’s efforts to obtain observer status at the United Nations, the establishment of a new ICC Court of Arbitration in New York and the activities of the ICC’s Banking and Trade Commissions. New leadership of the ICC was also elected.

Of particular interest to ICC Georgia was the discussion at the World Council of the status of the Abkhaz Chamber of Commerce. It was affirmed at the World Council meeting that a chamber of commerce cannot be a member of the World Congress Federation or the International Chamber of Commerce unless they become a member through their country’s established National Committee. The Abkhaz Chamber of Commerce is currently not in any affiliated with ICC Georgia, and therefore, cannot be accepted as a member of the World Congress Federation or the International Chamber of Commerce.

The International Chamber of Commerce is the largest, most representative business organization in the world. Its unparalleled global network comprises over 6.5 million companies, chambers of commerce and business associations in more than 130 countries, with interests spanning every sector of private enterprise.

The United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the G20 and many other intergovernmental bodies, both international and regional, are kept in touch with the views of international business through the ICC.