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809, 2020

ICC goes live with trade digitalisation effort; announces executive appointment to lead Digital Standards Initiative

By |September 8th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

8 September 2020 ICC – renowned for its global standards that enable trillions of dollars of cross-border transactions each year – has announced the operational launch of a major new initiative to ensure the benefits of digital trade can be realised by everyone, everywhere. The ICC Digital Standards Initiative (DSI) will work towards the ambitious aim of establishing a globally harmonised, digitised trade environment – directly addressing disruptions experienced during

309, 2020

ICC launches high-level advisory group to prime trade finance to power COVID-19 recovery

By |September 3rd, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

3 September 2020 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the institutional representative of 45 million businesses worldwide, has announced the creation of a new Advisory Group on Trade Finance (ATF) – a cross-sectoral coalition of leaders in global trade. The ATF – co-chaired by Victor K. Fung, Chairman of the Fung Group, and Marcus Wallenberg, Chair of SEB – will work to inform policy reforms and interventions to prime the trade credit ecosystem

209, 2020

World chambers report explores chamber of commerce response to COVID-19

By |September 2nd, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

2 September 2020 Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the support of ICC’s World Chambers Federation (WCF) has released a report on the preparedness of chambers of commerce to adapt their services in the face of COVID-19. Chambers of commerce, like businesses and governments, are experiencing new challenges and opportunities in the age of COVID-19. In recognition of the vital role that chambers of commerce play in their business communities, Dubai

2808, 2020

ICC and World Travel and Tourism Council issue COVID-19 restart guide for the Travel & Tourism sector

By |August 28th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

28 August 2020 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have published a set of recommendations for safely re-opening customer facing businesses in the age of COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread disruptions to global supply chains and businesses of all sizes. The Travel & Tourism sector has been particularly impacted by the current pandemic due to travel restrictions, declining traveller confidence

1208, 2020

ICC publishes model online business-to-consumer (B2C) conditions of sale for new online sellers

By |August 12th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

12 August 2020 With more and more businesses turning to online sales in the age of COVID-19, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has published a set of model online business-to-consumer (B2C) conditions of sale, to be adapted by sellers for use on their consumer-facing websites. As a result of the economic and health consequences associated with COVID-19, goods are increasingly being sold online to consumers. At the same time,

1008, 2020

ICC, IOM launch COVID-19 guidance for the protection of migrants

By |August 10th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

10 August 2020 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) release employer guidance for measures to protect migrants during COVID-19. Watch our video on the importance of migrant workers. Migrant workers are a crucial part of the global workforce, accounting for 3.5% of the world’s population, according to IOM. Worldwide, micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), rely upon migrant workers, including sectors providing essential

3007, 2020

Pilot test of ICC AOKpass announced successful

By |July 30th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

30 July 2020 International SOS and Singapore company Energy Drilling Management have announced a successful pilot of the ICC AOKpass mobile app. The use of the app provides trusted recognition of individuals’ COVID-19 compliance status from Singapore to Thailand. Following the pilot launch of ICC AOKpass in May – carried out with employees at the International SOS Singapore office – Energy Drilling worked with International SOS to test the app

2207, 2020

ICC issues open letter to G20 ministers responsible for the digital economy

By |July 22nd, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

22 July 2020 Ahead of today’s meeting of G20 Digital Economy Ministers, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is calling upon G20 leaders to implement policies that will enable the deployment of digital technologies to tackle the consequences of COVID-19. In an open letter to G20 ministers responsible for the digital economy, ICC proposes a set of policy interventions aimed at accelerating and strengthening the world’s collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The

2107, 2020

ICC and UNICEF call for greater public-private sector collaboration in response to COVID-19

By |July 21st, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

21 July 2020 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and UNICEF have today issued a call for enhanced cooperation between the public and private sectors to strengthen the response to COVID-19 and enable a resilient and sustainable rebuild from the pandemic. Entitled “Reimagining the World We Need,” the joint statement leverages the organizations’ respective expertise in the fields of business and children’s rights to set out a common vision to

2107, 2020

ICC Global Survey on Trade Finance confirms industry optimism

By |July 21st, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

21 July 2020 The International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) 11th annual Global Survey on Trade Finance reveals that banks are optimistic about the evolving nature of trade finance, though unsurprisingly expect various industry-wide challenges and disruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 ICC Global Survey report – recognised as the world’s most authoritative review of the trade finance industry – has been released based on exclusive information

1507, 2020

ICC releases 2019 Dispute Resolution statistics

By |July 15th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

15 July 2020 The International Court of Arbitration (ICC Court) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has published its full dispute resolution statistical report for 2019, having announced preliminary record figures in January. The ICC Court registered a record 869 new cases in 2019. Of that total, 851 were administered under the ICC Rules of Arbitration and involved parties originating from 147 countries and independent territories, as well as arbitrators from a record

1507, 2020

Crew kidnappings surge in seas off West Africa, IMB reports

By |July 15th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

15 July 2020 Violent attacks against ships and their crews have risen in 2020, with 77 seafarers taken hostage or kidnapped for ransom since January, reveals the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest piracy report. The Gulf of Guinea off West Africa is increasingly dangerous for commercial shipping, accounting for just over 90% of maritime kidnappings worldwide. Meanwhile ship hijackings are at their lowest since 1993. In total, IMB’s Piracy

1307, 2020

Global business, workers and civil society call for comprehensive emergency debt relief to enable all countries in need to combat the COVID-19 pandemic

By |July 13th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

13 July 2020 ICC, ITUC and Global Citizen call for greater action by G20 Governments on sovereign debt relief. In an open letter issued today, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the institutional representative of over 45 million businesses, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the global voice of the world’s working people, and Global Citizen, a movement of engaged citizens who use their collective voice to end extreme poverty

1007, 2020

How can the private sector advance sustainable development with ICT solutions?

By |July 10th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

10 July 2020 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will discuss the potential of digital technologies for development and building back better from the current crisis, as part of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2020. In the early 2000s, the Geneva Plan of Action, agreed during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), identified eighteen areas of activity in which governments, civil society entities, businesses and

107, 2020

ICC launches survey to understand challenges faced by small businesses in least-developed countries

By |July 1st, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

1 July 2020 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) joins the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and other partner organisations to launch a major survey to understand the unique challenges faced by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in least-developed countries (LDCs). The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Global Alliance PME (GAPME), Concordia, Columbia University-Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, and

2606, 2020

ICC publishes toolkit on the benefits of advertising self-regulation

By |June 26th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

26 June 2020 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has released a toolkit to ensure responsible and compliant advertising self-regulation. Advertising and marketing self-regulation is a framework by which the advertising, marketing, agency, and media industry set voluntary rules and standards of practice complementing and enhancing existing general framework laws and regulations. In many countries, self-regulatory organisations are established to enforce the industry’s commitment to these rules. Recognising the lack

2506, 2020

Continuous Transaction Controls: What business needs to know

By |June 25th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

25 June 2020 As government services become more and more digitalised, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has released a set of practice principles for the implementation of continuous transaction controls (CTCs). This week, ICC published a set of practice principles for the implementation of CTCs. Never heard of them? While you wouldn’t be alone, CTCs are playing an increasing role in the way governments determine how much tax companies should pay

2306, 2020

ICC elects Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga as new Chair

By |June 23rd, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

23 June 2020 ICC has elected MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga as Chair.  Mr Banga, who has served as ICC’s First Vice-Chair since June 2018, becomes ICC Chair with immediate effect, succeeding Paul Polman who becomes ICC Honorary Chair, having served as Chair for the past two years. The election of Mr Banga during the ICC World Council, held annually, also confirmed Maria Fernanda Garza, CEO of Orestia and current Board member, as ICC First Vice-Chair – making her the

1806, 2020

IE University, ICC launch Smart Trade Venture Day: Boosting trade in a post-COVID-19 environment

By |June 18th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

18 June 2020 Today, IE University together with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) launched the “IE Smart Trade Venture Day”, a global challenge that seeks to support innovative projects after the impact of COVID-19. The Competition is particularly geared to startups with a focus on trade digitalisation, health, supply chain resilience, trade finance and any other issues relevant to helping small- and medium-sized (SMEs). The initiative aims to promote

1506, 2020

COVID-19: 7 resources to help small business

By |June 15th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

15 June 2020 ICC is committed to helping small businesses impacted by COVID‑19. We’re highlighting seven digital business resources to help micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) during this unprecedented period and beyond. Whether you are looking for new ways to go global or interested in finding a neutral framework for your contractual relationships without the cost of a lawyer, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has a variety of dedicated

1106, 2020

ICC joins the United Nations Secretary-General to launch Roadmap for Digital Cooperation

By |June 11th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

11 June 2020 ICC joins United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to launch the Roadmap for Digital Cooperation. Today, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued his report, Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, in response to the recommendations provided by the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. The Roadmap calls upon the global community to address issues such as digital connectivity, digital inclusion, human rights, artificial intelligence, and trust and security, as well as digital cooperation mechanisms and models. Ensuring meaningful

1006, 2020

ICC publishes customs measures to Save Our SMEs

By |June 10th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

10 June 2020 ICC is calling upon governments to resolve customs challenges faced by small businesses by adopting concrete measures. COVID-19 has severely disrupted supply chains around the world with businesses of all sizes still coming to grips with border closures, trade restrictions, travel bans, and necessary public lockdowns. Despite the gradual re-opening of many economies, formidable logistical challenges remain and are likely to become the “new normal” for businesses.

506, 2020

World Environment Day: New partnership looks to help SMEs thrive in post-COVID-19 world

By |June 5th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

5 June 2020 On the occasion of World Environment Day, ICC and the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, with the support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), have announced a new partnership – “The SME Exponential Race to Zero”. The partnership will explore the development of a global platform to help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) build business resilience by providing them with concrete climate action support and financial

206, 2020

Guest blog: Business unusual – Adapting to change and facilitating global trade finance

By |June 2nd, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

2 June 2020 Ahead of the launch of the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Global Survey on Trade Finance later this month, BNY Mellon’s Global Head of Trade Finance Product and Portfolio Management, Joon Kim, explains how banks are showcasing their resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, in his guest blog for the world business organization. Joon Kim, Global Head of Trade Finance Product and Portfolio Management, BNY Mellon Treasury

2805, 2020

ICC Chair Paul Polman calls for new global roadmap to finance COVID-19 rebuild

By |May 28th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

28 May 2020 ICC Chair Paul Polman addressed a high-level United Nations event on financing for development today, underscoring the business imperative to ensure universal access to COVID-19 supplies and continued fiscal interventions to protect lives and livelihoods. Convened by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness, the virtual High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19

2705, 2020

European chambers join Certificate of Origin Accreditation Chain amid rise in false trade documents

By |May 27th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

27 May 2020 As business associations see an uptick in fake documentation to obscure the origin of counterfeit products due to the global health crisis, Swiss, Italian and French chambers of commerce are the latest members to enter the International Certificate of Origin (CO) Accreditation Chain managed by ICC’s World Chamber Federation (WCF). International Certificate of Origin Accreditation Chain – Official mark The approval was made during an ICC WCF International CO

2505, 2020

ICC launches AOKpass Declaration for COVID-19 Health Data Protection

By |May 25th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

25 May 2020 ICC has today launched the ICC AOKpass Declaration on COVID-19 Health Data Protection. Launched on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Day – in celebration of the landmark data privacy protection laws in the European Union – the Declaration signals a bold vision for a post-COVID-19 world, working together for recovery, prosperity and the upholding of health data protection as a basic human right. The Declaration expressly supports

2205, 2020

ICC joins forces with UN and governments to improve flow of remittances

By |May 22nd, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

22 May 2020 ICC has today announced its support for a multistakeholder initiative calling on policymakers, regulators and remittance services providers to improve migrants’ access to remittance services and reduce transfer costs during the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Led by the Governments of Switzerland and the United Kingdom, the call to action, Remittances in Crisis – How to Keep Them Flowing, is supported by the United Nations Capital Development Fund

2005, 2020

Major interventions needed to backstop trade recovery, warns ICC

By |May 20th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

20 May 2020 ICC has warned that proactive government interventions will be needed to ensure the market can power an economic rebound in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. ICC estimates a possible US$ 5 trillion of trade credit will be needed to enable a rapid recovery from the COVID-19 crisis Business body warns that trade financing gaps risk hampering a global recovery – impacting the survival chances of small businesses Despite

1205, 2020

ICC calls for tailored financial support to Save Our SMEs

By |May 12th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

12 May 2020 ICC – the institutional representative of over 45 million businesses – has called for action to tailor financial support measures to the needs of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an open letter to finance ministers published today, ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO said that without adequate and immediate fiscal interventions a significant proportion of MSMEs may

705, 2020

10 ways to use trade to Save our SMEs

By |May 7th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

7 May 2020 ICC has issued 10 recommendations for how governments can use trade to help micro-, small- and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs) weather the COVID-19 storm. Underscoring the vital role can trade play in helping small business stay afloat and driving a rapid economic recovery, the 10 ways for governments to use trade to Save our SMEs statement calls on governments to take urgent action to Save Our SMEs. It comprises recommendations for

605, 2020

ICC Trade Register Report reveals potential impact of COVID-19 on trade

By |May 6th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

6 May 2020 ICC Trade Register reflects on the impact of COVID-19 on global trade, while affirming trade finance’s decade-long low-risk profile.  Highlights In 2019, global trade flows declined 2% from US$ 18.5 trillion to US$ 18.1 trillion, underpinning a trade finance revenue pool of US$ 46 billion. ICC Trade Register data confirms default rates from 2008-2018 are low across all products and regions surveyed. The report can be used

605, 2020

ICC and International SOS launch app for digital verification of COVID-19 compliance status

By |May 6th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

6 May 2020 ICC has partnered with International SOS, the world’s largest medical and security services firm, to launch the new ICC AOKpass mobile app, to provide trusted recognition of individuals’ COVID-19 compliance status. Co-developed by Singapore-based startups AOKpass and Perlin, the app will allow consumers, workers and businesses to more safely and quickly resume commercial activity in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. At all times, users maintain full control over their

505, 2020

ICC issues guide to help MSMEs minimise COVID-19 cyber security risks

By |May 5th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

5 May 2020 What steps can micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) take to protect their business from cybercriminals looking to take advantage of increased online operations as a result of COVID-19? A new ICC paper, published today, highlights the increased risk to MSMEs of cyber-attacks due to the COVID-19 crisis and sets out concrete steps that can be taken to enhance the security of their operations and workers. Published

3004, 2020

Save lives. Save livelihoods. Save Our SMEs.

By |April 30th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

30 April 2020 As COVID-19 continues to threaten lives and livelihoods, action is needed from governments, private sector leaders and international institutions to ensure the continued viability of our MSMEs. ICC has launched a one-stop shop for policy recommendations, resources and support to Save Our SMEs (SOS). The new portal launched today as part of a global campaign to #SaveOurSMEs, which aims to keep micro-, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs)

2704, 2020

ICC and WCO call for customs and trade facilitation action

By |April 27th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

27 April 2020 ICC and the World Customs Organization (WCO) have issued a joint statement calling for increased action on customs and trade facilitation to ensure an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a joint statement, issued today, ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO and WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya say effective trade facilitation – based on international standards – will play a central role in enabling business

2404, 2020

How intellectual property can strengthen our response to climate change and COVID-19

By |April 24th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

24 April 2020 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) commemorates World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, by recognising the role that IP plays in encouraging innovation and creativity. Taking place every 26 April, World IP raises awareness on how copyrights, patent systems, trademarks, and designs contribute to economic growth and innovation. This year, World IP Day will explore how a balanced and robust IP system can contribute to a green economy

2304, 2020

How banks are going digital to manage COVID-19

By |April 23rd, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

23 April 2020 ICC has issued a collection of rapid response measures by trade finance banks to keep trade finance and trade flowing in the face of COVID-19. Trade and trade finance operations require significant back-office operations to process paper-based transactions. With shipping, in-person contact and travel all increasingly disrupted as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, financial institutions have been putting in place measures to enable transactions and the

2204, 2020

ICC calls for upholding competition landscape in face of COVID-19

By |April 22nd, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

22 April 2020 ICC has issued a set of competition policy and enforcement measures aimed at contributing to an effective COVID-19 response. The paper was developed by the ICC Commission on Competition in line with ICC commitments to help chart an effective international response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Commending bold steps already taken by governments to put in place short-term measures to buffer shocks to the health system, the economy

1604, 2020

Corporate Startup Stars Awards go global

By |April 16th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

16 April 2020 ICC and Mind the Bridge are organising the first global edition of the Corporate Startup Stars Awards, now in their 5th year. Applications now open ICC and the international advisory firm Mind the Bridge have announced a partnership to scale the prestigious Awards for Open Innovation – now in their  5th year – at global level. Taking place under the European Commission’s Startup Europe Partnership initiative since 2016, the

1504, 2020

ICC welcomes G20 suspension of debt service payments

By |April 15th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

15 April 2020 ICC – the institutional representative of 45 million member companies – has welcomed a pledge from G20 Finance Ministers to suspend debt service payments for the poorest countries that request forbearance. In a communiqué issued earlier today, the world’s 20 largest economies agreed on a coordinated approach to provide immediate debt relief in the context of the COVID-19 crisis – with all bilateral official creditors participating in the initiative.

1004, 2020

Global business, workers and civil society unite in call for emergency debt relief to save lives and livelihoods

By |April 10th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

10 April 2020 ICC, ITUC and Global Citizen call for World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings to take debt out of the COVID-19 equation. In an open letter issued today, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the institutional representative of over 45 million businesses, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the global voice of the world’s working people, and Global Citizen, a movement of engaged citizens who use their collective

904, 2020

ICC dhe OBSH prezantojnë anketën botërore për biznesin, për të përmirësuar rrjedhën e informacionit mbi COVID-19.

By |April 9th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

9 prill 2020 ICC dhe OBSH prezantojnë anketën botërore për biznesin, për të përmirësuar rrjedhën e informacionit mbi COVID-19. Dhoma Ndërkombëtare e Tregtisë (ICC) dhe Organizata Botërore e Shëndetësisë (OBSH) prezantojnë një anketim në të gjithë botën për të raportuar mbi sfidat me të cilat po përballet sektori privat nga COVID-19. Si përgjigje ndaj COVID-19, ICC dhe OBSH po anketojnë sektorin privat për të mbledhur më shumë informacion mbi përgjigjet

904, 2020

ICC Court issues COVID-19 guidance note for arbitral proceedings

By |April 9th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

9 April 2020 The ICC International Court of Arbitration has released a Guidance Note outlining a range of measures to help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on arbitral proceedings. The Guidance Note provides support to parties, counsel and arbitral tribunals in ICC Arbitrations on the challenges currently faced in ensuring fair, timely and efficient resolution of disputes. It was prepared by a working group comprising Vice-President of the

2803, 2020

ICC has issued a 10-point plan for G20 trade ministers to speed response to COVID-19

By |March 28th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

28 March 2020 In an open letter issued today, John W.H. Denton AO, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has urged G20 trade ministers to seize the opportunity to fully utilise trade policy tools to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and limit its economic effects. In the open letter, Mr Denton wrote: “While we understand why many countries have limited their exports of medical necessities, this is not

2403, 2020

ICC in Financial Times calls for coordinated G20 action plan

By |March 24th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

24 March 2020 Ahead of a virtual G20 Summit this week, ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO is calling on G20 leaders for ramped up international coordination in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter published in today’s edition of the Financial Times, Mr Denton calls on G20 heads of state and government to put past squabbles aside and agree on a comprehensive action plan to stem the spread

2303, 2020

ICC, B20, WHO issue open letter to G20 leaders

By |March 23rd, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

23 March 2020 ICC, B20 and the World Health Organization are calling for a coordinated global response to COVID-19. In a collective call to action ahead of this week’s virtual G20 Summit, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Business Twenty (B20) and the World Health Organization (WHO), have set out proposed measures to enable a coordinated global response to effectively contain the potential human and economic toll of the

2003, 2020

Business and workers unite in call for international cooperation on COVID-19

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

20 March 2020 ICC and the ITUC have joined forces in a call for bold coordinated action that leaves no one behind in response to the COVID-19. Ahead of next week’s G20 leaders summit, the world’s business and workers’ organisations have joined forces to issue an open letter calling on political leaders to commit to bold coordinated action that leaves no one behind in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The

1803, 2020

Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services secures 2023 World Chambers Congress bid

By |March 18th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

18 March 2020 The Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services will co-organise the 13th World Chambers Congress, the largest global gathering of chambers of commerce. Organised by the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC)  and its World Chambers Federation (WCF), the World Chambers Congress is a unique thought leadership forum for chamber leaders and business professionals to collaborate on new projects, exchange ideas on best-practices, expand global networks and discuss the latest

1703, 2020

COVID-19: Urgent communication to DRS community

By |March 17th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

17 March 2020 The Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and ICC International Centre for ADR have issued an urgent communication to users, arbitrators and other neutrals. This is an urgent communication to ICC dispute resolution users, arbitrators and other neutrals in pending and future ICC Arbitration and ADR proceedings. Over the past two months and as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to unfold worldwide, the safety of our

1603, 2020

ICC and WHO join forces to mobilise business action to curb Coronavirus spread

By |March 16th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

16 March 2020 ICC and the World Health Organization (WHO) have announced an unprecedented call to action to mobilise business in the fight against COVID-19. In a joint statement issued today, ICC and WHO announced the agreement to leverage ICC’s global network of over 45 million businesses to enable businesses worldwide to play a full and active role in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. The collaboration between ICC and

1303, 2020

ICC/NECSI publish business guidance to tackle COVID-19

By |March 13th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

13 March 2020 ICC has partnered with the New England Complex Systems Institute to develop a round-up of actions businesses can take to reduce the spread and impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The menu of options for consideration aims to help businesses of any size, in any region, develop or implement business continuity plans depending on geographic location of the business. The free to download document, underscores the key role

1203, 2020

ICC calls G20 leaders to respond to COVID-19

By |March 12th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

12 March 2020 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has issued a call for G20 leaders to urgently agree on a comprehensive global action plan to address the escalating COVID-19 outbreak, and restore confidence and stability to the global economy. Following yesterday’s decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) to designate COVID-19 as a global pandemic, ICC believes that coordinated action among the world’s largest economies is urgently needed to

403, 2020

Digital Trade Standards Initiative launches under the umbrella of ICC

By |March 4th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

4 March 2020 ICC has launched the Digital Trade Standards Initiative (DSI) – a collaborative cross-industry effort to enable the standardisation of digital trade. The ICC Digital Trade Standards Initiative (DSI) will build on work done by various likeminded initiatives, many of which aim to digitise trade, notably through the development of open trade and technology standards to promote interoperability. The ICC DSI will promote greater economic inclusion through the

2802, 2020

Successful finalization of the 1st edition of the Week of Integrity in Albania

By |February 28th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

28 February 2020 ICC Albania in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and with the support of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Albania and the Delegation of the European Union to Albania organized the ‘’Week of Integrity in Albania’’ which took place from 3 to 11 February 2020. This first edition of the Week of Integrity was joined by twenty eight partners – that introduced their initiatives focusing on

2502, 2020

ICC spotlights need for globally competitive market in e-payments

By |February 25th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

25 February 2020 ICC has published a paper on an issue central to the vitality and growth of the digital economy: liberalisation of global markets in electronic payment services (EPS) and the trade commitments necessary to achieve it. The brief – part of a series by ICC to assist World Trade Organization (WTO) Member States in their plurilateral negotiations in Geneva on the trade-related aspects of e-commerce – is the product

2402, 2020

New ICC Centre embraces global entrepreneurship and start-ups

By |February 24th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

24 February 2020 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will support the next generation of entrepreneurs and start-up talents with initiatives provided by the ICC Centre Entrepreneurship. Mr Denton launched the ICC Centre for Entrepreneurship in Istanbul. In the past decade, multilateral trade has been transformed by the emergence of the gig economy, with entrepreneurs, start-ups and venture capitalists congregating in local innovation hubs to develop transformative products and services.

2002, 2020

ICC, UNDP sign partnership to align investment flows with SDGs

By |February 20th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

20 February 2020 ICC and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to promote business engagement in UNDP’s flagship SDG Impact initiative. The new partnership aims to leverage ICC’s global network to drive a transformation in how economic growth is generated by ensuring that the private sector has the necessary tools to embed sustainability in corporate decision-making. Experts and industry leaders now widely recognise

1102, 2020

Conference on Integrity

By |February 11th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

11 February 2020 During the Conference on Integrity held on February 11th, business leaders, public sector officials, international partners, academic personalities and civil society activists gathered in Tirana to share their initiatives their efforts and challenges faced in the fight against corruption today in Albania and worldwide. Organized by ICC Albania, this Conference was the concluding event of the Week of Integrity an initiative introduced for the first time in

702, 2020

ICC digital initiatives for the next century of global trade

By |February 7th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

7 February 2020 ICC is partnering with government, business and other stakeholders to create digital solutions that will advance economic prosperity for all. In line with ICC’s Declaration for the Next Century of Global Business, we are committed to maximising the benefits of the digital economy through establishing key partnerships to unify, simplify, and transform trade processes for all. Here are seven ICC digital initiatives that will prepare business for the

3101, 2020

ICC responds to Coronavirus

By |January 31st, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

31 January 2020 ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO has responded to the outbreak of a new coronavirus which has infected thousands and led to the deaths of more than 200 people. In a message to the ICC global network, Mr Denton said: “Businesses worldwide are now taking actions to support the government and people of China in their response efforts. We too must demonstrate our support as the

3001, 2020

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

By |January 30th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

30 January 2020 In celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, ICC is partnering with the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) to co-host the 5th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly on 11-12 February. Formally recognised by the United Nations in 2015, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science provides a platform to recognise the critical role that women

2401, 2020

Davos 2020: ICC mobilises business leaders to advance a more sustainable global economy

By |January 24th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

24 January 2020 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) joined over 3,000 participants at the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum to strengthen environmental initiatives among the private sector. Building off last month’s United Nations Climate Conference (COP25), ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO has made environmental initiatives the focal point of his participation at this year’s Forum in Davos. ICC has contributed to several environmental initiatives, tools,

2201, 2020

ICC joins Singapore Government and major industry partners to launch Trade Trust

By |January 22nd, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

22 January 2020 Convening alongside the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has joined the Singapore Government and industry partners to accelerate the digitalisation of global trade and commerce. ICC, the Singapore Government, and major firms from key industries have signed a historic cooperation agreement to facilitate and accelerate adoption of digital technologies in trade and commerce. The global industry leaders participating in

1701, 2020

3 things to expect from ICC Mediation Week

By |January 17th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

17 January 2020 From 6-12 February, ADR professionals and students hailing from the four corners of the globe will converge in Paris, France for the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) much-anticipated Mediation Week (ICCMW). The world business organization’s largest educational event of the year welcomes over 550 participants—from students and young professionals to world-renowned mediators and academics— for unparalleled capacity building and knowledge exchange each and every year. Here are

1401, 2020

12 ICC Dispute Resolution achievements of 2019

By |January 14th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

14 January 2020 Resolving commercial disputes efficiently and cost-effectively is an ICC priority, as it advances our purpose to secure peace, prosperity and opportunity for all. But our Dispute Resolution Services go far beyond case management to include pioneering discussions and activities that steer the future course of dispute resolution, engaging with arbitration and ADR users around the world and encouraging the next generation of dispute resolution professionals. We’ve rounded up 12 highlights

1401, 2020

Unprecedented number of crew kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea despite drop in overall global numbers

By |January 14th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

14 January 2020 Despite overall piracy incidents declining in 2019, there was an alarming increase in crew kidnappings across the Gulf of Guinea, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual piracy report. In 2019, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre received 162 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships worldwide, in comparison to 201 reported incidents in 2018. The incidents included four hijacked vessels, 11 vessels

901, 2020

ICC celebrates case milestone, announces record figures for 2019

By |January 9th, 2020|Categories: ICC News|

9 January 2020 Commencing 2020 on a dispute resolution high note, the International Court of Arbitration (ICC Court) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has registered its 25,000th case and announced record arbitration figures for 2019. Case 25,000 involves parties from the Middle East and India and will be administered through the Secretariat’s office in Singapore. The trailblazing ICC Court – named by the latest Queen Mary University Survey

2012, 2019

Week of Integrity in Albania presented at the CoSP8

By |December 20th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

20 December 2019 In the midst of the eighth session of the Conference of the State Parties (CoSP8) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Civil Society Team, in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), held a special event to present ideas and best practices in collective action initiatives for the implementation of UNCAC in Southeast

1712, 2019

Private Sector for Refugees Initiative showcased at UNHCR Global Refugee Forum

By |December 17th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

17 December 2019 A comprehensive set of principles on how business can facilitate the economic integration of refugees into the global economy was presented by ICC Secretary General John WH Denton AO during the Global Refugee Forum, taking place this week in Geneva from 16-18 December. The Charter seeks to contribute to the shift from ad hoc humanitarianism to long-term development and employment opportunities that benefit refugees and their host communities alike.

1512, 2019

Global business dismayed by no agreement on missing element of Paris Agreement

By |December 15th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

15 December 2019 Climate negotiations concluded today in Madrid, leaving global business deeply disappointed that a deal could not be reached on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. The negotiations – COP25 – marked the longest in history. Yet despite progress on many agenda items – including gender; oceans; land; loss and damages; adaptation; and response measures – governments failed to match the ambitions of business and other stakeholders regarding

1012, 2019

ICC welcomes renewal of WTO e-commerce moratorium

By |December 10th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

10 December 2019 ICC has welcomed the decision taken today by members of the World Trade Organization to renew the longstanding global prohibition on applying customs duties to cross-border data flows. Known as the “WTO e-commerce moratorium”, the agreement – first established in 1998 – has played an important role in the development of the Internet by keeping tariffs off digitally delivered products, services and content. In recent months ICC has

912, 2019

ICC publishes practice note pertaining to China-Hong Kong arrangement for assistance in interim relief measures

By |December 9th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

9 December 2019 ICC has published an arbitration practice note relating to the application of a China-Hong Kong arrangement for mutual assistance in court-ordered interim relief measures, under which ICC has been named an authorised institution. The new practice note provides guidance on making an application for interim relief to the People’s Courts of Mainland China in support of arbitral proceedings seated in Hong Kong and administered under the ICC Rules of Arbitration,

412, 2019

ICC calls for finance policy reform to accelerate climate action and sustainable development

By |December 4th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

4 December 2019 The institutional representative of over 45 million businesses has today issued a call for major public policy reforms to scale financing to meet global climate and sustainability challenges. In an open letter to finance ministers, the International Chamber of Commerce has set out a comprehensive 10 point plan to better align the governance of the financial system with the objectives of the 2015 Paris Agreement and the United

312, 2019

ICC advances sustainable development, secure networks and digital inclusion at IGF

By |December 3rd, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

3 December 2019 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) united with participants at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to pursue meaningful policies aimed at improving digital access for all. At this year’s IGF, ICC brought together business, government, civil society and the technical community to discuss Internet governance through a series of workshops, briefings, and high-level plenary sessions. ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO’s launched a new ICC campaign

2811, 2019

3 reasons why arbitration and ADR should play a role in climate disputes

By |November 28th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

28 November 2019 ICC has published a new toolkit to streamline dispute resolution in relation to climate disputes. Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our world today—causing a wide range of impacts affecting everyone, everywhere. We can only expect that the number of climate-related disputes will increase in the coming years. So what can individuals, companies and governments do to navigate the complex, myriad risks associated with

2711, 2019

ICC launches global campaign to make technology work for all

By |November 27th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

27 November 2019 In recognition of the rapid acceleration of digital technology, ICC has announced its commitment to make technology work for all. On the margins of this week’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF), ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO issued a call to governments, business and other stakeholders to Make technology work for all. At an ICC hosted pre-event reception with business leaders, Mr Denton called upon business and government to work

2611, 2019

ICC is taking a clear message to COP25: We need more ambitious climate action now.

By |November 26th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

26 November 2019 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will join world leaders at the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25) to advocate for higher climate ambition. As the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Focal Point for Business and Industry, ICC will be at COP25 in Madrid from 2-13 December as the official voice of business throughout the negotiations. Working with policymakers, business leaders and all

1911, 2019

What is the importance of the United Nations’ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights?

By |November 19th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

19 November 2019 Ahead of the 2019 United Nations (UN) Business and Human Rights Forum, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is reaffirming its longstanding commitment to the the United Nations’ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). At this year’s UN Business and Human Rights Forum in Geneva on 25-27 November, ICC will join participants from government, business and civil society to establish a constructive approach for advancing human rights.

1511, 2019

China increases ATA Carnet acceptance to sporting goods

By |November 15th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

15 November 2019 China has announced it will begin accepting ATA Carnets for the temporary admission of goods for sport purposes as of 1 January 2020. The expansion has been made under national law, according to a notification from the General Administration of Customs of China and the World Customs Organization (WCO). China has announced it will begin accepting ATA Carnets for the temporary admission of goods for sport purposes

1411, 2019

7 essential ICC reads to prepare for COP25

By |November 14th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

14 November 2019 These 7 ICC publications provide essential background reading for next month’s COP25 climate negotiations in Madrid. You’ve changed your travel destination from Santiago to Madrid but in preparation for next month’s climate change negotiations (COP25), have you read these seven papers highlighting ICC positions and activities on behalf of business everywhere? 1. The road to COP25 ICC has been promoting sustainable business for more than 40 years.

1211, 2019

6 reasons to download ICC’s Incoterms 2020 app

By |November 12th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

12 November 2019 Download the official Incoterms® 2020 app today to access Incoterms® 2020 on the go! Staying digitally connected to the business tools we use daily is more important than ever – especially for those working across borders. To help, ICC has unveiled the Incoterms® 2020 app, providing importers and exporters with digital access to keep up to date with the Incoterms® 2020 rules anytime, anywhere. The pioneering tool is

711, 2019

ICC TradeFlow blockchain platform launches to simplify trade processes

By |November 7th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

7 November 2019 ICC and blockchain provider, Perlin, will pilot ICC TradeFlow, a blockchain platform aimed at simplifying the trade documentation process for all. ICC has joined DBS Bank, Trafigura, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Enterprise Singapore, and Perlin to launch ICC TradeFlow, a pioneering blockchain platform designed to streamline trade processes for business. ICC TradeFlow will allow businesses to visually map out trade flows, issue instructions to partners, and

511, 2019

Key business consultation survey launched to finalize policy recommendations on nature

By |November 5th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

5 November 2019 Business for Nature, a coalition of global organisations and businesses that includes the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has launched an important consultation survey on nature. Today, during Natural Capital Week, Business for Nature, a global coalition of influential organisations and forward-thinking businesses, has launched an important business consultation survey that will run until November 30. The survey gives businesses of all sectors, sizes and geographies the chance

1510, 2019

Maritime piracy incidents down in Q3, yet Gulf of Guinea remains a hot spot

By |October 15th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

15 October 2019 The International Chamber of Commerce International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) report for the third quarter of 2019 demonstrates fewer incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships than the first nine months of 2018. 119 incidents of Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships have been reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) in 2019, compared to 156 incidents for the same period in 2018. Overall, the

910, 2019

ICC issues recommendations to reform global trade

By |October 9th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

9 October 2019 Recognising the challenges, criticism and unprecedented pressure faced by the World Trade Organization (WTO) system, ICC has unveiled a groundbreaking set of recommendations to guide the future of international trade. The ICC recommendations ‘Reforming the Multilateral Rules-Based Trading System: The outcomes we want for people and planet,’ provide an outcomes-based approach to reforming international trade with the overriding objective of making trade work for people and planet. Despite current

710, 2019

ICC, an authorised institution under China-Hong Kong arrangement on interim relief

By |October 7th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

7 October 2019 ICC has been named an authorised institution under China-Hong Kong arrangement on interim relief, making ICC Arbitration even more appealing to Chinese parties. The Asia Office (Hong Kong) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration has been confirmed by the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Hong Kong SAR Government as a qualified institution for the purposes

210, 2019

New ATA Carnet app makes digital declarations and transactions possible

By |October 2nd, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

2 October 2019 An initiative to digitalise the ATA Carnet international customs document gets underway in full today with launch of the Mercury II Pilot Project running phase. ICC ATA Carnet app After extensive trainings and internal tests since June, International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) digital ATA Carnet lifecycle management system is now live. Beginning today and running for a six-month period, real testing will be undertaken in six pilot countries:

110, 2019

7 ways ICC represented business at the United Nations General Assembly

By |October 1st, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

1 October 2019 The United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) high-level week took place from 23-27 September in New York, setting the global agenda on an array of global issues, from peace and security to sustainability and finance. Led by ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO and ICC Chair Paul Polman, ICC was actively involved in a number of high-level meetings on financing, health coverage and small island developing states

3009, 2019

John Denton joins board of Generation Unlimited and scales youth engagement

By |September 30th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

30 September 2019 ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO has joined the Board of Generation Unlimited (GenU) – a major global initiative to empower young people worldwide through education, skills training, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. Generation Unlimited is co-chaired by Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, President of the Republic of Rwanda Paul Kagame, and President of Trinidad and Tobago Paula Mae Weekes. The board comprises a

2709, 2019

ICC receives 2019 Compliance and Ethics Award

By |September 27th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

27 September 2019 ICC has received the 2019 Compliance and Ethics Award, bestowed by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) for the past 15 years in recognition of those who have made a significant contribution in the field of compliance and ethics. The award recognises ICC work in promoting free and competitive markets globally – including engagement with businesses and antitrust agencies around the world to integrate ethics

2609, 2019

SDG Business Forum calls for business to move from strategy to delivery on Global Goals

By |September 26th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

26 September 2019 Organised today on the sidelines of the inaugural SDG Summit, the fourth annual SDG Business Forum convened business, government, civil society and the United Nations to discuss concrete solutions to move from commitments to action to deliver on the Global Goals. Co-hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), and the United Nations Global Compact, the

2309, 2019

ICC endorses new report presenting case for carbon pricing to address industrial competitiveness

By |September 23rd, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

23 September 2019 A new report, endorsed by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) finds that concerns about industrial competitiveness can be addressed through strong carbon pricing policies. The new report published by the High-Level Commission on Carbon Pricing and Competitiveness calls on industry peers and governments to adopt strong carbon pricing policies. As more businesses develop low-carbon strategies, supportive government policies can act in tandem to unlock economic opportunities and manage

1809, 2019

4 reasons to download the new ICC DRS app

By |September 18th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

18 September 2019 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is taking its leading dispute resolution services digital with the launch of a brand-new mobile application. The ICC Dispute Resolution Services (DRS) app is the official tool for dispute resolution and business professionals to access rules and information from both ICC’s International Court of Arbitration and Centre for ADR. While your phone may be full of apps, here are four good

1709, 2019

ICC draws line in sand on customs duties on digital trade

By |September 17th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

17 September 2019 ICC has today published a landmark paper calling on World Trade Organization (WTO) Members to permanently prohibit the imposition of tariffs on cross-border data flows – as the deadline for renewal of a longstanding moratorium on the application of customs duties on electronic transmissions looms large. The business case for a permanent prohibition on customs duties on electronic transmissions – part of a series on various aspects of

1109, 2019

ICC warns of risk to MSME growth posed by complex indirect tax regimes

By |September 11th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

11 September 2019 ICC has published an inaugural issues brief on World Trade Organization negotiations on the trade-related aspects of e-commerce. The issues brief – the product of extensive consultation with businesses across a range of sectors participating in or affected by the digital economy – will form part of a series of briefs by ICC to assist WTO Member States in their plurilateral negotiations in Geneva. The negotiations, now

1009, 2019

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) releases Incoterms® 2020

By |September 10th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Paris, FRANCE, 10 September 2019 International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) releases Incoterms® 2020 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has released Incoterms® 2020, globally recognised trade terms for the sale of goods, providing certainty and clarity to business and traders everywhere. The Incoterms® rules were first introduced by ICC in 1936 to establish commonly accepted defintions and rules to related to the sale of goods between trading parners worldwide. Since

2908, 2019

Supply Chain Finance: major challenges banks face in delivering supply chain finance solutions

By |August 29th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

29 August 2019: The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission’s latest edition of its Global Survey on Trade Finance provides an authoritative review on global trade finance trends based upon interviews from over 300 banks in over 90 countries. Brendan du Preez, Head of Supply Chain Finance, Group Trade, Standard Bank In this ICC guest blog, Brendan du Preez, Head of Open Account and Supply Chain Finance and West

2608, 2019

How can blockchain technology optimise Incoterms® 2020?

By |August 26th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

26 August 2019: Dorjee Sun, CEO and co-founder of Perlin, discusses the benefits of blockchain technology for Incoterms®2020 and the future of trade with ICC. Over the past decade, digital technology and climate change have shaped international trade. Not too many business leaders can say that they have been at the forefront of both these movements. Dorjee Sun, CEO and co-founder of Perlin, can. From building his own software company

2608, 2019

With world at crossroads, G7 falls short of business expectations

By |August 26th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

26 August 2019: ICC has issued a statement expressing disappointment at the significant lack of collective leadership from the leaders of the world’s largest industrialised economies at conclusion of the G7 Summit. ICC — the world’s largest business organisation, representing over 45 million companies — described the Summit as a missed opportunity to tackle growing economic and environmental challenges through coordinated action on the part of G7 economies. ICC Secretary

2308, 2019

ICC calls on G7 for urgent response to Amazonian fires

By |August 23rd, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

23 August 2019: ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO has issued a statement in reaction to forest fires sweeping across the Amazon rainforest. “The wildfires in the Amazon are a heartbreaking reminder of the urgency to protect the world’s vital resources on which we all depend. The Amazon is a vital biodiversity reserve and crucial greenhouse gas buffer. Deforestation on this current scale is already having devastating consequences, not just

2607, 2019

ICC welcomes EU and Canada’s decision to arbitrate WTO trade disputes

By |July 26th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

26 July 2019: The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) welcomes the European Union (EU) and Canada’s announcement to utilize international arbitration panels to resolve trade disputes under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. Following leader-level talks at the recent EU-Canada Summit, the EU and Canada have agreed to the creation of a new trade dispute resolution arrangement in place of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body – responding to the continued gridlock in appointing judges to the WTO’s appeals

2407, 2019

Business calls for a unified, global approach to digital economy taxation

By |July 24th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

24 July 2019: As national digital taxation proposals continue to emerge, ICC calls for governments and business to adopt a unified approach to taxation of the digitalised economy. Taxation of the digitalised economy remains a leading topic on the global tax agenda as policymakers seek to address the implications and opportunities presented by digitalisation. Political pressure is evident as governments around the world explore solutions to ensure that income generated

2307, 2019

A Day in the Life of the Incoterms® Rules with Daniela María Rojas García

By |July 23rd, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

23 July 2019: The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) sat down with Daniela María Rojas García to discuss the future of the Incoterms® rules in space. Listen now on Spotify | Apple Podcasts TC: Hello my name is Tim Conley and I am the Global Communications Officer at the International Chamber of Commerce. Welcome to A Day in the Life of the Incoterms® rules. ICC is the international body that drafts and

1807, 2019

Paris Agreement Article 6: What is it and why is it important?

By |July 18th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

18 July 2019: Article 6 of the Paris Agreement was the focus of attention at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn. But what is Article 6 and why is it important to increasing climate action? Increased ambition to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was at the heart of June’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. Under the Paris Agreement, the 194 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate

1707, 2019

Bob Ronai’s journey from the docks of Australia to Incoterms® 2020

By |July 17th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

17 July 2019: As part of the first instalment of A Day in the Life of Incoterms, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) spoke to Bob Ronai, a member of the Incoterms® 2020 Drafting Group, about the Incoterms® rules and his passion for international trade. When Bob Ronai started his career in international trade five decades ago, many of the defining characteristics of today’s global trade system did not exist.

1707, 2019

ICC handbook sheds light on IP valuation process for business

By |July 17th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

17 July 2019: The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has published guidance on intellectual property (IP) valuation to provide business with a common knowledge base for valuing IP assets. With the help of 30 experts from 15 counties, ICC has released the ICC Handbook on Valuation of Intellectual Property Assets. The ICC handbook serves as a reference for business and valuation professionals. From large multinational corporations to micro-, small-, and medium-sized

1007, 2019

ICC Banking Commission releases new eRules on the use of electronic documents

By |July 10th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

10 July 2019: The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission has issued new electronic rules (eRules) to advance the digitalisation of trade finance practices. The ICC Banking Commission has released electronic supplements to the existing Uniform Rules for Collections (URC 522) and Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits (UCP 600) rules. The new eRules, which came into effect on 1 July, will provide rules for banks operating in

907, 2019

ICC WCF welcomes two new members to the International CO Accreditation Chain

By |July 9th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

9 July 2019: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Torino Chamber of Commerce (Italy) are the latest members to join the International Certificate of Origin (CO) Accreditation Chain. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Torino Chamber of Commerce (Italy) were announced as the newest members of the International Certificate of Origin (CO) Accreditation Chain at the 11th World Chambers Congress in Rio de Janeiro during a meeting of

807, 2019

Seas off West Africa world’s worst for pirate attacks, IMB reports

By |July 8th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

8 July 2019: The seas around West Africa remain the world’s most dangerous for piracy, the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest report reveals. Of the 75 seafarers taken hostage onboard or kidnapped for ransom worldwide so far this year, 62 were captured in the Gulf of Guinea – off the coasts of Benin, Cameroon, Guinea, Nigeria and Togo. Worldwide, the International Chamber of Commerce’s IMB Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 78

2806, 2019

Blockchain solutions developed by ICC and Perlin now have direct access to MENA

By |June 28th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

28 June 2019: The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Blockchain development company Perlin and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry have signed an exclusive partnership for the distribution of innovative blockchain products developed under the newly established Centre of Future Trade based in Singapore. The Centre of Future Trade, established by ICC and Perlin with the support of Enterprise Singapore, has now signed a major new distribution partner for its

2806, 2019

ICC announces launch date for Incoterms® 2020

By |June 28th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

28 June 2019: The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will release Incoterms® 2020 in early September 2019, providing certainty and clarity to businesses trading across borders everywhere. The Incoterms® rules are the language of international trade. When the Incoterms® rules were first introduced in 1936, they brought coherence to a fractured international system, which included conflicting commercial and judicial standards that diverged widely from country to country. Over 80 years later, the Incoterms®

2006, 2019

5 ways refugee integration creates opportunities for business and society

By |June 20th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

20 June 2019: On World Refugee Day, ICC is highlighting the private sector contributions that are helping to integrate refugees into workforces worldwide, including a new ICC partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to enhance business engagement in the international response to the global refugee crisis. Despite economic gains in the past century, many people worldwide have been left behind. Most notably, refugees and internally displaced populations are growing

1806, 2019

ICC brings voice of global business to WTO e-commerce negotiations

By |June 18th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

18 June 2019: The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is bringing the voice of business at the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) negotiations for the use of electronic commerce (e-commerce). ICC Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Crispin Conroy, today presented recommendations from the global business community during the first round of WTO negotiations on the trade-related aspects of e-commerce. In January 2019, 77 WTO Member States announced the

1806, 2019

Introducing: A Day in the Life of the Incoterms® Rules

By |June 18th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

18 June 2019: As the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) prepares for the launch of Incoterms® 2020, a new in-depth series will explore how the Incoterms® rules make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere. Since the publication of the first edition in 1936, the Incoterms® rules have established clear precedents for business operating within the rules-based international trade system. Despite economic, political and technological changes to our world over the past eight

1706, 2019

ICC will bring a business perspective to the UN Climate Change Conference

By |June 17th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

17 June 2019: The UN Climate Change Conference will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 17-27 June 2019 and ICC will be on the ground to bring a business perspective to the negotiations and advocate for higher climate ambition. All business delegates are invited to join the ICC organised Business and Industry Daily Briefings that aim to facilitate business participation at the event. The briefings will take place on 17-27 June (every

1506, 2019

ICC celebrates innovation with 2019 World Chambers Competition

By |June 15th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

15 June 2019: On the final day of the 11th World Chambers Congress, three chambers have been crowned champions of innovation, upon conclusion of the 2019 World Chambers Competition. The World Chambers Competition is the only award programme of its kind to recognise the pioneering initiatives of chambers of commerce from around the world. Held in conjunction with the biennial Congress, this year’s edition took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After two days

1406, 2019

Chambers of commerce step up for bold climate action

By |June 14th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

14 June 2019: The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has unveiled the groundbreaking “Chambers Climate Coalition”. Launched in Rio de Janeiro by ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO at the 11th World Chambers Congress, the Coalition showcases the pivotal and essential role that the global network of chambers can play in driving climate action. Mr Denton said: “As a group, we are committed to climate action and commit to limit global temperature increases

1106, 2019

ICC Trade Register affirms trade finance’s decade-long low-risk profile

By |June 11th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

11 June 2019: The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission has released its 2018 Trade Register report – again highlighting the low risk nature of trade finance in comparison to other asset classes. In 2018, global trade reached a new peak of US$18.5 trillion, underpinning a trade finance revenue pool of US$48 billion. ICC Trade Register data confirms default rates from 2008-2018 are low across all products and regions

1106, 2019

ICC Arbitration figures reveal new record for awards in 2018

By |June 11th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

11 June 2019: A total 842 cases were administered by the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in 2018 – the second highest total of registered cases ever – according to the latest figures released by ICC today. Worldwide, 2,282 parties were involved in ICC Arbitration cases from 135 countries in 2018. Newly registered cases in 2018 represented an aggregate value of US$ 36 billion, with

606, 2019

ICC Albania awarded with the European ICC National Committee Initiative of the Year and third place globally

By |June 6th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

6 June 2019: ICC Albania ‘’ABC (Anti-corruption Business Coalition) Project’’ earns the ICC National Committee Initiative of the Year first prize in Europe and third place globally for introducing a set of solutions and tools in Albania that aim improvement of the investment climate through addressing fight against corruption. This project focused on unleashing corporate integrity as an area that requires more engagement from stakeholders, such as private and public

506, 2019

ICC Albania comments & recommendations: Draft Law on Investments

By |June 5th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

5 June 2019: ICC Albania appreciates the opportunity given by the Investment Council Secretariat in Albania to provide input on the Draft-Law on Investment document. ICC Albania has circulated the draft within its membership and submits the reviewed comments and recommendations deemed of particular importance for business and for the furtherance of an enabling investment climate in Albania. The document is available in Albanian language and has been submitted to

3105, 2019

5 ways ICC celebrated turning 100

By |May 31st, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Celebrations took place in Paris this week, beginning a year of activities to mark 100 years of the International Chamber of Commerce. Centenary events are set to take place in each region of the world, concluding in Mexico in March 2020. But in case you missed the launch celebrations, here are five [email protected] highlights from our week: 1. ICC Centenary Summit A celebratory ICC Centenary Summit took place on 28

3105, 2019

ICC Centenary Summit welcome remarks

By |May 31st, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Welcome remarks by ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO on the occasion of the International Chamber of Commerce Centenary Summit Bonjour et bienvenue ! It is my great honour to welcome you to the ICC Centenary Summit, here in Paris, as we come together to celebrate the many years this august institution has worked to promote peace and prosperity through international trade. I have the distinct privilege, as I have

3105, 2019

World Chambers Congress spotlights climate change and sustainable development

By |May 31st, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The 11th World Chambers Congress taking place in Rio on 12-14 June will explore the ramifications associated with climate change and how business can implement sustainable practices across the global supply chain. In today’s world, business must accept responsibility for the societal impact of their operations. The Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] are a common roadmap adopted by world leaders in 2015 for “people, planet and prosperity” as part of the

2905, 2019

ICC issues guidance on VAT implementation to ensure efficiency for business and tax administrations

By |May 29th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has published guidance on international best practices for Value Added Tax (VAT) implementation. As the world business organization, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) promotes international trade, responsible business conduct, and a global approach to regulation. In today’s interconnected global economy, value added tax (VAT) has become an increasingly important source of revenue for countries worldwide. With more and more countries implementing or reforming

2805, 2019

ICC issues declaration on the next century of global business

By |May 28th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

On behalf of 45 million companies worldwide, the International Chamber of Commerce has issued a declaration setting out a vision to shape the future of global business for the next century. Mirroring the declaration issued 100 years ago by ICC’s “Merchant of Peace” founders, the declaration sets out guiding principles for ICC as a purpose driven international organisation, working with renewed purpose to make business work for everyone, every day,

2705, 2019

ICC World Chambers Federation announces the publication of revised Certificate of Origin guidelines

By |May 27th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation (WCF) is pleased to announce the publication of revised Certificate of Origin (CO) guidelines. Today, ICC WCF has launched a revised version of its International CO guidelines, which aims to provide chambers of commerce and exporters with updates on new processes, including digitalisation of the CO process. Since 1953, ICC has consistently advocated for a common definition to determine the origin of

2105, 2019

ICC joins fashion industry to make sustainability everyone’s business

By |May 21st, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) participated at the 2019 Copenhagen Fashion Summit on 15-16 May to encourage fashion brands to implement sustainable and equitable business practices. As a Permanent Observer to the United Nations, ICC is committed to ensuring that business consumption and production patterns align with the UN Sustainability and Development Goals (SDGs) set forth by the UN 2030 Charter. In December 2018, ICC became a signatory of the UN Climate

2005, 2019

ICC BASCAP and the Brand Protection Group Brazil partner to deter trade in counterfeit goods

By |May 20th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

On 20 May 2019, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Brand Protection Group Brazil (BPG) to bolster cooperation in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy in Brazil. Signed on behalf of ICC’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy initiative (BASCAP), the MoU serves as a guiding framework for cooperation between both parties to develop and implement programmes that will strengthen enforcement of anti-counterfeit laws

1705, 2019

ICC letter calls on UN environment ministers for bold recommendations

By |May 17th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

International Chamber of Commerce Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO has issued a letter to Environment Ministers of all United Nations’ Member States calling for bold, forward-looking recommendations from its third and final substantive session to be brought to the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York. The ad hoc, open-ended working group, was formed under the General Assembly Resolution ‘Towards a Global Pact for the Environment’ for deliberations on

1005, 2019

ICC: co-operative compliance and ATP programmes can build confidence in tax systems

By |May 10th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The International Chamber of Commerce [ICC] has published a policy paper on co-operative compliance and issued recommendations on Accredited Tax Payers (ATPs) to improve trust and create confidence in tax systems. ICC supports measures aimed at increasing tax certainty to create a more favourable environment for trade and investment.  As such, ICC is committed to fostering trust and efficient co-operation between governments and business to improve tax administrative efficiency and

905, 2019

3 ways to spot fake Incoterms® rules Information

By |May 9th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is warning users of Incoterms® rules to be aware of fake information and training sessions on Incoterms® 2020, offered by groups not affiliated with ICC. ICC has been responsible for the creation and maintenance of the Incoterms® rules since their release over 80 years ago and is preparing to launch Incoterms® 2020 later this year. But information or training sessions claiming to explain Incoterms® 2020 has already begun

3004, 2019

World Chambers Competition finalists unveiled for 2019 edition

By |April 30th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

After receiving 73 submissions, 16 chambers of commerce are moving on to the final round of the World Chambers Competition. Representing 11 countries, the selected chambers will each have the opportunity to present their innovative initiatives to the global network of chambers attending the 11th edition of the World Chambers Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 12-14 June 2019. Taking place in conjunction with the World Chambers Congress, the World Chambers

2904, 2019

ICC Secretary General calls for urgent response to digital protectionism

By |April 29th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

In a letter published in the Financial Times today, International Chamber of Commerce Secretary General, John W.H. Denton has called for an urgent, systemic response to the challenge of digital protectionism. Responding to anticipated Chinese curbs on data transfers, Mr Denton highlights how the balkanization of data flows and digital services by major economies could be averted through negotiation of new rules on e-commerce under the auspices of the World

1504, 2019

ICC issues taxation policy statement for the Digitalised Economy

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has published a new tax framework for the digitalised economy. As the world business organization, ICC has proposed a framework of internationally established tax principles for consideration by policymakers and legislators around the world. By establishing a consistent global tax system, both business and governments can benefit from increased clarity and predictability, which will help foster cross-border trade and investment. Digital tax proposals gain

1004, 2019

Global Business Endorses ICN Framework for Competition Agency Procedures

By |April 10th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the Association of in-house competition lawyers (ICLA) and the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) has welcome the announced approval of the International Competition Network (ICN) Framework for Competition Agency Procedures (CAP), as an encouraging step towards a more sound and fair competition enforcement across the globe. ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO said: “Robust procedural

904, 2019

New round of Global Dialogue on Trade debates launches

By |April 9th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

International Chamber of Commerce Secretary General John W.H. Denton today launched a new round of debates on the Global Dialogue on Trade platform, the only digitally enabled dialogue among leaders from government, academia, and business to discuss and debate the future of the international trade system. As with the first round of debates, these new themes will help guide participants toward the creation of a trusted model of open trade

904, 2019

ICC issues business guidance and recommendations for policymakers on trade secrets

By |April 9th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Paris, 09/04/2019 ICC has published a report with guidance for business and recommendations to policymakers worldwide, based upon the legal and technical implications of recent European Union (EU) and United States (US) legislation on the protection of trade secrets. ICC report at a glance The ICC report outlines the differences between the EU and US laws and provides guidance for businesses on how to identify information which can be protected

804, 2019

Maritime piracy incidents down in Q1 2019 but kidnapping risk in Gulf of Guinea persists

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

London & Kuala Lumpur, 08/04/2019 The International Chamber of Commerce International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) report for the first quarter of 2019 reveals fewer incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships than the first three months of 2018. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, a 24-hour, free service offered by the IMB, enables shipmasters to report any incidents of piracy and armed robbery, globally against ships. Since 1991, the IMB Piracy

304, 2019

Brands, maritime operators and US law enforcement seek to stop maritime transportation of counterfeits

By |April 3rd, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Representatives from major global brands, maritime companies and US law enforcement agencies met in Washington DC today to determine how to work together to stop the maritime transportation of counterfeit goods. The parties met as part of the on-going collaboration of signatories to the ‘Declaration of Intent to stop the Maritime transport of counterfeits’ (DOI)—a joint effort between key members of the global shipping industry, brand owners and law enforcement

2103, 2019

4 ways #11WCC will expand your network (and your mind)

By |March 21st, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Industry events are a great place for professionals to make connections and showcase the unique value of their offerings. To help maximise your impact during the upcoming World Chambers Congress, we’re bringing you four ways you can make the most out of our much-anticipated three-day event. Set to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 12-14 June, the World Chambers Congress is co-organised by the International Chamber of Commerce’s

2003, 2019

ICC celebrates 2019 Business for Peace Honourees

By |March 20th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Three business leaders exemplifying ‘businessworthy’ values and shaping society for the better have been named 2019 Oslo Business for Peace Award winners. This year’s laureates are Agbor Ashumanyi Ako, the Co-founder of GiftedMom; Alice Laugher, the CEO of Committed to Good (CTG); and Hamdi Ulukaya, the Founder and CEO of Chobani. Heading companies that have a broader view than just the bottom line, these individuals see business as a driver

1403, 2019

ICC helps make climate action fashion industry’s business

By |March 14th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has joined fashion brands, retailers and other stakeholders in becoming a signatory of the Fashion Charter for Climate Action. Launched under the auspices of United Nations Climate Change by leading designer, Stella McCartney, in December 2018, the charter aligns with the goals of the Paris Agreement and aims to build climate action momentum by collectively addressing the climate impact of the fashion sector across its entire

1203, 2019

ICC-ECCO Guide to International Offset Contracts (2019)

By |March 12th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), in collaboration with the European Club for Countertrade and Offset (ECCO), has released guidance to help firms navigate and negotiate international offset contracts – a growing phenomenon in global trade across a variety of strategic sectors. The ICC-ECCO Guide to International Offset Contracts provides practical guidance and legal context for firms engaging in the use of offset contracts within public procurement procedures around the

2802, 2019

[email protected] Centenary website goes live

By |February 28th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has unveiled [email protected], a celebratory website marking the world business organisation’s 100-year anniversary. Visitors are invited to travel back to the time of ICC’s founding fathers, the Merchants of Peace or get a glimpse into our future at the [email protected] website, which features a range of stories revealing what makes ICC unique among business organisations. Here are 5 things to know about the website:

2802, 2019

International business engagement key to future of trade, ICC Sec Gen

By |February 28th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Speaking at a conference on current challenges to global trade in Lisbon this week, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO said business could not afford to sit on the sidelines when it came to global challenges, including reform of the multilateral trade system. John W.H. Denton AO, ICC Secretary General The international conference, hosted by ICC Portugal, brought together experts from a wide range of

702, 2019

ICC presents business recommendations to facilitate humanitarian relief shipments

By |February 7th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

ICC has released business recommendations to facilitate border processes and the customs clearance of essential humanitarian relief shipments. The recommendations were introduced this week as part of the Humanitarian Networks and Partnership Week 2019 (HNPW), hosted by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Crispin Conroy, Geneva Representative Director, ICC; Constantin Ciuta, Senior Customs Adviser, UNCTAD

2501, 2019

ICC welcomes breakthrough in WTO e-commerce talks

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

ICC has welcomed a ministerial statement issued today announcing the start of formal WTO talks to establish global rules for e-commerce. The statement, supported by some 75 governments, represents a major step forward in efforts within the WTO to enable e-commerce in support of sustainable development and small-business growth. ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO said: “Today’s statement is a very welcome move by members of the WTO to maximize

2501, 2019

10 things we did for business in our 99th year?

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

At ICC, we’re excited to be in Centenary year. As 2019 begins, we’re taking a look back at some of the things that kept us busy and enabled business to secure peace, prosperity and opportunity for all during our 99th year… 1. Leaders for a new era In March, ICC announced the appointment of international legal expert and adviser on global issues John W.H. Denton AO as the organisation’s incoming

2501, 2019

The Internet Governance Forum takes place this week in Paris. Here’s why it matters.

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a global dialogue that brings together a wide range of stakeholders to exchange information and discuss how to make sure the Internet and its related technologies work for everyone. Sometimes described as the world’s biggest digital policy incubator, the IGF takes place under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) and is hosted this year by the French Government, taking place at the headquarters

2501, 2019

ICC YAF “Becoming an Arbitrator: Challenges and Opportunities”

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

On the 9th of November ICC Albania with the support of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Albania organised an ICC YAF forum entitled “How to become an arbitrator: Challenges and Opportunities”. This event took place in Tirana and was attended by young professionals and practitioners, attorneys, academics and also students with a particular interest in arbitration. During the event the successful arbitrators on both panels shared useful insights, their experience

2501, 2019

Study Tour about Responsible Business Conduct

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

In the framework of the ABC project that ICC Albania is currently implementing and supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Albania organized a study tour in Paris and The Hague from 29th of October to the 1st of November. The main objective of this study tour was to provide technical assistance to public institutions representatives related to the area of corporate integrity in Albania. The study tour represented an

2501, 2019

Unique business initiative to support reform process of multilateral rules-based system launched

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), supported by the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and regional development banks, have announced a new initiative to host a global consultation to support multilateral trade reform. Launched today by ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO and WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo, the new Global Dialogue on Trade platform will provide concrete

2501, 2019

Workshop “Translating SDGs into business”

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

On the 9th of October, ICC Albania organised the workshop entitled “Translating SDGs into business”. Executive leaders and experts from the public and private sectors came together on this event to highlight potential initiatives on how business and the government can best cooperate to meet sustainable development goals. The workshop was set by Mrs. Ardita Seknaj, General Secretary of ICC Albania, saying that the Sustainable Development Goals are not only governments’

2501, 2019

UNODC empowers Southeast European Civil Society Organizations to fight corruption

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

UNODC organized a regional multi-stakeholder workshop in Serbia from 24 to 27 September, to train civil society, private sector and government representatives from Southeast Europe to implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), the only international legally-binding anti-corruption instrument. The event aims to facilitate collaboration between the various stakeholders in implementing UNCAC and its Review Mechanism, and to advise them on applying the methodology and tools available through the

2501, 2019

Mentor with IMPACT- Mentoring Program for women entrepreneurs and professionals

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

On the 21st– 23rd of September, Macedonian Mentoring Network in collaboration with ICC Albania, Embassy of the Netherlands and Alliance of Kosovar Businesses, have brought together over 60 professionals from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and the Netherlands in the light of the mentoring project, in Skopje. The aim of this project is to support woman entrepreneurs and professionals from Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo by creating unique mentoring program as a key to

2501, 2019

ICC releases new code of conduct for global marketing and advertising industry

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Launched today at a conference in New York, the new edition of the flagship ICC Marketing Code raises consumer protection standards around the world and expands rules in the digital realm. ICC has today released the tenth revision of its flagship Advertising and Marketing Communications Code—a globally-applicable self-regulatory framework developed by experts from all industry sectors worldwide. The ICC Marketing Code was launched during the National Advertising Division’s 2018 Annual Conference

2501, 2019

ICC welcomes G20 Trade Ministers’ call to support WTO reform

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

ICC has welcomed a statement from G20 ministers recognizing the need to step up efforts to mitigate risks and enhance confidence in international trade at what they describe as “a critical juncture for international trade and investment cooperation.” Supporting the ministers’ calls for G20 leaders to continue working collaboratively with other interested parties to ensure that the World Trade Organization (WTO) continues to be relevant, ICC Secretary General John W.H.

2501, 2019

Open Day for Regional Investment Agenda for the Western Balkans

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

On the 13th of September, within the framework of the project “Invigorating Policy Dialogue on the RIRA-Regional Investment Reform Agenda” between the Governmental Institutions, the Private Sector and Civil Society Organizations, implemented by the Center for Research and Policy Making in cooperation with ICC Albania, was held an Open Day for the Regional Investment Agenda for the Western Balkans. The purpose of the event is to discuss about the necessity to

2501, 2019

3 reasons to enrol in the ICC Academy’s upgraded trade finance certificate

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Today’s trade finance landscape is in constant flux—between the countless tech advances, corporate behaviour in non-stop transformation, regulatory changes and ever-increasing market competition. So how can you expect to stay up-to-date with the latest industry knowledge and know-how? At ICC, we understand that relevant learning is crucial not only for your personal success but for the success of banks worldwide. That’s why, with the help of our education arm, the ICC

2501, 2019

ICC: Reform not retaliation is needed to avoid damaging trade wars

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Speaking on behalf the world’s largest business organisation—representing over 45 million companies employing more than 1 billion workers—ICC Director of Global Policy Nikolaus Schultze talked trade wars with France 24’s Annette Young. In a live interview with television network France 24, Mr Schultze argued that debates over trade need to move beyond tariff threats and towards reforming the international rules-based trading system for the 21st century. Mr Schultze said: “We

2501, 2019

Transformational partnerships showcased at SDG Business Forum

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

As part of the United Nations (UN) High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York, the SDG Business Forum gathered governments and business leaders to take stock on progress made so far on the SDGs. Business leaders and government representatives gathered at the UN Headquarters on 17 July to highlight partnerships that can help speed up the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Just over 1000 days after

2501, 2019

ICC Albania General Assembly elects the new Board members and Chairman for the term 2018-2021.

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

On the 4th of July 2018, the ICC Albania General Assembly met to elect the business leaders and new Chairperson who will lead the organization for the upcoming term 2018-2021. Mr. Ilir Daci, Founder and Managing Partner at Optima Legal & Financial elected as the Chairman of ICC Albania, the representative office of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Albania. Following his election as Chairman, Mr. Daci said: ”I am

2501, 2019

3 ways digitalisation is shaping the future of taxation

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

In an interview broadcast live on the American news network MSNBC, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO stressed that tit-for-tat tariffs were not the answer to legitimate grievances of marginalized groups who may have been negatively affected by globalization. As China and the United States challenge each other before the World Trade Organization, in an escalating trade war, Mr Denton’s message to MSNBC anchor and

2501, 2019

ICC renews Alexis Mourre as President and nominates Court with full gender parity and unprecedented diversity

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) supreme governing body, the World Council, has re-appointed Alexis Mourre as President of the International Court of Arbitration for a second three-year term to commence 1 July 2018. For the Court’s 2018-2021 term, the Council also appointed 176 members from 104 countries, representing gender parity of 88 women and 88 men. Consistent with the current term, the new composition of the Bureau of the

2501, 2019

EU Member states must strengthen provisions on cross-border data flows, says ICC Secretary-General

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

In response to the European Commission’s proposed provisions for cross-border data flows in trade and investment agreements, ICC calls on EU member states to prevent digital protectionism. In a letter to Emil Karanikolov, Minister of Economy of Bulgaria—the nation currently presiding the Council of the European Union (EU)— ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO urged EU member states to strengthen language in the proposal that could otherwise allow countries

2501, 2019

Major survey confirms ICC as preferred arbitral institution in all continents

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Arbitration users have once again recognised the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce as their most preferred arbitral institution worldwide, according to a major 2018 International Arbitration Survey. Conducted by the School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in partnership with White & Case, the survey results highlight that “ICC stands out as the most preferred institution by a significant margin (77%)” –

2501, 2019

ICC Albania Forum on Corporate Integrity called for more efforts on collective actions

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

This Monday, on the 14th of May,  ICC Albania with the support of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Albania organized the Corporate Integrity Forum. This forum brought together local and international leaders from business, government and civil society. It offered a platform to discuss multi-stakeholder collaboration as a model to create more impact on responsible business conduct. The Corporate Integrity Forum also launched a new initiative from ICC Albania

2501, 2019

World IP Day 2018: 5 questions to ICC Commission Chair Ingrid Baele

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

World Intellectual Property (IP) Day takes place on 26 April, highlighting the essential role IP rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. This year, World IP Day will celebrate the leading role women are playing in driving change in the world. To mark the occasion, we put five questions to Ingrid Baele, the newly-appointed Chair of the ICC Commission on Intellectual Property. Ms Baele is Vice-President of Philips Intellectual Property and

2501, 2019

Business turns to customs reform amid historic trade uncertainty

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Common-sense reforms that make trading easier and faster can have a greater impact than removing every tariff in the world. Global business representatives at an ICC summit in Buenos Aires ahead of the G20 meeting agreed on the importance of furthering trade facilitation. The G20 meeting in Argentina approaches this year at a time of historic uncertainty around global trade and the future of the multilateral trading system. Fears surrounding

2501, 2019

ICC Chair Sunil Bharti Mittal responds to rising trade tensions

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

In view of rising trade tensions caused by proposed tit-for-tat tariff increases, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has issued the following statement. ICC Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said: “Open markets underpinned by the rules-based multilateral trading system have been a vital driver of prosperity across the world over the past 50 years. Any erosion of that system will come at quite a cost to us all. “Tariff hikes will

2501, 2019

Unlocking business investment in sustainable development

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Achieving the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires US$2.5 trillion each year in developing countries. How can private sector resources best be leveraged? While levels may still be below their pre-financial crisis peak, international investment has grown substantially in the last decade, projected to have increased to nearly US$1.8 trillion in 2017. Much of this owes to the changing geography of the global economy. By 2016, foreign direct

2501, 2019

5 things to expect from major meeting of trade finance who’s who

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The Annual Meeting of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission gets underway in Jakarta this week. This major forum gathers the world’s who’s who of the trade finance industry and provides participants with exciting opportunities throughout its duration. Here are 5 things we can expect at the meeting: 1. Networking with industry leaders   The list of speakers and delegates at the Annual Meeting reads like the Who’s Who

2501, 2019

ICC: Digital tax rules should be global and long-term in scope

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Recent months have seen governments around the world lay out proposals for taxing the digital economy. ICC recommends that any measures be developed on the basis of international tax rules and seek an alignment with global efforts. Yesterday, the European Commission released two legislative proposals for taxing of digital firms ahead of the European Union (EU) leaders’ summit on 22-23 March, where the issue will be discussed further. The previous

2501, 2019

ICC applauds 2018 Business for Peace Award winners

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Three global business heads have been named winners of the Oslo Business for Peace Award for exceptional contributions to peace building through business initiatives. The 2018 laureates are Lori Blaker, president and CEO of TTi Global; Edgar Montenegro, founder and CEO of Corpocampo; and Martin Naughton, founder of Glen Dimplex Group. Dubbed the Nobel Prize of business by international media, the Oslo Business for Peace Award is awarded annually to exemplary business

2501, 2019

Ministry of State proposals for the protection of Entrepreneurship

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Tirana, 27 December 2017: At the end of the first 100 days of government, the Minister of State for the Protection of Entrepreneurship gathered in a technical meeting the main stakeholders related to the business climate improvement in Albania such as private sector representatives – both foreign and domestic investors -; representatives from the public sector – such as officials from line ministries and related governmental agencies. Minister Qato presented for

2501, 2019

Albania present at the ICC Conference on Integrity and Anti-corruption

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The Hague, 8 December 2017: The Integrity Advantage and Collective Action have been the two themes of the ICC’s International Integrity and Anti-Corruption Conference, a yearly multi-stakeholder conference and an initiative of ICC Netherlands. More than 200 participants gathered in the Peace Palace in The Hague on the 8 of December 2017, to gain insight from speakers including Richard Bistrong, a formerly prosecuted sales and marketing executive, Jan Hommen, former CEO of both KPMG

2501, 2019

Creating the conditions for digital trade growth

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Tirana, 1 December 2017: We are 2-3 weeks away from the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference [MC11] in Buenos Aires on 10-15 December where we have a genuine chance of making progress towards a more robust global rules framework to support digital trade. Our current trade rules were designed for a pre-digital world so businesses support the urgent need to confirm the application of a global framework that guarantees a level playing

2501, 2019

ICC Albania message to Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance and Economy on e-commerce and the future of global trade

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Tirana, 23 November 2017: The global business community is clear on the vital role of the multilateral trading system in enabling economic growth, sustainable development and job creation. One area of particular priority, which ICC believes has real potential to deliver on the imperative to make globalisation more inclusive is e-commerce. Recent years have witnessed remarkable developments in the digital economy, creating unprecedented opportunities for cross-border trade. Studies show that micro-,

2501, 2019

ICC Albania and AAB event: COSME programme in Albania

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Tirana, 22 November 2017: ICC Albania and Albanian Association of Banks (AAB) in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Economy organized a technical workshop on COSME programme, an EU financial instrument available for SMEs, which took place on the 22nd of November 2017 at Xheko Imperial Hotel. The workshop was organized with the aim of providing financial institutions in Albania with the unique opportunity to become an EU financial intermediary.

2501, 2019

ICC Albania recommendations for the improvement of the factoring sector

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

To read, click Recommendation Paper. Tirana, 15 November 2017: Representatives from the factoring industry in Albania raised some relevant recommendations to authorities and other stakeholders on required actions needed to improve this sector. These recommendations have been prepared by the representatives of the ICC Albania Commission on International Trade and Investment based on the results of the survey conducted to banks and factoring companies, in cooperation with EBRD, during the period July-August

2501, 2019

EU Delegation in Albania opens public consultations on the EC Country’s annual report on Albania

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

Tirana, 7 November 2017: EU delegation in Albania opens public consultations with private sector, civil society and other stakeholders in the framework of preparing the Albania 2018 Annual Report. The first consultation meetings were held on the 6th and 7th of November 2017.  Business organizations representatives were present at the dedicated session about the private sector and shared their positions and comments on the developments overseen during the last year in competition policy,

2501, 2019

ICC BASCAP calls for end to use of properties for trade in counterfeit and pirated goods

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

20 September 2017, Antwerp: A new paper from Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP), an initiative of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), reports on the role that landlords and property owners can play as intermediaries in the counterfeit or pirated goods supply chain if they lease their premises to those involved in trademark counterfeiting, copyright piracy or other forms of illicit trade. BASCAP presented the new paper, Measures to

2501, 2019

5 highlights from opening day of the 10th World Chambers Congress

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The 10th World Chambers Congress got underway in Sydney, Australia today bringing together over 1,000 chamber and business leaders from 100 countries for discussion on some of the world’s most pressing challenges. We’ve been covering activities via our Congress app and more widely on social media but here we’ve picked five highlights to sum up an action-packed first day: 1. A royal welcome for participants His Royal Highness the Prince

2501, 2019

New report proposes step-change in sustainability business metrics to safeguard global security

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

19 September 2017, London: The Earth Security Report 2017 was launched today, providing a roadmap for global business to align its growth to the demands for social inclusion and environmental security that are defining the countries in which they operate. Endorsed by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) as a global outreach partner and supported by HSBC Bank and the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation, the report underlines the need for

2501, 2019

ICC Albania joined Bank of Albania, EBRD and FCI discussion on SME access to finance through factoring

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

5 September 2017, Tirana: Supporting private sector competitiveness by facilitating SME access to finance and by fostering an enabling business environment, Bank of Albania and the EBRD in partnership with ICC Albania and Factor Chain International held a factoring workshop in Tirana this week. Discussions also focused on ways to support domestic and international trade. In their opening statements, Bank of Albania Deputy Governor, Natasha Ahmetaj, and EBRD Head of Albania,

2501, 2019

Business is stepping up for transformational partnerships

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

18/07/2017, New York, United Nations: SDG Business Forum 2017 High-level Political Forum, United Nations Business statement This statement is issued by leading business organizations, private sector institutions and networks that support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the world as listed at the end of this statement. Business supports the SDGs as a framework of universally applicable goals to tackle the world’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental

2501, 2019

Trieste Summit: Another milestone for advancing on the European Union path

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

13/07/2017, Trieste, Italy: Italy hosted on the 12th of July 2017 the fourth Western Balkans summit of the Berlin Process in Trieste. The region’s six countries and several EU member states (Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Slovenia, UK) representatives of the EU and International Finance Institutions reviewed current progress and discussed a broad agenda in attempt to go further with regional cooperation, increase coherence and deepen economic integration. This summit concluded by setting

2501, 2019

Speech of ICC Secretary General John Danilovich at UN High-Level Political Forum 2017, #SDG9 Review

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

His Excellency the President of ECOSOC, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, As the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business organization, it’s a great honor to be invited to deliver remarks at the start of the High-Level Political Forum’s review of SDG 9. Since their inception, I have consistently said that the SDGs should be known within the global business community as the “BDGs”, the

2501, 2019

These business actions to achieve the Global Goals may surprise you

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

New York City: A high-level political forum, currently taking place at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, is gauging efforts undertaken to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – launched in September 2015. The forum presents an opportunity to highlight the central role business is playing to advance the UN’s 2030 Agenda and during the two week gathering, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will be showcasing specific projects and partnerships undertaken by

2501, 2019

ICC Chairman Mittal responds to G20 communiqué

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

10/07/2017, Paris: Following the conclusion of the G20 Hamburg Summit, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has issued the following statement. Sunil Bharti Mittal said: “We commend the German Presidency’s leadership in securing an outcome to the G20 Hamburg Summit which emphasises the importance of international cooperation in tackling global challenges. Economic integration is a central force in lifting millions out of poverty. But enhanced global rules and

2501, 2019

ICC response to G20 Summit

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

09/07/2017, Paris: Following the release of the G20 Hamburg Summit communiqué, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has issued the following statement. ICC G20 Advisory Group Chairman, Marcus Wallenberg, said: “We’ve been clear in recent months that G20 must stand firm on keeping markets open to trade and investment. We welcome that the Hamburg Summit has succeeded in maintaining the G20’s long-established stance to continue the fight against protectionism in all

2501, 2019

ICC unveils new guidance on due process in global competition law enforcement proceedings

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

07/07/2017, Paris: ICC has released a set of best practices to promote effective procedural safeguards in competition law enforcement proceedings. The official launch follows an initial introduction of the best practices made at the Pre-International Competition Network (ICN) Forum on new trends in global competition policy, which took place last month. Drawing upon significant experience from business and antitrust experts around the world, the principles set forth in the ICC Best

2401, 2019

New report uncovers consequences of trade tariffs imposition

By |January 24th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

A new report launched today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, provides global policymakers with an evidence-based overview of the far-reaching economic and social consequences of trade tariffs. The report, commissioned by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), as part of the ICC World Trade Agenda – an initiative in partnership with Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry – outlines 10 possible effects of a return to the destructive,

2101, 2019

Take no-deal Brexit off the table, says International Chamber of Commerce

By |January 21st, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

A failure to deliver a deal on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union will add more barriers to global trade and risk thousands of UK jobs, said the Secretary General of the world’s largest business organisation. Noting the UK’s historic role as a champion for global trade, ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO warned that a “no-deal” Brexit will dangerously add additional barriers to trade and investment at

2101, 2019

Debates on world trade reform extended on Global Dialogue on Trade platform

By |January 21st, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The first digitally-enabled dialogue on the future of the multilateral rules-based trading system will be extended until 1 March 2019. This allows companies and think tanks, supported by multilateral institutions, to pursue the ongoing debate on world trade reform. The three ongoing debates on the Global Dialogue platform, launched on 22 November 2018, are: (1) Flexible multilateralism: What role for plurilaterals and other negotiating tools? (2) How to deal with

2101, 2019

ICC announces new Geneva presence

By |January 21st, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has announced the establishment of a new presence in Geneva. Crispin Conroy, ICC Representative Director This latest expansion undertaking, in ICC’s Centenary year, aims to further strengthen the world business organisation’s international engagement and outreach on behalf of over 45 million companies worldwide. ICC has appointed Crispin Conroy as ICC Representative Director to lead/coordinate the Geneva operations. Mr Conroy joins ICC following a 25-year

1401, 2019

ICC convenes high-level business roundtable on the UN Global Pact for the Environment

By |January 14th, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

What should be the scope of an international treaty dedicated to the principles that guide environmental protection? In its capacity as Permanent Observer to the United Nations General Assembly and representing the UN Environment Focal Point, ICC hosted discussions at its global headquarters in Paris last week to consider the business perspective for a strong UN Global Pact for the Environment and how such a Pact could address gaps in

301, 2019

2018: 10 key moments from ICC’s Dispute Resolution year

By |January 3rd, 2019|Categories: ICC News|

As the world’s leading arbitral institution, the work of ICC’s International Court of Arbitration and other Dispute Resolution Services never stops. We’re taking some time out to look back at some of the highlights and developments from last year. 1. Leading the future of dispute resolution In February, 11 new Vice-Chairs were appointed to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. Commission membership comprises approximately 850 practicing lawyers, arbitrators, mediators,

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