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Kick-off: #13WCC orientation
Get the most out of your Congress experience by joining our orientation session. We will explain the main ingredients of the programme, which captures the connections between multilateralism, innovation and sustainability, as well as the need to act. Connect with fellow participants and join us as we explore the context in which our World Chambers Congress is taking place and the collective outcomes we are seeking to achieve.
Uniting business globally, improving lives locally
In a world of geopolitical and economic volatility, the belief that cross-border commerce and economic integration are conducive to peace and prosperity is being challenged. But opportunities abound for business and chambers everywhere to stand up for the global economy and make multilateralism work for everyone, everywhere. This introductory session serves as an overview of how multilateralism serves all parties of international commerce, MSMEs, chambers and international organisations.
#13WCC opening ceremony
Welcome to Geneva and the 13th World Chambers Congress. Join us to officially begin proceedings in our high-level opening ceremony featuring special guests and our Congress hosts the International Chamber of Commerce, World Chambers Federation and the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services.
Navigating prosperity: focusing on the benefits of international trade with the CEO of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
Join us at the 13th World Chambers Congress for an insightful interview session featuring the esteemed CEO of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, the world’s No. 1 container shipping line. In this engaging discussion, we will delve into the transformative power of international trade in today’s interconnected world. During this session, the CEO of MSC will share his expertise, experiences, and strategic insights on the benefits of international trade. MSC has played a pivotal role in facilitating global trade, connecting businesses, and fostering economic growth across diverse regions thanks to its shipping lines, logistics and port terminals businesses.
Goals for growth: raw materials and inclusive international trade
This session will oversee how low-income countries can access global markets thanks to their raw materials supply. What frameworks are needed to make developing countries partners for co-creating prosperity and opportunity for people and our planet? How can your business leverage international trade in raw materials? And how can chamber activity support these goals?
Time to take a break and make connections. Check out our world-class exhibition area and brand new feature: the Business Circle.
Chambers and business: 21st century merchants of peace
All eyes are on our multilateral institutions to provide rulebooks for addressing global disruptions and making globalisation as inclusive as possible. How can chambers and businesses, as multilateral institutions, contribute to this ecosystem?
Facilitating trade: partnering for global growth
Today, across the world, millions of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) remain excluded from the benefits of international trade. Public private partnerships are empowering greater access for the many small businesses who lack the resources to navigate complex, opaque border processes. Join this session to learn how chambers, businesses and governments are working together to simplify, modernise and digitalise trade and make business work for everyone, everywhere, every day.
Multilateralism in times of disruption: double back to move forward
The global economic and business landscape is shifting… and it is shifting faster than ever before. With this in mind, we’re reserving a session to discuss the very latest issues emerging at the very time we meet. We’ve got our finger on the pulse of issues affecting people and planet and are committed to remaining agile in our programming to ensure we bring you the very latest insight.
Networking lunch and exhibition programme
Time for food for thought to take a break and make connections. Check out our world-class exhibition area and brand new feature: the Business Circle.
Check out these new tools and services for your MSME:
13:20-13:25: ICC Centres of Entrepreneurship – The ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship aims to create the largest interconnected business-led ecosystem for local entrepreneurs to build meaningful livelihoods.
– Presented by Sebastian Ferrari.
13:40-13:45: Global Trade Helpdesk – The Global Trade Helpdesk (GTH) is a multi-agency initiative jointly led by ITC, UNCTAD, and the WTO that aims to simplify market research for companies, and especially Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), by integrating trade and business information into a single online portal.
– Presented by Anna Jankowska-Eriksson.
13:55-14:00: Glue Up – With an intuitive SaaS platform, Glue Up is the leading provider of the cloud solutions that provide associations, event organizers, Chambers of Commerce, agencies, marketers, businesses, and NGOs with a full suite of tools designed to streamline operations, modernize processes, and eliminate engagement challenges.
– Presented by Kseniia Farkas.
World Chambers Competition: best partnership project
Innovative, agile and purpose driven, chambers worldwide are a driving force for supporting multilateralism through forward-thinking tools, programmes and partnerships. Join our World Chambers Competition finalists to learn about the pioneering activities impacting businesses and communities and vote for the projects you find most inspiring.
Best partnership project finalists:
- Cali Chamber of Commerce (Colombia) – Cámara a la Calle: Partnerships for Developing Placed Based Strategies in Low Income Communities
- Portuguese Chamber Of Commerce And Industry (Portugal) – Internationalizing Businesses With Tailor Made Support
- Istanbul Chamber of Industry (Turkey)- ISO MEIP: Istanbul Chamber of Industry – Vocational Education and Training (VET) Cooperation Project
- Auckland Business Chamber of Commerce (New Zealand) – First Steps: Mental Health and Wellbeing; a business leaders’ strength- a potential weakness
The power of agreed rules: how arbitration promotes peace and prosperity
The objective of this session is to explore the role of arbitration in fostering peace and prosperity through the voluntary acceptance of agreed rules. The panelists will discuss the importance of consensual dispute resolution, the benefits of a rules-based global economy, and how arbitration can promote international transactions, including with states and state owned enterprises. The session aims to provide a big picture view of the role of arbitration in strengthening multilateralism and global governance.
Time to take a break and replenish after our morning sessions. Why not check out our world class exhibition area or take time to re-connect with chamber peers.
Check out our brand new feature: the Business Circle:
15:40-15:45: The Swisstainable Trans-Alpina (Watch & Cow)
Along the Alps from Milan to Geneva with:
3 panoramic mountain trains: Bernina Express, Glacier Express and Mont-Blanc Express
3 famous resorts: S Moritz, Zermatt and Chamonix
3 summits: Diavolezza, Gornergrat and Aiguille du Midi
– Presented by Pierre Jaccard
When food becomes geopolitics
As world food supplies become subject to geopolitics, food shortage becomes a growing risk. How to deal with food used as a means of exerting political pressure in a multilateral world? To avert crisis and secure the global food system, the agri-food sector requires strong collaboration between the public and private sectors. How can MSMEs and chambers contribute to a cross-sectoral effort to secure global supply chains?
Partnerships for prosperity
International organisations, governments and civil society cannot address global issues and successfully implement the SDGs working alone. The expertise, experience and innovative solutions of all stakeholders, including small business, entrepreneurs, governments and NGOs are needed. Chambers worldwide are playing a pivotal role in pioneering partnerships that are key to supporting a multilateral model that needs to work for generations to come. We’re shining a spotlight on just some projects making a real impact.
Building a peaceful future for Ukraine: economic recovery and multilateral support
Political stability is a necessary precondition for business activities. At the same time, trade can contribute to creating political stability. Let us hear from two representatives from Ukraine on the economic conditions in their war-torn country.
Commit to act. Act to advance.
Based on our findings from our opening session, it’s time to turn words into commitment to ensure a brighter future for the leaders of tomorrow. It is incumbent on us to pave the way for the next generation so what actions are we going to take to ensure multilateralism is fit for purpose in the 21st century?
Day one wrap-up and key take-aways
Together we’ll look back on the most salient moments of day one to summarise key learnings and insights. We’ll also be taking questions from participants.
#13WCC Welcome reception
Time to unwind from the day’s activities and connect with your Congress hosts and fellow participants, set up exclusively for #13WCC participants.