Beijing, 27 September 2012

ICC World Trade Agenda Business recommendations unveiled

Asia Regional Consultation

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More than 300 business leaders from China and abroad attended the one-day conference, which was preceded by the first ICC Executive Board meeting held in Beijing, on 27 September 2012.

Executives attending the conference participated in a session on international trade and investment that featured the unveiling of ICC’s draft Business World Trade Agenda recommendations.

The meeting addressed the urgency of declining trade, which has been further hampered by the shortage of trade finance and the rising threat of protectionism. As a primary user of the multilateral trading system, business is uniquely placed to offer innovative ways for overcoming obstacles in the Doha Round of trade negotiations

The draft trade recommendations were delivered at the 28 September media conference by ICC Vice-Chairman Victor K. Fung, ICC Chairman Gerard Worms and the newly-appointed Secretary General of ICC China, Lin Shunjie. ICC began gathering opinions from business, starting in Beijing, on its draft World Trade Agenda business priorities. China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Vice-Chairman Zhang Wei expressed his determination to work closely with ICC on this project over the next year.

Selected quotes

“The conference in Beijing provided a tremendous opportunity to begin building consensus in the global business community on what developments are necessary for strengthening the multilateral trading system and for improving the quality of the financial services sector”

Jean-Guy Carrier

ICC Secretary General