Geneva, March 2012

1st World Trade Agenda policy conference

CEOs, senior corporate executives, and representatives of business organizations joined WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy at the .More than 70 business experts – including CEOs, senior corporate executives, and representatives of business organizations – together with World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy, attedend the first World Trade Agenda policy conference in March 2012. There, participants begandefining the elements of a business world trade agenda, underscoring world business’s collective desire to move global trade talks out of deadlock.

Global business leaders involved in this initiative aim to define multilateral trade negotiation priorities for business and to help governments set a trade policy agenda for the 21st Century that contributes to economic growth and job creation.
Lamy 2 ICC launched in December 2011 the Business World Trade Agenda – at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva – answering the call from G20 leaders at the recent Summit in Cannes for new approaches to trade negotiations. ICC is bolstered by the support it has received from the WTO in engaging business to provide recommendations to advance global trade negotiations.


The global consultation was hosted by Mr Pascal Lamy, Director General, World Trade Organization

Mr Lamywas joined by special guests: Dr Victor Fung, ICC World Trade Agenda Chairman and Group Chairman, Li & Fung Group; Gerard Worms, ICC Chairman; Terry McGraw, ICC Vice Chairman and CEO, McGraw Hill Companies; Gary Hufbauer, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; and Jean-Guy Carrier, Secretary General, ICC.

Selected Quotes

“It is crucial that governments work directly with the global business community to find answers to the current economic crisis. Opening trade and investment offers a stimulus to the global economy and would give business the clear sign that governments will not resort to protectionism.”

Gerard Worms

ICC Chairman


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Opening Day, ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Business and the WTO

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