Meetings and events

ICC World Trade Agenda Summit, 22 April 2013, Doha, Qatar

On 22 April 2013 in Doha, Qatar, ICC and the Qatar Chamber of Commerce hosted the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit, a high-level business gathering held within the framework of the ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF) 8th World Chambers Congress.

QNCC exterior The Summit brought together business leaders and key policymakers to dialogue with participants on defining business priorities for effective 21st century trade and investment policy.

Regional consultations

Importantly, input into the business proritities is being sought through an open and broad-based consultation process with business leaders and experts in ICC's global network.

A series of regional consultations organized by ICC with the support of its partner, the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry is seeking input on these initial recommendations and to help define a broadly-shared agenda of business priorities for presentation to governments.

With these business priorities, ICC hopes to set a forward-looking multilateral trade and investment policy agenda that will lead to growth and jobs for the global economy.

Latin America, 7 November 2012, Mexico City, Mexico

Latin America WTA consultation

ICC Mexico organized a consultation to discuss the initial recommendations of the ICC World Trade Agenda (WTA) initiative designed to inject global business leadership into the multilateral trade negotiation process.

The meeting brought together senior Mexican business representatives, including Luis de la Calle Pardo – Vice-Chair of the ICC Commission on Trade and Investment Policy – who contextualized the WTA initial recommendations with an analysis of Mexican trade priorities at unilateral, bilateral, regional and multilateral levels, with particular focus on economic relations between Mexico and Brazil.

The presentation of the initial WTA recommendations was positively received by the audience of business experts and led to lively questions-and-answers session on how these tie into other Mexican trade priorities, and the importance of trade and investment for Mexico’s and Latin America’s economies.

Middle East & North Africa, 18 November 2012, Doha, Qatar

WTA Doha consultation

Business leaders from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) gathered in Doha to provide regional input on the recommendations of the Business World Trade Agenda to drive World Trade Organization (WTO) multilateral trade talks out of an 11-year deadlock and “beyond Doha”.

“The ICC Business World Trade Agenda has great potential benefits for economies in the Middle East and North Africa,” said Qatar Chamber and ICC Qatar Chairman, Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani. “As economies in this region continue to grow, it is becoming increasingly important for countries to diversify their export of goods and services and to further integrate themselves into the global economy.”

According to the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a WTO agreement on trade facilitation is expected to deliver gains of at least US$130 billion per year worldwide and millions of new jobs, which will particularly benefit developing economies.

Other meetings and consultations

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  • Asia, 7 March 2013, New Delhi, India
  • South Pacific, 18-25 March 2013, Melbourne, Canberra, Australia
  • Middle East, 28 May 2013, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • North America , 14 June 2013, Washington D.C.
  • Africa, to be confirmed

Contact us

hand To find out how you can join one of the World Trade Agenda consultations please send an e-mail to: wta@iccwbo.org.

ICC World Trade Agenda Summit, Interactive Discussions

ICC World Trade Agenda Summit, Interactive Discussions

Opening Day, ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Opening Day, ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

WTA Opening

WTA Opening

WTA Opening - Gerard Worms - ICC Chairman

WTA Opening - Gerard Worms - ICC Chairman

WTA Opening - Oman Ambassador

WTA Opening - Oman Ambassador

WTA Opening - Remy Rowhani - CEO, Qatar Chamber

WTA Opening - Remy Rowhani - CEO, Qatar Chamber

WTA opening - Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani - Chairman, Qatar Chamber

WTA opening - Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani - Chairman, Qatar Chamber

ICC Chairmanship and speakers gave a media conference during the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

ICC Chairmanship and speakers gave a media conference during the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Speakers delivered media conference during ICC World Trade Agenda Summit in Doha

Speakers delivered media conference during ICC World Trade Agenda Summit in Doha

Peter Mihok addressed media during the ICC WCF 8th World Chambers Congress in Doha

Peter Mihok addressed media during the ICC WCF 8th World Chambers Congress in Doha

Peter Mihok spoke to media on the occasion of the ICC WCF 8th World Chambers Congress

Peter Mihok spoke to media on the occasion of the ICC WCF 8th World Chambers Congress

Victor Fung told media in Doha about the ICC Business World Trade Agenda initiative

Victor Fung told media in Doha about the ICC Business World Trade Agenda initiative

WTO's Valentine Rugwabiza addressed media during the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

WTO's Valentine Rugwabiza addressed media during the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Sheikh Khalifa addressed opening ceremony of ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Sheikh Khalifa addressed opening ceremony of ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Sheikh Khalifa took the podium at at the ICC WCF 8th Chambers Congress

Sheikh Khalifa took the podium at at the ICC WCF 8th Chambers Congress

Victor Fung gave opening remarks at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Victor Fung gave opening remarks at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Delegates attended the opening ceremony of the ICC World Trade Summit

Delegates attended the opening ceremony of the ICC World Trade Summit

Jean-Guy Carrier presented business priorities at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Jean-Guy Carrier presented business priorities at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Gerard Worms spoke to Qatar TV at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Gerard Worms spoke to Qatar TV at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Victor Fung chatted with other panelists at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Victor Fung chatted with other panelists at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Panelists entered discussions during the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Panelists entered discussions during the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Speakers discuss global economy power shifts at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Speakers discuss global economy power shifts at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Nobel Laureate Michael Spence addresses the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Nobel Laureate Michael Spence addresses the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Michael Spence engages discussion at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Michael Spence engages discussion at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Gerard Worms and Sheikh Khalifa at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Gerard Worms and Sheikh Khalifa at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Plenary session at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Plenary session at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Harold McGraw III and Gerard Worms at ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Harold McGraw III and Gerard Worms at ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Gerard Worms, Sheikh Khalifa and Victor Fung

Gerard Worms, Sheikh Khalifa and Victor Fung

ICC World Trade Agenda Summit session on global power shifts

ICC World Trade Agenda Summit session on global power shifts

Business and the WTO

Debate: Business and the WTO

ICC's World Trade Agenda Press Conference

ICC's World Trade Agenda Press Conference