WTA Summit 2013
On 22 April 2013 in Doha, Qatar, ICC and the Qatar Chamber of Commerce hosted the first ICC World Trade Agenda Summit, a high-level business gathering which took place during the ICC WCF 8th World Chambers Congress.
This one-day business summit was a major milestone for the ICC World Trade Agenda initiative. It was held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Qatar and brought together several hundred business leaders and trade experts from chambers of commerce, multinational and small- and medium-sized companies. Together they endorsed a set of World Trade Agenda business priorities that business believes would provide a debt-free stimulus to the global economy at a time when governments are struggling to inject growth into their economies.
The event presented a unique opportunity for participants from over 100 countries to take part in a high-level dialogue between business leaders and key policymakers on how to bolster rules-based trade that would create millions of new jobs.
“ICC has consulted with business around the world to develop a set of practical steps for reaching a new trade consensus. As the actors of trade in the daily marketplace, we are well placed to shed new light on stalled talks. We will mobilize CEOs around the world to make the case to national governments for this new trade agenda.”
Terry McGraw, ICC Chairman, Paris
“The potential gains in terms of exports,
jobs and GDP growth from multilateral trade liberalization are substantial. For
these reasons, international business strongly encourages political leaders to
steer clear of protectionism and nationalism – and return to building inclusive
open trade to stimulate global recovery and growth for many years to come.”
Victor K Fung, Chairman, ICC World Trade Agenda Initiative; Chairman,
Fung Group, Hong Kong
All sessions were moderated by Kamahl Santamaria, News Anchor, Host of 'Counting the Cost', Al Jazeera English. Al Jazeera English also ran a seven-minute segment on the Summit
and the report by the Peterson Institute, which featured ICC Chairman Worms and
ICC Secretary General Carrier in a discussion of the potential GDP and
employment gains of the World Trade Agenda recommendations.
Multimedia played a large role in reaching a
wider audience and disseminating the policy messages of the initiative, with
the Al Jazeera segment and highlights videos of the Summit available via this website. The WTO also features coverage of the Summit in its business newsletter and on its website.
- It was imperative that the WTO demonstrate its
continued power as a forum for the negotiation of agreements that eliminate
barriers to trade and uphold the rules governing international trade.
- Speakers agreed that the WTO’s 9th Ministerial
conference in December 2013 was a critical opportunity for the WTO to demonstrate
that it could deliver negotiations.
- The top priority for the WTO was to finalize a trade facilitation agreement as a key
deliverable in Bali. Such an agreement had the potential to promote economic
growth, lower trade barriers in the global trade system, and raise living
standards around the world.
- Global business would follow through – including by continually pressing the case for governments to act on
the WTA recommendations in the run up to the Bali Ministerial.