ICC announces Ulf Pehrsson as Vice-Chair of the Commission on Trade and Investment Policy

          • Paris, 10 October 2012

          The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ulf Pehrsson as incoming Vice-Chair of the ICC Commission on Trade and Investment.

          Mr Pehrsson’s expertise in cross-cutting issues affecting trade and investment policy is a welcome addition to the Commission’s leadership

          Mr Pehrsson is responsible for Telecom, Regulatory and Trade Policy at Ericsson. Pehrsson, with more than 25 years of experience in government and telecommunication, is the architect of the company’s strategic development of strong ties to governments and regulators around the world.

          Mr Pehrsson has been active in ICC policy work for many years with both the ICC Commission on Trade and Investment Policy and the ICC Commission on the Digital Economy. His involvement on expanding product coverage of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) underscores his expertise in such cross-cutting issues that increasingly characterize the globalized economy.

          “ICC has a very important role to play as the voice of global industry on trade and investment policy and as a strong supporter of the multilateral trading system,” Mr Pehrsson said. “The challenges to open and free trade are many, especially in times of slower economic growth. Therefore ICC needs to speak up against all forms of protectionism and continue the push for trade and investment liberalization around the world.”

          As Vice-Chair, Mr Pehrsson is tasked with assisting the Chair in Commission meetings and chairing meetings in the Chair’s absence. He contributes to the elaboration of commission agendas and assists the process of building consensus within the commission and the development of commission policy products. Mr Pehrsson also acts as a spokesperson and ambassador for the Commission in relation to governmental decision-makers and the media.

          Prior to joining Ericsson, Mr Pehrsson served as the Deputy Director-General for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as well as Director, Ministry for Industry and Trade. He worked primarily in the fields of trade policy, trade and investment promotion and the EU Single Market, and also represented the Swedish government at various embassies around the world.

          Currently Mr Pehrsson chairs the Business Europe Internal Market Committee and is on the board of a number of organizations such as the Swedish ICT Association, Swedish Foreign Trade Association, International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR), ICC Sweden, Chair of the Computer/Telecom Group as well as the Trade Policy Group, SPIDER - Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions and the Palestine International Business Forum.

          For more information on the work of this commission please visit the ICC Commission on Trade andInvestment Policy

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