Underscoring that the voice of youth had been
largely absent from global decision-making platforms and mechanisms to date Mr
Yircali said: “The on-going economic crisis is a wakeup call for
every economic actor in the world.”
Noting that 50% of the world’s population was
aged under 27 and living in urban areas, Mr Yircali urged young entrepreneurs to
assume their responsibilities to contribute effectively to shaping the new
world order. “There is a clear need for young business people to step forward
with specific ideas for consideration by G20 governments in these volatile
times,” he said. “The youth of today is an invaluable resource for development
and is critical to the transformation of the global social, economic and
political landscape. The global community is becoming increasingly aware that
solutions to our global challenges must engage youth at all levels.”
During his keynote speech Mr Yircali also highlighted
the long standing working relationship between ICC WCF and JCI, and current
collaboration to bring the voice of youth into the ICC G20 work programme,
particularly on unemployment and business creation issues. Following Mr
Yircali’s address, JCI President Bertold Daems and JCI Secretary General Edson
Kodama submitted JCI G20 proposals and projects, for inclusion in ICC messages
to G20 countries.
On Thursday 22 November – during a JCI award ceremony recognizing the
pro-active work undertaken by JCI chapters around the world – JCI Lebanon and JCI
Switzerland were awarded the ICC medal for the best local economic development
programme. The ICC medal has been awarded to JCI chapters for more than 20 years
and recognizes the projects relating to international business cooperation and
investment, business and trade development, partnerships (public and private
sector, including business associations and chambers), executive training and
JCI Switzerland was recognized for
its SME success programme in association with FER (the federation des entreprises Romandes). The programme provides
training to both senior and junior entrepreneurs on the financial,
psychological, legal and operational aspects of transferring a business from
retiring business owners to the incoming generation.
JCI Lebanon received acclaim for
its cross-country ‘Global Business Opportunities’ – a 17-day business planning training
programme, bringing young entrepreneurs aged 20-28 from UAE, Colombia, and
Lebanon skills to develop their respective projects.
ICC’s partnership with JCI at the global level extends
almost 30 years. JCI is a permanent member of the WCF General Council, and a
member of its Transnational Chamber Board.
JCI is a worldwide federation of young leaders and
entrepreneurs whose mission is to contribute to the advancement of the global
community by providing the opportunity for young people to develop the
entrepreneurial and leadership skills needed to generate positive changes in
their communities, their countries and the world. Its network comprises
approximately 6,000 communities in more than 100 countries worldwide.
For more information please visit the World Chambers Federation.