keynote address to the JCI General Assembly, Mr Parkes emphasized how the
partnership between ICC WCF and JCI has become more important than ever,
sharing a vision on how the organizations can move forward and work together, in helping JCI young
entrepreneurs take a greater leadership role in addressing the concerns of the
global economy, and be active constituents in its transformation.
Parkes also highlighted the history of the long-standing working relationship
ICC WCF and JCI, not only through active global partnerships on a variety of
programmes, but also through grass roots partnerships that existed between
local JCIs, chambers of commerce and ICC national committees on fostering and
supporting youth and entrepreneurship.
recent global collaborative efforts have been most essential,” said Mr Parkes,
referencing JCI’s feedback into the ICC global
survey of business priorities for G20 leaders that has received more than 80
responses from 35 countries to date. JCI members saw job creation and
anti-corruption rating high on JCI and youth lists of priorities, which
appeared in the final top four priorities for ICC and global business alongside
trade and infrastructure. “The input of JCI is important to bring the voice of
young people to the decisions that will impact our future,” Mr.Parkes said,
highlighting the challenges ahead for the World Trade Organization Summit in
Bali next month and to the role young business leaders could play in advocacy
a separate session on anti-corruption, Mr Parkes showcased the work of the ICC
Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption and programmes
delivered by chambers of commerce around the world, and reminded JCI delegates
to make use of the tools and training available through ICC on this issue, and to
partner with chambers in their respective communities on initiatives.
JCI Gala Evening, Mr Parkes presented the ICC medal for Best Local Economic
Development Programme to JCI Philippines and JCI Mali. The ICC award has been
part of JCI’s annual award for more than 20 years. It recognizes JCI and their
local 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 development.
Due to the high calibre of
projects this year, ICC recognized two JCI chapters for their exceptional
JCI Philippines received the ICC award in recognition of its
successful programme: The Next Young
Entrepreneur: Bootcamp Series (TNYE Bootcamp). Run in association with
Embassy of the United States and Microsoft, the programme aims to promote
business to youth and inspire them to create a plan of action on how to create
positive change in their own community.
JCI Mali received acclaim for its programme – Pain d’or. a practical initiative aiming
to promote excellence, quality and production of bread, a staple food source in
the country, by training bakers on hygiene standards in the production of bread
and educating retailers and shopkeepers on the storing of bread.
Secretary General Jean-Guy Carrier, by video message and Mr Parkes also
extended votes of thanks to outgoing JCI Secretary General, Edson Kodama for
his tireless efforts over the past decade in strengthening the partnership
between the two organizations. Mr Parkes welcomed JCI Secretary General Dennis
Cunanan as well as newly elected JCI 2014 President, Shine Bhaskaran (India) and
looked forward to building on current ties as well as fostering greater
collaboration and joint efforts, not only globally but at the regional and
local levels of the respective networks.
Cunanan looked forward to his future contributions and to serving on the WCF General
JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of
young active citizens aged 18 to 40 dedicated to creating positive change.
Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries,
JCI provides the opportunity for young people to develop the entrepreneurial
and leadership skills and seek targeted solutions to local problems to create a
sustainable global impact.
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