Australia and India return to the bidding table,
having closely missed out to Malaysia for the 2009 Congress, while the
Philippine and Zhejiang Chambers join bidding as new contenders.
Sydney Business Chamber – a division of the
New South Wales (NSW) Chamber – submitted its bid back in January 2009 and
Kolkata’s Indian Chamber of Commerce in December 2012. Both chambers are previous
winners of the ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF) World Chambers Competition,
with NSW having taken the title of Best Small Business Project in 2011 and 2013.
Kolkata’s Indian Chamber won in 2003 for its Environment Management Centre.
NSW Business Chamber CEO Stephen Cartwright
was re-elected in November 2013 to serve a second term on the WCF General
Council. Sydney Business Chamber
is now eyeing the potential benefits that hosting the Congress could bring to
the region and to the global chamber movement, and believes that
Australia is strategically placed to capitalize on the growth in the Asian
The Indian Chamber of Commerce is equally confident that the significant comparative advantages and strengths of India, as
well as its bright future, make the country an ideal location for the Congress
to take place in.
Having been an ICC WCF member since
1998, the Philippine Chamber of
Commerce and Industry believes that its experiences in hosting numerous local
and international conventions and trade fairs with 20,000 extensive networks
have been one of its greatest strengths.
CCPIT Zhejiang Provincial Committee takes
pride in its 3,300 chambers and industrial institutions at
home and abroad, saying that the Congress would provide a chance for these
organizations to learn from and interact with their foreign counterparts, improving
their respective services and better guiding their members in fulfilling their
The Congress bidding judging panel will
assess each candidate based on a wide range of criteria, from team strength and
experience to financial resources and promotional intentions. Candidates are
required to submit the first draft of their bid books to the WCF Council
members one month before giving live presentations at the WCF General Council meeting
to be held on 17
October 2014 in Tokyo. Candidates will present bids and be given the chance to explain
why their destination is the best location to hold the Congress. Candidates
will then present the final version of their bid books on 31 October 2014, with
the result of the 2017 host to be announced by WCF Chairman Peter Mihok as
early as November.
Held every two years in different
regions of the world, the World Chambers Congress is a dynamic event that opens up new opportunities and
interconnections for the global community of more than 12,000 chambers of
commerce. It is the only event of its scale and scope that provides a unique
opportunity to share best-practice
experiences, develop networks
and learn about new areas of innovation. The event also
features the prestigious World Chambers Competition, which recognizes the most
innovative projects undertaken by chambers of commerce and industry worldwide.
Ever since the first World Chambers Congress was held
in Marseilles, France, in 1999, chambers from every continent have lined up as
candidates to host this important event. WCF has received expressions of
interest to host the Congress right up to 2023. Italy’s Torino Chamber of
Commerce is now gearing up for the 9th Congress that will run from 10-12 June 2015.