Speaking during the JCI General Assembly, Mr Wieck highlighted the important role entrepreneurs played in jump starting their national economies in the context of a slow global economic recovery.
"In 2015, the G20 summit will introduce an emphasis on the contributions of small- and medium-sized enterprises to economic growth and job creation and we hope that JCI members will continue to support ICC to move forward discussion on this agenda," Mr Wieck said.
During his remarks Mr Wieck encouraged JCI organizations worldwide to enter the 2015 World Chambers Competition, WCF's biennial event showcasing creative chamber initiatives which has become a feature of the ICC WCF World Chambers Congress programme. "The Competition is a splendid opportunity for young entrepreneurs to promote their best practices among the global community of chambers of commerce," he said.
Applications for the 2015 World Chambers Competition are open until 1 January 2015 and finalists for each category will be invited to present their projects live during the 9th World Chambers Congress which will take place in Torino, Italy, from 10-12 June 2015.
During the JCI gala evening the ICC medal for best local economic development programme was presented to JCI Belgium for their project entitled [18-28], which aimed to stimulate entrepreneurship within the young community and to react to the economic downturn in the province of Limburg. Supporting the promotion of best practices, the ICC award has been part of JCI's annual award for more than 20 years, recognizing 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.
The 100th anniversary JCI World Congress took place over four days and featured dynamic workshops, seminars, debates, a Global Village night and many more engaging activities. The next edition will take place in Kanazawa, Japan, 3-8 November 2015.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the partnership between the two organizations, ICC WCF and JCI are set to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2015 and will continue supporting joint projects such as the annual ICC WCF-JCI survey which analyses the needs of respective members in terms of services and the organizations' reach.
JCI is a worldwide membership-based non-profit organization of young active citizens aged 18-40 dedicated to creating positive change. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities in more than 100 countries, JCI provides the opportunity for young people to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills, and seek targeted solutions to local problems to create a sustainable global impact.
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Congress key moments and resume below:
Living in Leipzig - Day 1
Living in Leipzig - Day 2
Living in Leipzig - Day 3
Living in Leipzig - Day 4