This statement is issued at the conclusion of the Forum and following prior consultations with businesses and private-sector associations from across the world. On the basis of these discussions, we wish to convey the following recommendations to Members of the WTO attending its 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) as regards the future direction of the world trade agenda.
As the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) 11th ministerial conference kicks off this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina, business is mobilising to support the WTO and its multilateral rules-based approach to trade through the first-ever official “business forum”. Buenos Aires, 11 December 2017 This year, the WTO’s 11th annual ministerial conference takes place at a time [...]
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ICC and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) announced today (17 October) that a proposal submitted by the Union of Chambers of Commerce of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is the second to be selected under the Small Business Champions initiative. Paris and Geneva, 17 October 2017 The proposal sets out a plan to [...]
WTO and ICC announced today that a proposal submitted by Google Inc. is the first to be selected under the Small Business Champions initiative. Geneva, 27 September 2017 The proposal is for a video competition inviting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to share their stories, through a short video, about how they have [...]
The ‘ICC-WTO Small Business Champions’ is a call for innovative proposals aimed at raising awareness among MSMEs of the opportunities that trade can provide, and how they can seize those opportunities. These proposals could take the shape of, for example, awareness campaigns, competitions, or capacity building, training and mentoring programs (No financial contribution will be provided by the WTO or ICC to implement proposals).
Geneva, 28 September 2016 Business recommendations on a proposed World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement on e-commerce have been unveiled today at WTO headquarters in Geneva, as part of the on-going WTO business dialogue process launched in May this year. The proposal echoes calls from business leaders for the WTO to play a central role [...]
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has welcomed the conclusion of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) first ever dialogue with the business community on 30 May as an important step towards strengthening the global trade agenda. The dialogue was initiated off the back of the successful outcome of the WTO's ministerial conference in Nairobi last December, [...]
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has welcomed a new World Trade Organization (WTO) report which examines the urgent need to address the trade finance gap for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In the new publication "Trade Finance and SMEs: bridging the gaps in provision" released on 4 May 2016, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo calls [...]
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) unveiled today its fifth annual ICC G20 Business Scorecard, which rates G20 responsiveness to key business policy priorities. The Scorecard shows G20 progress on a number of international business priorities but reveals some important missed opportunities to advance trade and international investment policy frameworks. Presenting the latest edition of [...]