12th World Chambers Congress to descend on Dubai this November

  • The #12WCC is a high-level forum, taking place from 23-25 November and in conjunction with Expo 2020 Dubai. 
  • This year’s edition will be held under the theme

Generation Next: Chambers 4.0.

  • The global event will see the participation of over 1,200 international delegates, including chamber leaders, business representatives and government heads.
  • The Congress is co-organised by the International Chamber of Commerce, its World Chambers Federation and Dubai Chamber.

Dubai, UAE: More than 1,200 international delegates will gather in Dubai from 23-25 November 2021 for the 12th World Chambers Congress (#12WCC). 

A flagship event of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the institutional representative of over 45 million companies, and its World Chambers Federation (WCF), the 2021 edition of the World Chambers Congress is co-organised with Dubai Chamber. The three-day event takes place under the theme, Generation Next: Chambers 4.0, and will examine the role of chambers in reviving global trade and provide a deeper understanding of how technology is empowering today’s leaders to pioneer beyond traditional boundaries.

H.E. Hamad Buamim President & CEO of Dubai Chamber and ICC WCF Chair said: “This World Chambers Congress comes at a time when the world is emerging from an unprecedented global situation – one that is presenting new and significant opportunities for business in what is anticipated to be a new paradigm of commerce and trade. 

“I am confident that the 12th World Chambers Congress will be an eye-opening and enriching experience for everyone involved. It is crucial that chambers look to the future to not only add value to their members and business communities but help them achieve sustainable growth and enhance their competitiveness.”

The high-level event will convene chamber leaders, their member companies and business representatives from around the world to connect, collaborate and discuss new challenges and opportunities emerging in the COVID-19 era. The #12WCCC also aims to enable the transformation of chambers of commerce, industry and their services to meet the changing needs of their respective members.

John W.H. Denton AO, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce said: “Our World Chambers Congress is unrivalled in its capacity to develop connections, showcase innovate solutions, and inspire action that impact local communities in every region. As we navigate our way out of the global health crisis, this edition will be more relevant than ever. It is incumbent on us to activate the collective voice of the global chamber network and undertake ambitious projects that drive a more sustainable future for all.”

Placing a key focus on innovation, the Congress will examine how chambers are rethinking their priorities, creating new solutions to address existing challenges, removing trade barriers and driving global prosperity. Other topics slated for discussion include digital disruption and re-imagining the future of chambers. The Congress will also feature a variety of business-related activities, including business matching meetings, investment and trade opportunities in Dubai, site visits to free trade zones in the United Arab Emirates, Expo 2020 Dubai tours and its showcasing area.

Expo 2020 Dubai is set to be a key feature of the #12WCC experience as chamber representatives will gain access to the much-anticipated mega event, allowing them to leverage the Expo platform, expand their reach and explore cross-border collaboration opportunities.

Another main attraction of the Congress is the World Chambers Competition – the only award programme of its kind to recognise innovative projects undertaken by chambers. The Competition serves to showcase chamber innovation and inspire pioneering chamber solutions that positively impact business communities worldwide. This year’s Competition categories are Best Resilience Project, Best Digital Project, Best Climate Action Project and Best Unconventional Project. 

About the International Chamber of Commerce:

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the institutional representative of more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries. ICC’s core mission is to make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere. Through a unique mix of advocacy, solutions and standard setting, we promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation, in addition to providing market-leading dispute resolution services. Our members include many of the world’s leading companies, SMEs, business associations and local chambers of commerce.

About Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry:

Established in 1965, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a non-profit public entity, whose mission is to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai by creating a favourable business environment, supporting the development of business, and by promoting Dubai as an international business hub.