Leaders of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) national committees in the Americas convened in Bogota, Columbia on Wednesday to review issues and priorities with ICC Secretary General John Danilovich, and to review institutional development within the region.
During the meeting, USCIB’s President and CEO Peter Robinson gave a presentation on the upcoming ICC and USCIB Customs and Trade Facilitation Symposium in Miami in February, which generated interest among attendees. He also covered the ICC’s program of action on trade and investment, supporting high standards in multilateral investment agreements, highlighting the importance of investor protections in trade agreements and stressing the power of national committee collaboration in promoting key issues like the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. He also stressed the importance of business input into UN deliberations including the post-2015 Development Agenda and climate change negotiations.
Leaders expressed a desire to improve communication of ICC position statements to governments. Robinson noted that good messaging is important for national committees to raise their visibility with their governments and their members. He and the other national committee heads were grateful for the gracious hosting by the Bogota Chamber of Commerce and the secretary general of ICC-Colombia, Gustavo Andres Piedrahita.
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