Last month, building on efforts to strengthen the network of International Chamber of Commerce national committees around the world, USCIB hosted three days of meetings among ICC representatives from across Latin America and the Western hemisphere. The meetings, which coincided with USCIB’s International Leadership Award Dinner, provided a supportive environment for national committee heads and key staff from ICC headquarters in Paris to share best practices and discuss the world business organization’s key initiatives in policy advocacy and business services.
Following an exciting evening at USCIB’s award gala – where former President Bill Clinton helped honor Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris, and where USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson recognized them from the podium – the ICC delegates convened for a working lunch hosted by USCIB Chairman (and ICC Vice Chairman) Harold McGraw III, chairman and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Discussion centered on the varying working conditions faced by ICC national committees in Latin America, resources available from ICC headquarters, and ways to coordinate action among national committees on important public policy matters, whether these be global, regional or in-country.
Then it was on the United Nations, where ICC’s permanent representative, Louise Kantrow, convened discussions with representatives from the UN Office for Partnerships as well as the Inter-American Development Bank. ICC representatives also toured the major renovations currently underway at the UN Secretariat buildings and visited the 9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan.
In their meetings at USCIB, which were chaired by Maria Fernanda Garza, vice chair of ICC Mexico, participants discussed a range of common concerns, including the nuts and bolts of national committee operations, use of communications and social media, ICC’s 2012 program of action, the work of ICC’s World Chambers Federation and ICC arbitration activities in the hemisphere.
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