Kenya bids to host 12th World Chamber Congress

Kenya is bidding to host the 12th World Chamber Congress to be held in 2021.

Citing experience in hosting world events, President Uhuru Kenyatta has endorsed Kenya’s bid. He stated that in the recent past Kenya been selected to host several international conferences including WTO, UNCTAD 14, TICAD VI and HLM II. “Nairobi also hosts the headquarters of many United Nations institutions and International Companies. It would, therefore be an ideal location not only for transacting the congress business but also offers an exciting one of a kind experience for the congress business.”

A successful bid by Kenya would lead to Africa hosting the first congress which has previously been hosted in France, South Korea, Canada, South Africa, Turkey, Malaysia, Mexico, Qatar, Italy with Brazil set to host the 2019 congress in Rio de Janeiro from 12-14 June 2019.

Kenya through a delegation from the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry headed by KNCCI Chairman Kiprono Kittony, Bid Committee Chairman James Mureu and Chief Executive Officer Angela Ndambuki will in April travel to China to submit its bid to host the 12th World Chamber Congress as one of six candidate countries alongside Ethiopia, Oman, Iran, Jordan and Dubai. The PS for International Trade Dr. Chris Kiptoo shall be representing government.

The April 10th physical bid presentation to the judging committee is a culmination of lobbying other member chambers which has seen delegations from the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry travel to various events including the 2017 World chamber congress held in Sydney Australia as well as a visit by Anthony Parkes, World Chambers Federation (WCF) Director to Kenya.

According to Ms. Ndambuki, the CEO KNCCI, the congress will provide an opportunity for the local business community to participate in transforming the future of business globally as they share the floor with some of the World’s most prominent leaders and brightest minds. “This event presents a once in a lifetime networking opportunity for Kenyan investors to interact and form partnerships with other business leaders from around the world.”

The 12th World Chamber Congress is a valuable and dynamic forum facilitating the exchange of real-world ideas and best practices on both chamber and business activities with the potential to bring thousands of attendees representing 14000 chambers from over 100 countries to Nairobi.

Organized by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) World Chambers Federation, the World Chambers Congress is the only international forum for chamber leaders and professionals to share best-practices, exchange insights, develop networks, address the latest business issues affecting their communities and learn about new areas of innovation from chambers around the world. The World Chambers Congress is held every two years in a different region of the world and provides both formal and informal occasions to develop networks.

“We welcome this initiative realizing that it fits within our plans of promoting and developing trade for sustainable social and economic growth of our country. We recognize the important role that this event will play in fulfilling the industrial, social and economic potential of Kenya,” Jacqueline Mogeni, the CEO Council of Governors said.

Held every two years in a different region of the world, the Congress provides unparalleled opportunities to connect and strengthen relations with a diverse and international group of individuals.


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