Dubai: The 12th World Chambers Congress has been inaugurated by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Council.
The event which is being held in Dubai from the 23rd of November to the 25th is co-organized by Dubai Chamber together with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and its World Chambers Federation.
Held under the theme ‘Generation Next: Chambers 4.0’, the event has brought together heads of Chambers of Commerce from around the world, influential decision makers, executives from major Dubai-based companies, and representatives from the emirate’s business community to discuss the role of Chambers of Commerce in light of global economic developments and the digital revolution.
Speaking at the opening session of the event, Mr. Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Teleworking Applications, and Chairman of the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, pointed out the critical role played by the Congress in advancing Dubai’s position as a prominent international financial and business destination.
The UAE Minister further added that “We consider this Congress to be a foremost platform to foster an exchange of knowledge and expertise, promote innovation, and spearhead sustainable development,” while noting that “the world today requires a new vision to navigate the new normal, and Chambers of Commerce around the world are in a uniquely advantageous position to take the lead in that regard.”
“I am confident that this Congress will set the stage for new and valuable ideas that will serve the World Chambers Federation community and provide members with the tools and resources needed to innovate, boost competitiveness and drive the change we aspire to reach,” Mr. Olama concluded.
Meanwhile, Mr. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of Dubai Chamber, Chairman of the ICC- World Chambers Federation, observed that, “With the wealth of expertise of knowledge it brings, the 12th World Chambers Congress will play a major role in defining the trends that will govern the performance of Chambers of Commerce in the post-COVID-19 era.”
“This year, we decided to organize the event while blending virtual and in-person platforms to prove that geographic boundaries are no longer an obstacle that can hinder dialogue or impede the exchange of ideas and expertise,” The President and CEO of Dubai Chamber remarked.
The Dubai Chamber Official stated that the event provides an opportunity to boost economic recovery and offers Dubai Chamber with a prominent platform to enhance its global standing. The road to the future for all Chambers of Commerce will be driven by technological advancements and the next generation of services, rooted in Artificial Intelligence and Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, he noted.
“The event is an ideal opportunity for Chambers of Commerce to develop their activities to adapt to advanced technologies and embrace these breakthroughs as a means to address upcoming challenges and alleviate all obstacles standing in the way of progress and prosperity. Today’s Congress is a launchpad for innovative and practical solutions that are tailored to the developments transforming the global economy,” Mr. Buamim concluded.
WORLD CHAMBERS CONGRESS
The World Chambers Congress brings together 1,000+ participants from over 100 countries around the world. The event features more than 80 prominent speakers across 40 panel discussions and workshops, offering an ideal platform for participants to discuss challenges and opportunities facing international trade, and to outline the prospects for economic recovery in the post-pandemic era.
The event will also include the World Chambers Competition, the only award program of its kind to recognize innovative projects undertaken by chambers from around the world.