Chambers of Commerce

Chambers of Commerce and digital transformation: will they be sitting at the table or be on the menu?

June 20, 2019

“Will Chambers of Commerce sit at the table or be on the menu?” A key question discussed by TIAO CEO Joost Visser at the panel debate ‘Adapting Chambers of Commerce to Digital Transformation’ held during the 11th World Chambers Congress in Rio de Janeiro.

Joost Visser commented on the event “It was very inspiring to be part of a global business community whose vision is enabling business to secure peace, prosperity and opportunity for all”.

Held every two years in a different region of the world, the World Chambers Congress is a global event which provides an unparalleled opportunity to network, share knowledge and exchange best practices with a diverse group of top-level individuals. More than 1,000 delegates from over 100 countries attended this ICC flagship event, which focussed on the theme: “Creating a shared future”.

The International Chamber of Commerce has been championing the nurture of peace, prosperity and inclusive growth for over 100 years.

ICC was founded in 1919 in the aftermath of the First World War when no world system of rules governed trade, investment, finance or commercial relations. Without waiting for governments to fill this vacuum, ICC’s founders acted on their conviction that the private sector is best qualified to set global standards for business. They called themselves “The merchants of peace.”

“We, at TIAO believe, that the chambers of commerce need to be sitting at the digital transformation table and avoid being on the menu” – says TIAO CEO Joost Visser at the World Chambers Congress in Rio.

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