The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has made a pitch to host in 2017 the 10th World Chambers Congress (WCC) of the World Chambers Federation (WCF), a large global conference that can open up numerous opportunities for local firms.
Alfredo Yao, who heads PCCI, said Tuesday that President Benigno Aquino’s administration supports the holding of the conference in Manila. Officials of PCCI, the Philippine Exporters Confederation and the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines, together with visiting WCF honorary chairperson Rona Yircali met with Aquino at Malacanang palace.
The WCC can potentially open to local companies a wide range of new opportunities and projects in manufacturing, transportation, tourism and logistics management consultancies, creative industries, business process outsourcing, legal management, health management, communications, energy and finance, Yao said.
Each congress offers modules on financing, new international techniques in international trade, exhibitions, executive leadership skills, intellectual property rights, and understanding of business cultures.
The WCC also introduces large companies to small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) which can form part of the former’s supply chains. The linkage will also help as SMEs may need financing, marketing and technical support.
The WCF is a non-political, non-government organization of 12,000 trade chambers around the world. The Eighth World Chambers Congress was held in Doha, Qatar and the ninth will be held in Turin, Italy in 2015.