By Lubem Gena
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has rescheduled the 12th World Chamber Congress (WCC) earlier billed to hold this year to November 2021.
The congress team in a statement mailed to our correspondent said the development has become necessary in view of the effect of the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
The statement reads: “Due to the ongoing global health crisis, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), its World Chambers Federation (WCF) and Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) have taken the decision to postpone the 12th World Chambers Congress to 23-25 November 2021.
“This decision was made to:
Ensure the health and safety of our employees, delegates, speakers and partners, which are our number one priority.
“Anticipate that many of you will not be in a position to travel due to ongoing restrictive measures. The Congress has always been an inclusive gathering of the global chamber network. It is through this diversity and scope that our event has become the success it is today. That is why we want to give chambers, their staff and their communities the necessary time they need to adjust and recover.
“Allow the #12WCC to coincide with Expo 2020 Dubai — the upcoming edition of the World Expo — which has also been postponed to 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022.
“While this is not business as usual, we are embracing change and pioneering new ways to solve challenges with bold solutions to create an unforgettable #12WCC for you.
“Our event theme — Generation Next: Chambers 4.0 — remains unchanged, becoming more relevant than ever. The #12WCC is set to highlight how new technologies are transforming business and reshaping the future of international trade, as well as examine the evolving and essential role of chambers in this area of disruption”.
The team also expresses eagerness to welcoming participants in Dubai in November 2021.