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International Chamber of Commerce's Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO's new Telegraph article

"The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) was founded in 1919 – in the wake of the First World War and at the height of the Spanish flu pandemic – on a core conviction that commerce could be an enabler of global peace and prosperity. It is hard not to think we will soon face an equally important inflexion point in history. 

Choices made in the initial years after the ICC’s establishment led to further lives lost and even deeper economic damage. Just more than a century on, governments must not ignore the four fundamental fragilities that could give rise to future chaos: nature loss, climate change, social inequality and economic exclusion. When the time comes, you can be sure that global business will be quick to make the case for a resilient rebuild from Covid-19."

Read more here

 

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ICC Academy Live Masterclass on Incoterms® 2020

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Don’t miss this exclusive, one-off opportunity to learn from one of the world’s foremost legal experts on the Incoterms® rules!

 

In this Live Masterclass ICC Academy will cover the Incoterms® 2020, specifically for intermediate and more experienced users. The expert trainer is Christoph Martin Radtke, co-chair of the ICC Incoterms® 2020 Drafting Group.

 

Find more information here

Global Corporate Startup Stars Awards: Application possible until July 7th!

This year, ICC is organizing the first global edition of the renowned Corporate Startup Stars Awards together with the consulting company "Mind the Bridge".

From now on, companies can apply that promote "Open Innovation" in cooperation with startups. The internal innovation process is opened to the outside world, for example through partnerships, with the help of incubators and accelerators or through investments or acquisitions.

Any company that operates "Open Innovation" or is nominated by a startup can apply. With the recognition as "Corporate Startup Stars" or "Open Innovation Challengers", companies that are international pioneers of cooperation with start-ups should be honored are continuously improving their competitiveness and supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs.
The Corporate Startup Stars Awards are presented in numerous categories, including the Corporate Startup Accelerator Award, Corporate Startup Procurement Award, Corporate Startup Investment Award, Corporate Startup M&A Award, Open Innovation Innovative Approach Award, Public Sector Innovation Award, Regional Awards or Best New Entrant Award .
The deadline for applications is July 7, 2020. You can find more information here.

Press Release

Global Survey of WHO and ICC on COVID-19

Zurich 09th April 2020


ICC and WHO launch worldwide business survey to improve COVID-19 information flows
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are launching a worldwide survey to report the challenges faced by the private sector from COVID-19.


In response to COVID-19, ICC and WHO are surveying the private sector to gather more information about global business responses and develop solutions that will address the spread of the pandemic. The ICC-WHO survey will improve information flows between different sectors of the global economy and develop a framework for managing the economic and human consequences related to the pandemic’s spread.

Guidance paper on impact of covid-19 on ICC Trade Finance rules

This guidance paper provides technical guidance to the market on issues of force majeure, elements to consider in modifying ICC rules for specific trade finance instruments, and common scenarios experiences in the delivery of documents during the public health measures undertaken in response to COVID-19.

Comprehensive in its guidance, the paper reviews provisions from several ICC rules, including the Uniform Customs & Practice for Documentary Credits (UCP 600) and its eRules (eUCP 600 2.0), the Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees (URDG 758), the Uniform Rules for Collections (URC 522) and its eRules (eURC 522), the Uniform Rules for Bank-to-Bank Reimbursements under Documentary Credits (URR 725) and the Uniform Rules for Bank Payment Obligations (URBPO 750).

This guidance paper aims only to share practical views and guidance from experts in the management of Trade Finance transactions during this exceptional period of time.

All decisions taken with regard to a trade finance transaction that follows this guideline will be understood to be taken under the full responsibility and agreement of the parties involved.

Please find attached the guidance paper on impact of covid-19 on ICC Trade Finance rules

Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation - Annual Report 2019

We are pleased to share with you the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation’s Annual Report 2019. The report provides a snapshot of the Alliance’s achievements this past year, many of which serve as a springboard for what we hope to achieve in 2020. As the global Covid-19 pandemic highlights the vital importance of smooth, efficient trade in getting essential goods to those who need them, it also underlines the importance of this work. 

 

The report sets out how, in a year when the multilateral trading system has been under pressure, the Alliance is pioneering a new multilateralism - an alliance far broader, more inclusive and human than our traditional notion of the term: governments, regulators, businesses and civil society across the globe working together on reforms that can support inclusive economic growth, help small and medium sized enterprises to grow, create jobs, and improve lives. The ongoing crisis only serves to highlight the importance of this type of collaboration.