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International Chamber celebrates 100 years

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International Chamber of Commerce 

Sri Lanka Chairman Dinesh Weerakkody with ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO at the summit on Tuesday


Founded in 1919 following the aftermath of World War I, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) was built on the conviction that strong commercial ties between nations would ultimately reduce the risk of war and armed conflict. Since that time, ICC has been at the forefront of advancing peace and prosperity globally. 

Today, that mission includes making business work for everyone, every day, everywhere, by providing solutions for economic growth and opportunity for all. The Centenary Summit of ICC took place on 28 May at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris. The summit featured distinguished corporate leaders as well as influential figures from political and civil society. 

The summit provided a platform for engaging discussions on how the private sector can pioneer solutions to help address important global challenges, such as world trade reform, climate change, rising inequality, digital inclusion and long-term market incentives. Over 400 participants from over 60 countries including six Past Chairs of ICC and three Past Secretary Generals attended the summit.

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