World Chambers Congress focuses on peace and prosperity

(AGI) Turin, June 10 - The Ninth World Chambers Congress openedat the Lingotto centre in Turin on Wednesday, attractingdelegates from over 100 countries. President of the TurinChamber of Commerce Vincenzo Ilotte opened the conference,saying its mission was "peace and prosperity through globaltrade growth". He welcomed delegates from all over the world:Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Oceania, remarking that:"Chambers of Commerce are obliged to reinvent themselves everyday in terms of their role, their organisation and clientservices; we cannot tackle this major change alone, we mustbuild a network and work together." Mayor

(AGI) Turin, June 10 - The Ninth World Chambers Congress openedat the Lingotto centre in Turin on Wednesday, attractingdelegates from over 100 countries. President of the TurinChamber of Commerce Vincenzo Ilotte opened the conference,saying its mission was "peace and prosperity through globaltrade growth". He welcomed delegates from all over the world:Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Oceania, remarking that:"Chambers of Commerce are obliged to reinvent themselves everyday in terms of their role, their organisation and clientservices; we cannot tackle this major change alone, we mustbuild a network and work together." Mayor of Turin PieroFassino said: "We are living through globalisation, whichbrings new problems as well as new opportunities; we have toguarantee the futures of the next generations and beambassadors of peace, prosperity and growth." He underscoredthe role of the World Chambers Congress as "an opportunity todiscuss crucial matters" - matters such as the new challengesbrought by e-commerce and differing global copyrightlegislation, said President of the World Chambers Federationand of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce Peter Mihok, adding:"Change is the main characteristic of our times, we must worktogether to tackle the new challenges, bolstering cooperationbetween our members: the Chambers of Commerce and small tomedium-sized enterprises are the backbone of every economy."Growth, job creation, training and infrastructure investmentwere the four priorities on which everyone should concentrate,said President of the International Chamber of Commerce HaroldMcGraw III in his speech. "Growth estimates of 3 percent forthe global economy are too low, we need to achieve at least 5percent in five years and we all need to think about how to getthere. So many people would benefit, the lives of theirfamilies would improve; we need to create greater prosperitywherever our communities exist." He stressed that creating morejobs was not merely an economic aspiration: "It is all to dowith inclusion; we need to find new ways forward to help evenmore people become involved. We need to set out a path forevery country to follow." He added that this would also requireboosts to the markets in the capital cities in which "allbusiness should operate in greater security". (AGI).