Chamber seeks membership interest from organisations
The Chairman and Regional Coordinator, sub- Sahara Africa, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Nigeria, Babatunde Savage, has urged companies and organisations to join the forum as he argued that ICCN speaks with authority on behalf of enterprises from all business sectors in every parts of the world.
With members in more than 130 countries, Savage said ICC is the only business organization that is so broadly representative of every facet of businesses. He made this call at the yearly dinner and awards, titled: championing sustainable development goals, held at Victoria Island, Lagos.
Savage said ICC opens the door to the corridors of power. As ICC members, company executives have access to government ministers and top international officials who make decisions affecting the bottom line. He said: “Before the G8 summit every year, ICC leaders present the business case on global economic issues at a private meeting with the head of the hosted government.”
He explained that ICC is open to the private sector throughout the world. At the same time, it offers members many of the advantages of belonging to a prestigious club, such as the chance to forge business relationships at the highest level at exclusive ICC events.
Savage said: “ICC brings together the world’s biggest, most influential and dynamic companies. By joining a company becomes part of the world’s most prominent business organization.”
“ICC members gain influence at the national level through the ICC’s global network of national committees and at the international level through ICC’s privileged links with major inter-governmental organizations such as the World Trade Organisation and United Nations.
“The members set ICC’s agenda and determined its priorities.”One example is the modernization of customs procedures singled out as the source of huge unnecessary cost as tariffs and other barriers to cross border trade come down. Others are the rules for e-commerce, environmental policy and the fight against commercial crime.”