SRCIC and ICC-WCF Signs Strategic Cooperation Agreement in Beijing
12 Apr 2018



On 12 April 2018, an agreement signing ceremony was held in SRCIC Beijing Office between Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce(SRCIC) and International Chamber of Commerce and World Chambers Federation(ICC-WCF). The signed agreement confirms the coordinated efforts for both parties in resource integration, advantage complementation, and the pragmatic collaboration with world business associations under the Belt and Road initiative.


The signing ceremony was chaired by Jemal Inaishvili, Honorary Chairman of SRCIC and President of Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry. After signing, SRCIC Chairman Lu Jianzhong and WCF Chairman Peter Mihok emphasized the importance of the relation between the two parties.


The attendees at the ceremony were ICC Executive Director and Chairman of ICC Saudi Arabia Yassin S. Al-Suroor, WCF Honorary Chairman Rona Yircali, Secretary General Anthony Parkes, ICC Chief Operating Officer Philip Kucharski, Secretary General of China NGO Network for International Exchanges Zhu Rui, Social Development Department Director of China Development and Reform Commission Ou Xiaoli, Vice Chairman of CCPIT Promotion Council Chen Zhou, and SRCIC Secretary General Li Zhonghang.



Mr. Lu said, “SRCIC and WCF should join hands with each other to promote the commercial prosperity, cultural exchanges, and the Belt and Road projects.”  In addition, he stressed three key points for both sides to push forward free trade and investment facilitation for an open world economy, to co-build international economic and commercial standards for an active participation in improving global governance system, and to expand pragmatic cooperation among business associations for building a community of shared future for mankind.


Mr. Lu also sent a sincere invitation to all the participants for 2018 Silk Road Business Summit to be held by People's Government of Hunan Province, China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), and SRCIC in Zhangjiajie city in October this year.



Mr. Peter Mihok quoted President Xi Jinping's speech at Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018 by saying that China will take the initiative to expand imports and will work hard to import more products. International commercial organizations will also benefit from this process of globalization. The Belt and Road Initiative not only offers opportunities for Chinese enterprises and its people, but also benefits the whole world. He also said that SRCIC founded by Chairman Lu is a NGO force in pushing forward the Belt and Road Initiative. SRCIC to a certain extend represents the private sectors. ICC-WCF should not only strengthen the collaboration with government but also NGOs. ICC-WCF will bring SRCIC to the global collaboration system.


WCF is a global organization with more than 12000 states members. It is a high level international forum for chamber leaders and professionals to exchange insights, develop networks, address the latest business issues affecting their communities and learn about new areas of innovation from chambers around the world. WCF works to enhance chambers' connection, to share best practices, and to provide services and to develop strong ties between chambers and multilateral organizations.


SRCIC is a transnational business confederation mainly composed of national commercial associations of the Silk Road countries. Currently SRCIC has over 100 organizational members from 75 countries, including state-level organizations and correspondents, as well as millions of enterprises affiliated, forming up a community of shared interests, shared responsibilities and a shared future.


Since its establishment in 2015, SRCIC has hosted 8 important conferences, over 30 international visits and road shows, signing the "Framework Agreement on Jointly Establishing a Mechanism and Platform for International Industry and Commerce Cooperation" with more than 60 country members and international organizations, signing the "Proposal for Jointly Establishing Rules and Standards of Transnational Artwork Trading" with over 80 chambers of commerce. SRCIC has also issued "Xi'an Consensus" for Contributing to a Global Community with a Shared Future.


The agreement signed with ICC-WCF will assist SRCIC with a step forward towards its mission – to associate with the Silk Road Countries for the regional economic sustainability and .the world business prosperity.