2020 has been a year that has put many sectors to the test, especially with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic but the ICC has been able to overcome it and mobilize businesses behind global challenges. In a bid to live up to its reputation the ICC pursued shedding lights on pioneering spirits by being the trusted voice of business issues facing people and the planet.
How the ICC achieved groundbreaking measures for businesses
The ICC Secretary General John W.H Denton AO has responded that one of the measures employed was to focus on ways to improve and ensure the livelihood of people especially during the advent of the pandemic. As regards the outbreak of coronavirus in China, he underscored the need for a coordinated effort to protect lives, livelihoods, and the global economy. The ICC and the World Health Organization released a joint statement focused on mobile businesses in a move to fight against COVID19.
During a socially distanced trip to Geneva in August 2020, Mr. Denton held meetings with the WHO DG Tedros Adhanom, the DG of the World Trade Organization Roberto Azevedo, and the DG of UN Geneva, Tatiana Valovaya on discussions on a range of the ICC policy responses to COVID-19. In November 2020, the ICC welcomed the G20 commitment on the equitable commitment of the distribution of vaccines. It also called for an emergency summit in early 2021 to deal with the risks to the real economy.
Providing Aid to the Chambers of Commerce
The Chambers of Commerce are currently playing an essential role in working with the ICC plans to keep businesses afloat during the pandemic. The support of ICC’s World Chambers Federation (WCF), the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, and industry released a statement on the level of preparedness is taken by them to adapt their services to counter the coronavirus pandemic.