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  \'Discover Business Opportunities Trhough CACCI\' at the 29th Annual Conference  
  The 29th CACCI Conference on October 29-30 in Hong Kong will feature a special session entitled “Discover Business Opportunities Through CACCI.” Scheduled on the afternoon of October 29, this session will feature special country presentations by Primary Members and representatives from selected CACCI member-countries.  
 
 
 
  Barisal Women CCI Receives CACCI Foundation Grant  
  The Barisal Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) of Bangladesh is the latest beneficiary of financial assistance from the CACCI Foundation.  
 
 
  CACCI invites members to Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Security 2015 Forum  
  CACCI is inviting all members to the Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Security 2015 Forum which will be held on May 21-22, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.  
 
 
 
  2015 Oslo Business for Peace honorees announced  
  The Business for Peace Foundation has announced the winners of the 2015 Oslo Business for Peace Award, given annually to exceptional global business leaders who exemplify the Foundation’s concept of being businessworthy by ethically creating economic value that also creates value for society.  
 
 
  CCIRF signs cooperation agreement with Portugal CCI  
  The signing of the Cooperation Agreement between the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russian Federation (CCIRF) and the Chamber of Commerce of Portugal became a significant result of the visit to Portugal of the CCIRF delegation headed by its President Mr. Sergey Katyrin on April 13 – 14, 2015.  
 
 
 
  PEZA presents opportunities for Taiwanese investors in PH  
  Dr. Lilia B. de Lima, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary and Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General presented on March 27 the many opportunities for Taiwanese investors in Philippine economic zones.  
 
 
  Ceylon Chamber\'s YMF goes online  
  The Young Members Forum of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, which just marked its first year of services to the younger generation of the country, launched its website– www.ymf.lk – thus helping it to expand its reach.  
 
 
 
  PCCI puts up foundation to help improve employability  
  The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the country’s largest business organization, declares its support for the K to 12 education reform of the government.  
 
 
  Afghanistan, Iran joint chamber boost ties  
  In a forum held in Iran on April 20, Gholamhossein Shafei, President of the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) met with Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and other Afghan government officers, to discuss expansion of economic ties between two countries.  
 
 
 
  Tajikistan CCI works on promotion of investment opportunities  
  The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tajikistan led by its chairman Mr. Sharif Said is actively working on attracting businesses to public-private partnership, and stands as a platform to discuss current business issues, changes in legislation, as well as deepening of market reforms.  
 
 
  29th CACCI Conference takes on the theme ‘Asia Beyond Limits’  
  The 29th CACCI Conference scheduled to take place in Hong Kong on October 29-30, 2015 will take on the theme “Asia Beyond Limits”.  
 
 
 
  CACCI President takes part in B20 International Business Advisory Council  
  Business-20 (B20), the private sectors of the G20 economies, is inviting CACCI President Jemal Inaishvili to be a member of the new business group under B20 called the International Business Advisory Council (IBAC).  
 
 
  Chambers and business community to gather for 9th World Chambers Congress  
  Representatives from Chambers of Commerce worldwide and the business community will get together in Torino on June 10-12, 2015 for global congress and business meetings program.  
 
 
 
  Countries do better when entire region moves together: India PM Modi  
  Following is the speech delivered by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Business Forum held in Sri Lanka on March 13, 2015. The event was hosted by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) under the leadership of Mr. Suresh Shah.  
 
 
  President Inaishvili to speak at the 4th World Business Leaders Conference  
  China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) has extended an invitation to CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili to speak at the “Fourth World Business Leaders Conference” to be held on May 20, 2015 in Kunshan, China.  
 
 
 
  Russia and Oman to boost bilateral cooperation  
  The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (CCIRF) held an organizational meeting to restart the Russia-Oman Business Council activity.  
 
 
  ICC World Chambers Federation calls for good practice on youth entrepreneurship training  
  Drawing on its commitment to support and enhance the role of youth as drivers of economic development, the ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF) is calling for good practice on youth entrepreneurship training and access to finance as one of the discussion items during the 9th World Chambers Congress to be held on June 10-12, 2015 in Torino, Italy.  
 
 
 
  Members to gather in HK on October 29-30 for the 29th CACCI Conference  
  This year’s 29th CACI Conference has been scheduled to take place on October 29-30, 2015 in Hong Kong. To be hosted by the Kowloon Chamber of Commerce (KCC), the two-day annual gathering of CACCI members will be held at the Regal Airport Hotel.  
 
 
  CACCI President leads first-ever presidential visit to Bangladesh  
  CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili led a nine-member delegation to Dhaka, Bangladesh for a two-day visit from February 2-3, 2015. The Bangladesh trip was a milestone on two counts. It was Mr. Inaishvili’s first Presidential visit since he took the helm of CACCI in September 2014. It was also the first-ever CACCI Presidential visit to Bangladesh.  
 
 
 
  CACCI launches 1st Hydropower and Clean Energy Excellence Award  
  The Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) on February 13 announced the launching of the 1st CACCI Hydropower and Clean Energy Excellence Award, and requested all Primary Members to submit their nominations.  
 
 
  MNCCI invites CACCI members to two business events in Mongolia  
  The Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MNCCI) will organize the “19th SME’s Product, Service and Technology International Trade Fair” on June 11-15, 2015, and the “Ulaanbaatar Partnership Annual International Trade Fair” on September 10-14, 2015 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.  
 
 
 
  YEGAP celebrates a decade of service  
  The Young Entrepreneurs Group of Asia Pacific (YEGAP), one of the product and service councils of CACCI, celebrated its 10th year anniversary on February 2015. YEGAP recently released an anniversary issue complete with a photo gallery and a diary of all the breakout sessions to commemorate the momentous occasion.  
 
 
  PCCI invites more Japanese firms to access Asean market via investments in Philippines  
  Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) President Dr. Alfredo Yao told a 100-man delegation from the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) that the Philippines is primed for Japanese companies planning expansion in the ASEAN region in the emerging ASEAN Economic Community due to the country’s improving standing in global competitiveness and fast rate of economic growth.  
 
 
 
  Mongolian Chamber takes active role in facilitating enforcement of national policy on water issues  
  Sharing borders with Russia and China, Mongolia is a landlocked country in northeast Asia. It has a land area of 1.564.100 km2 with population of 3 million. Water resources are not distributed equally and vary depending on geographic location, natural zone, region, structure and content of containing sediments.  
 
 
  New CACCI website launching soon  
  One of the projects of newly-elected CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili is to upgrade the CACCI website to make it more informative, user-friendly and interactive. A group of website design experts has been tapped by Mr. Inaishvili for this purpose and is now working on the project.  
 
 
 
  CACCI welcomes Azerbaijan CCI as new primary member, admits 8 new lifetime members  
  Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the newest primary member of CACCI, together with 8 newly-admitted lifetime members. Azerbaijan CCI and the new lifetime members’ application have been formally approved by the CACCI Advisory Council.  
 
 
  CACCI partners with VCCI for Documentary Credits & International Contract of Sale Workshop in March  
  CACCI, in cooperation with Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), is organizing a workshop on Documentary Credits and International Contract of Sale. It will be conducted by Mr. Pavel Andrle, an active member of the ICC Banking Commission and Senior Tutor with the electronic Business School International.  
 
 
 
  IMF cuts growth forecasts despite low oil prices  
  The International Monetary Fund on January 20 sharply cut its 2015-2016 world growth forecast of only six months ago, saying lower oil prices did not offset pervasive weaknesses around the globe.  
 
 
 
 
  Announcements  
 
  Nepal was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 24, 2015 that caused major devastation across the country, including the capital city of Kathmandu. The huge infrastructure damage and the significant loss of lives that resulted from this great catastrophe have brought unbearable pain and sorrow to the not only to victims and their families but the entire nation as well.  
   
 
 
  The officers and members of CACCI are deeply saddened by the devastation caused by the powerful earthquake that hit Nepal on April 24.  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited to attend the “Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Security 2015 Forum” to be held on May 21-22, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. As CACCI is Official Supporter of the Forum, CACCI members will enjoy 15% discount booking rate to attend the event.  
  Venue: Bangkok, Thailand  
  Date: May 21-22, 2015  
   
 
 
  CACCI Presidential visit to Azerbaijan, which was originally scheduled on May 5-6, 2015, is being postponed for a later date this year.  
   
 
 
  CACCI Members are invited to join CACCI President Mr. Jemal Inaishvili in his Presidential Visit to Azerbaijan on May 5-6, 2015. It will be Mr. Inaishvili's second such visit since he assumed office in September 2014 in Kuala Lumpur.  
  Venue: Azerbaijan  
  Date: May 5-6, 2015  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited to attend the “Bangladesh Furniture & Interior Decor Expo 2015” to be held on March 24-26, 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  
  Venue: Dhaka, Bangladesh  
  Date: March 24-26, 2015  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) to participate in the “Fourth World Business Leaders Conference” to be held on May 20, 2015 in Kunshan, China.  
  Venue: Kunshan, China  
  Date: May 20, 2015  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited to join the ICC WCF 9th World Chambers Congress on 10 to 12 June 2015. Delegates from Chambers of Commerce worldwide and businessmen will get together in Torino for a three-day global Congress and business meetings programme.  
  Venue: Torino, Italy  
  Date: June 10-12, 2015  
   
 
 
  CACCI Primary Members are invited to submit their nominations for the 1st CACCI Hydropower and Clean Energy Excellence Award. Attached herewith is the Award nomination and selection mechanics for your guide and reference.  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to submit nominations for the “2015 Oslo Business for Peace Award” which will be presented during the Awards Ceremony to be held in May 2015 in Oslo, Norway.  
  Venue: Oslo, Norway  
  Date: May 2015  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited by the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MNCCI) to participate in the “19th SME's Product, Service and Technology International Trade Fair” to be held on June 11-15, 2015, and the “Ulaanbaatar Partnership Annual International Trade Fair”, September 10-14, 2015 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.  
  Venue: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited by China Chamber of International Commerce to participate in the “4th China Import Expo (CIE 2015)” to be held on May 20 – 23, 2015 in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China.  
  Venue: Kunshan, China  
  Date: May 20-23, 2015  
   
 
 
  We are pleased to invite members to join the 29th CACCI Conference scheduled on October 29-30, 2015 in Hong Kong.  
  Venue: Hong Kong  
  Date: October 29-30, 2015  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) of Singapore to participate in the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) to be held on October 26 – 30, 2015 in Singapore.  
  Venue: Singapore  
  Date: October 26-30, 2015  
   
 
 
  We are pleased to announce the election of Mr. Jemal Inaishvili as CACCI President for 2014-2016, replacing Ambassador Benedicto V. Yujuico, who now joins the Advisory Board.  
   
 
 
  We are pleased to inform you that the 28th CACCI Conference was successfully held on September 17-19, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We attach herewith a Summary Report on the Proceedings of the Conference.  
   
 
 
  We are pleased to provide you the links to the photos taken by the CACCI Secretariat during the recently concluded 28th CACCI Conference held on September 17-18, 2014, as well as to the speakers' presentations during the various plenary and breakout sessions.  
   
 
 
  We are pleased to announce that the CACCI Policy Paper on “Trade Liberalization and Facilitation” that was approved during the 83rd CACCI Council Meeting held on September 17, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur. The paper was formulated with the assistance of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).  
   
 
 
  Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines & Agriculture (ICCIMA) is sharing information of several upcoming international events in 2015 which may be of interest to CACCI members.  
   
 
 
  We would like to inform CACCI members that Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) has launched the Flash Drive Edition of its Directory of Members 2014.  
   
 
 
  CACCI would like to inform its members that the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has just launched a new Australian Tradelinks web portal: http://www.australiantradelinks.com.au/ . The ACCI is inviting all chambers and businesses from around the world who want to do business with Australian companies to become their partners in this site.  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited to submit articles for the next issues of the following Newsletters: (1) Food & Agriculture; (2) Health & Education; (3) Women Entrepreneurs; and (4) Tourism. Suggested topics include the current state of the four different sectors in Asian countries, sharing of your experiences in these fields, and the development of related businesses, among others. Please send your articles and accompanying photos to Ms. Wendy Yang, CACCI Senior Officer, through wendy.yang@cacci.org  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited to nominate representatives who may be able to make a significant contribution to the work of the Asian Council on Trade Facilitation (ACTF).