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  CACCI President visits Brunei Darussalam  
  CACCI President Amb. Benedicto Yujuico led a 12-member delegation on a visit to Brunei Darussalam on March 26-27, 2014 to meet with local businesspeople and key government officials and exchange information on the Sultanate’s current economic conditions.  
 
 
 
  Amb. Yujuico calls on Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou  
  CACCI President Amb. Benedicto V. Yujuico met with Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou during his recent visit to Taipei. In their meeting held March 14, President Ma reiterated the importance of Taiwan’s bid to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).  
 
 
  28th CACCI Conference to feature plenary sessions on QE, SMEs and green economic growth  
  The 28th CACCI Conference plenary sessions will provide attendees with new perspectives on the post quantitative easing (QE) era, importance of services for SMEs, and promoting green economic growth. The Conference, with the theme “Beyond 2020: Asia Pacific As An Engine For Sustainable Growth” takes place September 17-19 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  
 
 
 
  CACCI, ICC Asia, FNCCI jointly hold ATA Carnet System workshop  
  The Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Asia – through its World Chambers Federation (WCF) – have organized a workshop to speed up Nepal’s access to the advantages and benefits of the ATA Carnet System.  
 
 
  CACCI president leads delegation to Iran  
  CACCI President Amb. Benedicto Yujuico successfully led a 23-strong delegation in a presidential visit to Iran on January 26 to 28, 2014.  
 
 
 
  CACCI pays courtesy visit to Dubai Chamber  
  CACCI President Amb. Benedicto Yujuico made a courtesy call on Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Dubai CCI) on January 30, 2014. The visit took place following Amb. Yujuico’s Presidential visit to Iran on January 26 to 28.  
 
 
  CACCI President invites members to the 28th CACCI Conference in KL  
  CACCI President Amb. Benedicto V. Yujuico is calling on all members to participate in this year’s annual gathering of CACCI members and friends.  
 
 
 
  CACCI presidential visit to Russia re-scheduled to May 13-15  
  The CACCI presidential visit to Russia has been rescheduled to May 13-15, 2014, from the original dates of May 27-29. Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (CCIRF), the visit will offer a great opportunity for members to know more about the country and to establish local connections.  
 
 
  CACCI delegation to proceed to Georgia on May 16-18, after Russia presidential visit  
  The CACCI delegation led by President Amb. Benedicto Yujuico will travel to Georgia on May 16 to 18, following the Russia presidential visit. The visit will be hosted by the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry headed by its President Mr. Kakha Baindurashvili.  
 
 
 
  CIECA launches Chinese version of UCP 600 and Incoterms 2010  
  The Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA) has launched the Chinese versions of the “UCP: International Standard Banking Practice” and “Incoterms: ICC rules for the use of domestic and international trade terms” to cater to the needs of the Chinese-speaking business community.  
 
 
  The 12th Philippine Food Expo: Raising the bar  
  In the competitive world of global trade, a forward and outward-looking approach to the free movement of goods is what keeps the food exports business strong and afloat. This outlook, which became one of the foundations from which the ASEAN leaders resolved to establish the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015, has served to inspire the creation of a single market and production base philosophy.  
 
 
 
  28th CACCI Conference Scheduled on September 17-19 in Kuala Lumpur  
  CACCI members are scheduled to once again gather together for the annual conference, this time on September 17- 19, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur. To be hosted by the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) with the support of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM), this year’s 28th CACCI Conference will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).  
 
 
  Victor Tseng named new CACCI director general  
  Amb. Victor Ching-Yuan Tseng was recently named the director general of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) effective January 1, 2014. Amb. Tseng was appointed by CACCI President Amb. Benedicto Yujuico from the Philippines following the recent retirement of Mr. David Liu from the position.  
 
 
 
  Jeffrey Koo Jr. steps down as CACCI VP; John Feng to take over  
  CACCI President Amb. Benedicto Yujuico announced during the CACCI Planning Committee Meeting the resignation of Jeffrey Koo Jr. as CACCI Vice President representing Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA) due to his tight schedule.  
 
 
  CACCI representatives to serve on the 2014-2016 WCF General Council  
  CACCI representatives from 8 chambers are among the new members to serve the World Chambers Federation (WCF) General Council. The WCF has announced the results of elections on December 20, 2013, in which 46 chamber leaders from around the world stood to fill 20 seats on the Council.  
 
 
 
  Global growth on the rise but risks remain, predicts IMF WEO  
  Global growth is expected to increase in 2014 after having been stuck in low gear in 2013, says the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update. The IMF forecasts global growth to average 3.7 percent in 2014‒ up from 3 percent in 2013‒ and to rise to 3.9 percent in 2015.  
 
 
  CCC president attends 4th Cambodia-Vietnam Conference on Investment Cooperation  
  The fourth Cambodia-Vietnam Conference on Investment Cooperation was held at the Peace Palace on January 13, 2014 and presided over by Prime Ministers of both countries. The conference has been conducted every year with the aim of promoting economic cooperation in all sectors between Cambodia and Vietnam.  
 
 
 
  Invitation to join CACCI President’s visit to Brunei in March  
  Be among one of the privileged delegates who will have the opportunity to learn more about business development in Brunei when you join the CACCI presidential visit to Brunei Darussalam on March 25-28, 2014.  
 
 
  MNCCI to present Silk Road Awards 2014  
  In recognition of the various efforts made by foreign citizens and organizations towards Mongolia’s development, the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) has been organizing the biennium “Silk Road Awards” ceremony since 2007 before the Mongolian traditional celebration of Lunar New Year.  
 
 
 
  New Year’s Message from the President  
  It is with great pleasure that I convey my New Year’s greetings to all CACCI members. May the incoming 2014 bring you continued success and prosperity in all your endeavours.  
 
 
  MICCI to host CACCI Planning Committee Meeting  
  The Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) will be hosting the CACCI Planning Committee Meeting on January 13, 2014 at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.  
 
 
 
  Dubai next stop after CACCI presidential visit to Iran  
  Arrangements are currently being made for the CACCI delegation to proceed to Dubai for a meeting with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry after the Iran presidential visit. The Dubai CCI meeting is tentatively scheduled on January 30.  
 
 
  Nepal Economic Summit paves way for sustainable economic future  
  Nepal Economic Summit (NES), an event organized by the Government of Nepal and the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) will take place on February 24-26, 2014 in Kathmandu.  
 
 
 
  CACCI presidential visit to Russia on May 2014  
  CACCI President Amb. Yujuico is inviting CACCI members to join him in his presidential visit to Russia which is scheduled on May 27-29, 2014.  
 
 
  Taiwan investors invited to explore business opportunities in the Philippines  
  Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) director general and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Lilia de Lima invited Taiwanese investors to visit the country and explore business opportunities at the Invest Philippines seminar held in Taipei on December 5.  
 
 
 
  2014 Oslo Business for Peace Awards now open for nominations  
  The 2014 Oslo Business for Peace Awards is now open for nominations. It will be presented during the awarding ceremony to be held on May 15, 2014 in Oslo, Norway.  
 
 
  ISK-SODEK 2014 to showcase industry trends  
  CACCI members are invited to the ISK-SODEX 2014 Exhibition (International HVAC and Refrigeration, Pumps, Valves, Fittings, Water Treatment and Insulation) which will take place on May 7-10, 2014 at the Istanbul Expo Center in Turkey.  
 
 
 
  Nominations now open for CACCI Awards 2014  
  The Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) announces the launching of the 6th CACCI Local Chamber Awards 2014 and the 5th Asia Pacific Young Entrepreneur Award to be presented at the 28th CACCI Conference in Kuala Lumpur, on September 17-19, 2014. CACCI is requesting all primary members to submit their nominations.  
 
 
  CACCI president talks trade, investment with Iranian ambassador  
  CACCI President Ambassador Benedicto Yujuico on November 6 met with His Excellency Ali Asghar Mohammadi, the Ambassador of Iran in Manila, to discuss the upcoming CACCI Presidential Visit to Iran scheduled on January 26 to 28, 2014.  
 
 
 
 
  Announcements  
 
  CACCI members are invited by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila to attend the “24th Sri Lanka International Gem and Jewellery Show” to be held on September 4-7, 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. SLGJA in collaboration with NGJA and EDB, will be organizing the international exhibition for the 24th successive year. The four-day event is expected to attract both local and foreign exhibitors to showcase their gem and jewellery products, as well as a large number of influential trade visitors.  
  Venue: Colombo, Sri Lanka  
  Date: September 4-7, 2014  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited by The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) to attend “The II. Cyprus-Turkish Products Exhibition and Careers Opportunities Forum” to be held on May 15-17, 2014 in Famagusta, North Cyprus.  
  Venue: Famagusta, North Cyprus  
  Date: May 15-17, 2014  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited by the Islamic Chamber Research and Information Center (ICRIC) to attend the “Business Communities Contribution to Post-2015 Development Agenda” to be held on June 24-25, 2014 in Tehran, Iran.  
  Venue: Tehran, Iran  
  Date: June 24-25, 2014  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited to submit their suggestions on activities CACCI should undertake in the next two years. As much as possible, these activities should benefit all members, further promote the growth and development of the Confederation, and help CACCI attain its primary objectives. During the upcoming 28th CACCI Conference scheduled on 17-19 September 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, one of the main agendas is the formulation of a draft Framework for the 2014-2016 CACCI Work Program.  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) to attend the “Third World Business Leaders (Kunshan) Conference/Second ICC Asia Pacific CEO Forum” to be held on May 14, 2014 in Kunshan, China.  
  Venue: Kunshan, China  
  Date: May 14, 2014  
   
 
 
  We wish to inform CACCI members that CACCI Presidential Visit to Russia, to be led by CACCI President Ambassador Benedicto Yujuico, has been re-scheduled to May 13-15, 2014. The re-scheduling has been made upon the request of Amb. Yujuico.  
  Venue: Russia  
  Date: May 13-15, 2014  
   
 
 
  CACCI President Ambassador Benedicto Yujuico is reiterating his invitation to all CACCI officers and members to join him in his Presidential visit to Brunei on March 25-28, 2014, to get first-hand information on the investment and trade opportunities in the host country.  
  Venue: Brunei  
  Date: March 25-28, 2014  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are cordially invited to register early for the 28th CACCI Conference scheduled on September 17-19, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to ensure your participation.  
  Venue: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  
  Date: September 17-19, 2014  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited by the China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) to attend “The 18th Investment and Trade Forum for Cooperation between East and West China (ITFCEW)” and “Silk Road Economic and Trade Cooperation International Pavilion” to be held on May 23 – 26, 2014 in Xian, Shaanxi Province, China.  
   
 
 
  We wish to inform members that the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA) has launched Chinese versions of “UCP: International Standard Banking Practice” and “Incoterms: ICC rules for the use of domestic and international trade terms,” and would like to introduce them to the Chinese-speaking business community.  
   
 
 
  CACCI wishes to inform members that the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA) has nominated its Advisor Amb. John Feng as CACCI Vice President to replace Mr. Jeffrey Koo Jr. who has resigned from the position due to his tight schedule.  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited by The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) to attend the ISK-SODEX 2014 (International HVAC & Refrigeration, Pumps, Valves, Fittings, Water Treatment and Insulation) Exhibition, which will be held on May 7-10, 2014 at Istanbul Expo Center/Yeşilköy, Turkey.  
  Venue: Istanbul, Turkey  
  Date: May 7-10, 2014  
   
 
 
  CACCI Member Chambers are invited by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to submit nominations for the “2014 Oslo Business for Peace Award” which will be presented during the Awards Ceremony to be held on 15 May 2014 in Oslo, Norway.  
   
 
 
  CACCI wishes to inform its members that several of our Primary Member officers are bidding for seats in the World Chambers Federation (WCF) General Council in the upcoming General Council elections. We would, therefore, like to take this opportunity to seek your support for their candidacies and to request for your active participation in the voting process.  
   
 
 
  CACCI is pleased to announce the launching of the 6th CACCI Local Chamber Awards, and hereby request all Primary Members to submit their nominations. The Award, which CACCI first presented in 2004, aims to recognize local chambers for their outstanding achievement in promoting the industrial, commercial and social welfare of their respective communities. It is also intended to help promote CACCI awareness among members of local chambers in the region.  
   
 
 
  We are pleased to announce the launching of the 5th Asia-Pacific Young Entrepreneur Award and hereby request all Primary Members to submit their nominations. Inaugurated in 2006 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of CACCI, the Award – which is presented every two years – aims to recognize excellent young entrepreneurs in the Asia-Pacific Rim who not only are successful in their business but also advocate corporate social responsibility for the good of their country.  
   
 
 
  CACCI members are invited by the Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization, Inc. (PHILFOODEX) to participate in “The Philippine Food Expo: Raising the Bar” to be held on May 16-18, 2014 in Pasay City, Philippine.  
   
 
 
  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).  
   
 
 
  The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Oslo-based Business for Peace Foundation are seeking nominees for the 2013 Business for Peace Award, a global honour accorded to inspiring business leaders and entrepreneurs who combine ethical responsibility with business success. CACCI members can be part of this nomination if you are successful entrepreneurs.  
   
 
 
  The 2012/2013 directory of members of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce is now available for sale at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Secretariat. The Directory, which provides contact details and vital information such as the sectors in which these businesses operate is the key source of information on the members of the private sector.  
   
 
 
  CACCI is pleased to announce the offer from International Chamber of Commerce Australia (ICC Australia) of large discounts on the bulk purchase of the ICC’s Rules on Documentary Credits: “Uniform Customs and Practice for Dcumentary Credits, 2007 Revision UCP 600 (current edition) offered by International Chamber of Commerce Australia (ICC Australia).