Peace, cooperation high on agenda as World Chambers Congress opens in Sydney
20 Sep 2017



President of the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce Lu Jianzhong speaks at the 10th World Chambers Congress in Sydney, Australia, Sept. 19, 2017.   (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)


SYDNEY, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- The 10th World Chambers Congress kicked off in Sydney on Tuesday, with some of the world's brightest minds gethered to discuss ways to transform the future of business and stoke the economy.


More than 1,000 international delegates, from businesses and governments, have attended the biennial, three-day event at the Harbour City's International Convention Centre.


The World Chambers Federation (WCF) held its first congress in France in 1999 to mark the 400-year anniversary of the world's oldest business chamber -- the Marseille- Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


This year, one of the centrepieces of the meeting is the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC), which was formed in 2015.



SRCIC Chairman Lu Jianzhong addressed the forum at the Congress.


"The WCF is an organization with a long history and enjoys a strong international reputation and influence over the globe," SRCIC Chairman Lu Jianzhong said, when he addressed the forum at the Congress.


"It has sophisticated and extensive experiences in chamber management and cooperation development."


"The Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce, on the other hand, is young  but full of energy."


Eying strong growth potential and a positive outlook for cooperation between the SRCIC and the WCF, Lu said the aims of his non-profit, non-governmental, transnational business confederation is to share resources with the WCF and the broader business community in order to strengthen connectivity and to promote the recovery of world economy.


For Lu, cultural exchanges between nations and its peoples are as important as the economic transactions. "We hold the Silk Road Spirit in mind, which is peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit," Lu explained.


"Our mission is to achieve shared growth through discussion and collaboration, and our goal is win-win, multi-win and all-win outcomes."


The vast majority of chamber members that Xinhua spoke to at the event believe the key areas in which global business can be improved to attain more mutually beneficial outcomes are the reduction of transaction costs, better integration between countries and a more streamlined approach to international trade.


Lu explained that boosting services in direct foreign investment under the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China would help address these concerns and act as a vehicle for prosperity and global economic growth.


Source: Xinhua