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Who We Are

International Chamber of Commerce  (ICC)

ICC was founded in 1919 and it is the world’s largest business organization with a network of over 45 million members in more than 130 countries. It works to promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation through a unique mix of advocacy and standard setting activities—together with market-leading dispute resolution  services. Its members include many of the world’s largest companies, SMEs, business associations and chambers of commerce. ICC National Committees (ICC offices) in more than 90 world’s major capitals co- ordinate with their membership to address the concerns of the business community and to convey to their governments the business views formulated by ICC and advocates business priorities at national and regional level. More than 3,000 experts drawn from member companies feed their knowledge and experience into crafting the ICC stance on specific business issues.

ICC is the only business organization has the Observer Status at the United Nation (UN) general assembly and its specialized agencies; it’s the only representative body that speaks with world authorities on behalf of enterprises.  ICC writes the rules, standards and codes that govern the conduct of international business, and represent the business interest at the highest levels of intergovernmental decision- making, particularly with UN, WTO and G20 ensuring the voice of business is heard. It is this capacity to bridge the public and private sectors that sets us apart as a unique organization, responding to the needs of any player involved in international business.

ICC is the only world business organization which promotes business enterprise and investment as the most effective way of raising living standards and creating wealth and works for the liberalization of trade and investment within the multilateral trading system. It has a long history of formulating the voluntary rules by which business is conducted  every  day  from  internationally

recognized Incoterms rules to the UCP 600 (Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credit) that are widely used in international finance. In addition, we specialize in  world-class business  and  legal training and are an industry-leading publisher of practical tools for international business, banking and arbitration.

So, from the small start-up to the multinational company, businesses worldwide can benefit from ICC’s rules and mechanisms for the conduct of trade and investment.

International Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan (ICC Afghanistan)

The International Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan (ICC Afghanistan) established as non-government, non-profit, non-political and independent legal entity in Afghanistan acts as a permanent liaison between International Chamber of Commerce Headquarters and ICC members in Afghanistan, in accordance with the provisions of the tenth, eleventh and thirteenth of the Afghanistan Constitution, the ICC Global Partnership Agreement, and the Constitution. ICC Afghanistan represents the ICC in Afghanistan and works with business groups worldwide to represent the voice of Afghanistan’s business at inter-governmental level, the UN, WTO, G20 and others.

At its 205th session, the World Council of ICC approved the creation of ICC Afghanistan. The session was held in Sao Paulo (Brazil) on 15 June 2016. The entity operation was started in 2016 and officially inaugurated on Feb 2019 at the Ministry of Foreign of Afghanistan.

We work to modernize the Afghanistan business to world-class standards and encourage more domestic and foreign investment in the country. The members of ICC Afghanistan are chambers of commerce, business associations, companies, corporations and individuals. It expands the linkage of its members through the ICC network which directly and indirectly links with thousands of corporations, chambers, associations and individuals in over 130 countries, it’s the entity which makes it easier to do business internationally.

As our aim is to promote liberalization in the country, accelerate flow of domestic and foreign investment and remove the barriers of business, the ICC Afghanistan play a crucial role in interacting with the Government of Afghanistan and business community on economic policies. As the process of economic reforms is gaining ground, it is emerging as a rallying point for Afghanistan business community in their effort towards globalization.

ICC Afghanistan is the permanent member of 18 national councils, commissions, committees and working groups, including the followings:

  • High Economic Council (HEC) led by the President of Afghanistan
  • Council of Ministers Economic Committee, led by Chief Executive of Afghanistan
  • SDG Executive Committee, led by Chief Executive of Afghanistan
  • Privet Sector Development Executive Committee (PriSEC), led by Chief Executive of Afghanistan
  • High Investment Board, led by Minister of Industry and Commerce
  • TIR National Committee, led by Minister of Transport

VISION

We enable business to secure peace, prosperity and opportunity for all.

MISSION

We make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere. Everything we do aims to promote international trade and investment as vehicles for inclusive growth and prosperity.

OBJECTIVES

  1. To promote the values of the market economy in Afghanistan, based on the principles of free and fair competition among business enterprises;
  2. To facilitate international trade and economic activities through participation in the development of global regulations and policies;
  3. To protect and foster the interests of its members, protect business interests in Afghanistan, promote international trade, services and investment and eliminate obstacles and distortions to international commerce;
  4. To support and assist substantially the expansion, modernization and enhancement of Afghanistan international trade and investment to world class standards;
  5. To represent Afghanistan’s commercial, professional service and industrial enterprises in the international community;
  6. To coordinate the activities of Afghanistan’s business community and represent its interests in dealing with both national and international organizations in matters concerning international trade;
  7. To strengthen multilateral relationships and to represent business community interests through the ICC Secretariat’s work with the United Nations, World Trade Organization, Intellectual Property Organization and other relevant international organizations, and to represent local business at global forums;
  8. To foster self-regulation by business;
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