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ICC Regional Banking Commission MENA announces strategic partnership with Global Trade Development Week


The International Chamber of Commerce Regional Banking Commission Middle East and North Africa (ICC RBC MENA) announces participation in Global Trade Development Week, the world’s largest trade facilitation forum

regional-banking-menaDubai – 24 June 2015 – The ICC Banking Commission, the rule-making body for the world’s banking industry has, through its regional representatives, announced a partnership with Global Trade Development Week (GTDW). ICC RBC MENA, which is supported by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will participate in GTDW, the leading global trade facilitation event.

Organised in partnership with UAE Ministry of Economy, GTDW is an annual gathering of 1000 high-level representatives from government and the private sector, coming to Dubai from over 100 countries.

H.E. Hamad Buamim, President & CEO, Dubai Chamber, says, “The ICC RBC MENA is helping to increase cooperation and developments across region’s finance sector. Its scope covers 19 countries, with Dubai firmly positioned as MENA’s business hub and gateway to Africa for international trade, banking and finance. Since its establishment, the ICC RBC MENA has grown to include over 100 experts in trade finance and it has organised several leading events for the banking profession. Dubai Chamber’s role is to provide regional coordination and the promotion and organisation of events, and we are delighted to be participating in GTDW this year and look forward to the networking opportunities and professional insight this conference will bring.”

Explaining the importance of the partnership, Andrew Keable Co-CEO of KW Group, the organisers of GTDW says, “The ICC is the most influential rule-making body for the banking industry. Access to trade finance is crucial for the development of international trade and is a key focus for GTDW. The Global Trade Finance and Industrial Development Summit, one of the six summits held at GTDW is attended by government and business leaders driving world trade who are keen to further understand ICC’s role in shaping global banking.”

“In addition to our shared goals the ICC RBC MENA and GTDW are both hosted in the UAE, making it even more imperative that our two organistions collaborate”, adds Andrew Keable. The ICC RBC MENA was established in 2013 in partnership with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. As part of a major initiative to extend its regional reach, the ICC Banking Commission chose Dubai to be the location of its primary regional hub for the Middle East and as gateway to Africa for international trade, banking and finance.

The ICC Banking Commission — the largest commission of the ICC, the world business organisation — produces universally accepted rules and guidelines for international banking practice. ICC rules on documentary credits are the most successful privately drafted rules for trade ever developed, serving as the basis of USD2 trillion trade transactions a year. The ICC Banking Commission helps policy makers and standard setters to translate their vision into concrete programmes and regulations to enhance business practices throughout the world.

GTDW will be held in Dubai from 27th-29th October and H.E. Saeed bin Sultan Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, will deliver the opening keynote speech, followed by 150 speakers who are some of the most influential leaders driving world trade today. GTDW features a series of specialised trade summits that link key sectors across international trade; including business, banking, customs, corporate real estate, infrastructure, specialised economic zones, supply chain logistics and transport.


For full details of the programmes, exhibition, workshops, site tours & networking receptions please visit the event website For further information and for media accreditation to attend the event, please contact Nana Mancell, International Director of PR and Communications, KW Group. Email: Tel: +971 50 956 9277.

About Global Trade Development Week (GTDW)

27th-29th October 2015, Ritz Carlton DIFC, Dubai, UAE

GTDW is a major international forum committed to increasing knowledge and dialogue between government and private sector leaders to deliver the development of international trade. Held under patronage of the UAE Ministry of Economy, GTDW invites political, business, academic and industry thought leaders to share best practice in global trade development through specialised concurrent trade summits.

GTDW is an exclusive forum for trade leaders across business, banking, customs, corporate real estate, development banks, FDI, free trade, infrastructure, insurance, investment, multilaterals, risk, specialised economic zones and regions, supply chain, logistics and transport. The ambitious programme hosts 150 leading speakers and includes ‘The Ministers & Trade Leaders Plenary’, six concurrent major trade summits,

site tours, networking receptions and a leading trade exhibition. Attendees can select a programme that addresses their specific requirements and interests as well as opting for workshops and tours.

Held concurrently with a shared exhibition, networking and refreshments the forum allows high-level representatives from key verticals across trade, industry, business and government to meet directly with decision makers and engage in dialogue to develop global trade.

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