[Dateline: New York | Author: Department of Management/Office of Central Support Services]
The United Nations Secretariat will on Thursday, 4 June sign a cooperation agreement with the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) World Chambers Federation (WCF). The Office of Central Support Services (OCSS), Procurement Division, will sign the agreement on behalf of the Organization during the 6th World Chambers Congress, which is being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 4 to 6 June 2009.
The partnership is based on goodwill and ongoing collaboration as well as activities that will be mutually beneficial to the parties.
Based on previous experiences with individual chambers of commerce, which have contributed to a joint vision and a common approach, the UN and WCF decided to sign a cooperation agreement and to formalize a voluntary and global partnership in which the WCF will actively provide support through its own resources, networks, systems and tools as well as encourage vendors seeking business opportunities to use the UN procurement system.
Under the agreement, the parties will identify new business opportunities for members of the ICC/WCF; support the outreach needs and efforts of the UN to increase its vendor database; educate ICC/WCF staff and vendors about doing business with the UN procurement system; and register more vendors from countries categorized as developing or as economies in transition in the UN Global Market Place (UNGM).
The UN Procurement Division, acting as the UN Secretariat Procurement Focal Point, together with UN Funds and Programmes and specialized agencies, will assist WFC by providing information, education tools, and up-to-date information on UN procurement operations.
“It is a major milestone for the United Nations to enter into such a critical partnership with the ICC. It opens a wide door to attract small and strategic vendors around the world to support UN demands,” said Paul Buades, Director of the UN Procurement Division who will sign the agreement on behalf of the Organization.
“The Agreement will give chamber members a fair chance to propose their products to the UN, opening a wide range of possibilities for innovation, job-creation, and the development of new partnerships, especially in developing countries,” stated Rona Yircali, Chairperson of the ICC World Chambers Federation who will sign on behalf of the WCF.
Held every two years, the World Chambers Congress has established an enviable reputation as the place where various chambers and business leaders get to know international peers and share experience and best practice on grassroots issues that have a direct impact on the World Chamber of Commerce community.