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BCCP, NordCham Cross-Membership is a Nonissue

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The British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP) and NordCham Philippines both said that cross-membership among foreign chambers are not an issue with them.


BCCP Chairman Chris Nelson said it is all about collaborations with the other foreign chambers in the country.


”All I would say is we work very closely with the other chambers, particularly with the ECCP [European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines]. We work as a team.  We support the ECCP in encouraging and establishing new businesses here. The United Kingdom is a part of Europe,” Nelson said.


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He added that their priority as a chamber is to ensure that business opportunities are present for UK companies in the country.


“Our first focus is the business opportunity for companies’ services and show that they can establish business. I think the key discussion will really be in the regulation and ease of doing business,” Nelson said.


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Lundqvist and Nelson (Photo by BusinessMirror)


He added that said they have been supportive of other European chambers and have constantly been participating at networking events.


He also said that, although they do not have the exact figure on cross-memberships, they are very much aware of the large number of companies that are also members now of other foreign chambers.


NordCham President Bo Lundqvist said cross-membership is not unique and just shows the good cooperation present among the foreign chambers.


“The EPBN [EU-Philippines Business Network] is a good example of us coming together and working together,” Lundqvist said.


The EU-Philippines Business Network, composed of several European chambers, including the ECCP,  is a project cofunded by the European Union with the aim of providing a support framework for European companies.


Lundqvist then added that NordCham was a way for Nordic countries to do things together and address specific concerns, including information and communications technology, maritime and renewable energy.


He said their approach as a chamber is more consultative and personal.


“There is a 60-40 breakdown in cross-membership.  It is not an issue.  We do things together,” Lundqvist said.


The BCCP has more than 200 member-companies, while NordCham has over 100 member-companies.


This article was originally published by our media partner BusinessMirror.
BCCP, NordCham cross-membership is a nonissue
by Rodel Alzona and Danielle Gabriel  |  Published: 22 Jan. 2017  |  BusinessMirror



Author: Rodel Alzona and Danielle Gabriel, BusinessMirror

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