OTTAWA, Ontario and TRIPOLI, Libya, March 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canada-Libya Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the establishment of an office to support trade between Canada and Libya.
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The creation of the CLCC is in direct response to the need for strong cultural and economic ties between Canada and Libya. Sara Bronfman, a well-known philanthropist, has been appointed as the Chamber's inaugural President and Basit Igtet, development expert and Libyan national, is appointed as Chairman.
Igtet stated, "Canada is developing good relations with Libya and we feel that Canadian corporations, specifically engineering and infrastructure firms are uniquely positioned to establish trade between Libya and North Americas." Mr. Igtet further stated "Canadians have a long standing tradition of supporting trade initiatives that encourage social welfare and development." We are proud to support trade between Libya and Canada and feel that this Chamber will be a great success for both Libya and Canada.
Mr. Igtet is noted as President and co-founder of the Independent Libya Foundation (www.inlifo.eu) and also served as a Special Envoy for the Libyan people and their transitional government. Mr. Igtet was a significant force in Libya's international recognition and facilitated direct humanitarian support for the Libyan people during and after the revolution.
Canada recently completed a trade delegation to Libya where Trade Minister Fast led a coalition of Canadian firms wishing to develop ties with Libya. The Canada-Libya Chamber of Commerce is an NGO that is focused on the following mission statement:
LOCAL: to develop real entrepreneurs with ethical principles and encourage them to be real producers and individuals who add value to the community through being active in building the country. We must also raise the level of business to meet expectations of the international market in terms of quality and transparency and encourage healthy competition.
INTERNATIONAL: to ensure that international partners have the quality and the principles of business that we require and that they are willing to contribute to the building of a productive society.
The Canada-Libya chamber of commerce will focus on the development of the following areas:
2. Business models
3. Participation and partnership
4. Control and observation
The initial CLCC directive board is comprised:
Basit Igtet- Libyan National, President of the Independent Libya Foundation
Sara Bronfman- Recognized philanthropist and development expert
Richard H. Griffiths- Canadian national, Diplomatic Advisor and international affairs expert
The Chamber of Commerce will have its initial base of operations in Ottawa, Canada and will soon be opening offices in Tripoli, Libya.
The newly established chamber will begin a membership reach out to invite suitable Canadian corporations to join through membership. In addition, a planned micro conference on Libya-Canada will be planned to support Chamber awareness and activities
About the CLCC
The Canada-Libya Chamber of Commerce (CLCC) was founded on February 17, 2012 (the anniversary of the Libyan revolution) to support and encourage Canadian businesses in Libya while promoting, developing and encouraging ethical business practices. The CLCC is currently based in Ottawa, Canada and will be opening offices in Tripoli, Libya in 2012.
CANADA-LIBYA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Richard H. Griffiths,
CLCC Managing Director
Tel: (1) 917 463 4231
SOURCE Canada-Libya Chamber of Commerce