Albania

Zenel Hoxha

Population (2014 est.):3,020,209 (growth rate: 0.3%); birth rate: 12.73/1000; infant mortality rate: 13.19/1000; life expectancy: 77.96; density per sq mi: 272

Economic summary:GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $12.8 billion; per capita $10,700.

Real growth rate: .7% (2013 est.).

Inflation: 1.7% (2013 est.).

Industries: food processing, textiles and clothing; lumber, oil, cement, chemicals, mining, basic metals, hydropower.

Exports: $2.323 billion (2013 est.): textiles and footwear; asphalt, metals and metallic ores, crude oil; vegetables, fruits, tobacco.

Imports: $2.1 billion (2012 est.): machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, textiles, chemicals.

Internet users: 1,300,000 (2011).

Albanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The vision is the future projection of the Chamber, which will try to give answer the question in how the Chamber wish to be in the future, the position it might get, how it wants that other groups of interest would be interested to perceive it.

The ABCCI wants to assume the leading position in country constituting a reference point for different economic fields, for the civil and business society and for the public administration in Albania.

Austria

Christoph LEITL

Population (2014 est.): 8,223,062 (growth rate: 0.01%); birth rate 8.76/1000; infant mortality rate: 4.16/1000; life expectancy: 80.17

Economic summary: GDP/PPP(2013 est.): $361 billion; per capita $42,600.

Real growth rate: 0.4%.

Inflation: 2.1%.

Industries: construction, machinery, vehicles and parts, food, metals, chemicals, lumber and wood processing, paper and paperboard, communications equipment, tourism.

Exports: $165.6 billion (2013 est.): machinery and equipment, motor vehicles and parts, paper and paperboard, metal goods, chemicals, iron and steel, textiles, foodstuffs.

Imports: $167.9 billion (2013 est.): machinery and equipment, motor vehicles, chemicals, metal goods, oil and oil products; foodstuffs.

Internet users: 6.143 million (2011).

Austrian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Austrian Economic Chambers represent more than 450,000 member companies. As the voice of Austrian business, we are committed to forward-looking policies Which benefit the economy eg tax relief, cutting red tape, subsidies. We boost the economy through our comprehensive services The Economic Chambers are modern service providers and offer expert advice on almost topics from labor laws to customs information. We support Austrian companies with our expert knowledge through our educational facilities – WIFI, universities of applied sciences – we Contribute to Improving the competitive ability of domestic companies.

Belarus

Mikhail Myatlikov

Population (2014 est.): 9,608,058 (growth rate: -0.19%); birth rate: 10.86/1000; infant mortality rate: 3.64/1000; life expectancy: 72.15

Economic summary: GDP/PPP(2013 est.): $69.24 billion; per capita $16,100.

Real growth rate: 2.1%.

Inflation: 19%.

Industries: metal-cutting machine tools, tractors, trucks, earthmovers, motorcycles, televisions, chemical fibers, fertilizer, textiles, radios, refrigerators.

Exports: $45.17 billion (2013 est.): machinery and equipment, mineral products, chemicals, metals, textiles, foodstuffs.

Imports: $45.17 billion (2012 est.): mineral products, machinery and equipment, chemicals, foodstuffs, metals.

Internet users: 2.643 million (2009).

Belarus Chamber of Commerce and Industry

or successful penetration into the Belarusian market, profitable investments of capital it is necessary that some intermediary organization would contribute to this aim, render necessary organizational, consulting and informational assistance to a foreign partner. Such organization is the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – the oldest foreign economic structure of the Republic.

The Chamber has a status of a public, non-governmental organization, manifesting and protecting the interests of the Belarusian and foreign businessmen which conduct their activities on the territory of the Republic of Belarus and beyond its boundaries.

The main task of the Chamber is to promote the development of the national economy, as well as of the industrial, scientific, technical and trade relations of the Republic of Belarus with other countries.

The members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry represent over 1,900 enterprises, organizations and firms and joint-stock companies of the state and private sector of economy, as well as mixed (Belarusian and foreign ) and 100% foreign capital. Totally members of the Chamber account for more than 80% of industrial production. Practically all of them deal with export-import activity.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry promotes establishment and development of business relations between the Belarusian and foreign businessmen, invites and receives in Belarus foreign trade and economic delegations, individual representatives of foreign firms. To this effect the corresponding divisions of the Chamber provide a full package of services, including visa support, meeting, accommodation, transportation, interpreting services, location of the Belarusian partners, arrangement of meetings and negotiations.

Bosnia

Nemanja Vasić

Population (2014 est.): 3,871,643 (growth rate: -0.11%); birth rate: 8.89/1000; infant mortality rate: 5.84/1000; life expectancy: 76.33

Bosnian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina has a 100 year long tradition of existence, continual work and legal succession. The Chamber has been established in Sarajevo by the Law on Establishment and Organization of the Chamber of Trade and Crafts for BiH.

In the first Article of this Law, it has been determined such as follows: “Chamber of Trade and Crafts is established with the seat in Sarajevo and will represent the interests of trade, crafts, including mining”, and will cover “the whole territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

Constituent Assembly was held on September 14, 1909 in Sarajevo Town Hall, with 58 delegates attending it.

The field of activity of this first Chamber primarily referred to deliberations on the proposals and wishes related to trade and crafts activities; making proposals and giving observations to the Government about trade, crafts, laws and establishment of different institutes for improvement of economy.

The Chamber had public authorizations as well, such as keeping a register of registered companies, issuance of protective stamps, issuing certificates on the solvency of companies, discussing companies’ disputes, etc.

By this Law of the year 1990, the Chamber of Trade and Crafts for BiH had been operating until 1932, when Chamber of Trade and Industry and Chamber of Crafts in Sarajevo and Banja Luka were established by Regulation on Chambers of Trade and Industry.

Bulgaria

Tsvetan SIMEONOV

Population (2014 est.): 6,924,716 (growth rate: –0.83%); birth rate: 8.92/1000; infant mortality rate: 15.08/1000; life expectancy: 74.33

Economic summary: GDP/PPP$104.6 billion (2013 est.); per capita $14,400.

Real growth rate: 0.5%.

Inflation: 1.5%.

Industries: electricity, gas, water; food, beverages, tobacco; machinery and equipment, base metals, chemical products, coke, refined petroleum, nuclear fuel.

Exports: $27.9 billion (2013 est.): clothing, footwear, iron and steel, machinery and equipment, fuels.

Imports: $32.88 billion (2013 est.): machinery and equipment; metals and ores; chemicals and plastics; fuels, minerals, and raw materials.

Internet users: 3.395 million (2009).

Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (established in 1895) is an independent, non-governmental organization for assistance, promotion, representation and protection of the business interests of its members, which contributes to the development of international economic cooperation and provides assistance for the European and international integration of the Republic of Bulgaria. The activity of the Chamber is based on the principles of voluntary membership, autonomy and self-financing. BCCI seeks to establish straightforward and ethical relations among the business circles.

Croatia

Luka BURILOVIC

Land area: 29,836 sq mi (77,276 sq km); total area: 30,450 sq mi (78,866 sq km)

Population (2012 est.): 10,177,300 (growth rate: –-0.13%); birth rate: 8.62/1000; infant mortality rate: 3.7/1000; life expectancy: 77.38; density per sq km: 132

Economic summary: GDP/PPP(2011 est.): $272.2 billion; per capita $25,900.

Real growth rate: –1.8%.

Inflation: 1.9%.

Industries: metallurgy, machinery and equipment, motor vehicles, glass, armaments.

Exports: $146.7 billion (2011 est.): machinery and transport equipment 52%, chemicals 5%, raw materials and fuel 9% (2003).

Imports: $143.5 billion (2011 est.): machinery and transport equipment 46%, raw materials and fuels 15%, chemicals 10% (2003). 

Internet users: 6.681 million (2011).

Croatian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Since 1994 when the Czech government passed an act enabling a merger between the Czech Chamber of Commerce and the Czechoslovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the CCC (Czech Chamber of Commerce) moved from its traditional values and was established as the legal successor to the Czechoslovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Due to this merger it successfully became the first and only chamber in the Czech Republic with operations in the non-agricultural field. Lead by President Petr Kužel, the CCC is now plays a very important role in Czech Republic’s economic matters and helps to ensure and promote strong requirements in regards to ethical behavior towards respective partners and customers.

The CCC’s services, among many, include supporting small, medium and large organizations with information on export-import procedures, effective tax and finance consultancy services and economic development information. Additionally, the chamber also maintains a strong focus on the support and development of EU integration into the Czech economy through extensive relations with European entrepreneurial organizations such as Eurochambers and UEAPME.

Today, with over 13,600 members and 66% share of Czech Republic’s employable population being employed by member organizations, the CCC has 14 regional Chambers of Commerce and offers a variety of useful entrepreneurial services from consulting and mediation of information to establishing an entrepreneurial environment that helps to prevents various disputes.

Czech Republic

Mr. Petr Kužel

Population (2012 est.): 10,177,300 (growth rate: –-0.13%); birth rate: 8.62/1000; infant mortality rate: 3.7/1000; life expectancy: 77.38; density per sq km: 132

Economic summary: GDP/PPP(2011 est.): $272.2 billion; per capita $25,900.

Real growth rate: –1.8%.

Inflation: 1.9%.

Industries: metallurgy, machinery and equipment, motor vehicles, glass, armaments.

Natural resources: hard coal, soft coal, kaolin, clay, graphite, timber.

Exports: $146.7 billion (2011 est.): machinery and transport equipment 52%, chemicals 5%, raw materials and fuel 9% (2003).

Imports: $143.5 billion (2011 est.): machinery and transport equipment 46%, raw materials and fuels 15%, chemicals 10% (2003).

Internet users: 6.681 million (2011).

Czech Republic Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Since 1994 when the Czech government passed an act enabling a merger between the Czech Chamber of Commerce and the Czechoslovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the CCC (Czech Chamber of Commerce) moved from its traditional values and was established as the legal successor to the Czechoslovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Due to this merger it successfully became the first and only chamber in the Czech Republic with operations in the non-agricultural field. Lead by President Petr Kužel, the CCC is now plays a very important role in Czech Republic’s economic matters and helps to ensure and promote strong requirements in regards to ethical behavior towards respective partners and customers.

The CCC’s services, among many, include supporting small, medium and large organizations with information on export-import procedures, effective tax and finance consultancy services and economic development information. Additionally, the chamber also maintains a strong focus on the support and development of EU integration into the Czech economy through extensive relations with European entrepreneurial organizations such as Eurochambers and UEAPME.

Today, with over 13,600 members and 66% share of Czech Republic’s employable population being employed by member organizations, the CCC has 14 regional Chambers of Commerce and offers a variety of useful entrepreneurial services from consulting and mediation of information to establishing an entrepreneurial environment that helps to prevents various disputes.

Turkey

İbrahim ÇAĞLAR

Turkey Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Population (July 2014 est.):81,619,392 (growth rate: 1.12%); birth rate: 16.86/1000; infant mortality rate: 21.43/1000; life expectancy: 73.29

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $1.167 trillion; per capita $15,300.

Real growth rate: 3.8%.

Inflation: 7.6%.

Industries: textiles, food processing, autos, electronics, mining (coal, chromite, copper, boron), steel, petroleum, construction, lumber, paper.

Exports: $167.6 billion (2013 est.): apparel, foodstuffs, textiles, metal manufactures, transport equipment.

Imports:$242.9 billion (2013 est.): machinery, chemicals, semi-finished goods, fuels, transport equipment.

Internet users: 27.233 million (2009).

The Istanbul Chamber of Commerce was founded during the depressing days of the Pre-Republic era, to serve as an economic organization to ensure economic development and to protect economic rights in the face of foreign campaigns. Named the Assembly of Commerce under the Dersaadet (a former name of Istanbul) Chamber of Commerce, the assembly held its first meeting in January 14, 1882 which proved a milestone for both Turkey and the private sector.

As it changed its name to Istanbul Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the 1910s, the Chamber took on a more difficult mission in 1925 with the incorporation of the Chambers and the perquisite that businesses register with a chamber. The ICOC adopted its current name, of which it is highly proud, in 1952, when industrial companies gathered under a different name.

The ICOC took on another crucial responsibility as the Istanbul Trade Registry Office was transferred to the ICOC in 1996. Launched to allow members to access services as easily and quickly as possible, ICOC, works to serve its members in the most efficient manner through its Kadıköy and Giyimkent Regional representatives.

Aware of social responsibility and as a broad-based NGO, the ICOC is an strong advocate of democracy and the free market, the uncompromising principles of economic and political stability. In line with these principles, its pioneering and model activities are essential to its mission. The ICOC has always guided the Turkish private sector and society with its projects and initiatives.

Estonia

Toomas Luman

Population (2012 est.): 1,274,709 (growth rate: –-0.65%); birth rate: 10.43/1000; infant mortality rate: 6.94/1000; life expectancy: 73.58; density per sq km: 30

Economic summary: GDP/PPP(2011 est.): $27.02 billion; per capita $20,200.

Real growth rate: –7.9%.

Inflation: –5.1%.

Industries: engineering, electronics, wood and wood products, textile; information technology, telecommunications.

Exports: $15.64 billion (2011 est.): machinery and equipment 33%, wood and paper 15%, textiles 14%, food products 8%, furniture 7%, metals, chemical products (2001). 

Imports: $16.24 billion (2011 est.): machinery and equipment 33.5%, chemical products 11.6%, textiles 10.3%, foodstuffs 9.4%, transportation equipment 8.9% (2001).

Internet users: 971,700 (2001).

Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) was established in 1925. In 1927, the ECCI was accepted as a member of the International Chamber of Commerce. The ECCI operated as a successful organization until 1940, when the Chamber and all other private organizations were forced to close down by the Soviet occupation.

In 1989, the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry was re-established with some hundred members a private, voluntary membership Chamber. Today, the ECCI is the largest business representation organization in the country. As of November 2014, the ECCI has almost 3200 members. More importantly, according to a study carried out by Krediidiinfo (Credit Info Estonia), the net turnover of the ECCI members makes more than 41% of the net turnover of ALL Estonian companies, the owner’s equity of the ECCI members makes total about 36% of the capital of all Estonian companies and net profits equal 42% of that of all Estonian companies. The ECCI’s members account for over 85 percent of Estonia’s total exports. These enterprises are predominantly in the textile, metal, timber, construction and food industries.

France

Arnaud Bamberger

Population (2013 est.): 65,951,611 (growth rate: 0.47%); birth rate: 12.6/1000; infant mortality rate: 3.34/1000; life expectancy: 81.46; density per sq km: 120

Economic summary: GDP/PPP(2012 est.): $2.253 trillion; per capita $35,500.

Real growth rate: –1%.

Inflation: 1.3%.

Industries: machinery, chemicals, automobiles, metallurgy, aircraft, electronics; textiles, food processing; tourism.

Exports: $567.5 billion (2012 est.): machinery and transportation equipment, aircraft, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceutical products, iron and steel, beverages.

Imports: $658.9 billion (2012 est.): machinery and equipment, vehicles, crude oil, aircraft, plastics, chemicals.

Internet users: 45.26 million (2011).

French Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The French Chamber of Commerce is part of a network of 112 French Chambers of Commerce and Industry Abroad (CCI France International), which is the largest private French network in the world with a combined membership base of more than 30,000 companies.

We were the third French Chamber of Commerce to be set up abroad back in December 1883, after Montevideo in 1882 and Barcelona in 1883.

The largest Foreign Chamber in the UK today in terms of both turnover and range of services offered as well as one of the top French Chambers worldwide, we count more than 600 member companies – ranging from SMEs and entrepreneurs to blue chip companies. The diversity and quality of our members – 40% of which are non-French nationals – largely contributes to our success and to the reputation we have acquired over the last 131 years of existence.

Our policies are guided by a Board of 17 Directors responsible for all major decisions concerning the Chamber’s strategy. The Board is assisted by an Advisory Council of 59 councilors, helping to increase the visibility and the efficiency of the Chamber.

Germany

Dr. Eric Schweitzer

Population (2014 est.): 80,996,685 (growth rate: –0.18%); birth rate: 8.42/1000; infant mortality rate: 3.46/1000; life expectancy: 80.44

Economic summary: GDP/PPP(2013 est.): $3.227 trillion; per capita $39,500.

Real growth rate: 0.5%.

Inflation: 1.6%.

Industries: among the world’s largest and most technologically advanced producers of iron, steel, coal, cement, chemicals, machinery, vehicles, machine tools, electronics, food and beverages, shipbuilding, textiles.

Exports: $1.493 trillion (2013 est.): machinery, vehicles, chemicals, metals and manufactures, foodstuffs, textiles.

Imports: $1.233 trillion (2013 est.): machinery, vehicles, chemicals, foodstuffs, textiles, metals.

Internet users: 65.125 million (2009).

German Chamber of Commerce and Industry

German Chambers of Commerce represent the interests of millions of businesses. The commercial companies in Germany are members of their Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), and all of the 80 German CCIs are members of the DIHK (Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry). We therefore speak on behalf of companies of all sizes and from all sectors – from the kiosk owner on the corner to the international automotive group. For 150 years we have been committed to ensuring framework conditions which promote growth and prosperity: to freedom and competition, to open markets, to a stable currency, to good education and good infrastructure.

Hungary

Dr László Parragh

Population (2014 est.): 9,919,128 (growth rate: –0.21%); birth rate: 9.26/1000; infant mortality rate: 5.09/1000; life expectancy: 75.46

Economic summary: GDP/PPP(2013 est.): $196.6 billion; per capita $19,800

Real growth rate: 0.2%.

Inflation: 1.9%.

Industries: mining, metallurgy, construction materials, processed foods, textiles, chemicals (especially pharmaceuticals), motor vehicles.

Exports: $92.98 billion (2013 est.): machinery and equipment 53.5%, other manufactures 31.2%, food products 8.7%, raw materials 3.4%, fuels and electricity 3.9% (2012).

Imports: $89.52 billion (2013 est.): machinery and equipment 45.4%, other manufactures 34.3%, fuels and electricity 12.6%, food products 5.3%, raw materials 2.5% (2012).

Internet users: 6.176 million (2009).

Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

In 2004, the former CEO of Parragh Rt. Dr László Parragh was again re-elected for another four-year period as the President of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

With an experience spanning over 150 years, the HCCI (Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) main role is to strengthen the Hungarian economy by providing a stable business environment for the regions domestic entrepreneurs. The chamber represents small, medium and large organisations and currently has over 45, 000 national chamber members. In reference to the 2005-2008 strategy of the HCCI, key objectives include promoting the general interests of the Hungarian economy through supporting and fostering EU integration of businesses, the development of a training system that abides by strict labour market requirements and the establishment of the National Development Plan which will cover the EU budget period for 2007-2013.

“At the international level, the Chamber’s objectives include the provision of assistance to Hungarian entrepreneurs in foreign markets, in particular preparing them for successful contribution to the European integration, and the creation of opportunities to co-operate with the business world of neighbouring countries. The international relationships developing amongst chambers are worth mentioning – bilateral co-operation agreements have been signed with almost all neighbouring countries – and the Chamber has joined the multinational co-operation agreement of the chambers in CEFTA countries. In 1996, the Hungarian National Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Hungary) was set up in Budapest.”

Italy

Andrea TOMAT

Population (2012 est.): 61,261,254 (growth rate: .38%); birth rate: 9.06/1000; infant mortality rate: 3.36/1000; life expectancy: 81.86

Economic summary: GDP/PPP(2011 est.): $1.871 trillion; per capita $30,900.

Real growth rate: 0.4%.

Inflation: 2.8%.

Industries: tourism, machinery, iron and steel, chemicals, food processing, textiles, motor vehicles, clothing, footwear, ceramics.

Exports: $522 billion (2011 est.): engineering products, textiles and clothing, production machinery, motor vehicles, transport equipment, chemicals; food, beverages and tobacco; minerals, and nonferrous metals. 

Imports: $556.4 billion (2011 est.): engineering products, chemicals, transport equipment, energy products, minerals and nonferrous metals, textiles and clothing; food, beverages, and tobacco.

Internet users: $29.235 million (2009).

Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

ICC Italy is an ICC national committee. These national bodies comprise leading companies and business associations in their countries or territories. National committees shape ICC policies and alert their governments to international business concerns. Companies and business associations interested in joining are invited to contact ICC Italy.

Kazakhstan

Artur Krivov

Population (2014 est.): 17,948,816 (growth rate: 1.17%); birth rate: 19.61/1000; infant mortality rate: 21.61/1000; life expectancy: 70.24

Economic summary: GDP/PPP$243.6 billion (2013 est.); $14,100 (2013 est.).

Real growth rate: 5%.

Inflation: 5.8%.

Industries: oil, coal, iron ore, manganese, chromite, lead, zinc, copper, titanium, bauxite, gold, silver, phosphates, sulfur, iron and steel; tractors and other agricultural machinery, electric motors, construction materials.

Exports: $87.23 billion (2013 est.): oil and oil products, natural gas, ferrous metals, chemicals, machinery, grain, wool, meat, coal.

Imports: $52.03 billion (2013 est.): machinery and equipment, metal products, foodstuffs.

Internet users: 5.299 million (2009).

Kazakhstan Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Kazakh-British Chamber of Commerce has been created with the idea to promote the ever growing economy of Kazakhstan to British businesses and to show to Kazakhstan’s businesses opportunities and possibilities in Britain.

KBCC is a primary bilateral business association created with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the UK and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Since our foundation, our main objective is to help UK and Kazakh members of the Chamber to establish new and develop existing business relationships with a particular focus on promotion and development of exporting capabilities of SME companies in both countries.

Whether you are an international corporation or a sole trader – our services are designed for a wide spectrum of companies – we are equally well placed to assist companies long established in Kazakhstan and those entering the market for the first time. Our services include up-to-date business advice in English, Russian and Kazakh, help with finding potential partners, conducting business-to-business research and promotion at the respective markets.

Latvia

Jānis Endziņš

Population (2014 est.):2,165,165 (growth rate: –0.62%); birth rate: 9.79/1000; infant mortality rate: 7.91/1000; life expectancy: 73.44

Economic summary:GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $38.87 billion; per capita $19,100.

Real growth rate: 4%.

Inflation: 0.2%.

Industries: buses, vans, street and railroad cars; synthetic fibers, agricultural machinery, fertilizers, washing machines, radios, electronics, pharmaceuticals, processed foods, textiles; note—dependent on imports for energy and raw materials.

Exports: $12.67 billion (2013 est.): wood and wood products, machinery and equipment, metals, textiles, foodstuffs.

Imports: $15.56 billion (2013 est.): machinery and equipment, chemicals, fuels, vehicles.

Internet users: 1.504 million (2009).

Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

LCCI is the largest non-governmental organisation of businessmen, which unites individual companies, industry associations, city business clubs, and other businessmen unions. LCCI represents the interests of entrepreneurs in state and regional institutions, as well as offers services so as to ensure Latvia has excellent companies in an excellent business environment. LCCI works in three areas: 1) business environment 2) competitiveness of the companies 3) export.

LCCI is a fully-fledged member of the international network of commerce and industry chambers, which has several hundred years of experience in uniting millions of entrepreneurs from all around the world – the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (EUROCHAMBERS) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The union is one of the oldest Latvian non-governmental organisations – LCCI has been the voice and representative of businessmen for as long as 80 years!

Lithuania

RIMANTAS ŠIDLAUSKAS

Population (2014 est.): 3,505,738 (growth rate: –0.29%); birth rate: 9.36/1000; infant mortality rate: 6/1000; life expectancy: 75.98

Economic summary: GDP/PPP(2013 est.): $67.43 billion; per capita $22,600.

Real growth rate: 3.4%.

Inflation: 1.2%.

Industries: metal-cutting machine tools, electric motors, television sets, refrigerators and freezers, petroleum refining, shipbuilding (small ships), furniture making, textiles, food processing, fertilizers, agricultural machinery, optical equipment, electronic components, computers, amber jewelry.

Exports: $30.4 billion (2013 est.): mineral products, machinery and equipment, chemicals, textiles, foodstuffs, plastics.

Imports: $32.52 billion (2013 est.): mineral products, machinery and equipment, transport equipment, chemicals, textiles and clothing, metals.(ALCCIC) is a voluntary organization which unites five regional Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Crafts in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Panevėžys.

Lithuania Chamber of Commerce and Industry

ALCCIC is a member of Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (EUROCHAMBRES) and Association of Baltic countries Chambers of Commerce and Industry. ALCCIC is voluntary organization which represents interests of Lithuanian Chambers.

The main functions of ALCCIC are:

–represents Chambers activities cooperating with state, government and others management authorities, economic entities and public authorities of foreign countries;

– prepare and offer proposals of economy development to Government of Lithuanian Republic and other national institutions;

– issue ATA Carnet which are used for temporary admission of goods importation;

– represents Chambers in internationals exhibitions, conferences and other events;

– numbering and encoding goods (GS1 Lithuania).

Moldova

Gheorghe Cucu

Population (2014 est.): 3,538,288 (growth rate: –1.02%); birth rate: 12.21/1000; infant mortality rate: 12.93/1000; life expectancy: 70.12

Economic summary: GDP/PPP(2013 est.): $13.25 billion; per capita $3,800.

Real growth rate: 8.9%.

Inflation: 4.6%.

Industries: sugar, vegetable oil, food processing, agricultural machinery; foundry equipment, refrigerators and freezers, washing machines; hosiery, shoes, textiles.

Exports: $2.399 billion (2012 est.): foodstuffs, textiles, machinery.

Imports: $5.493 billion (2013 est.): mineral products and fuel, machinery and equipment, chemicals, textiles.

Internet users: 1.333 million (2009).

Moldovan Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Chairmanship of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Business Council (BSEC BC) was transferred to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova at the Meeting of the Board of Directors of BSEC Business Council which is organized today in Thessaloniki.

The Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova, Vladimir Didilica, declared at the event that the priorities of the CCI RM Chairmanship consist in strengthening the activity of BSEC Business Council for promoting the export potential, by diversifying the geography of exports and improving the competitiveness of the products originating from BSEC countries, both on the markets of the member states and on third markets. In this sense, Moldova proposes itself to develop and promote the national brands of the BSEC member states as an instrument of stimulating exports. Therefore, the Vice-President of the CCI RM invited the BSEC partners to participate with an informative stand in the National Exhibition “Made in Moldova”, including the award ceremony of the contest “Trade Mark of the Year” and other dedicated events planned for the end of January 2015.

Netherlands

Henk BROEDERS

Population (2014 est.): 16,877,351 (growth rate: 0.42%); birth rate: 10.83/1000; infant mortality rate: 3.66/1000; life expectancy: 81.12

Economic summary: GDP/PPP(2011 est.): $699.7 billion; per capita $43,300.

Real growth rate: -0.8%.

Inflation: 2.5%.

Industries: agroindustries, metal and engineering products, electrical machinery and equipment, chemicals, petroleum, construction, microelectronics, fishing.

Exports: $576.9 billion (2013 est.): machinery and equipment, chemicals, fuels; foodstuffs.

Imports: $511 billion (2013 est.): machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, fuels, foodstuffs, clothing.

Internet users: 14.872 million (2009).

Dutch Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Netherlands is a trading nation and is the base of many multinational enterprises. Since its establishment in 1921 ICC Netherlands represents many businesses, ranging from multinationals to small and medium enterprises, banks, law firms and business associations. This makes it an interesting network organization.

ICC Netherlands is a very active contributor to the policy work of ICC. ICC Netherlands frequently organizes events, varying from workshops and seminars to lunch meetings with well-known guest speakers sharing their views on international trade issues. Please contact ICC Netherlands for more information.

Poland

Mr. Andrzej Arendarski

Population (2014 est.):38,346,279 (growth rate: -0.11%); birth rate: 9.77/1000; infant mortality rate: 6.19/1000; life expectancy: 76.65

Economic summary: GDP/PPP $814 billion (2013 est.); per capita $21,100.

Real growth rate: 1.3%.

Inflation: 1%.

Industries: machine building, iron and steel, coal mining, chemicals, shipbuilding, food processing, glass, beverages, textiles.

Exports: $202.3 billion (2013 est.): machinery and transport equipment 37.8%, intermediate manufactured goods 23.7%, miscellaneous manufactured goods 17.1%, food and live animals 7.6% (2013).

Imports: $207.4 billion (2013 est.): machinery and transport equipment 38%, intermediate manufactured goods 21%, chemicals 15%, minerals, fuels, lubricants, and related materials 9% (2011).

Internet users: 22.452 million (2009).

Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Lead by President Mr. Andrzej Arendarski who is a Vice President of Eurochambres, the PCC (Polish Chamber of Commerce) was established in 1990 and supports all and any business activities that help to develop and increase the Polish economies competitiveness. The PCC is a member of EUROCHAMBRES which groups the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the European chambers of commerce in Paris. Objectives of the PCC include actively participating in the creation of free Polish market economy, the promotion of brand products and social responsibility of business, making foreign markets more accessible for Polish businesses and the support of Polish entrepreneurs within the integrated EU market. With a strong focus on encouraging businesses to implement the highest standards of business ethics whilst operating, the PCC organises various conferences and training seminars where the most meritorious entrepreneurs within the social field are given awards through The “Fair Play Enterprise” Program.

The PCC not only represents the interests of Polish entrepreneurs but also the interests of the Parliament, the Government and local self-governments, and issues opinions on draft statutes relating to the economy. The main mission of the PCC is to increase the international recognition of Poland and is fully aware that polish companies will have increased chances of becoming competitive in international markets if they are perceived positively.

Romania

Mr. Mihai Daraban

Population (2014 est.): 21,729,871 (growth rate: –0.29%); birth rate: 9.27/1000; infant mortality rate: 10.16/1000; life expectancy: 74.69; density per sq mi: 218.6

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $288.5 billion; per capita $14,400.

Real growth rate: 3.5%.

Inflation: 3.2%.

Industries: electric machinery and equipment, textiles and footwear, light machinery, auto assembly, mining, timber, construction materials, metallurgy, chemicals, food processing, petroleum refining.

Exports: $65.84 billion (2013 est.): machinery and equipment, metals and metal products, textiles and footwear, chemicals, agricultural products, minerals and fuels.

Imports: $73.42 billion f.o.b. (2013 est.): machinery and equipment, chemicals, fuels and minerals, metals, textile and products, agricultural products.

Internet users: 7.787 million (2009).

Romania Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania organized during Thursday January 29, 2015, a Reception in the honour of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Bucharest.

The event, that took place at Romexpo Exhibition Centre, pinpointed the special contribution of foreign diplomats to the national development of the economy, through the support given to bilateral commercial relations between Romania and various states of the world.

In his speech, the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, Mr. Mihai Daraban thanked the Ambassadors and representatives of the Diplomatic Missions for their involvement in intensifying the international economic cooperation and stimulating global investments. The CCIR President underlined the importance of the partnership between the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and the foreign Embassies in Bucharest, which contributes to developing businesses.

Mrs. Angela Filote, Head of the Bucharest Office of the European Commission, thanked the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania for its approaches to promote businesses. Mrs. Filote mentioned the central role of businesses in the European Commission’s approach to diminish the effects of the economic crisis, inviting CCIR to be a partner of the EC in implementing the pan-European investment plan which is meant to revitalize the economy of EU Member States.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, a non-governmental organization, organizes annually the Reception for the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Bucharest. Through this event, CCIR honors the contribution of diplomatic offices from 1864, when foreign diplomats in Bucharest made steps along Alexandru Ioan Cuza in order to issue the first law of the Chambers of Commerce from the United Principalities, signed on September 30, 1864. last year, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania celebrated 150 years from the issuing of Prince A. I. Cuza’s law

Russia

Mr. Evgeni Primakov

Population (2014 est.): 142,470,272 (growth rate: –0.03%); birth rate: 11.87/1000; infant mortality rate: 7.08/1000; life expectancy: 70.16; density per sq mi: 21.5

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $2.553 trillion; per capita $18,100.

Real growth rate: 1.3%.

Inflation: 6.8%.

Industries: complete range of mining and extractive industries producing coal, oil, gas, chemicals, and metals; all forms of machine building from rolling mills to high-performance aircraft and space vehicles; defense industries including radar, missile production, and advanced electronic components, shipbuilding; road and rail transportation equipment; communications equipment; agricultural machinery, tractors, and construction equipment; electric power generating and transmitting equipment; medical and scientific instruments; consumer durables, textiles, foodstuffs, handicrafts.

Exports: $515 billion (2013 est.): petroleum and petroleum products, natural gas, wood and wood products, metals, chemicals, and a wide variety of civilian and military manufactures.

Imports: $341 billion (2013 est.): machinery, vehicles, pharmaceutical products, plastic, semi-finished metal products, meat, fruits and nuts, optical and medical instruments, iron, steel.

Internet users: 40.853 million (2009).

Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Headed by President Mr. Evgeni Primakov, the RF CCI (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation) is both a non-profit and nongovernmental organization focused on meeting the goals and objectives laid out in the Russian Federation Law on Chambers of Commerce and Industry whilst helping to increase the growth of Russia’s economy into the worldwide economic system. The RF CCI represents companies of various sizes and is in involved in all business sectors such as agriculture, domestic and foreign trade, the finance system, manufacturing and also the service sector.

Some of the many tasks of the RF CCI include helping to create and maintain connections with foreign partner organizations and worldwide business organizations, providing adequate support in the development of new innovations and modern technology, developing and increasing the level of business service infrastructure in order to broaden the amount of service offered to businesses and active involvement in drafting regulatory acts and laws affecting Russian entrepreneurs.

Today the RF CCI has helped to unite over 20,000 companies and public institutions and includes 156 regional chambers of commerce and industry and 16 foreign representative offices. As a western-based producer you can utilize the services offered by the chamber through consultations from the Chamber’s experts in regards to various sectors of trade activity

Serbia

Marko CHADEZ

Population (July 2014 est): 7,209,764 (growth rate: –0.46%); birth rate: 9.13/1000; infant mortality rate: 6.4/1000; life expectancy: 75.02.

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $80.47 billion; per capita $11,100.

Real growth rate: 2%.

Inflation: 2.2%.

Industries: automobiles, base metals, furniture, food processing, machinery, chemicals, sugar, tires, clothes, pharmaceuticals.

Exports: $14.61 billion (2013 est.): iron and steel, rubber, clothes, wheat, fruit and vegetables, nonferrous metals, electric appliances, metal products, weapons and ammunition, automobiles.

Imports: $20.54 billion (2013).

Internet users: 4.107 million (2009).

Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

ICC Serbia is an ICC national committee. These national bodies comprise leading companies and business associations in their countries or territories. National committees shape ICC policies and alert their governments to international business concerns. Companies and business associations interested in joining are invited to contact ICC Serbia

Slovenia

Samo Hribar Milic

President and General Manager of the CCIS

Population (2014 est.): 1,988,292 (growth rate: -0.23%); birth rate: 8.54/1000; infant mortality rate: 4.04/1000; life expectancy: 77.83

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $57.36 billion; per capita $27,400.

Real growth rate: -1.1%.

Inflation: 1.8%.

Internet users: 1.298 million (2009).

Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Slovenian economy is highly dynamic and flexible, firmly embedded in international economic flows and globally competitive.

Leading-edge products of the highest quality, globally recognised brands, advanced technological solutions, an innovative business environment, modern design applying the latest principles, a well developed infrastructure, environmental awareness and a highly educated and motivated workforce fluent in several foreign languages are features that best characterise Slovenia.

We pride ourselves on numerous excellent companies, spreading our country’s reputation and the reputation of our economy across the globe. The latest in technological developments is being implemented in Slovenian companies’ development and production strategies as we speak. We have numerous globally recognised brands that indicate the exceptional quality of Slovenian products in various and niche fields, the high added value and corresponding successful competition with other companies in the global market. It is more than clear that such a business environment offers opportunities for cooperation that should be seized.

As the largest and strongest association of Slovenian companies, its activities and cooperation with its international partner network allow the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to support and facilitate your entrance to the Slovenian market. It can help you search for new contacts and provide you with a wide range of useful business information. I am convinced that you will be able to seize the opportunities offered by Slovenia. We will do our best to help you in your endeavours

Slovakia

Peter MIHÓK

Population (2014 est.): 5,443,583 (growth rate: 0.03%); birth rate: 10.01/1000; infant mortality rate: 5.35/1000; life expectancy: 76.69; density per sq mi: 287

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $133.4 billion; per capita $24,700.

Real growth rate: 0.8%.

Inflation: 1.7%.

Industries: metal and metal products; food and beverages; electricity, gas, coke, oil, nuclear fuel; chemicals, synthetic fibers; machinery; paper and printing; earthenware and ceramics; transport vehicles; textiles; electrical and optical apparatus; rubber products.

Exports: $82.7 billion (2013 est.): vehicles 21%, machinery and electrical equipment 35.9%, base metals 11.3%, chemicals and minerals 8.1%, plastics 4.9% (2009). 

Imports: $77.96 billion (2013 est.): machinery and transport equipment 31%, mineral products 13%, vehicles 12%, base metals 9%, chemicals 8%, plastics 6% (2009).

Internet users: 4.063 million (2009).

Slovakian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

ICC Slovakia is an ICC national committee. These national bodies comprise leading companies and business associations in their countries or territories. National committees shape ICC policies and alert their governments to international business concerns. Companies and business associations interested in joining are invited to contact ICC Slovakia.

Sweden

Fredrik CAPPELEN

Population (2014 est.):9,723,809 (growth rate: 0.79%); birth rate: 11.92/1000; infant mortality rate: 2.6/1000; life expectancy: 81.89; density per sq mi: 55.6

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $393.8 billion; per capita $40,900.

Real growth rate: 0.9%.

Inflation: 0%.

Industries: iron and steel, precision equipment (bearings, radio and telephone parts, armaments), wood pulp and paper products, processed foods, motor vehicles.

Exports: $181.5 billion (2013 est.): machinery 35%, motor vehicles, paper products, pulp and wood, iron and steel products, chemicals.

Imports: $158 billion (2013 est.): machinery, petroleum and petroleum products, chemicals, motor vehicles, iron and steel; foodstuffs, clothing.

Internet users: 8.398 million (2009).

Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry

ICC Sweden is an ICC national committee. These national bodies comprise leading companies and business associations in their countries or territories. National committees shape ICC policies and alert their governments to international business concerns. Companies and business associations interested in joining are invited to contact ICC Sweden.

UK

Mr. John Longworth

Population (2014 est.): 63,742,977 (growth rate: 0.54%); birth rate: 12.22/1000; infant mortality rate: 4.44/1000; life expectancy: 80.42; density per sq km: 255.6

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $2.387 trillion; per capita $37,300.

Real growth rate: 1.8%.

Inflation: 2%.

Industries: machine tools, electric power equipment, automation equipment, railroad equipment, shipbuilding, aircraft, motor vehicles and parts, electronics and communications equipment, metals, chemicals, coal, petroleum, paper and paper products, food processing, textiles, clothing, other consumer goods.

Exports: $813.2 billion (2013 est.): manufactured goods, fuels, chemicals; food, beverages, tobacco.

Imports: $782.5 billion (2013 est.): manufactured goods, machinery, fuels; foodstuffs.

Internet users: 51.444 million (2009).

United Kindom Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is a dynamic, high-profile and independent business network, with Chambers across the UK. Local Chambers sit at the heart of the community, working with businesses of all sizes, and representing all sectors. BCC mission is to make the Chamber network an essential part of growing business; BCC do this by sharing opportunities, knowledge and expertise.

BCC been growing British business for more than 150 years, providing companies with practical support, useful connections and valuable access to new ideas and innovations. Even though we’re not for profit, we’re powerfully placed to help those who are

Firms can join a unique organisation with a strong campaigning voice for the interests of business in Westminster, Whitehall, town halls and Brussels, where we promote pro-growth policies and defend business priorities. Firms can also access a range of services, networking and support from their Chamber, to help them do business every day.