1960, New York: genesis of the innovative idea of creating a World Trade Center to streamline and stimulate economic activity, organized around a physical space bringing together institutions specialized in international development and large businesses.
The concept of a World Trade Center integrated the notion of services to businesses, especially training, the notion of a business club and economic data.
Other cities rapidly followed suit and in 1970 the World Trade Centers Association was formed by centres in Amsterdam, Antwerp, New Orleans, New York, Paris, Rotterdam and Tokyo.
The World Trade Centers Association
The WTCA’s mission is to run and develop the network all over the globe by facilitating exchanges via international meetings involving high-level figures from the economic and political fields.
Every World Trade Center serves as a valuable meeting point, with a dynamic programme of activities bringing together different stakeholders in the economic field.
They are independent entities that are federated under the umbrella association WTCA. Each World Trade Center offers personalized products and services to facilitate and reinforce the presence of businesses on its territory or their development abroad.
An engagement to reciprocity by all World Trade Centers ensures that businesses receive the same high-quality service wherever in the world they are.
By joining a World Trade Center, you also join the international network that is the World Trade Centers Association, and you gain valuable new opportunities for exchanging, sharing, discovering, learning, …as well as advantageous conditions and reductions on services supporting development.
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World Trade Centers in France
There are 13 World Trade Centers in France:
The 14th World Trade Center, Bordeaux-Atlantique, will open in 2015.
World Trade Centers in France have fully embraced the international vision and the network-based approach as key components for the development of their region.
All of them are present in and fully committed to the worldwide network. They participate regularly in international meetings and are well known for their energetic and entrepreneurial attitude.
Most of them are linked to the international department of a Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which they complement by providing a network of natives of different countries.
Via the WTC brand, they contribute to the internationalization of their territory and businesses. Services are deployed jointly with CCI International in order to widen the range of services on offer and to be closer to the problems faced by businesses They serve as enablers, entry points, and their presence in regional networks brings with it opportunities for new contacts and new business.