The first chambers of commerce were established in the year
1599 to help facilitate trade and associated trust by traveling
traders. By the 1990ies,
the organization had expanded to almost 13,000 chambers worldwide (local,
regional, national, bi-lateral etc), with a combined membership of
over 40 million businesses in 160+ countries....
This also reflects the different types of chambers of commerce and boards
of trade in the world: In some jurisdictions, they are public bodies with mandatory
and an expanded service palette (such as issuing business licenses and official
trade documentation); in other countries, they are non-profit
organizations that do not require 'automatic membership' by a business...
By the mid-1990ies, many chambers and businesses were
first tentative steps in 'global online' commerce. In 1997, the WCN
was established as the
official digital backbone and global online chamber hub. The founding institutions were the Paris
[Ile-de-France Regional] Chamber of Commerce and Industry (one of the largest
metropolitan chamber of commerce in the
world with over 800,000 businesses), and a division of the International Chamber of
In 2003, ChamberTrust Management International (CTMI) was incorporated in Vancouver,
as a basic trust to administer technologies and specific online WCN trust
programs, such as
the original ChamberTrust seal, and CTMI/Chamber-eVault.. Soon
after, all of WCN's online services were handled by CTMI and its technical partners.
WCN's founding institutions and partners prepared to incorporate and develop
WCN as a full commercial venture. Meanwhile, CTMI had expanded to cover non-chamber applications as well
with programs such as the Chamber-eVault family, and other cloud computing-type
services, for all kinds of business clients...
By the fall of 2016, CTMI was entrusted by the WCN founding partners to run the WCN project as a real commercial venture...the WCN global chamber hub and its digital chamber services still being serviced by the
same URL as
the fourth quarter of 2017, CTMI adds an expanded digital business services portfolio that services
ALL businesses, academia, NGOs and public sectors worldwide - with an emphasis
on 'trust', 'level playing field in global exposure', and 'trusted trade
facilitation', including Intellectual Property Protection. It reflects
its trusted roots going back to 1599... and CTMI's modern ownership reflects this
via its mix of private, business, chamber and other related interests..