1. In Bilateral Business Councils, which government do we work with? You can reach out to governments in both countries with specific asks.
  2. Is this policy-focused work? Yes, influencing Policy is a priority, along with equal emphasis on business-to-business networking and community outreach.
  3. Who are the Councils reporting to? Councils are flexibly structured with freedom for self-determination. Working with trust and togetherness, Councils are led by Council Presidents, and their set up is coordinated by WICCI Secretariat/Headquarters.
  4. How does a Council evolve its Roadmap? Simply follow the given process of setting up a Council- wherein Council President nominates 1 VP and minimum 20 women leaders as Council Members.Initiate exchange and interaction with all with spirit of participatory leadership to evolve your own unique roadmap.
  5. Where does funding come for a council's activities ? Unlike other associations that charge hefty membership fee, WICCI does not charge any of its members. Therefore, it expects each council to fund its own activities via its members/their companies. This is in line with our ethos of participatory/distributed leadership. Expenses of WICCI Secretariat/headquarters are funded by the Founder President.
  6. Do all activities of the council need to be ‘not for profit’? Yes, Not-for-profit. If you have a surplus, it is to be used for general good of society.
  7. Are all activities supposed to be business and trade oriented? Yes. Activities such as research, mentoring, training, knowledge sharing are also included.
  8. How do we build B2B connections through WICCI Councils? Best way is for your Council / select Councils together to organise Conferences with an inclusive B2B agenda and program having diverse topics and speaking opportunities for women worldwide to share about their work and what they seek as business collaborations. We send circulars to our councils/share on social media to register and join. This brings all stakeholders together for collective energy and synergy.
  9. Can the Councils Abroad be registered in their respective countries ? Councils are informal groups under our parent NGO in India. However for Bilateral Business Councils based Abroad, these are allowed to be registered in their respective countries as NGOs and Non-profit entity to receive and spend local funds/sponsorships in pursuance of the WICCI mandate of women empowerment. Please inform the WICCI Secretariat if you’d like to pursue this as we will need to issue a ‘No Objection’ for using the word WICCI in your locally registered Council entity. Please note that in this case, your registered council will be fully liable and responsible for all its local compliances, rules and regulations.
  10. Can the Councils in India be registered separately? NO. Councils in India cannot be registered separately in any place, nor can they open or operate any bank accounts. The Central Account at the Secretariat functions as the nodal point for any external project based funding to be received/disbursed on behalf of the council.
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