The collapse of global tourism has left 200 million people in the first 6 months of 2020 out of the job. ICC is trying to boost global tourism and give tourists the confidence to travel again with an innovative solution – an APP on block chain.
What ICC argues for with the government at this point is that the COVID-19 status should be determined before anyone leaves for the travel. “It should be pre-departure, not post-departure” – ICC Secretary John Denton told The Checkpoints in an exclusive interview drawing on a personal example at the Georgian Airport.
“I didn’t have to take a PCR test but they didn’t know it at the Georgian airport, so I did one –Denton told Elene Kvanchilashvili - but wouldn’t it have been better, if the government had it determined before, by using the standard like this: I would have had a block chain enabled digital certification attested to a certified doctor who’s been approved and then represented it in a QR code in my phone. I present that and then you see a tick red or green, and then I pass through.”
ICC Secretary General says, he would love Georgia to be part of it. “What’s really important is to have one standard because in the end to instill the global confidence again for people it is crucial to know who I am travelling with are actually COVID-free” – says Denton.
John Denton became Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in 2018. He is a global business leader and international advisor on policy and a legal expert on international trade and investment. Denton serves on the Board of leading global infrastructure group IFM Investors and is Chair of the Asia Pacific Advisory Council of Veracity WorldWide.
ICC is the institutional representative of more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries. Its mission is to make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere.
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