Another important role of UMFCCI is acting as a bridge between the State and the private sector. This role is made possible by the fact that there is a vast network of chambers and associations affiliated to the UMFCCI. Moreover, with the increasing membership strength, UMFCCI has become more influential over the business community. In the international arena, UMFCCI is a member of the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ASEAN-CCI), the (BIMST-EC),Greater Mekong Subregion Business Forum (GMS-BF), Joint Economic Quadrangle Committee (JEQC) and it supports and follows the principles of competition, reduction of trade barriers and facilitation of international trade.