World Franchise Council

wfcFounded in 1994, the World Franchise Council is an amicable, non-political association of National Franchise Associations around the world.

Founded in 1994, the World Franchise Council is an amicable, non-political association of National Franchise Associations around the world. Its objectives are to inform each other of developments and to represent international bodies. This website serves as a gate for information about the franchising industry and National Franchise Associations around the Globe.

Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation

apfc-logoThe objectives of the APFC are to provide a forum with properly constituted National Franchise Associations in the Asia Pacific region where they can share experience,information and technical “know-how” on franchising, including the establishment of better communication channels among members. It is also to encourage further development of properly constituted National Franchise Associations in all countries within the Asia Pacific region in order to strengthen the industry networking regionally and to present regional information in franchising and the common views of National Franchise Associations within the region to international bodies, like World Franchise Council. Full membership of the APFC is open to all National Franchise Associations in the Asia Pasific region whose constitution requires a subscribing membership and a governing body which is in the majority composed of franchising companies or their representatives. For each country, only one national franchise association will be recognized by the APFC with the exception to be considered by the APFC on a case-to-case basis. Meetings are held once per year. The secretariat is rotated from country to country with Malaysia Franchise Association (MFA) being the permanent secretariat of the confederation for 4 years (2008 – 2012). The official language of the APFC is English.


Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), was established in March 1993 as a statutory agency under the Ministry of International Trade Industry (MITI).

As Malaysia’s national export promotion agency, MATRADE is responsible for assisting Malaysian companies succeed in the international market. MATRADE’s vision of making Malaysia the premier exporting nation is paired with its mission to develop and promote Malaysia’s exports to the world.


Egyptian Franchise Development Association (Egyptian)

EFDA is a NGO and a non-profit organization representing and serving the franchise industry in Egypt. It was formed in 2001 (registered by the no. 518/2001 law 32 for year 1964) to encourage and promote entrepreneurship through franchising.


Turkish Franchising Association (UFRAD)

Turkey Franchise Association-UFRAD is the first and single representative of franchising sector in our country.

First established in 1991, UFRAD’s main purpose is to build trust to the franchising system while improving and enlarging the sector. Today UFRAD has approximately 100 firms under its roof.

UFRAD works to educate investors about the franchising system that was born in the United States by providing knowledge and information about legal, cultural, and financial matters to help companies to constitute collaborations either in Turkish market or international platforms. Turkish Franchising Association-UFRAD continues to bring brands together and has reached trading volume of 35 million USD as of today.

Because of its contributions to the franchising field, UFRAD has been confirmed as a member by World Franchising Council (WFC) and European Franchising Federation (EFF). It’s also chosen to be active at the board of directors of EFF. Since the beginning, UFRAD has been supporting many national and international franchising fairs as well. Through TV programs and other media channels, UFRAD is the biggest informant for the public about franchising industry. Our association also provides certificate programs for entrepreneurs to enter the sector with new knowledge about franchising.

Franchise Council of Australia Limited (FCA)

The Franchise Council of Australia Limited (FCA) is the peak body for the $128 billion franchise sector in Australia, representing franchisees, franchisors and service providers to the sector.

It was formed in 1983 as a not-for-profit trade association To establish standards of international best practice in business format franchising for Australian franchise systems; To provide information and education about franchising to existing and potential franchisees and franchisors and To educate state and federal governments on issues relevant to the sector.

The FCA is closely affiliated with franchising associations around the world, and is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation (APFC). It is also a member of the World Franchise Council (WFC) and for 1999 and 2000 managed the secretariat for the World Franchise Council.

China Chain Store & Franchise Association (CCFA)

China Chain Store & Franchise Association (CCFA) is the official representative of retailing & franchise industry in China. Currently, there are 800 enterprise members with 160,000 outlets, including domestic & overseas retailers, franchisers, suppliers, and relevant organizations. By the end of 2008, the total sale of CCFA member Retailers exceeded 200 billion USD, accounting 13{d1e79f1062e942fc6be5d333ef338290b4aabd286f7e63a124ce6ce2bf4f6efe} of the total social consumption goods retail of China.

CCFA participates in policy making and coordination and safeguard the interests of industry and members, and provides a series of professional trainings and industry information and data for our members and establishes platforms for exchange and cooperation.

CCFA is the unique and comprehensive non-partisan, non-profit association with member companies from over 60 different industries and sectors such as food & beverage, retail and service.

Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC)

Founded in 1861, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) is the oldest and largest business organisation in Hong Kong, with around 4,000 members. Our mission is to promote, represent and safeguard the interests of the Hong Kong business community. The Chamber provides a wide range of business documentation, training, information, room rental and event services at member rates. The Chamber maintains 7 offices around Hong Kong offering quality and prompt services with substantial discounts to members on the issuance of all kinds of certificate of origin documents. In cooperation with Tradelink, the Chamber has extended its certification service to cover electronic lodgement of certificate of Hong Kong origin, restrained textile licences, import and export trade declarations and production notifications. The Chamber is the only official authority in Hong Kong to issue the internationally recognised ATA Carnets which are offered at half-price to Chamber members.

Franchising Association of India (FAI)

Franchising Association of India (FAI) is focused on promoting the concept of Franchising in India and on bringing in best international practices. By virtue of our membership of the prestigious World Franchise Council (WFC) we are connected with 46 similar associations of other World Franchise council member countries including International Franchising Association, US. As a part of the constitution World Franchise Council acknowledges and admits only one member association per country.

Franchising Association of India (FAI) was founded at Mumbai in 1999, as a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative by Mr. C Y Pal, National President- FAI to promote the concept of franchising. FAI is the only recognised voice of the rapidly growing franchising industry for lobbying with the Government for policy initiatives for development of the industry.

Japan Franchise Association (JFA)

Japan Franchise Association (JFA) was established in 1972 with approval of Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) to encourage the healthy development of franchising in Japan. JFA membership consists of Japan’s leading franchisor companies & of the companies who have interest in franchising and who agree the intent and purpose of JFA.

Korea Franchise Association (KFA)
Promoting Franchise, The New Alternative Key To The Korean Economic Growth
Korean Franchise Association make every effort to support the Service Franchise industry and plan promotional strategies that will lead to economic growth, job creation, and creating added value. We will do our best to create legislation in regards to royalties for the Service franchise and prepare counter-measures to protect knowledge-based services. In order to make this all possible, I believe that all the enterprises contributing to the franchise market should work hard to be sound conscientious enterprises. The Korean Franchise Association will ceaseles sly work hard and strive to be at the forefront of the franchise industry; to develop and look at the bigger picture in order to secure a better future.

Macau Chain Stores & Franchise Association (MCFA)

The Macau Chain Stores & Franchise Association (MCFA) was build in 2010 and is recognized as being a professional franchise association of high reputation in Macau. It has been one of the organizers of the Macao Franchise Expo together with Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute.

Franchise Association of New Zealand (FAANZ)

The Franchise Association of New Zealand was formed in July 1996. Prior to that, the Association was a Chapter of the Australian-based FAANZ. The Association represents those concerned with promoting high-quality franchising both in New Zealand and around the world. All members are required to abide by the FANZ Codes and franchise documents are checked biennially to ensure continued compliance.

Philippine Franchise Association (PFA)

The Philippine Franchise Association is the pioneer and premier franchise associate in the country, with member-franchisors providing a wide range of investment opportunities – from micro to large, both home-grown and international. Guided by the Fair Franchising Standards (FFS), PFA members commit to a Code of Ethics to ensure transparency in their business dealings, thereby sustaining PFA’s mission to promote franchising as a tool for national development.

Franchising and Licensing Association (Singapore) (FLA)

Franchising and Licensing Association (Singapore) (FLA), started as Singapore’s national franchise body. It was one of the founding members of the World Franchise Council. FLA, formerly known as Singapore International Franchise Association (SIFA), was established in 1993 with the mission to nurture and develop Singapore’s franchise industry.

Heeding the Singapore Government’s call to move towards a knowledge- based economy; coupled with the increasing synergy between Franchising, Branding and Technology Licensing , the Association has taken the initiative of enlarging the membership representation and scope of the Association to include companies engaged in Branding and Technology Licensing.