Business News of 2014-07-08

Sekondi-Takoradi Chamber of Commerce withdraws from GNCCI

The Sekondi-Takoradi Chamber of commerce and Industry (STCCI) has broken links with the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce (GNCCI) because of alleged financial impropriety exhibited by the latter.

According to the STCCI, although the GNCCI is an independent, non-political organisation which is dedicated to promoting and protecting the interests of businesses in Ghana, the situation of financial impropriety of the umbrella body of commerce has affected the realisation of the goals and aspirations of the STCCI and its members, and has therefore resolved to be fully autonomous.

This decision, the STCCI maintained, would enable the Chamber to direct its own resources, in order to achieve the goals and aspirations of the commerce and industry in a responsible, effective and efficient manner.

Addressing the media in Takoradi, the Interim Chairman of the STCCI, Ato Van-Ess, noted that the GNCCI has over the years, failed on its functions, resulting in dissatisfaction and discontent within the ranks of the Chamber, which in turn has led to the springing up of other independent chambers.

Mr Van-Ess mentioned that the GNCCI, as the mother body in trade and commerce in Ghana, is tasked with the promotion and protection of trade, commerce, industries and manufacturers in Ghana; the promotion and participation in trade fairs in Ghana; and also develop linkages with other chambers of commerce in the world.

It (GNCCI) also has the responsibility to provide the facilities needed to augment communications and interchange of views between members of GNCCI on one hand, and departments of government, public institution and other associations on the other, on matters directly affecting the interests of GNCCI or its members.

He revealed that the STCCI had over the years and through its own efforts, not only tried to establish links with local and international chambers like International chamber of commerce and the World Trade Centre, but to also cooperate with them to provide programmes and services to members.

Mr. Van-Ess said the efforts were discouraged and thwarted by the GNCCI with reasons that such organisations were competitors. Besides, the STCCI did not have the right to provide services to its members.

He therefore entreated the GNCCI to, in the interest of members of STCCI and the general business community in the Western Region, respect this decision.

Source: Public Agenda
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