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Overview of the Chamber.

ABOUT THE CHAMBER

The Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry is an association of business operators, firms and industries with interests spanning every sector of private enterprise in Ghana. As an advocacy organization, the GCCI was established with the prime objective of promoting industrial and commercial interest in the country. The Chamber represents the voice of the business community with total commitment to playing a leadership role towards propelling Ghana’s economy to higher heights. To this end, the Chamber has and will continue to influence government policies which will be to the benefit of the private sector whiles promoting the overall development of the Ghanaian economy.

Mission Statement

To serve as the voice for the business community; promotes and protects the interests of members by fostering ethical practices in commerce, trade and services through advocacy, training, education and ensuring adherence to quality.

Vision Statement

To provide leadership for the growth and prosperity of businesses in Ghana

Motto

“Your Business Links, Our Business”

BRIEF HISTORY

The GCCI traces its roots to the first Chambers established in the then Gold Coast called the Gold Coast Chambers of Revenue, the first of it being formed on January 10th 1850 by the Danes. At the time, they were independent Chambers and were established as trading centres in the country. Thus, there were the Chambers of Kumasi, Cape Coast, Sekondi-Takoradi, Accra/Eastern Province, Keta/Ho, Kpandu/Hohoe, Swedru, Suhum/Nsawam, Tamale, Sunyani and Koforidua. As expected these were the areas of active or buoyant trading activities.

After Independence all these Chambers were consolidated into one national chamber, by Executive Instrument (E.I. 196) by the then Prime Minister of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. The unification became necessary in order for the Government to deal with one body rather than a splinter of groups with a common goal. It was also for the group to have a common front in addressing the issues of its members. The E.I. was later amended by the Statutory Corporations Act of 1964 (Act 232) and the Legislative Instrument (L.I. 611) of 1968, which was passed on 11th December 1968. The L.I. 611 thus begins the modern Ghana National Chamber of Commerce which later had to incorporate Industries since the members were not only traders. Following the rebranding of the Chamber in 2011, the name of the Chamber was changed to Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).

THE CHAMBER TODAY

The Chamber has grown impressively from a membership of 14 in 1888 to over 2,898 today. Since its incorporation, the Chamber has continued to play a significant role in the economic growth of Ghana.

The activities of the Chamber are carried out through various Sectoral Groups and Service Committees which cover a variety of interests. The Chamber’s Secretariat provides the administrative and technical support for the day-to-day working of the Chamber

The Council of the Chamber is the highest policy making body and usually meets bi-monthly to deliberate on issues of importance to the Chamber, the business sector and the economy at large. Members, who are not members of the Council, could attend the council meeting as observers.

Relations with government and other relevant bodies

The Chamber, as the representative organ of the business community, is the voice of the organised private sector in Ghana. It maintains regular consultations with the government on policies and measures affecting business and the economy.

When necessary, it makes representations to the Government on issues of interest to the business community and the economy.

What we offer

  • The Chamber promotes Trade and Industry and also represents the opinion of the business community on matters affecting Trade and Industry in Ghana. It is incorporated as a non-profit making organization and its income and property are applied solely for the promotion of its objectives.
  • It is the central organization for collecting, distributing and disseminating information of business nature, especially regulations, tariffs, opportunities for trade and other matters affecting local and foreign markets.
  • In the pursuit of its objectives, the Chamber is non-racial, non sectarian, non-political and gender friendly.
  • The Chamber is affiliated with international acclaimed bodies like the Pan African Chamber of Commerce (PACCI), Federation of West African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FEWACCI) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
  • Apart from its continuous efforts at promoting the collective business interest of its members, the Chamber provides customized services to individual members.
  • Letters of introduction are issued to members to facilitate visa procurement for international travels.
  • Numerous directories, trade journals and periodicals from virtually every country in the world are available to members in the Chamber’s Library and Information Hub.
  • Certificates of Origin are endorsed at a moderate cost to members. The service is also extended to non-members.
  • The Chamber’s Annual Report and Quarterly Newsletters are circulated in and outside Ghana.
  • The Chamber’s publications are among the leading works of reference and research on investment potentials in Ghana. Advertisement in the journals and directory is open to members of the Chamber and non-members alike.
  • The Chamber is recognized as the official body through which opinion on commercial and industry matters can be presented directly to Government or other authorities, both national and local. It is frequently consulted by government in advance, on the preparation of new legislation affecting the business community.
  • The Chamber organizes in-house and off-site skills and cognitive training workshops for members and non-members alike. In addition, it carries out consultancy services for members, especially on development of business plan, feasibility study, market research, etc. through its Business Education Service & Training Unit.

Sectoral Groups and Committees

To discharge its duties effectively, the Chamber is structured into sectoral groups which are listed below:

  • Agriculture and Non - Oil Export
  • Automobile
  • Construction and Engineering Services
  • Financial Services
  • Petroleum and Energy
  • Freight Forwarding
  • Industrial
  • Information Communications Technology
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas
  • Professional Practice
  • Small and Medium Enterprises and Distributive
  • Transport

Chamber Branches

  • Accra Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Tema Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Cape Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Sekondi-Takoradi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Kumasi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Tarkwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Wa Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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