Nana Dr Appiagyei Dankawoso I, President of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GNCCI), has given the assurance that the Chamber will work to make the business environment in the country conducive for businesses to thrive.
He noted that the Chamber was aware of the high cost of doing businesses in the country and said it was working to reduce the cost.
Addressing the business community in the Upper West Region in Wa on Wednesday, Nana Dr Dankawoso I explained that the reduction of taxes and the paperless transaction at the port were some of the initiatives of the chamber to improve the private sector.
“The cost of doing business in Ghana has become something that we have been talking about,…we realize that there are so many things that we can change, change is difficult but sometimes it is good.
The reduction of taxes at the port that the Vice President mentioned and that of the paperless transaction at the port we started it, we finished with it and then we collaborated with them and that’s why you see this paperless thing happening at the port”, he noted.
This formed party of activities of a two day working visit of the chamber to the region to ascertain the progress of businesses in the region, be weary of their challenges and how the GNCCI could help to mitigate those challenges.
The team also paid a courtesy call on the Regional Minister, interacted with some smock weavers in Wa and shea butter producers in Kperisi, both in the Wa Municipal.
The GNCCI was established by an Act of Parliament, Act 232 of 1968 and was a member of the International Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Federation of West African Chamber of Commerce and Industries and the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industries, hence all members of the GNCCI were members of the these umbrella bodies by default.
“The contribution of the chamber to the economy of Ghana cannot be overemphasized”, said Nana Dr Dankawoso I, and hinted that it was his vision to set up a business school to help build the capacity of members.
He also urged business operators to maximise conferences and workshops organised by the chamber to regularly build their capacities.
“It is one of my visions to make sure that we set up a business school so as part of that we need to start from somewhere, so we need to build capacity of members.
The business school is not to raise members on academic lines but to build ourselves up in the businesses that we”, He explained.
Dr Dankawoso I also urged members to maximise the One-District-One-Factory project of the government being implemented by Ghana Exim Bank, which he was a board Member, to access credit from the bank to advance their businesses.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GNCCI, Mr Mark Badu Aboagye noted that the chamber was mandated by the Legislative Instrument (L.I) establishing it to protect the interest of the private sector.
He therefore said the national secretariat of the chamber was always available to provide support to businesses when the need be.
Mr Flex Segu Eshun, Northern Sector Manager of the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), schooled the business community in the region on the requirement they needed to aid them to access loan from the bank.
Some of these requirements he identified included; an active bank account, financial transaction and proper book keeping among others.
He also entreated businesses to build trust and confidence with their suppliers to enable them to access goods on credit and to repay latter.
The Upper West Regional Secretariat of the chamber was also inaugurated and led by Mr Bennin Justice as the Chairman, Alhaji Iddrisu Salford, Vice Chairman and Madam Mohamed Anisah Dumbo as Treasurer.