Chamber shields members from turbulence
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News)– THE Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) is promoting interaction among members in a move aimed at shielding businesses from the turbulent economic atmosphere.
JCCI, recently launched its South West Johannesburg Regional Committee with well-known businessman, Sakhumzi Maqubela, as the chairperson.
Regional Committees are an important part of the Chamber’s strategy to develop a closer relationship with its members, to promote linkages between members and to develop a lobby addressing that region’s specific issues.
“This is an economically difficult time for all businesses,” JCCI publicist, Dorothy Lotter, tells CAJ News Africa.
Lotter says throughout the world, it has been shown that where there is a strong chamber of commerce, business benefits from the support provided.
“JCCI promotes member-to-member contacts for potential business opportunities and the sharing of ideas and introduces small and emerging businesses to established business,” she says.
She adds the organisation is the chosen partner in a number of business development initiatives with local, government and international entities.
“Our members benefit from such initiatives,” says Lotter.
“We also have developed relationships with municipal executives and through our regional committees, which identify issues specific to that area, are able to work with the stakeholders to improve the business environment and assist with impediments to business.”
JCCI has regional committees in Sandton, Midrand, South West Johannesburg and Eastern Johannesburg.
“Clearly, if we are seen to be effective, that translates into a growing membership for the Chamber,” says Lotter.
Celebrating 125 years, the chamber is an independent, non-political, subscription-based association dedicated to promoting a business-friendly environment. Its members are drawn from every sector of the economy, and range from independent entrepreneurs to the large corporate.
– CAJ News
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