Mr. Ato Van-Ess has been re-elected as the Chairman of the Sekondi-Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (STRCCI) for a two-year term.
The other executives are Mr. Cadmond Dadzie as Vice Chairman; Mr. Matthew Ade, Treasurer; and Mr. Vincent Annan remains the Executive Secretary.
Speaking to the media after the election, Mr. Van- Ess explained that it is the vision of the STRCCI to be Ghanaâ€™s most influential business organisation -- providing maximum value to its membership by recognising and encouraging the private sectorâ€™s role as the driving force of the economy.
â€œOver the past three years, we have been able to create and sustain reinforcing relationships among businesses, the community and development partners such as GIZ, BUSAC Fund, Business Development Services Fund among others in areas such as provision of technical expertise, capacity building for members, as well as advocacy,â€ he said.
He said todayâ€™s STRCCI will focus on a broad range of activities and support for both business and communities, adding "I will lead to strategically direct the chamber through the coming years."
According to him, the chamber will provide business-building programmes from trade shows to business development and management seminars and training to discounts on business-related goods and services.
â€œWe will offer-one stop solutions for starting a business and be the primary source for businesses and individuals seeking information on the business climate in the Western Region,â€ he added.
At the moment, he said, the Chamber is embarking on speedy passage of the local content bill which is before parliament into law -- when this is passed, it will protect local businesses and encourage them to expand and sustain their operations.
â€œEvery single business within the metropolis and the region at large will have to be doing well to maximise profit -- we will come up with more attractive programmes and network with other chambers across the world as we have been doing,â€ he said.
By Juliet AGUIAR, Takoradi
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