The Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), has inaugurated its national council and central executive committee, tasking the two bodies to work for the progress of the chamber.
With representations from seven chamber districts across the country, the two bodies, with 17 members each, are expected to assist the national executives to effectively steer the agenda of the chamber.
The representation is drawn from Accra, Tema, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Wa and Tarkwa, and officials from the national executives.
The committees would be chaired by the president of the GCCI, Nana Dr. Appiahgyei Dankawoso I.
Considered as the governing council of the GCCI, the national council is the highest decision-making body of the organisation.
Performing the swearing-in ceremony in Accra, Nana Dr. Appiahgyei Dankawoso I, challenged the two committees to rededicate their commitment to the progress of the chamber.
The chamber, Nana Dr. Appiahgyei Dankawoso I said, remained the leading business advocacy group in the country for national development, a tenet the new committee members must not depart from.
Nana Appiagyei Dankawoso also tasked the new committee members to exert their expertise and experiences so as to change the fortunes of the chamber while making it more meaningful to the development of the country.
He disclosed that in order to reward the hard work of industry players, the chamber would institute an industrial awards ceremony, the first of its kind, this year.
An ultra modern office complex and a school to train members on export, he said, would also be put up to better prepare their members for global competitive businesses.
A longstanding member of the chamber who has served on various committees, Mr. Wilson Atta Krofah, said the chamber was an important vehicle for development which is recognised across the African continent.
He said the chamber had the potential of reducing the unemployment figures in the country, if government took it serious and worked hand-in-hand for a common purpose.
The private sector, in his view was key to the socio-economic development of the country and as industry players, there was the need to keep the government on its toes, especially in matters that bothered on the GCCI.
By Julius Yao Petetsi &Inga Jahn