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Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCCI)

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ASCCI Programmes

UNLEASHING THE TRADE & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SADC REGION

- Policy & Advocacy
- Trade and Investment Promotion
- International Trade and Business Linkages
- ASCCI Functions and Events
- SMME Development Programmes
- Economics Office and Publications
- SADC Business Forum and Other Bodies
- Research Development Initiatives
- Business Development and Services
- ASCCI Membership Benefits
- ASCCI Membership Form
- ASCCI Toolkit Forms
 
Association’s primary objective is to encourage governments in the region to put into place policies and legislative instruments that are conducive to doing business in the region.

ASCCI is committed to working with all national governments in all the 14 countries in the region, as well as the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, to develop mechanisms that will increase the flow of capital in the region, and foreign direct investment. This will increase enterprise, SMME and Industrial development.

ASCCI is further committed to facilitate processes that enhance economic productivity and efficiencies and reduce the cost of doing business in the region. As a result, ASCCI signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the SADC Secretariat in 2002 as the secretariat private sector partner.

This partnership ensures benefits to ASCCI members, the private sector in the region as well as all governments and related public sector stakeholders who are committed to the development of our region.

ASCCI has set up the following commissions in order to increase and enhance dialogue between private sector organisations and governments in the region:

Trade, Investment and Industrial Development Commission.
Taxation, Customs, Monetary and Fiscal Affairs Commission.
Infrastructure and Services (includes Road, Rail, Air Transport
and Water Services Commissions).
Human Resources, Science and Technology Development
Commission.
Agriculture and Food Security Commission.
Environment and Natural Resources Management Commission.
Tourism and Wildlife Management Commission.
Health, Social and Cultural Activities Commission.
2010 – World Cup Opportunities for SADC Commission.
Public - Private Sector Partnership and NEPAD Initiatives
Commission.
Economics Commission.
Immigration, Visa and related matters Commission.
ICT Commission.
International Trade and Business Commission.
All ASCCI members, and affiliated organisations are allowed appointment of 2 representatives to serve in each commission. Each commission meets four times per year to prepare position papers and reports for members and stakeholders who will present
these position papers to ASCCI Council, Council of Ministers of Trade and Summit of the Heads of States through SADC Secretariat with a view to influencing policy and legislation in the region and within respective countries.

ASCCI Regional Business Climate Survey
One of the tools used by ASCCI to influence policy and advocacy in the regions is the ASCCI Regional Business Climate Survey which ASCCI conducts in all the countries of the region together with its associated chamber members. At present the survey is published
in conjunction and in partnership with the German Technical Corporations Agency (GTZ/ASPB) see attached information regarding Regional Business Climate Survey.

Business Development and Services 
 
ASCCI together with its partners in the region facilitate a networking platform for its chamber members as well as corporate members to participate in various business development initiatives. Some of the initiatives include among others:

SADC Intravest
Intravest or intra-regional trade and investment provide an ongoing business to business network with on the spot transaction facilitated by online trading involving respective
members of ASCCI Chambers.

Under SADC Intravest, the ASCCI Secretariat also engages in bilateral and multilateral trade forums with the full participation of ASCCI members to interact rigorously amongst themselves and with chambers and trade bodies outside of the SADC region.

The trade forums are to be complemented by semi-annual workshops on the implementation of best business / management practices in lecture-style formats, including role playing and question and answer sessions involving captains of industry from best run companies in the region.

EU-SADC Investment Promotion Programme (ESIPP)
The ESIPP is the EU-SADC Investment Promotion Programme and is a joint programme of the European Union and the Southern African Development Community administered in
conjunction with the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana.

The Programme is designed to attract foreign investment into the region and promote long-term investment cooperation agreements in specific key sectors on a structured, continuous
and sustainable basis and will boost the economic growth and development of Southern Africa. A key aspect of ESIPP’s mandate is the facilitation of Business-to-Business Investments Promotion and Business Co-operation Meetings to bring together entrepreneurs from Europe and Southern Africa.


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