Capacity Building

Develop and strengthen soft and hard skills

T he Chamber organizes capacity building programmes to develop and strengthen the soft and hard skills of its members to stay competitive and improve their business operations.These programmes are organised based on a proactive approach that takes into account the unique needs of member-firms.Members are exposed to distinguised experts in their field of specialization to tap into their wealth of knowledge,experience and exposure.

Business Advocacy

Improving business environment to stay competitive

T he Chamber embarks on evidence-based advocacy with the aim of improving the business environment to enable businesses stay competitive locally and internationally.It engages government at the various levels as well as key stakeholders in the private sector in building consensus on issues that will drive business growth and sustainabilty.These advocacy services have re-enforces the Chamber's position as the most reliable business association in Ghana.

Business Support Services

Provides business support services to enable member-firms operate effectively.

T he Chamber provides business support services to enable member-firms operate effectively,efficiently and profitably.
It collates and provides a number of informational materials including directories,trade journals,catalogues and government publications.Through the membership directory,members are linked to potential and credible foreign and local partners to enable them meet,exchange views and identify new business opportunities.

History

The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce traces its roots to the first Chambers established in the then Gold Coast, called the Gold Coast Chambers of Revenue. The first of it was formed on 10th January, 1850 by the Danes.

Prior to November 1961, there existed four main separate Chambers of Commerce operating independently of each other due to the different groups they represented. The Accra and Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce, Kumasi Chamber of Commerce, and the Sekondi/Takoradi Chamber of Commerce represented the expatriate firms while the Ghana Chamber of Commerce represented the interests of the indigenous business community across the country.

The first President of the Republic of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, made efforts to amalgamate the four Chambers into one entity. In his broadcast to the nation on Sunday, 9th October, 1960, Dr. Nkrumah states the following:

“I now wish to say a word about Chamber of Commerce. There are at present two Chamber, one for Ghanaian interests and one for overseas. The Government considers that this situation is anomalous in a country which is opposed to discrimination in any form and I have therefore today issued directions that the Government will only recognize one Chamber of Commerce to represent all private interests in Ghana.”

Following the above broadcast, a Joint Working Committee was appointed to explore the possibilities of setting up a unified body with a common front to address the issues of its members. On the submission of the full report of the Joint Working Committee to the Government, the independent Chambers were consolidated into one national Chamber, Ghana National Chamber of Commerce by Executive Instrument (E.I. 196) by then Prime Minister of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on 8th November, 1961.

The first Officers of the Chamber were:

  • Mr. Samuel Christian Appenteng - (President)
  • Mr. P. R. Marriott - (Vice President)
  • Mr. F. Obeng Benne - (Vice President)
  • Mr. L. Bauer - (Honorary Treasurer)

The Coopted Members include the following with Mr. J. Charlton Tettey as the National Secretary:

  • Mr. N. T. Clerk
  • Mr. J. C. Lucas, OBE
  • Mr. E. J. Brenya
  • Mr. R. R. Ultshire

Seven years later, in 1968, the need arose to have a second look at the Executive Instrument to correct certain deficiencies that became evident in the implementation of the various clauses of the instrument. A Legislative Instrument (L.I. 611) of 11th December 1968 was therefore issued to cancel the clauses in the Executive Instrument which were found to be problem area in the implementation; duplication of functions and petty jealousies among the four Chambers of Commerce that existed. The amendment to Executive Instrument No. 196 was to correct certain deficiencies which became evident in its operation with the passage of time.

The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce did and continue to receive the recognition of the various governments that have ruled the country up to date as well as Chambers of Commerce all over the world. In this connection, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah wrote the following as Preface for the Interim Report of the baby Chamber:

“The aim of Government’s trade policy is the rapid achievement of the following broad ends. Firstly, to maximize the foreign exchange earnings derived from our experts. Secondly, to utilize the available foreign exchange in the best interests of economic development. Thirdly, to secure reasonable protection for the industrial and commercial undertakings set up within the framework of our development programme. The achievement of these aims will depend to a large extent not only on the hard work and efficiency of the individual businessman and work, but also the imagination and expertise of many industrial and commercial organizations throughout the country. It is for this reason that the Government attaches such importance to your Chamber of Commerce”.

Overview

The Chamber represents the voice of the business community with total commitment to playing a leadership role towards propelling Ghana’s economy to higher heights. To this end, the Chamber has and will continue to influence government policies which will be to the benefit of the private sector whiles promoting the overall development of the Ghanaian economy.

The Chamber Today

The Chamber has grown impressively from a membership of 14 in 1888 to about 5,000 today with eight operational offices across the country. Since its incorporation, the Chamber has continued to play significant roles in the economic growth and development of Ghana. The activities of the Chamber are carried out through various Sectoral Groups and Service Committees, which cover a variety of economic interests. The Chamber’s National Secretariat provides the administrative and technical support for the day-to-day workings through its Regional/District chambers.

Relations with government and other relevant bodies

As the representative organ of the business community and the voice of the organised private sector in Ghana, the Chamber maintains regular consultations with government on policies and measures affecting business and the economy. It makes representations to the Government on issues of interest to the business community and the economy.

What we offer

  • The Chamber promotes Trade and Industry and also represents the opinion of the business community on matters affecting Trade and Industry in Ghana. It is incorporated as a non-profit making organization and its income and property are applied solely for the promotion of its objectives.
  • It is the central organization for collecting, distributing and disseminating information of business nature, especially regulations, tariffs, opportunities for trade and other matters affecting local and foreign markets.
  • In the pursuit of its objectives, the Chamber is non-racial, non sectarian, non-political and gender friendly.
  • The Chamber is affiliated with international acclaimed bodies like the Pan African Chamber of Commerce (PACCI), Federation of West African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FEWACCI) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
  • Apart from its continuous efforts at promoting the collective business interest of its members, the Chamber provides customized services to individual members.
  • Letters of introduction are issued to members to facilitate visa procurement for international travels.
  • Numerous directories, trade journals and periodicals from virtually every country in the world are available to members in the Chamber’s Library and Information Hub.
  • Certificates of Origin are endorsed at a moderate cost to members. The service is also extended to non-members.
  • The Chamber’s Annual Report and Quarterly Newsletters are circulated in and outside Ghana.
  • The Chamber’s publications are among the leading works of reference and research on investment potentials in Ghana. Advertisement in the journals and directory is open to members of the Chamber and non-members alike.
  • The Chamber is recognized as the official body through which opinion on commercial and industry matters can be presented directly to Government or other authorities, both national and local. It is frequently consulted by government in advance, on the preparation of new legislation affecting the business community.
  • The Chamber organizes in-house and off-site skills and cognitive training workshops for members and non-members alike. In addition, it carries out consultancy services for members, especially on development of business plan, feasibility study, market research, etc. through its Business Education Service & Training Unit.

Sectoral Groups and Committees

To discharge its duties effectively, the Chamber is structured into sectoral groups which are listed below:

  • Agriculture and Non - Oil Export
  • Automobile
  • Construction and Engineering Services
  • Financial Services
  • Petroleum and Energy
  • Freight Forwarding
  • Industrial
  • Information Communications Technology
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas
  • Professional Practice
  • Small and Medium Enterprises and Distributive
  • Transport

Chamber Branches and Operational Office

  • Accra Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Tema Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Cape Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • GNCC - Takoradi
  • Kumasi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Tarkwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Wa Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Airport Office (Export Documentation) - Inside Aviance, Ghana Airport

Regional/District Chambers

The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce has seven branch chambers across the country to ensure that the industrial and commercial needs of its members are addressed. The chambers are located in Accra, Tema, Cape Coast, Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi, Tarkwa, and Wa with their respective names as follows:

  • Accra Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Tema Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Cape Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Kumasi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • GNCC – Takoradi Branch
  • Tarkwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Wa Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Plans are underway to ensure that at least each region has a branch chamber to promote and protect industrial and commercial interests of economic agents.

Leadership

The Council of the Chamber is the highest decision making body and deliberates on issues of importance to the Chamber, its members, the business sector, and the economy at large.

The National Officers are elected members who hold office for a term of two years and eligible for election for a second term of office. The National Officers include the President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, and the National Treasurer. They act on behalf of the Council Members and report back to them accordingly.

The Management Staff exemplifies the mission and vision of the Chamber to the staff, members of the Chamber, and other stakeholders. They have leadership responsibilities in ensuring that the Chamber remains relevant to its members and the business community. They also make representation at official events. The Management Staff constitute the CEO, Heads of Department, and Executive Secretaries of the Regional/District Chambers.

Chamber Ladies Wing

Chamber Ladies Wing (CLW) is a group of eminent business women of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber recognizes the special role that women play and with the required support they excel in whatever business they do as well as in leadership positions.

Membership is open to all women entrepreneurs of the Chamber. There is a strategy to award business women who have excelled in their various fields of endeavours. The chamber sees the need to recognize the contributions made by women entrepreneurs to the socio-economic development of Ghana.

Advocacy

As an autonomous business association and representative voice of the business community, the GNCC embarks on advocacy actions towards improving the business environment in order for businesses to be competitive, both local and international. It engages government at the various levels as well as key stakeholders in the private sector in building consensus on issues that will drive business growth.

The Chamber’s advocacy is premised on three pillars: issue-based; connections; and technology. Issues considered for advocacy reflect members’ concerns as well as the general economy and are thoroughly examined through a robust approach for their merits and demerits. Based on empirical research, the Chamber connects with the key stakeholders in consultative meetings to inform policy and achieve the desired results. The role of technology, for that matter ICT, is used throughout the advocacy action.

Over the years, the Chamber’s views on matters affecting businesses have been consulted by governments at the various levels, investment partners (both local and international), and international organisations. These have re-enforced our position as your reliable business association with a remarkable record of promoting and protecting private sector growth.

B2B Networking

As part of its core mandate, the Chamber provides business opportunities for business men and women to interact with their fellow counterpart, both local and international, through its B2B networking. These opportunities are made available via the branch chamber’s regular meetings, inter-chamber meetings, economic meetings with trade and business delegation from abroad, and special B2B networking organised by the National Secretariat.

Trade Fairs & Missions

The Chamber promotes and participates in trade fairs and missions in Ghana and abroad in line with its core functions. Over the years, the Chamber has been proactive and efficient in the organisation of local, regional, and international trade fairs as well as trade investments that foster inter- and intra- trade relations.

The Chamber has facilitated participation of its members as well as non-members in international trade fairs and missions. It does this by coordinating with the respective institutions and agencies to ensure that the interests of participants are reflected in the organisation of the events. These opportunities have enabled business men and women to establish market share at the local, regional, and international levels.

Certificate Of Origin

Ghana National Chamber of Commerce issues documentary evidence of origin for goods exported from Ghana and certifies a variety of other export documentation, eg. Packing Lists, Commercial Invoices, Proforma Invoices, etc. as required by overseas buyers and foreign customs authorities. The Chamber issues Certificate of Origin according to the International Certificate of origin guidelines prepared by World Chambers Federation, ICC’s specialized division for Chamber Affairs.

A Certificate of Origin (COO) is an international trade document certifying the origin of the goods to be exported. It is a document which is used for certification that the products exported are wholly obtained or partially produced or manufactured in a particular Country. It is generally an integral part of export documents. This endorsement is not only limited to members of the Chamber. Each company requiring export documentation is obliged to complete and return to the Chamber Documentation Service Registration Form to register the company, its authorized signatories and Manufacturing Cost Statement. This form only needs to be completed once, however, the Chamber should be advised of changes to the company signatories or other company details.

In case of a company acting on behalf of another, a letter should accompany the Documentation Service Registration Form stating this fact. There is no charge for registration. The certificate must be completed and the declaration signed by an authorized officer of the company prior to certification by the Chamber. All signatures must be originals and photocopies will not be accepted.

The Purpose of Certificate of Origin is to facilitate international trade and proves that the product exported is manufactured and produced in a specified country. It is required by certain countries in order to determine whether duties or tariffs should be assessed on the products being imported.

Chamber currently issues five types of certificates:

  • EUR
  • GSP
  • IMPERIAL PREFERENCE
  • COMBINED CERTIFICATE
  • ECOWAS

The following documents are required before Certificate of Origin can be issued:

  • Certificate Type
  • Exporter’s Tin Number
  • Exporter’s Name and Address
  • Importer’s Name and Address
  • Port of Discharge
  • ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Number (Optional but important)
  • Product Description
  • Product HS Code
  • Quantity of Goods
  • Net Weight
  • Gross Weight

Letter Of Recommendation

The Chamber issues Visa Recommendation Letter to the Members who are going abroad for Business purpose. To obtain a Visa Recommendation Letter, the applicant’s company has to be a member of the Chamber and should submit a letter of request addressed to:


The Chief Executive Officer
Ghana National Chamber of Commerce
P. O. Box 2325
Accra

The letter of request should address the following and be accompanied with the necessary documents:

  • Name of the Person, who is intended to visit abroad
  • Designation
  • Passport Number
  • Purpose of the Visit to abroad and staying period
  • Name of the visiting Country
  • Official Invitation Letter

Capacity Building

The Chamber organises capacity building programmes to develop and strengthen the soft and hard skills of its members to stay competitive and improve their business operation. These programmes are organised based on a proactive approach that takes into account the unique needs of members. Members are exposed to distinguished experts in their field of specialization to tap into their wealth of knowledge, experience, and exposure.

The capacity building programmes are organised at the regional/district chambers on a regular basis. The National Secretariat also organises these programmes, especially high level workshop for its members and the business community. Members are encouraged to take advantage of these programmes to grow and sustain their businesses.

Policy Dialogues

One of the functions of the Chamber is to provide “facilities for the communication and interchange of views between members of the Chamber on the one hand and departments of Government, public institutions and other associations on the other hand relating to matters which directly or indirectly affect the interests of the Chamber or any member thereof” (L.I. 611).

The Chamber organises policy dialogues with government, business associations, business men and women, and international partners to stimulate evidence-based discussions to inform, develop, or implement a policy change. Over the years, our policy dialogues have yielded the desired results in ensuring a conducive business environment for private sector growth

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Membership Category

Members are categorized according to their nature of business which include the following:

  • Manufacturer
  • Exporter
  • Importer
  • Agent
  • Service
  • Importer/Exporter
  • Wholesaler/Retailer
  • Manufacturer/Exporter
  • Trader/Dealer
  • Distributor

Members are also categorized along the following trade sectors:

  • Agriculture & Fishing
  • Books, Stationery & Printing
  • Building & Civil Engineering
  • Manufacturers’ Representation
  • Furniture & Office Equipment
  • General Goods – Import/Distribution
  • General Goods – Retail/Wholesale
  • Hotels, Catering, Drinks, Brewing
  • Manufacture
  • Export
  • Motor Trade, Plant Hire, Fuel Supply
  • Professional Services
  • Timber Merchant
  • Shipping, Travel, Transport
  • Information, Communication Technology
  • Oil & Gas
  • Others

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Procedures

  • Pick a Membership Form
  • Fill the form
  • Indicate business category
  • Attach required documents (Certificate of incorporation, Business registration Certificate)
  • Attach registration fee
  • Submit application
  • Verification and Approval

Benefits

  • Provides platforms to interact with government and its agencies
  • Efficiency enhancement through capacity building
  • Platform to networking amongst members locally and internationally for business growth
  • Seminars
  • Cost efficient memberships training programmes
  • Publicity through Chamber’s publications.

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Business Advocacy

Improving business environment to stay competitive

The Chamber embarks on evidence-based advocacy with the aim of improving the business environment to enable businesses stay competitive locally and internationally.It engages government at the various levels as well as key stakeholders in the private sector in building consensus on issues that will drive business growth and sustainabilty.These advocacy services have re-enforces the Chamber's position as the most reliable business association in Ghana.

The Chamber’s advocacy is premised on three pillars: issue-based; connections; and technology. Issues considered for advocacy reflect members’ concerns as well as the general economy and are thoroughly examined through a robust approach for their merits and demerits. Based on empirical research, the Chamber connects with the key stakeholders in consultative meetings to inform policy and achieve the desired results. The role of technology, for that matter ICT, is used throughout the advocacy action. Over the years, the Chamber’s views on matters affecting businesses have been consulted by governments at the various levels, investment partners (both local and international), and international organisations. These have re-enforced our position as your reliable business association with a remarkable record of promoting and protecting private sector growth.

Capacity Building

Develop and strengthen soft and hard skills

The Chamber organizes capacity building programmes to develop and strengthen the soft and hard skills of its members to stay competitive and improve their business operations.These programmes are organised based on a proactive approach that takes into account the unique needs of member-firms.Members are exposed to distinguised experts in their field of specialization to tap into their wealth of knowledge,experience and exposure.

Nothing that business operators are very busy and time conscious,the duration of the Chamber training programmes are kept very short,intensive and efficient.
The capacity building programmes are organized at the National Secretariat and all branch Chambers on a regular basis.

Business Support Services

Provides business support services to enable member-firms operate effectively.

The Chamber provides business support services to enable member-firms operate effectively,efficiently and profitably.
It collates and provides a number of informational materials including directories,trade journals,catalogues and government publications.Through the membership directory,members are linked to potential and credible foreign and local partners to enable them meet,exchange views and identify new business opportunities.

GNCC Credit Union

In 2020 the GNCCI Credit union will be fully operational to provide credit and other financial services at competitive rates to its members .this will help alleviate the difficulty in acquisition of loans as well as inculcate the habit of savings into members

GNCCI Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Center

Our ADR centre will be fully functional to help members and entire business community resolve commercial disputes through ADR system .Periodic orientation exercises on the rules of mediation and arbitration will be organized for the private sector and members of the Chamber .Chamber members will enjoy discounted fees for these services

AFRICA CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA (AfCFTA) AGREEMENT

The Chamber will organize workshops and training programs to sensitize and build capacity of Ghanaian businesses to enable them take advantage of the AfCFTA which offers many opportunities for sustainable development and economic growth in the African Economies

SME BUSINESS CLINIC

The Chamber continues to provide its members with prompt business advisory services towards the day-to-day management of their business

Staff

Francisca Ansah
Regional Manager

Guy Cyril Tachie-Menson
Marketing Officer

Gustav Korli Adjasi-Kodjo
Accountant

Juliana Ekomo Agyeman Kuragu
Head of Export

Grace Sefakor Dzankah
Export documentation

Monica Asa Ntow Biney
Export Documentation

Regional Executives

Maxwell Archer
Regional Chairman

Mrs. Rita Aku-Shika Diaba
Vice Chairman

Alice O. Darko
Treasurer

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