Chambers of Commerce and Industry South Africa
Since its formation in 2003, CHAMSA has been hard at work to establish the organisation, constitutionally and operationally. A brief look at the achievements thus far clearly illustrates that much progress has been made. The main areas of development are: A constitution for CHAMSA has been adopted. CHAMSA’s constitutional character and legal base has been firmly entrenched through the functioning of its governing Council. The operational foundation of CHAMSA has been established through the adoption of a business plan and budget. The final stages of establishing CHAMSA as an independent body with its own infrastructure, resources, and intellectual capacity and skills have virtually being completed. The foundations for CHAMSA’s future role and activities in representing business interests have been enthusiastically accepted by stakeholders in the business environment and by government .
Membership structure is through AHI, FABCOS, NAFCOC and SACOB, with corporate members representing about 2% from the pool of approximately 6 400 companies. Chamber structure is organised at provincial, regional and local levels. Committee structures have been adopted for policy advocacy and membership services, inclusive of international affairs, pricing regulations, trade and industry, legal, HR (including labour regulations), public utilities, finance, infrastructure and transport. In order to be fully operational, the following directorates have been created. Office of the CEO: Overall co-ordination of CHAMSA's activities at a strategic level. Executive Assistance: Assisting the CEO on daily operations. Administration & Finance: Administrative and financial procedures. Black Economic Empowerment: Promoting and facilitating BEE. Policy Advocacy: Parliamentary liaison and regulatory affairs. International Affairs: Developing & building international networks. Economics Office: Contributing to the policy advocacy process. Committee Executive: Developing efficient committee structures. Membership Services: Developing membership services and business linkage programmes. Chamber Executive: Communication with chambers at provincial, regional and local level.
CHAMSA welcomes the positive impact of the President’s State of the Nation address. A key component of continued economic growth and globalization will be the proposed investments to be made in infrastructure, energy, water and telecommunications. The expanded public works programme must encompass the transfer of skills that will make longer term sustainable employment possible. In this regard, CHAMSA considers the skills component of the programme as very important. It should be complemented by the skills acquisition programme.
The sectors identified in the Micro Economic Reform programme are appropriate. However, other sectors such as building and construction are showing positive growth and should not be neglected in the process. In the successful implementation of such projects, the need to cut the cost of doing business and the strengthening of local government become very important. Thus we welcome the envisaged fast tracked deployment of regulatory impact assessment systems that will enable government to regularly review and redress the consequences of regulation and red tape on business.
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