What is ACC?
Created in November 2015, the African Chamber of Trade and Commerce (ACC) is an African initiative having as purpose to create lucrative opportunities for people and enterprises so as to facilitate the economic development and emergence of the African Continent. It operates through an approach of providing adapted solutions to African problems.
As one of Africa’s most innovative business chamber organizations, ACC deploys itself through credible partnerships to build international reliable networks for business and thereby ensuring Africa’s rebirth. The chamber equally seeks to promote a significant growth rate in Africa’s productivity by matching efforts to expected benefits with the use of existing trade tools between Africa and her development partners, currently faced with huge challenges on modern technology in today’s business world.
We believe adapted skills and solutions to African Problems and good governance practices will generate increased productivity through competitive Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in response to Africa’s business potential. An all-inclusive approach to promote competition in products and services will enhance sustainable growth to the benefit of African businesses. ACC envisions that, economic stability of markets is obtainable through sustainable growth of SMEs.
"Working towards everyone's earnest desire!"
People are eager to make money through and with Africa’s resources. ACC believes that by including Africans in the process, this would happen faster.
About the founder
The ACC was founded by Barister Mary Concelia ANCHANG Epse ONAMBELE a pioneer African International Property lawyer, accredited with the African organisation of Intellectual & Industrial property (OAPI) since 1994. Her IP practice spreads into 17 countries, within French-speaking Africa.
She helped create ACC in an attempt to bring her experience and knowledge into a project working towards the “Institutional Advocacy for ‘Africa’s Socio-Economic Development” coupled with the conviction of the need to promote IP asset ownership in Africa for improved wealthcreating entrepreneurial activities.
The ACC has as objective to create profitable commercial business and institutions for interested partners in Africa. In other words, the Chamber intends to facilitate processes to generate finances for Africa through Africans.
ACC also projects to put in place a monitoring and evaluation process through which it will monitor Africa’s emergence efforts towards attaining the United Nations’ Millennium development goals. It is expected that proceeds from this action will match up with the moral, financial, and material means invested in this regard by stakeholders.
What drives us
ACC aims at establishing an unprecedented advocacy platform that will grant strategic collaboration and professional partnerships to provide adapted or/ adaptable solutions to African problems and enabling African entrepreneurs to attain new markets in response to long-standing development initiatives for the continent.
We believe that African Businesses have huge latent potential but need a strategic partner to accompany them in the early stages of their development.
To be the No. 1 Business Facilitation and Development Partner to African Businesses.
Operate the No 1 Business Facilitation and Development Platform
Market and Promote the Platform and its participants locally and internationally
Showcase Sector-based Business activity and potential through Trade Fairs, Trade Exhibitions and Trade Expos
Foster and facilitate Stakeholder and Business Networking through Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
Offer sector-oriented Business Incubation
Provide Business Advisory and Consulting Services
Collaborate with and support the Policy activities of Industry Organizations such as GICAM and ECAM
Develop and sustain world-class leadership skills in stakeholders through the ACC Leadership Institute.
Our values - TRADE
The ability to act responsibly and timeousely. The ability to do what you say and Promise. What you accomplish should reflect the values and activities of the organisation in order to instil confidence to members and concerned third parties.
Due dates must be respected follow agenda of work to meet expected due dates with punctuality focus in work to oblige respect and trust of partners.
Must work hard to make ensure there is evidence is expenses and time and money is judiciously spent for designated target. Maintain good governance & ethics at work in conformity with the standards and procedures established by the work manual of the organisation.
Choose to serve with commitment, avoid waste of time and flimsy excuses. Work and think smart. Avoid burdensome options and laborious tools. Apply updated working tools and skills to facilitate work in line with required norms and procedures applied to the work place.
Make sure anticipate results are obtained and that going forward achieved results bring value added to existing processes and activities. Good team spirit to achieve competitive results. Aim at success not failure. No effort is too small to add up. Positive mindset.
Create ACC Liaison Offices with regional coordination Focal Points in all regions by 2030 to federate and harmonise ACC Values, Missions and Goals in Africa and the Diaspora.
Train 10,000 Leaders in all sectors of activity by 2025 in Africa.
Incubate and build a database of 1,000 - 2,000 trained small-holder entrepreneurs with expertise in the field ofintegrated Farm and Animal Agriculture, Cotton, Textiles, Fabrics & Design by 2025 in Africa.
Increase virtual asset in traditional knowledge and brand ownership in the creative cultural industries and plant research medicine for optimal production and transformation for at least 5,000 small-holder businesses by 2030 in Africa.
Create a functional ACC SME CONNECT PLATFORM by 2022 to promote networking in specific value chains to feed local and international consumer markets with competitive products for at least 1,000 persons.
Ensure that existing loan guarantee funds are extendable to 1,000 SMEs in Central African (CEMAC) Nations by 2023
Train at least 2,000 GIRLS AND WOMEN in cotton farming, yanning, weaving, kneading, stitching and sewing in garments and accessories and create at least 10,000 jobs by 2030 within each region.
ACC is stratified into a well organised structure so as to accomplish its vision and mission.
It is made up of two main organs:
The Board of Directors
The Board of Director’s is ACC’s supreme organ which is charge of determining the chambersstrategic direction, ensuring its coordination, and carrying out its decision-making process.
It is comprised of 4 members:
the president of Commission
and two appointed members
Board of Directors meetings are held quarterly to evaluate the chambers activities during the given period and to provide guidance for the organisation’s advancement. They do not have a standard venue and can be held in different areas depending of the emergency.
The board equally operates through a yearly plan of action which contains all the programmes and activities outlined with deadlines to achieve target objectives.
The Executive Office
The Executive Office is ACC’s executing organ. It is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the Board of Directors decisions. It prepares and coordinates the implementation of various ACC plans and activities. It equally prepares the financial and technical implementation reports and proposes and implements corrective action where necessary.
The EO is comprised of the following members:
The President of the African Chamber of Trade and Commerce
The President (Chairman of the Board of Directors)
The Executive Secretary
The Executive Director
The Executive Assistant