My Presidency Will Adopt Deliberate Policy of Capacity Building To Enhance Efficiency, Productivity- ACCI President
Chambers of Commerce, Best Route for Gov’t to Channel Interventions For SMEs
The newly inaugurated 11th President of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Dr Al-Mujtaba Abubakar (FCA), has vowed to adopt a deliberate policy of capacity building for the ACCI alongside development of management processes to enhance efficiency and productivity.
Dr Al-Mujataba disclosed this on Thursday during the inauguration ceremony held at the Abuja Trade and Convention Centre(ATC).
He said government should deepen further, its collaborations and support for businesses as Nigerian Chambers of Commerce are the best routes for government to channel its interventions for SMEs, stating that the Chambers of Commerce presents the most potent platform for government interventions.
Dr Al-Mujtaba while disclosing his programmes and policies for ACCI for the next 3 years said his presidency will continue with the ACCI tradition of creative engagement in support of business, and sustain the legacy of policy innovations for the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
He commended the FG for its robust support for the business sector through various sectoral interventions adding that “I want to put on record that that we at the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry are proud of the collaboration with government which yielded enormous benefits for business and other allied stakeholders”.
He said his Presidency will improve the Chamber’s membership base to align with its prime position as a Grade A national chamber in the country.
“There will thus be a lot of training and retraining as well as repositioning of existing human resources to match capacity with responsibilities. An empowered workforce with best management practices will position ACCI as an indispensable voice of business in Nigeria” he said.
He explained that along with the institutional building, he will take the legacy projects to the next level adding that the ACCI system which dores continuity for stability will continue with him fast-tracking the critical projects.
“As part of our programme, we will strengthen the four centres of the ACCI. All required support will be granted to the centres to function as national centres” he said.
The ACCI president announced the establishment of the ACCI radio and television. “.Both are taken off through the ACCI Podcast and Youtube channels. In additions to the above, my Presidency has also created a standing presidential policy partnership with the National Assembly. We have also created statutory programme focussing on critical sectors such as the Energy Policy Series , the Digital Policy Series, the Fiscal Policy Series among others”.
“Dr Al-Mujtaba noted the contributions of his predecessors in the making of ACCI adding that several presidents made invaluable contributions.
“My predecessor , Prince Adetokunbo Kayode crowned the generational records with his outstanding Innovations and performance” he stated.
Speaking earlier, the National President, National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu said the ACCI since inception has evolved to be the private sector leader in the delivery of sustainable growth of commercial activities in the country.
She noted that the chamber’s four centre including the Policy Advocacy Centre (PAC), Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC), Business Entrepreneurship, Skills and Technology Centre (BEST) and the Abuja Trade Centre (ATC) stand tall as top class initiative to the development of trade and promotion of best commercial practices.
Also speaking the Immediate past president of the Chamber, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, SAN, CON urged the new president to make the centres of the chamber deliver in their mandates of dispute resolution, supporting government with policies, trainings and capacity building as well as promoting trade.