South Africa will be launching its first city chamber of the Africa-Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) in Johannesburg on June 30, joining other African nations who have been getting on board since the continental launch of the AICC in Jerusalem last August.
Calabar, Nigeria, was the first to launch a city chamber — with more than 60 business members on the platform — and Nairobi and Nankuru chambers in Kenya are preparing for their launch, while a chamber in Mozambique is being registered, says executive member of the SACC Segun Olanipekun.
Business people, companies and professionals who are interested in attending the Gauteng chamber launch in Johannesburg on June 30 — at a venue to be confirmed later — are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.africa-israelchamber.com for more information. The launch programme will include introducing the executive members of the chamber, and speeches by Israeli business leaders and authorities.
The vision of AICC is to build a highway of business between African cities and Israel so that Africa can connect to the Abrahamic covenant, operate in the Abrahamic mantle and benefit from the Abrahamic blessings, says Olanipekun.
An offshoot of the Africa Leadership Summit , the AICC is an initiative owned and led by Africans, which uses a bottom- up approach, with city chambers owned by local entrepreneurs.
“Members of the Calabar chamber are already importing products from Israel to Nigeria. We look forward to African chambers being able to export as well in the near future.
“Since the 2017 launch African countries established the African Continental Free Trade Agreement – a vast market embracing all of Africa with its 1.07 billion people. This, in itself, is a major breakthrough in Africa and for Africa.
“AICC facilitates the highway of business among African cities in line with the free trade agreement as well as between African cities and Israel,” says Olanipekun.