The newly inaugurated President of the Calabar Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, CALCIMA, Elder Barrister Effefiong Ekong SAN, says the Chamber under his administration will ensure that its members are fully enlightened, to take advantage of business opportunities in the Gulf of Guinea.
Ekong who spoke with journalists on Thursday on the sidelines of the 78th Annual General Meeting of CALCIMA, shortly after his investiture alongside other executive members, further noted that the Chamber will continuously engage with the government, to ensure that challenges facing the private sector like insecurity and over taxation are addressed.
Also speaking, the Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade who flagged-off the event, confirmed the interest of his administration to partner with the Chamber to establish the Gulf of Guinea Municipal Centre, explaining that the move will provide access to regional economic activities.
The state governor who was represented by his deputy Ivara Esu, said the alternative economic model will be a collaboration between the government, the private sector and the international business community to develop key economic infrastructure to facilitate growth.
On his part, the Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment Adeniyi Adebayo, who was represented by Aliyu Abubakar, pledged his ministry’s support to CALCIMA, stressing that the present administration is willing to provide an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
Meanwhile, the out-gone President of the Chamber Etta Ndoma-Egba solicited the state government’s support towards the new exco, for them to perform optimally.
Our correspondent reports that the theme for the 78th Annual General Meeting is, “creating a private sector driven economy for Cross River state”.
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