The chamber movement has had a long history in furthering the interests of business. The first chamber of commerce was founded in 1599 in Marseille, France. Over the centuries each chamber has had its own role in the business world shaped by location and situation.
Currently, the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has a unique set of challenges to face in order to ensure that it is an active voice for business in the current economic environment. Importantly so, the mission of the Durban Chamber is to contribute towards creating a conducive economic and business environment in eThekwini and beyond as well as providing services specifically relevant to small and large business in the region.
Acknowledging the positive role that the private sector performs in the value chain is often overlooked.
The private sectorin every country is the community at work and as a part of the community, business today comprehends its impact better then before. Its influence on economic and social development, respect for the environment and efficiently and effectively managing resources represents an important contribution to the well-being of its communities.
A free market economy system is imperative if growth is to occur. Each business has an important role to play. Small, medium and micro business is essential to ensure that innovative goods and services are on offer. Big business anchors our country's economy as they participate in global value chains while providing enormous supply chains which are critical for the sustainability of small local suppliers. Within such a market-based economymonopoly activity is curbed from taking control of the market place, limiting competition and driving up costs.
As such, all businesses entities may be seen as agents of change in society and at the forefront of the development of new skills and technologies. Increasingly, the private sector is working to address issues such as climate change, energy and green technology as well as a number of other related concerns.
The role of the private sector to counter poverty, unemployment and inequality can never be over emphasised as each business is a key provider of employment opportunities for all people in society, Wealth generation and social upliftment allows greater access not only to education, housing, healthcare but access to all commodities that drive societal growth and development.
Continued support for the private sector, working in collaboration with the other social partners; public sector, labour and civil society, remains the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry's key objective in an effort to create positive change towards a growing, inclusive and sustainable economy
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