Chairman’s Statement – SSNCCIA
On behave of the Executive Board Members and the entire Management team of South Sudan National Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture; I would like to present my sincere complement to our members who for all these years continued to support this institution in times of difficulties and economy struggle. I also congratulate the government in trying to fix the problems facing the Republic of South Sudan in all aspect that has hindered the growth of private sector and enterprises development, particularly the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
South Sudan National Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture is an apex body of the private sector that spearheads the advocacy agenda that helps to promote a conducive business environment to enable the Small and medium Enterprises, Women and youths Development. I as well subsequently look forward to putting our country in the clear face in the pre- world that would attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in to the country which would further improve our economic outlook.
The Chamber represents the voice of the business community with overall obligation to playing a leadership role towards driving South Sudan economy to Prosperous level. As an independent business institution, we serve as a bond between private sector in all categories and the government at the various levels. The Chamber will continue offering its members countless business support services.
Our entrepreneurs who have created opportunities and are committed to sustaining businesses is a confirmation that, building a conducive business environment for the private sector, especially micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, is key to long-term business growth and economic development
This entails bringing the voices of all businesses to the formulation of wide-ranging macroeconomic reforms, including measures aimed at diversifying the economy away from oil dependency (70% of the GDP), and to invest in education and skill-building.
The Chamber strongly supports the development of the agricultural sector. 90% of South Sudan’s land is arable, and the goal must be to move from being a net food importer to becoming a net exporter and to combat food insecurity. To transform the sector, South Sudan needs foreign investment and expertise. It aims to improve the competitiveness of small enterprises and increase employment opportunities, with a focus on youth and women.
Our role to influence government policies, Programs and priorities will continue with fresh Energy, which will familiarize to the benefit of the Private Sector in this emerging economy and encourage promotion of the overall development of Private Sector in South Sudan.
In South Sudan, private sector development, supported by stronger institutions, must be one of the most urgent priorities.
The South Sudan National Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture is working closely with the government on shaping the way forward.