Report of the first ECA/AATPO joint symposium of Presidents and Secretaries-General of African Chambers of Commerce
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic and Social Council;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The first ECA/AATPO Joint Symposium of Presidents and Secretaries- General of African Chambers of Commerce was held in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, from 16 to 20 June 1981. The Symposium was formally opened "by Comrade Wollie Chekol, Minister of Foreign Trade of Ethiopia. The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Mr. Adebayo Adedeji, and Mr. Demeke Zewolde, Secretary-General of the Association of African Trade Promotion Organizations also delivered opening statements. As provided for in the Lagos Plan of Action, there was need to exert all efforts towards setting up national Chambers of Commerce where they did not yet exist, and facilitating the establishment of an African Federation of Chambers of Commerce. He briefly reviewed the theme of the Symposium and the topics to be covered, including the general state of intra-African trade; implications of the Lagos Plan of Action; the role of national and sub regional Chambers of Commerce in the promotion of intra-African trade and the role of ECA, AATPO, the International Trade Centre and ICC in promoting co-operation among African Chambers of Commerce.