The President of the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA), Dr.Emi Membere-Otaji has said that his administration will continue to prioritise processes that will generate greater value for member businesses.
He made this declaration as part of his opening remark at the second quarter general forum of the chamber held in Rivers State.
The PHCCIMA helmsman said he would continue supporting ideas that would encourage diversification from oil to agriculture, export and agro allied products, and services, including advocacy for re-invention of our ports to ensure sustained business growth in the state and region.
He said PHCCIMA has grown substantially over the years and has been made more visible to potential local and foreign investors seeking healthy partnerships.
He urged members not to relent, but to always take advantage of relevant information provided by the secretariat, and the robust network of trade groups fashioned to help foster a conducive economic climate to thrive and add value to businesses.
Membere-Otaji also announced the proposed visit of Singaporean Business & Investment Delegation to Port Harcourt.
The visit among other things was to engage, educate, network and seal business collaborations with interested PHCCIMA members.
He also reminded them that PHCCIMA is marking her 60th anniversary this year and an event will be put together to elaborately mark it sometime at the end of the year.
Also speaking, the Managing Director/ CEO Peirce Green Associates Limited emphasised the need to start recalibrating on other businesses beyond oil.
He said Rivers state must develop Trans Amadi as Special Economic Zone and benefit from the federal government incentive provisions for these areas.
He stressed the need for government at all levels to facilitate the ease of doing business, access to credit and tax reforms.
According to him, Nigeria has what it takes in terms of potential and other indices to overcome inherent challenges, but noted we must develop a creative mindset and look beyond oil if we hope to overcome.