The Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA) says it will soon get a functional training directorate.
This follows its application for the certification of the new directorate by the Centre for Management Development.
The President-elect of the chamber, Mr Jasper Nduagwuike disclosed this on Tuesday in Enugu during a courtesy visit on the Correspondents Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Enugu State.
Nduagwuike said that the directorate would serve as a training ground to every economic sector of the state and beyond.
He said that a visiting team from the Centre for Management Development would soon be in the state for facility visit and certification.
The president-elect said that the incoming council officers were on a mission to reposition the chamber.
“We are on a mission of self-rediscovery. A lot of people associate us with only trade which contributes about 20 per cent of the functions of a virile chamber of commerce,” he said.
Nduagwuike said that the chamber was poised to explore other areas of its functions with a view to making the people of the state in particular and South-East in general feel its impact.
He also said that the chamber would also create a directorate of marketing which would be responsible for exploring markets for goods produced by institution members.
He solicited the support of members of the chapel in the area of news dissemination, adding that commerce and news were symbiotic.
He commended journalists in the state for always supporting and publicising the activities of the chamber, especially, during trade fairs.
“There is a symbiotic relationship between commerce and news and journalists in the state have contributed to the success of our trade fairs.
“However, there is a need to resuscitate the relationship we share with you and make it mutually beneficial,” Nduagwuike said.
Responding, the chairman of the chapel, Mr Lawrence Njoku commended the president-elect and his team for the visit.
Njoku said that journalists in the state would love to see a new ECCIMA that would change the economy of the South-East.
He said that businesses in the state and region were suffering, adding that ECCIMA needed to be at the forefront of changing the situation.
“We appreciate the hand of fellowship extended to us and we are ready to partner with you,” Njoku said.