IT has been a busy year for the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber as well as our membership base, who together employs over 60 000 people in the Metro.
As the countdown to the end of production and the winding down of the working year progresses, it inevitably gives us time to reflect on the successes achieved in 2015.
“From a business environment perspective, this has been a tough year for everyone in all sectors. Whilst there were many challenges this year, we are trusting that the retail and hospitality sectors will enjoy a good holiday season,” Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber CEO Kevin Hustler said.
Reflecting on 2015, Hustler said some of the Business Chamber’s value-added services to date include hosting more than 70 networking events (reaching almost 2 500 people) and issuing over 12 000 Certificates of Origin to our exporting member companies. Our International Relations Desk also hosted 16 international delegations and linked a number of local businesses to international market opportunities.
On a strategic level, 2015 was a year of consolidation and greater focus on the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s four focus areas: Electricity, Water, Roads and Metro Capacity Building. Hustler said in 2016 we will continue to drive these priority areas in our region to retain and grow business in the Metro for the long-term.
“As the voice of business we trust that as our members you will see value and rally to make our voice stronger in the Nelson Mandela Bay. We urge you to get involved and leverage the opportunities presented through your Chamber in order to retain and grow business in the Metro. We rely on your support to help drive the Chamber movement and ensure that businessmen and women alike can flourish in 2016,” Hustler said.
Hustler said although business is expecting a tough year ahead, “we are cautiously optimistic that through a number of key investments and intentions to invest in the region, these investments will bear fruit to the benefit of all business alike. The positioning of Nelson Mandela Bay as an attractive destination for investment is vital to the building of a competitive and sustainable city”.
Hustler encouraged the business community to be “agile, flexible and resilient” to the opportunities that will present itself in 2016.