The Onitsha Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture was established in 1954 under the leadership of Late Chief C.T Onyekwelu as the pioneer President.
The overriding objective of the founders was to establish an organization that would promote the development of commerce and industry, advocate for and protect the interest of the organized private sector (O.P.S) operators, provide vital business links and statistical information to its members in particular and the business community in general within the famous commercial city of Onitsha and environ. The activities of the Chamber were severely disrupted by the civil war. However, the organization was reactivated in 1977 and has since then grown exponentially. In summary, the Chamber works as an independent interventionist agency and in that regard and capacity;
Foreign Trade Opportunities
In this area, she provides members of the business community with:
Domestic Trade Opportunities
The Chamber’s functions here border on the following;
Business Advisory Services
The Chamber advises members on all aspects of their business endeavors, including packaging of business proposals and conducting feasibility studies.
The Chamber is a forum for interaction amongst operators in commerce and industry in Onitsha and environs through which business linkages could be forged and amicable solutions found on common OPS related problems. The Chamber also networks with her parent body, the Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and other sister Chambers as well as other relevant bodies.
Business Information Services
The Chamber provides all manner of vital information on business investment opportunities, government economic blue print programs, donor agency services e.t.c.
The Chamber organizes training programs for members and the general business community through workshops, seminars, symposia and conferences.
Promotion of business exhibitions and trade fairs have become one of the most important functions of the Chamber since 1987. This is achieved within the framework of the popular Onitsha Made-In-Nigeria Trade Fairs being organized by the Chamber.
Trade Missions and Liaison
The Chamber undertakes trade missions within and outside the country for members of the OPS. It liaises with commercial sections of numerous Embassies and High Commissions operating in the country, including non-governmental bilateral and multi bilateral business organizations and international agencies exploring ways of mutual collaborations between them and our OPS.
The Onitsha chamber of commerce, industry, mines and agriculture (ONICCIMA) offers programmes and services to serve the business needs of its members which contribute directly and/or indirectly to the success of the enterprises of all members.