Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture is a non-profit, autonomous organization whose membership is voluntary. It is a company limited by guarantee without share capital. The Chamber however, maintains strong links with Government and works very closely with private sector organizations.
Requirements to be a member of Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture:
- Having a business premises and an address
- A company registered by Registrar of Companies
- Valid Tax payer to Tanzania Revenue Authority (TIN or VAT)
The Chamber Membership is categorized as the following three categories
Ordinary Membership is open to individuals or businesses that fulfill membership requirements.An Ordinary member has voting rights and can vote up to the Regional/District level
A membership that is open to all associations. An Affiliate member is adopted on recommendation by The Board of Directors and has powers to vote and can be voted to the executive of Chamber. Each association is entitled to one vote; these pay a one-time registration fee of Tshs. 50,000 and an annual subscription of Tshs 500,000 and Tshs 1,000,000 depending on the size and financial capacity of a particular association.
A membership which is open to multinational companies or any local companies (all institutions, commercial industrial, or mining firms, partnerships, co-operative societies, private companies with limited liability, public companies and statutory bodies conducting business in Tanzania) with a national coverage or a network of branches. A Corporate member pays Tshs 2,000,000/-
TCCIA is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), East Africa Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (EACCIA). It has signed Memoranda of Understanding with the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the United States of America and the Iran Chamber of Commerce Industry and Mines.
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Benefits to Members
Through social media, websites, local news sources and more, the amount of publicity you can gain in direct relationship with your Chamber of Commerce is invaluable. It’s our job to constantly be seeking attention for all businesses, so make sure you don’t miss out on these valuable experiences.
Joining the Chamber is a great way to meet new people, including other local business owners. If you take the time to use networking opportunities to leverage your business growth and overall success, you are sure to see it help your sales. Meeting one new person could result in ten new referrals to your business, so make networking part of your sales strategy. Here’s the catch – don’t be insincere about only networking for this reason. Make friends, build relationships, brainstorm community ideas, seek advice, and give advice and in return, sales will come to you.
Any business owner will tell you that making and increasing sales is one of their top goals. Through Tanzania Chamber of Commerce membership, you can do just that. A like minded customer at one store could be your next new customer at your store… yet he or she may never know about you unless the store owner tells them. In addition, customers learn about businesses from literature that Chamber puts out throughout our events and activities. Often a walking guide tells them where to shop, where to eat and what to do. This is a great reason alone to be a part of your Chamber!
Bringing your own dream to life is a wonderful accomplishment. But every now and then, there are dead-ends in your dreams that need a little help from others to open up new roads to travel on. This help can come from friends, other store owners, business expos, consultants, blogs and more. Much of this will be provided to you through your Chamber (TCCIA) – even if it’s just a reference from one Chamber member to another.
At the end of the day, owning your business can be exhausting. No matter how much you love what you do, working retail hours can wear anyone out. The Chamber gets that. Let us hear your voice, let us know your thoughts and let us be there for you. Together, you can help make your business and your community thrives.