Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) CEO Johnny Muteba has been feted for his contribution the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa.
Muteba was honored by South Africa’s Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu at a ceremony held this August.
He received the award just weeks after he argued that Africa’s biggest challenge is the continent’s lack of an agenda that is solely focused on its development.
The Chamber of Commerce CEO has been a strong advocate of development in Africa, calling for deeper investments in the continent’s small and medium-sized enterprises.
In July, Muteba argued that instead of focusing on sustainable development agendas, such as the African Union’s 2063 Agenda, the continent needs to drive, and embrace, a vision that showcases African entrepreneurship and innovation.
He was speaking at a pre-Africa Investment Forum (AIF) event, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“In order to attract investment, we need to, as a continent, ensure that we are proud of what we have to offer, while promoting the youth and the African brand, on an international level,” he told delegates attending the event.
“The data we need is available, but we need to improve the ways that this data is interpreted,” he added.
The Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a business support body representing national Chambers of Commerce and private businesses from across the continent. The PACCI is also an international nongovernmental organization.
The body works with international organizations, media entities, policy-makers and through its national member chambers with African national governments, to help African businesses foster sustainable economic growth, entrepreneurship and prosperity.
Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the organization boasts more than 50 national chambers of commerce acting as its local focal point, making the group the largest business association in Africa.