1.What is AICC?
AICC is acronym for the Africa Israel Chamber of Commerce. It is an association of Christian business people in different communities in Africa and in Israel. AICC members seek credible business partners and suitable business opportunities in Israel, Africa and other parts of the world.
2.How does AICC work?
An AICC chamber is established by local people and connected with the continental platform. AICC has a founding document, a constitution as well as a set of values described in its founding document and on the website. The values guide the operations of the chamber and every member is expected to abide by these values. It is appropriate to state that AICC is a value based chamber of commerce.
3. How do I become a member?
You may apply for AICC membership by completing an application form and pay an initial application fee (as stated below). Your application will be processed, a credibility or verification form must also be completed and your membership will have to be approved by AICC international board.
4. How do I register as a member?
You may visit the continental website of AICC and register. AICC prospective members are vetted before registration. You need to pay the following fees $10 (Ten USD) or its equivalent in your local currency as application fee Once off membership fee of $50 (Fifty USD) as soon as your membership is approved after initial registration. An annual membership fee determined by every local executive chamber will be required from each chamber in the year after the launch of a local chamber
5. What are the criteria for membership?
In order to be a member of AICC, you need to love Israel and believe in the future of Africa beginning with your community. AICC members include African business people who are Christians from all denominations and operate on the basis of biblical values. Israeli business people
6. What are the benefits of being a member?
See AICC website on www.africa-israelchamber.com
7. Could one be deregistered as a member?
Yes. A registered member of ICC may be deregistered
8. At what point could an AICC member be deregistered?
If the executive members of a local AICC chamber finds that the individual is dishonest and unreliable either in his private or business life, such a member may be deregistered by a majority decision of the executive members of the chamber. A member may also be deregistered by the international board of AICC based on the same reason as above. Please note that this refers to the present and not the past life of the member.
9. How does AICC differ from the 400+ other existing Chambers of Industries?
AICC is different in many ways.
10. What is the Chamber’s legal standing?
AICC is registered in South Africa as a Non Profit Company (NPC). It complies with all the requirements of a Non-Profit Organization and South Africa Revenue Services (SARS). It is registered with the department of Social Development as an NPO.
11. What is the chamber’s political affiliation?
AICC has no political affiliation. It is not affiliated to any political party. However, AICC encourages its members to belong to political parties that promote biblical values and support Israel.
12. Is the Chamber open to business people of other religions?
AICC is open to Christians from all denominations. It is open to credible businesses that uphold Godly value within every community.
13. How does the Chamber affirm its religious position without infringing the Constitution of South Africa or any other country?
The Constitution of South Africa provides for freedom of religion, association as well as freedom of expression. See sections 15, 16 and 18 of the 1996 Constitution. AICC operates in South Africa within the provisions of these sections of the constitution.
14. Who forms part of the board?
The first International board of AICC include selected and nominated members from the Africa Leadership Summit which holds biennially in
Jerusalem. Election to AICC international board will take place at the international General Meeting of AICC in Jerusalem during the biennial ALS Summit. The local board of every chamber include selected and nominated members of the business community who satisfy the leadership criteria set out in the founding document of AICC. Every chamber conducts nomination and elections as applicable during its Annual general Meeting.
15. What statutory (Government and Industry) endorsements does the Chamber have?
AICC is endorsed by the following organizations South Africa Israel Chamber of ommerce Israel Africa Chamber of Commerce Africa Leadership Summit Prayer partners and Friends of Israel, Kenya Plummet Missions Nigeria Institute for Christian leadership Development Vuka Africa Foundation South Africa Friends of Israel South Africa Zionist Federation Several church organizations in Africa
16. What are the proven credentials of the Chamber?
AICC is recognised by Israeli government and business organizations. It was launched by the Mayor of Jerusalem in 2017 during the Africa Leadership Summit. There were over 23 Israeli companies that attended the launching in Jerusalem. Its members have been invited for presentations at the Israel Export Institute. Ministers of State in Israel have also attended our functions including the head of Mashav, Ambassador Gil Haskel among others. Some members who were in Israel at the AICC launch in 2017 have started business ventures with Israeli business people.
17. What is the rationale behind partnering with Israel as opposed to plainly progressive African countries like Rwanda, Ethiopia?
Israel has cutting edge technology applicable to all sectors of economy. Most progressive countries of the World buy patents and technology products and services from Israel. Africans have decided to buy from the source and to by-pass the middle man. Besides, modern Israel has proven to be the technology and innovation hub of the world hosting research centers for most leading companies of the world. Modern Israel has fulfilled biblical prophecy making the deserts of Israel blossom like a rose. Africans want to develop our own land and economy and have decided to be part of the commonwealth of Israel tapping into the potential of the covenant that God made with Abraham that through him and his descendants all the families of the earth will be blessed.
18. How does an AICC Chamber in South Africa hope to navigate around the sensitivities of the delicate relations between Israel and South Africa?
AICC is both a business and an Israel advocacy platform. There are millions of South African Christians who belief strongly that Jerusalem is the home of the Jewish people and the eternal capital of the Christian faith. No politics can change that view. AICC is therefore not apologetic about this position but seeks to contribute meaningfully to the debate and persuade South African government to rise above prejudice and anti-semitism by recognising the historical and biblical right of Israel to the land.
19. How is AICC funded?
AICC is funded in three different ways.
20. Is there an AICC chamber in my city or home area?
Check out AICC footprint on AICC website and see whether you need a chamber closer home.