Information and Benefits
The Lae Chamber of Commerce Inc.(LCCI) is one of the largest Chamber of Commerce in Papua New Guinea and currently has a membership of more than 270 companies.
As a member of the Papua New Guinea Chambers of Commerce Inc., which is the major link between Papua New Guinea businesses and all levels of government, the Lae Chamber of Commerce Inc. thrives on its strength of membership to be proactive in many areas of the Lae business community. With the avid support of its Councillors, the Lae Chamber has representation on many varied and diverse boards, statutory organizations and committees throughout Lae, Morobe Province and Papua New Guinea.
The Lae Chamber, over many years, has established an amicable working relationship with ongoing robust dialogue with the Morobe Provincial Government, its Administration, and the Lae Urban Local Level Government. Through this liaison, it acts as the strong voice on behalf of the Lae Business community. A key example being, it often receives requests from various levels of government for its input and suggestions in the way forward of new developments & advancing strategies to conducting business in Morobe Province.
Some various services offered by the Lae Chamber consist of: issuance of certificates of origin for exports, information concerning local level government laws, new or existing business opportunities, trade delegation liaison visits, business event luncheons & breakfasts with visiting overseas, national or provincial delegates, trade fair information, seminars, and public holiday notices. In support of these services, the Lae Chamber has a regular weekly e-news of topical information pertinent to all of the above.
LCCI Membership is open to all business enterprises in Lae and Morobe Province with the standard condition that management and employees will uphold the objectives of the Lae Chamber. It encourages each citizen and firm in the private sector industry to join and participate with the Chamber to achieve an effective voice for the community as a whole. To this end, upon new membership applications, each potential new member must agree in writing to uphold these fundamental aims and objectives.
The Secretariat of the Lae Chamber of Commerce Inc. and its Councillors (the latter of whom are wholly voluntary), works tirelessly to meet its service to the business community. The Councillors & other Chamber representatives report on behalf of the Chamber with many various consultative councils, committees and working groups. Some of which are Australia PNG Business Council, PNG Business Council, National Roads Authority, Investment Promotion Authority, National Standards & Testing Council, Apprenticeship Board, Port Advisory Committee, Morobe Provincial Audit Committee, Morobe Provincial Supply & Tenders Committee, PNG Coasting Trade Committee, National Tripartite Consultative Council, Board of Secretarial Studies, Morobe Physical Planning Board, Morobe Provincial Building Board and many others.
The Lae Chamber of Commerce Inc. hosts several events per year with invited guest speakers on relevant topics and issues pertinent to current business development in the Province.
Representatives of member companies and their invited guests are welcome to attend these events. Question time is avidly encouraged from attendees to promote discussion, dialogue and understanding of all facets of the subject at hand.[break]
Annual General Meeting
The Lae Chamber of Commerce Inc. Annual General Meeting is generally held in March of each year. Nominations for Council positions are generally invited from Members.
The Executive Council mostly meets each second Monday of the month unless the occasion conflicts with Public Holidays and other special events.
For interested parties re topical issues and enquiries, these may be forwarded to the Chamber Secretariat at a time opportune to Councillors’ discussions prior to monthly meetings.
Membership Subscription Rates
Subscription rates for membership to Lae Chamber of Commerce vary depending on the size of the each company. Companies with their head office in Lae and branches in other centers are classed as A Class; the number of employees differentiates all other companies. For membership class enquiries, new or amendment thereof, kindly contact the Executive Officer during business hours between 8.00am and 4.30pm, Mondays to Fridays.
Pacific Business Mentor Program
The Lae Chamber of Commerce has long been active in promoting Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) development and through the 1990’s worked closely with the International Finance Corporation to strengthen SME’s in Morobe Province. In 2012 the LCCI entered in a partnership with the Pacific Business Mentoring Programme, an initiative of NZAid to provide free mentoring services to a wide range of SME’s. This program has been extremely successful with more small businesses recognizing the benefits of using these mentoring services.