The Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut (AHI) is a multi-sectoral business organisation and one of four major chamber organisations in South Africa, actively involved in all sectors of the economy, except primary agriculture. The AHI was founded in 1942 and is currently represented in all 9 provinces of South Africa. The AHI, following the Vision “Together we create sustainable prosperity”, aims to assist members to utilise business opportunities, to positively influence the business climate in order to promote the economic interests of members and the broader business community, and to support a market-driven economy in cooperation with all role players.
The AHI structure consists of the National Congress, the Board of Trustees, the Governing Structure, the Board of Directors, the Provincial Structure as well as different Committees including a Management Committee.
“Together we create sustainable prosperity.”
1. Honesty and Integrity;
2. Development, orientation and sustainability ;
3. Service orientation with quality; and
4. Good governance with fairness and justice.
- To assist members to utilise business opportunities in a changing environment;
- Strive to positively influence the business climate in order to promote the economic interests of members and the broader business community; and
- Underwrite a healthy ethic; underwrite a market driven economy in cooperation with all role players.
The strategic priorities of the AHI focus on “Human resources and skills development”, “BEE”, “Doing business in poor communities”, “Small business”, “HIV and Aids”, “Skills development”, “Sustainable environment & energy”, “Support for local authorities”, “Tourism”, and “Combating crime and corruption”.
Furthermore, the AHI is member of different networks and partnerships. In 2001, the business chamber established an employers’ organisation, acting in labour disputes on behalf of its members. The AHI is also member of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC). Through BUSA and NEDLAC influence is exerted on aspects such as financial, economic, tax, production, tourism, trade (national and international) and infrastructural, as well as corporate and state management, human resources and developmental. Besides, the AHI established strategic partnerships with other important business member organisations such as the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (NAFCOC) and the Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services (FABCOS).