ASOCENTRO was created on January 27, 1994 and is made up of the following chambers:
San José del Guaviare
Sur y Oriente del Tolima
In the year 2017, its strategic plan was updated. As a result of this activity, the following elements were obtained:
Mission. To be the coordinator and integrating element of the chamber of commerce network of the central and southern regions of the country, in order to increase their management capacity and impact on the revitalization of business development in the region.
Vision. By 2021, to be an active network recognized as a benchmark of collaborative work between business development actors at the national level.
Strategy. Joint, committed and participatory work to add to the knowledge and resources that will generate institutional wealth; co-create and develop products and services for the benefit of the regions.
Why we support other chambers of commerce?
The chamber system in Colombia is made up of 57 chambers of commerce, which are represented by the Colombian Confederation of Chambers of Commerce (Confecámaras, for the Spanish original). In turn, Confecámaras is organized into five regions: Caribbean, Central, Northwestern, Eastern and Southwestern.
Each region has a Coordinating Chamber, which provides local support for the chambers in the region. In the case of the central region, it is the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá that plays the role of coordinating chamber.
Our lines of action
1. Institutional strengthening
The CCB, as the Coordinating Chamber of ASOCENTRO, the CCB leads work and collaboration spaces that discuss specific topics of interest to chambers of commerce in order to strengthen the capacities of their technical teams.
The Executive Presidents and professionals in charge of managing members of the different chambers of commerce meet in this Committee. The objective of the Committee is to publicize good practices in the management of members of the network of chambers of commerce, as well as to clarify any doubts regarding operational, regulatory and procedural matters.
The Executive Presidents, the directors of promotion and development and the directors of chamber of commerce projects meet in this Committee. The meetings of this Committee aim to update the teams of the chambers of commerce on matters related to business enhancement, formalization, competitiveness and regional development, among others.
The Executive Presidents, the directors of Public Records and the legal teams of ASOCENTRO's different chambers of commerce meet in this Committee. There, they discuss topics related to the business registry, the Single Suppliers Registry (RUP, for the Spanish original) and the National Tourism Registry (RNT, for the Spanish original), among others.
Once a year, a few days before the General Assembly of Confecámaras, the Executive Presidents of the ASOCENTRO chambers of commerce meet to review the management of the Association over the last year and, mainly, to elect the ASOCENTRO delegates for the Confecámaras Board of Directors.
It is important to clarify that the CCB has a permanent seat on the Confecámaras Board of Directors and each year, two chambers of commerce are selected to represent, along with the CCB, the chambers of commerce of the central region of the country in this Confederation
2. Support for competitiveness projects
The CCB co-finances projects focused on business enhancement and the improvement of the competitiveness of the regions. To do so, it launches an annual call for proposals in which it sets the selection criteria and invites the Chambers of Commerce to participate.
Once the proposals are received, an evaluation committee assesses them and selects the ones to be supported. The CCB not only provides financial, but also technical support.
3. Cooperation management
The CCB is part of the Regional Cooperation Network made up of the Chambers of Commerce of Bucaramanga, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Eastern Antioquia, Palmira, Manizales and Fenalco. There, the interests of the ASOCENTRO Chambers are represented and the necessary steps are taken to support projects that allow them to take resources to the regions.
Also, there is a permanent effort to find resources from national financing sources for the same purpose.