Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry – We make connections possible


“Southern African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry” – Member of the world-wide German Chamber Network The AHK is officially registered as „Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry“

Officially representing Germany

The Southern African - German Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the official authorized representative of German industry and trade in Southern Africa. As a private, non-profit organization, our primary goal is to offer the best service for building bilateral business relationships between Southern Africa and Germany.

Our Mission

With offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Maputo our Chamber has been facilitating the establishment of business links between South Africa and Germany since 1952 by supplying information on the economic situation in both countries, bringing together potential trade partners, and offering a wide range of other services.

Since 1997, we have extended our activities to the neighbouring countries in the SADC region as well, namely Angola, Botswana, Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Service Provider

The Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry offers a multitude of services. Our field of expertise covers all aspects of trade and investment between Southern Africa and Germany, e.g.

  • Trade Information and Market Research
  • Trade Fairs and Exhibitions
  • Legal Assistance
  • Marketing Support
  • Chamber Publications
  • Chamber Events
  • Training and Education
  • Advertising
  • Translating and Interpreting
  • Business Delegations / Travel Arrangements
  • German Business Pool

Member Organisation
Building on our sound experience and reputation, we are continuously adapting and improving our methods of supporting our members and customers in a rapidly changing environment.

3 Tasks

AHKs fulfill three main tasks on their locations. That is:

1. Official Representation of German Companies
AHKs are the key players of German foreign business development on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. They represent German business interests in their countries and they inform about and promote Germany as business location.
2. Member Organizations
AHKs are member organizations for companies actively involved in the bilateral business relations. These members give them the authority needed when interacting with politics, business and administration in terms of promoting the bilateral business relations.

3. Service Providers to Companies
Under the new service brand DEinternational the Southern African German Chamber of Industry and Commerce offers a broad range of basic services. These services are standardized and also offered by all other German Chambers Abroad under the same brand name. This guarantees a high quality and service level.

At 130 locations in 90 countries around the world, the members of German Chamber Network (AHKs) offer their experience, connections and services to German and foreign companies. AHKs are located in all countries which are of special interest for German companies.

AHKs are closely connected to the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs) in Germany. Together, they support German companies with building up and extending their business relations to foreign countries.

The umbrella organization of the IHKs is the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), which also coordinates and supports the AHKs.

Furthermore, the cooperation with various German trade associations strengthens the link from AHKs to business and markets.

The AHKs are supported by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.