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A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT It is a proud privilege for me to place before you the annual report of Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the year ended 31 March 2006. During the year 2005-06, the Chamber organized several programmes and events encompassing a range of sectors of Goan economy. The highlights of the activities during the year along with the financial statements are being placed before you for your approval. The three year term of the present Managing Committee comes to an end this year. It has , indeed , been a great honour for me to be at the helm of affairs of the Chamber for last three years and lead the Managing Committee consisting of illustrious members of Goan industry and trade. As my term comes to an end , I am tempted to recall a few important achievements of the Chamber during my tenure. When I first took over as President of the Chamber in the year 2001, I had certain vision and suggestions for improvement in the functioning of the Chamber. I wanted to make GCCI one of the most pro-active Chambers in the country. That would not have been possible without the active participation of the members. For focused attention to every sphere of trade and industry I formed many new committees. I was able to involve over 150 dedicated and highly qualified professionals who add value to the Chamber through these committees. The Chamber owes its reputation to-day to these committed professionals. The Chamber has representation on over 68 Governmental bodies. Through these representations , the Chamber has been able to synergize Government‟s policy initiatives with industry and trade expectations and to initiate far reaching changes in the Government‟s policies towards trade and industry. At the instance of the Chamber , the entire functioning of the Goa IDC was revamped. I have the satisfaction of personally initiating many changes in Goa IDC like Streamlining plot allotments , Rationalisation of Plot premium rates , Reduction in interest rate on premium installments , Formulation of OTS Scheme, Sub-leasing and Transfer Guidelines , Delegation of authority to Chairman / MD to allot plots with area below 10,000 Sq. mtrs. without referring to Board etc. Further , streamlining of industry claims for subsidies , establishment of container freight station at Verna , improvement in infrastructural facilities at all the industrial estates, better airport and seaport facilities , e-commerce facility at DGFT office, facilitation of import of raw casew nuts at MPT are other achievements of the Chamber which have benefited the Goan industry immensely. I also played an active role in restructuring and revitalizing EDC. The Chamber was also actively involved in the formulation of Industrial , IT , Tourism and education Policies of the Government. With a view to bring in all round improvement in the infrastructural facilities in Goa , the Chamber has prepared a report on infrastructure in Goa. The report is in final stages of preparation and will shortly be submitted to the Government and published immediately thereafter. Despite having very good socio-economic indicators , the State Government , through its own initiatives , failed to attract any significant investment in the IT Sector. The Chamber established and promoted the brand “ Goa Agenda” and conducted mega IT conferences for last four years which were very successful in popularizing Goa as an attractive IT destination. Under the brand “Goa Agenda” we also conducted two tourism meets which also were hugely successful. Given the small number of IT students in individual colleges, big IT companies in India were not conducting any campus recruitments in Goa , thus denying good employment opportunities to Goan students. We organized all IT students in Goa under the banner of HR Connect and were able to attract top IT companies who conducted spot interviews and recruited large number of Goan students. When the State Government introduced the progressive and forward looking VAT regime , it was the Chamber that was at the forefront in helping the Government with framing of rules under the Act and took the initiative in educating the trade and industry through numerous seminars and workshops in nuances of the new tax regime. The Chamber can surely take the sole credit for smooth transition from Sales Tax to VAT in Goa. Thus the Chamber has been playing a significant role in the promotion of trade , commerce and industry in Goa. I was also able to bring in an all round development in the functioning of the Chamber. Today the Chamber is in a very good financial position. It has stable membership and is able to provide better service to its members. The Chamber‟s Secretariat is equipped with a modern and fully computerized and air-conditioned office premises and conference rooms which are envied by almost all visiting Chamber delegations from India and abroad. The Chamber also is equipped with a modern and well equipped air-conditioned convention hall which is one of the best in Panjim. The Chamber has acquired a plot admeasuring 3954 sq. mtrs. at Verna Industrial Estate where construction of an ultra modern premises is already in progress. With a view to provide better service to the members I established Tax Research Group , Investment Facilitation Centre , Grievance Cell , and Programme Co-ordination Committee. To lay a special emphasis on development of entrepreneurial skills of Goan women , I started a women‟s cell within GCCI. To help and to facilitate the businessmen, small business enterprises, corporate entities, traders, exporters, SSI units, professionals, associations, academicians, students, etc. with up-to-date information of various business related Acts, Orders, Rules and Regulations, Notifications, and Govt. Schemes, the Chamber has published a CD containing over 350 Bare Acts, Rules, Regulations and Guidelines and related Notifications, Circulars, Forms, etc. This is the first time in India that all the industry related statutes are made available on a single CD. Thus the Chamber has been moving from strength to strength and I am grateful to all the members who entrusted me with the responsibility of leading this great institution. I thank all the members of Managing Committee , Chairmen and members of various Committees without whose active support I would not have been able convert my dreams for the Chamber into reality. PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO RULES & REGULATIONS OF GOA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY Present Rule Rule No. 24 : The Managing Committee shall consist of 15 members as follows : (1) One President , (2) One First Vice-President , (3) One Second Vice-President , (4) One Honorary Secretary , (5) One Honorary Treasurer , (6) Six Elected members and (7) four members co-opted by the Managing Committee from among unrepresented interests including the immediate Past President of the Chamber, provided that in the event any of the above positions are not filled up for any reason whatsoever , the Managing Committee shall be entitled to co-opt more than four members so as to make up the total of 15 members as indicated above. No member who is nominated for election and loses , shall be eligible for co-option to the Managing Committee constituted immediately following the Annual General Meeting at which elections have been held. “ Explanation – For the purpose of clarification, the expression Immediate Past President shall be the person who occupied the post of President immediately before the new term. In case the Immediate Past President gets elected for a fresh term , the Managing Committee shall have the right to co-opt on the Managing Committee any other person who is otherwise eligible to be a candidate for election to the Managing Committee.” Proposed Amendment Rule No. 24 : The Managing Committee shall consist of 19 members as follows : (1) One President , and (2) ten elected members ( The First Vice-President , The Second Vice-President , the Honorary Secretary and the Honorary Treasurer will be nominated by the President from amongst the elected members ), and ( 3) eight members co-opted by the Managing Committee from among unrepresented interests including the immediate Past President of the Chamber, provided that in the event any of the above positions are not filled up for any reason whatsoever , the Managing Committee shall be entitled to co-opt more than eight members so as to make up the total of 19 members as indicated above. No member who is nominated for election and loses , shall be eligible for co-option to the Managing Committee constituted immediately following the Annual General Meeting at which elections have been held. “ Explanation – For the purpose of clarification, the expression Immediate Past President shall be the person who occupied the post of President immediately before the new term. In case the Immediate Past President gets elected for a fresh term , the Managing Committee shall have the right to co-opt on the Managing Committee any other person who is otherwise eligible to be a candidate for election to the Managing Committee.” Brief Remarks a. This amendment is necessary to remove ambiguity in the earlier Rule No. 24. b. The increase in the number of members of Managing Committee is necessitated by the fact that many new types of industries have come up in Goa which merit focused attention through representation in the Chamber‟s Managing Committee. REPORT OF THE ACTIVITIES OF GOA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY FOR THE YEAR 2005-2006 The Managing Committee of the Chamber has pleasure in presenting the Annual Report of the Activities and the Audited Accounts for the year 2005-2006. During the period under review, our Chamber organized several Meetings, Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, Talks by Eminent Persons and conducted Trade Meetings with representatives of various Foreign Trade Delegations, Consul Generals and High Commissioners. The Chamber also submitted memoranda, representations to the authorities, held meetings and discussions with the Government officials and distinguished personalities, on various matters concerning industry, trade and commerce, taxation, customs & central excise, foreign trade, labour and management, tourism, environment and information technology. A report on some of the important activities of the Committees is given below: 1. AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES Despite the declining share of agriculture and allied activities in the GDP of Goa , this sector still continues to be the major employment provider with about 40 % of total employment in the State followed by about 34 % in service sector and about 23 % in manufacturing sector. Given the high cost of inputs , particularly labour , the focus is slowly shifting from production to value addition. Keeping the continued economic importance of these complimentary activities , the Agriculture Committee works towards consolidating this sector , catalyzing necessary policy changes and addressing conflicting domestic policies. Draft Action Plan - National Horticulture Mission 2005-06 - A meeting was called on 13 SEPT to discuss the Draft Action Plan - National Horticulture Mission 2005-06 and give suggestions for improving the Goa Government‟s Action Plan. Chamber‟s comments on the Draft Action Plan were forwarded to the Director Agriculture on 13 SEPT The Chamber suggested to make horticulture as the thrust area and lay emphasis on increase in production of vegetables , fruits etc. The Government has taken up this suggestion and pursued horticulture mission vigorously. The Chamber‟s suggestion for increase in production of Cashew Nuts has also yielded results as Government has started utilizing wastelands and forest area for the purpose of cashew cultivation. Cashew Mahotsav Goan cashew is known World-wide for its excellent quality. The Goan cashew industry has not only mastered the art of Raw Cashew Nut (RCN) processing for kernels but also has developed various by- products from the cashewnut. The State Government has initiated steps towards increasing area under cultivation and productivity of cashewnuts. The industry earns sizeable export revenue through export of cashew kernels. While the development in Goa has been commendable, the global competitive environment has changed significantly. New competition in the export market, development of sustainable source for supply of RCN, developing new markets, managing margins in volatile market environment and catering to the demands of the domestic markets have posed new challenges to this industry. For promoting the cashew industry, an exhibition cum seminar was organized on 10th & 11th March 2006 at Kala Academy, Panaji under the banner of Cashew Mahotsav which was inaugurated by Mr. Francisco Xavier Pacheco , Hon. Minister for Agriculture and was attended by Mr. J.P.Singh, Chief Secretary , Mr. J. K. Dadoo, Development Commissioner , Mr. R. G. Joshi, Director of Agriculture, Mr. Walter D‟Souza , Chairman CEPC and cashew growers and cashew processors from Goa and other parts of India who displayed their products in the exhibition. A large number of Chefs of many five star hotels and housewives participated in cashew based recipe contest organized on the occasion. 2. BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE While the State scores high on socio-economic indices, continuous infrastructural development is paramount to Goa‟s sustained growth. Attracting private investments in key infrastructure projects is of vital importance. The Chamber , through this Committee , actively seeks improvement in key infrastructural areas like road network , inland water transport , augmentation of facilities at Dabolim Airport and Mormugao Port and quicker implementation of Mopa Airport Project , power and water supply , sewage and waste management system etc. Goa – Belgaum 4-Lane Highway A letter dated 25 JUN was addressed by the President to Mr T R Balu, Hon‟ble Union Minister for Surface Transport, regarding the proposed Goa – Belgaum 4-Lane Highway and requesting him to consider a similar connection to Hubli thus linking Goa to the Golden Quadrilateral which will help boost Goa‟s trade with neighbouring states as well. Ferry across Zuari A letter dated 23 JUN was addressed by the President to the Chief Minister with a suggestion to introduce a ferry across the Zuari from Agassaim to Cortalim in order to avoid extra mileage to route heavy vehicles via Borim bridge. In case the Govt is not in a position to spare a ferry for the purpose, it was suggested that a private party is willing to provide the service. Ro-Ro Vessel for transporting heavy vehicles across the river Zuari A letter dated 15 NOV was addressed by the Director General to the Minister of Transport proposing that a ferry be started across the Zuari River at Cortalim/Agassaim. This would ease the traffic congestion on the Panaji – Ponda – Margao roads and also the Ponda – Vasco roads via Loutolim - Rassaim – Cortalim. This ferry service could be a Roll-on - Roll - off vessel and could be started on priority so that it could provide service to the transporters and the trade and industry. Letters Dec 05/ Mar 06 were addressed to Mr. R Dhavlikar, Minister for PWD and to Mr.P S Reddy, Director of Industries were forwarded on the following issues: 1. The minimum height clearance of 14 ft. should be ensured on the national highway and on all roads leading to and inside the industrial areas. The approach roads and roads in industrial areas should be broad enough (with no sharp bends) to cater for container traffic on open trailers. All bridges / culverts on the roads mentioned have to be capable of carrying the load of these heavy vehicles (42 tons). 2. Upgradation of roads leading to all Industrial Estates and within the Industrial Estates. 3. A Roll On – Roll Off Ferry service at Cortalim / Agassaim OR repair the Zuari Bridge to permit heavy container traffic OR building of a new Zuari Bridge. 4. Completion of the Pilar By-pass. 5. Improvement of the condition of NH 4 after Mollem (to Karnataka). 6. Construction of a bridge at Talpona and Galgibaga. 7. Four lane highway from Airport to MPT to be completed. 8. South Goa beach belt (from Bogmalo to Cavelossim through Colva) - all roads leading to five star hotels to be broadened. Development / completion of the above mentioned roads/bridges will be a boost to industrial development and economy of the State. Shifting of Regional Inspectorial Organisation( RIO) of Central Electricity Authority A letter dated 02 JAN was addressed by the Director General to the Power Minister in pursuance to the Union Minister of Power‟s letter No. A-60016/4/2003-Admn. dated 02/11/2005, that the RIO office is likely to be shifted from Goa to Mumbai. This will cause a lot of inconvenience to the industrial units in Goa. The Chamber requested him to use his good offices and retain the RIO office in Goa. If it is not possible to retain the RIO office , he was asked to request the Central Electricity Authority to delegate the requisite powers to some designated officials of the Goa State Electricity Department for carrying out the mandatory installation certification. 3. CONSUMER AFFAIRS In an increasingly complex consumer society , it is necessary to arm the consumers with the analytical tools to make informed choices and know how to buy best and seek most effectively the redressal of their grievances in the event of defective goods, deficient services and restrictive and unfair trade practices. This Committee strives to educate the consumers through regular awareness programmes and make them aware of their rights and responsibilities as well informed consumers. The National Consumers Rights Day The Chamber in association with Dept. of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs celebrated the National Consumers Rights Day on 20th December by organizing a talk on VAT. The programme was inaugurated by Mr. Amit Yadav , Commssioner of Commercial Taxes and Justice C. K. Mahajan , President State Commission ,Dispute Redressal Court was guest of honour. Guest speakers were Mr. A.T.Kamat , Ex ST Commissioner , Mr.Vallabh Kamat , Addl. Commissioner – CT and Mr. Sandip Bhandare. 4. EDUCATION Knowledge and intellectual capital can be a powerful lever for Goa‟s development. Given the State‟s small size , these can be drivers of the Goan economy. A key input for these is quality education. The Chamber‟s Education Committee seeks to develop an industry vision and a coherent set of long term policies to realize a knowledge driven economy for Goa. Career Guidance for Teachers The Education Committee arranged a program on “Career Guidance for Teachers” on 15th April 2005. The Education Committee organized a presentation on E-learning solutions by Mr. Sharadkumar Tekalkote, of Liqwid Krystal, Bangalore, on 13 DEC 05. Liqwid Krystal is an IT global company with a special focus on solutions across the human capital cycle. They have developed cost efficient , web based e-learning solutions which make learning easier and also fun for students. The Chamber in collaboration with SHIKSHA , a not-for-profit initiative of Confederation of Indian Industries and Knowledge Initiative Trust organized an orientation workshop on computer aided educational tools for School Teachers on 18 January 2006 at the GCCI Convention Hall. The purpose behind the workshop was to spread the effective use of computers in the Education System of modern times , thus making the teaching and learning process more interesting and useful. SHIKSHA has developed CDs containing contents on Mathematics , Science and Geography. The teachers were imparted both intensive and extensive training on the use of the technology in creating resource and reference material, in making presentations, examination and evaluation sheets and many such teaching aids based on the curriculum. The presentation was made by Mr. Narinder Bhatia of CII and nearly seventy teachers from 37 schools participated in the workshop which proved to be immensely useful as expressed by the participating teachers. Goa Knowledge Commission A two-hour discussion/meeting was held with the Goa Knowledge Commission and various Members of the Industry, on 9th March 2006, at the GCCI Conference Room. The Goa Knowledge Commission is keen to develop an understanding on : 1. Industrial estates 2. Possible internship programmes for students in various industries 3. Research partnerships 4. Short term courses for managers 5. Partnerships between education and industrial estates. 5.GOA INSTITUTE OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION This Chamber initiative has as its focus the general as well as structural unemployment present in the State. This programme enables those who have been unable to complete or take further education to gain new , competitive and marketable skills. This programme fashioned on German system of vocational training , also enables those wishing to learn new skill sets which help employability. Scooter / motorcycle Repair Course The Closing Ceremony of the scooter/motorcycle repair courses for Honda and Bicholim was held on 27 JAN at Bicholim. Canara Bank sponsored Toolkits for the trainees who successfully completed the course. Mr. M V M Desai, Chief Manager, Canara Bank, Mapusa Branch was Chief Guest at the function. Mr. Desai gave the successful trainees a toolkit and a certificate from GIVE. He also informed the students about the various schemes offered by the bank to needy students such as these. Mr. Aleixo da Costa, State Director, Directorate of Craftsmen Training, in his address, encouraged the students and informed them about the various facilities available to them from the Government if they want to set up their own workshop/garages. The toolkits provided to the trainees was one of the steps taken by GIVE so that the trainees can start something on their own. 6. INDUSTRY The Industry Committee aims to enhance and utilize the strengths of the State to aid the Government , industry and participants in the State‟s economic development towards sustainable industrial growth. Practical needs of today are sought to be balanced with those of the future. This Committee examines industrial issues and concerns and works towards harmonising of growth and development. It achieves this by sensitizing those inside industry, and outside it , to policy changes, and by bringing together Government and industry delegations. Implementation of the directions of Apex Court with respect to Hazardous Wastes A letter dated 28 JAN was addressed to Dr. N P S Varde, Director/Jt. Secretary, Department of Science, Technology and Environment, giving Chamber‟s views on disposal of Hazardous wastes of Goa, that Goa has to develop its own engineered land fill site as very soon the volume of solid waste would cross the level of 20,000 tonnes per year. Categorization of Industries A letter dated 10 OCT was addressed to the Director of Industries informing him that the Goa State Pollution Control Board has circulated a list of industries which have been categorized under RED , ORANGE and GREEN categories. It had been decided that various industry associations should sit together and deliberate on the categorization of industries so as to evolve a common response to this process. Accordingly, a meeting was convened wherein Mr. Manguirish Pai Raiker , Treasurer GCCI , Mr. Keshav Kamat, President GSIA, Mr. A S Kamath of Goa Cashew Mfrs Association, Dr Govind Kamat of Nursing Homes Association, Mr Joglekar of GSPCB and Mr. Arun Naik of GPMA got together on Friday 14th October at the Chamber‟s Conference Room and discussed the proposed Notification on the categorization of industries. GSPCB finalized the categorization of industries after taking into considerations the inputs from industry. Members‟ Views on Govt Schemes Notifications of the ten schemes that the Government of Goa has formulated were forwarded to members on Dec 05 requesting them to send in their views and suggestions on each scheme. 7. INVESTMENT FACILITATION CENTRE (IFC) It is the Chamber‟s view that investors, especially from outside the State, have difficulty in coordinating all clearances required to set up new industries. This becomes more complex when the investor does not have an established office in Goa. To facilitate all new investors, the Chamber has established the Investment Facilitation Centre. This Centre provides assistance , advice and guidance to investors. Ever since the withdrawal of tax benefits which Goa enjoyed for some time , the State seems to be missing out on new investment opportunities. The formation of an Investment Promotion Board and establishment of SEZs are seen as vehicles to attract fresh investments in Goa. Symposium on SEZ The Chamber in association with Diocesan Service Centre for Social Action organized a symposium on SEZ at Don Bosco Auditorium , Panaji. The Symposium was inaugurated by Mr. Luizinho Faleiro , Hon. Industries Minister. Speakers at the symposium included Mr. J. K. Dadoo , Prof. Nandkumar Kamat of Goa University .Mr. Girish Keni , Chairman , IFC emphasized Chamber‟s insistence on smaller product specific SEZs and non-polluting industries matching local skill sets. 8. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY This Committee focuses on working in close association with the Industry on all issues and matters concerning the IT Industry in Goa. Dedicated to work towards the promotion of Goa as an ideal IT Desitnation and development of Goan IT industry , it has been promoting an enabling framework for private sector participation in the development of IT infrastructure in Goa. Notifications under IT Policy A letter dated 15 JUN was addressed to Mr. Dayanand Narvekar, Minister for IT forwarding a Memorandum on IT issues pertaining to Goa with a request to arrange to publish the Notifications required to make the IT incentives available to the IT fraternity. The President met the Minister of IT on 20 JUN. He was requested to reduce the Central Sales Tax rate and to issue a notification amending the Goa Stamp Duty Act for availing the Stamp Duty exemption as well as reimbursement of stamp duty already paid by IT industry. A letter dated 22 JUN was addressed by the President to the Ministry of IT and Communication regarding Amendment in Notification No. 25-2002-Cus dt. 1/3/2002 on import of Capital Goods for IT/Electronic goods with a request to modify the notification to allow the import of parts for machine listed at sr. no. 11, 29, 51, 57 & 63 without payment of customs duty. A number of problems , listed below , faced by IT Units in Goa were put up to the Minister for IT . 1. Poor quality of power 2. Free import of used computers 3. Maintenance of STPI Complex 4. Implementation of IT Policy 5. Inspection by Labour Inspectors 6. Delay in processing the documents SEZ for Information Technology Letter dated 05 SEPT was addressed by the President to Minister of IT informing him that Chamber has been promoting and supporting the establishment of SEZs in Goa for the last 5 years and has organized many workshops / seminars to educate the Goan public on this issue. The Chamber requested him to explore the possibility of establishing an IT specific SEZ at Verna. However, in the event of the Government not being in favour of establishing the SEZ themselves, he was requested to facilitate allotment of 10 lakh sq. mtrs. area to the Chamber, as the Taipei World Trade Centre was very keen on extending mutual co-operation with the Chamber for establishing an IT SEZ in Goa. HR Connect The Chamber organized, for the second successive year “HR CONNECT 2005” at the International Center-Goa, Dona Paula, from 22-24h June 2005. This year companies like Iflex Solutions and L&T Infotech from Mumbai, ThoughtWorks from Bangalore, and D-Link (I) Ltd, Inforeach Technologies and Emerging Technologies from Goa participated in HR Connect. Hundreds of students from RIT, GEC, PCCE, Chowgule‟s and Goa University gathered together at the ICG to take part in these tests and interviews. A large number of students obtained placements at this meet. 9. IR & HRD This committee sensitizes industry and economic stakeholders on policy changes, analyses impacts and works in close harmony with industry. World Occupational Health Day A symposium on Workplace Intervention for Prevention of HIV/AIDS was organized in collaboration with the Green Triangle Society and in technical collaboration with Goa State AIDS Control Society and the International Labour Organisation for the observance of Occupational Health Day on 09 JUL at the GCCI Convention Hall. The Symposium was chaired by Ms Debashree Mukherjee, IAS, Secretary Health. Mr. Pratapsing Rane, Hon‟ble Chief Minister of Goa was the Chief Guest at the Valedictory Function. The Chief Minister also released a book on “HIV/AIDS at Workplace” on the occasion. Presentations and Speeches were made by Dr J J Dias, Goa State AIDS Control Society; Dr G V Prabhu, Goa Shipyard; Dr A V Salelkar, Director, Health Services; Dr Jagdish Kakodkar, Associate Professor, PSM, Goa Medical College on the current HIV/AIDS scenario in Goa. Committee‟s Recommendations The Committee met on 27 June to discuss various IR & HR related issues and made following recommendations to the Government.. Goa to be declared a „Bandh Free‟ State. This idea was muted to attract investments in Goa by stressing on the excellent IR prevalent in the State. Shops and Establishment Registration - Consolidation and computerization of forms , besides making these forms available in downloadable format to be available on relevant department‟s website. Single Inspecting Authority – At present various departments of State Government conduct their own independent inspections. This causes lot of inconvenience to the establishments. There should be a single inspecting authority which should inspect all the requirements of the State Government. Various returns and maintenance of multiple registers is also a big constraint. Returns and registers Should be consolidated into a single return and single register for better compliance. ESI Hospitals – Most ESI hospitals suffer from shortage of doctors , other medical staff and medicines need immediate attention. Central Government assistance should be availed for upgrading these hospitals urgently. Meeting with Asst. Labour Commissioner A joint meeting of members of this Committee with IR & HR Managers of various mining companies and Asst. Commissioner Labour ( Central ) and Labour Inspector was held on 15th July to discuss complaints of harassment against the officials of labour department. At the meeting it was emphasized that the role of Government officials should be to act as facilitators and to promote ideal work environment and mutual cooperation among industry and various Government departments. 10. LOGISTICS & SUPPLY CHAIN COMMITTEE With liberalization of imports , rationalization / simplification of taxes and duties and development of IT, the volumes of goods and services have increased tremendously and this provides a great opportunity for expanding Logistics services in Goa. The Committee seeks to provide proper direction to this sector. GCCI‟s initiatives on Logistics The Chairman of MPT arranged a meeting for the Chamber‟s representatives to interact with the officials of the South Western Railway, the Konkan Railway and the CONCOR, on 21st March 2005 wherein it was felt that there could be an increase in container traffic through Mormugao Port if there was a rail service available from the ICD Desur to Mormugao Port.. The Logistics Committee of the GCCI organised a program on “Documentation of EXIM” in June 2005 wherein stress was laid upon its needs and requirements to understand the procedures. A letter dated 15 SEPT was addressed to Hon‟ble Minister of State for Civil Aviation inviting his attention to the Airport Authority of India who has started the transshipment of International Cargo (other than Air India) at Mumbai with effect from July 2005. However, the Airport Authority of India has been taking 4 to 5 days to ensure onward dispatch of International Cargo to Goa. This is against the time of two days when the previous private handlers were responsible for the same. These delays are not acceptable to the trade and industry. The idea of paying higher tariffs to transport the goods by air is completely defeated with these inordinate delays. He was requested to look into the matter A letter dated 19 SEPT was addressed to the Director, Tariff Authority for Major Ports, submitting Chamber‟s comments on Proposal from the Mormugao Port Trust(MOPT) for General Revision of its Scale of Rates (SOR) The Logistics Committee of the Chamber called a meeting on 14 MAR 06 of Officials of the South Western Railways, Container Corporation of India Ltd.(CONCOR), MPT and shipping lines in order to boost exports using containers through MPT. Mr. P N Shukla, Chief Operations Manager and Mr. A S Rao, Senior Divisional Operations Manager, both of South Western Railway, Hubli, Mr. Sivarama Krishan Kota, Joint General Manager, CONCOR, Secunderabad, Mr. Vaiyapuri, and Mr. Y V Dhond of MPT along with Ms. Meera Kumar, Manager, Aspinwall & Co. Ltd., and members of the Logistics Committee attended the conference. At the meeting, South Western Railways and CONCOR have agreed to run a rake initially on a weekly basis from Desur in Belgaum to MPT, with MPT providing the support services in the Port. This will help increase exports through the Port and give added business to the shipping lines. The Logistics Committee addresses the logistics needs and problems of the industry, Trade and Commerce in Goa. It works towards cutting down costs and time of transportation and addresses all areas of logistics. In February 2006 the Collector South Goa was requested that the restrictions on the movement of heavy vehicle / trailers from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. in Vasco be lifted in the larger interest of the trade and industry. 11. MEDICAL COMMITTEE Health care sector is a sunrise sector in Goa. Though good health care facilities in the private and public sector have always been available , organized tertiary health care is just developing. This committee works towards progressively improving health care sector through private public investments in state-of-art tertiary health care facilities. Growing medical tourism business offers immense opportunities and it is the endeavor of this Committee to develop Goa as a leading health care destination. Mediclaim Scheme A letter dated 03 MAY was addressed to the Governor of Goa inviting his attention to the cases under the Mediclaim Scheme from Goa that are still being referred to KLE Hospitals at Belgaum, despite similar facilities being now available at super specialty hospitals like the Apollo Victor Hospital in Goa. The Chamber felt that the Health Department should liaise with the insurance authorities and the local specialty hospitals to work out a scheme so that the cases can be treated in Goa itself. Press Conference Dr Uday Khanolkar, Chairman of the Committee organized a Press Conference on 18 MAR 06 at 4.00 p.m. at Goa Chamber Hall on Pre-marriage HIV Testing in view of the increase in cases of HIV in Goa. Super-specialty Healthcare Dr Uday Khanolkar, Chairman of the Committee organized a Press Conference on 25 MAR at the Chamber‟s premises on Super-specialty Healthcare. 12. REAL ESTATE & HOUSING CONSTRUCTION Uniqueness of the settlement pattern in Goa ,lies in a healthy relationship between its towns and villages, facilitated by traditional transport linkages. In the post liberation period, the substantial growth in all sectors of economy has led to considerable increase in population which has exerted unforeseen pressure on land in and around urban and fast growing rural centres. This has caused overburdening of infrastructure resulting in deterioration of the environment and quality of life. This Committee attempts to evolve a comprehensive housing and real estate development policy dealing with an overall perspective of habitat and human settlement scenario for Goa. Town and Country Planning Board A letter dated 15 APR was addressed by the Chairman, Real Estate & Housing Construction Committee to His Excellency Shri S C Jamir, Governor of Goa on the Difficulties experienced by the Housing Sector. He was requested to streamline the functioning of Town and Country Planning Board by filling up all the vacant posts and to set up procedures for simple and speedy conversion of agricultural land , especially for land in Zonal plan. 13. TAX RESEARCH GROUP This Committee has been a meeting place for tax and law experts, policy makers , representatives from industry and academia to brainstorm on the direction in which reforms have to be carried out in taxation. The focus is to make tax laws simple , growth oriented , progressive and easy to comply with. Foreign Trade A letter dated 12 APR was addressed to Mr. Ajay Srivastava, Jt Director General of Foreign Trade regarding the public notice wherein it was made mandatory for all packaged products which are subject to the provision of Standards of Weights & Measures (Packaged Commodities ) Rules, 1977 to affix MRP sticker on all such products imported into India before clearance of Goods from Customs warehouse. The trade and industry in Goa strongly feel that above condition is causing lot of hardship specially for traders‟ community in Goa. He was requested to pursue the matter for early withdrawal of said notification. Office of the Assistant Drug Controller at Goa Since there was no positive response from the Central Government as well as the State Government to amend Rule 43 B of the Drugs Control Act so as to permit import and export of drugs through Goa‟s Air and Seaport, the Chamber requested the help of DGFT to canvas through the Commerce Ministry for the changes that need to be done. C&CE exemptions A letter dated 05 MAY was addressed by the President to Mr. P Chidambaram, Hon‟ble Minister of Finance bringing to his attention that with the imminent withdrawal of exemption of the 16% excise duty on naphtha for generation of power, the tariff will be further beyond sustainable limits for all the industries, and will adversely affect the economy of the State. It was requested in public interest, that exemption in the Excise Duty on Naphtha may be continued for the 48 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant at Sancoale, Goa, beyond 1st July 2005 and till LNG or Gas supply arrangements are made in Goa. Import of used computers and computer systems by STPI/ EHTP units. A letter dated 02 SEPT was addressed to Mr. Ajay Srivastava, Joint Director General of Foreign Trade, inviting his attention towards import of used computers and computer systems by 100% EOU like STPI& EHTP and that the Customs authority does not give clearance of the said computers as the used computers are not allowed to be imported under EOU scheme. He was requested to bring out necessary amendments under para 6.6.1 of the Handbook of Procedures and also under para 2.33 of the Foreign Trade Policy to allow import of used computers and computer systems under EOU scheme. Merchant Overtime Fees A letter dated 20 SEPT was addressed to the Commissioner of Customs & Central Excise reg. Merchant Overtime Fees, that considering the difficulty of the trade and industry, he was requested to look into the matter and instruct the Dy. Commissioner to waive off the Merchant Overtime Fees. Permission to import raw cashew nuts at Mormugao Port A letter dated 23 NOV was addressed to the Commissioner of Customs re the representations made by the Goa Cashew Manufacturer‟s Association to his Office requesting permission to import raw cashew nuts at Mormugao Port. Subsequently, the Chamber represented the matter to Mr. Ashish Bahuguna , Jt. Secretary , Plant Protection , Quarantine & Storage , Ministry of Agriculture , Govt. of India , New Delhi. According to his response, the Ministry of Agriculture has authorized the officials of the CIPMC , Goa to issue permits for import of plants and plant materials for consumption. Taxation VAT The Chamber has formed a VAT Counseling Centre of leading Chartered Accountants, to go into the various queries and inputs from Trade and Industry. A consolidated list of the queries was forwarded to the Commissioner of Commercial Tax for his consideration, on 11 APR. On 12 APR the President addressed a letter to Mr. L K. Gupta, Director (Sales Tax), Dept. of Revenue Ministry of Finance, New Delhi requesting him to include Data Cables and Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) as IT products, under VAT, which have been specifically covered under the rate leviable @ 4% instead of 12.5%. A letter dated 18 APR was jointly written by GCCI, CII and GSIA to the Chief Secretary, Ms Kiran Dhingra informing her that the three associations have individually and collectively spent time deliberating the operations of the VAT Scheme with the enforcing officers pre and post implementation of the Scheme . Her attention was drawn to a few points, which need to be resolved to make VAT quickly acceptable by members of industry. An appointment for a joint meeting was also requested. The President addressed a letter on 22 APR 05 to the Governor of Goa listing out the Anomalies and the Administrative Problems encountered in the Goa VAT Act. A meeting of Representatives of the GCCI, Goa Small Industries Association, Confederation of Indian Industries, The Goa Cashew Manufacturers Association, Goa Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee, Goa Bagayatdar Sahakari Kharedi Vikri Saunstha Maryadit and The Chemists & Druggists Association was held with the Chief Secretary on 20 JUL in response to the invitation from the Government for discussions on VAT related issues. VAT Deferment Scheme A letter dated 08 JUL was addressed to Mr Dharmendra Sharma, Finance Secretary, requesting him to review the rules under “VAT Deferment -Cum-NPV Compulsory Payment Scheme” and reinstate the benefit of tax concessions which was based on Capital investment of Companies. Entry Tax on Vehicles imported by Hospitality Industry A letter dated 09 NOV was addressed by the Director General to the Commissioner of Commercial Taxes bringing to his attention that subsequent to implementation of the Goa Value Added Tax Act 2005 the benefit of concessional entry tax is being denied to importers of motor vehicles by citing Section 9.2 (vi)(f) of the Goa VAT Act , 2005. Motor vehicles are capital goods for hospitality industry and import of which is clearly allowed under the EPCG Scheme and are hence eligible for concessional Entry Tax. Live Telecast of the Union Budget A Live Budget Telecast was held at the Chamber on 28 FEB 06 at which industry association representatives attended. Pre Budget Memorandum A letter dated 16 MAR was addressed by the President to the Chief Minister forwarding Chamber‟s Pre-budget Memorandum for consideration of the Government. Post Budget Memorandum Letters dated 27 MAR were addressed by the President to the Chief Minister and the Secretary Finance forwarding to them the Post Budget Memorandum and explaining the negative impact of some of the proposals as well as Chamber‟s suggestions. 14. TOURISM The Committee takes initiatives in exploring new areas in the field of tourism, helps in development and implementation of various strategies and policies for development of all types of tourism in Goa. Goa Public Gambling Act, 1976 A letter dated 04 MAY was addressed by the President to Under Secretary(Home) bringing to his attention that the Chamber has received representations from various 5 Star hotels in respect of the amendment to the Principal Notification No.2/1/2001-HD(G) dated 12.02.2004 under the Goa Public Gambling Act, 1976 that the Government has directed the Hotels to effect payment as per the amended condition 5(i) although the same is inconsistent with Condition 5(iv). Without prejudice to the above, the Chamber submitted that there is no nexus between the number of rooms in the Hotel and the Licence for operation of the Casino. Linking the number of rooms with the Licence fee would be highly unreasonable and impose heavy additional burden on the Casinos which are already reeling under exorbitant casino fees. Such an action of the Government needs to be reviewed in the light of the submissions contained herein. Goa Tourism Meet – Summertime in Goa The Chamber in association with Department of Tourism, Government of Goa had organized a two day exhibition cum seminar on the above topic on 10th & 11th March, at Kala Academy. The two day event commenced on 10th March, with Mr. Rajeev Talwar, Addnl. Director General, Tourism inaugurating the exhibition. Mr. S.P. Singh, Regional Director, Tourism , Western Region, Mr. J. P. Singh, Chief Secretary and Mr. J.K. Dadoo, Development Commissioner were also present on the occasion. The seminar „Summertime in Goa‟ was held on the second day. A galaxy of speakers like Mr. Rajeev Talwar, Mr. Jamshed Daboo, COO, Taj Leisure Hotels, Mr. Lenny Menezes, Country Manager, Hilton, Mr. Indranil Ray, Sr. GM Sales & Marketing, Go Air, Mr. Rajeev D‟Silva, Mr. Kavlekar, GM , GTDC made presentations on various aspects of tourism. In his presentation Mr. Daboo made a very important point that Goa‟s USP is its beaches and one should not try to deviate from it, but at the same time explore alternative areas like arranging some dance or music festivals, in its temples etc. The exhibition was a huge success, with around 25 stalls from various hotels, airlines and tour operators. 15. TRADE This Committee addresses policy issues to promote an open system of trade, finance, and investment in which business can flourish and contribute to economic growth, human welfare, and protection of the environment . Ban on entry of Heavy Vehicle in Panaji A letter dated 21 OCT was addressed by the President to the Minister of Transport regarding banning of heavy vehicles in the city during 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. This has adversely affected the working of traders and other shopkeepers/businesses in Panaji and many of them have requested us to take up this issue with the Minister. He was requested to kindly take this matter up with the traffic department and provide relief to the traders in Panaji. Supply of free books to students A letter dated 28 NOV 05 was addressed by the Chairman, Education Committee to Mr. Luizinho Faleiro, Minister of Education welcoming the Govt decision to implement Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Scheme. The Chamber suggested that instead of creating a separate machinery and duplicating the logistics required for supply of free books to the students, the Government should utilize the existing network of the booksellers. Sales of Note Books in Schools A letter dated 17 MAR was addressed by the Director to the Commissioner of Commercial Taxes on the issue of sale of notebooks in schools which is being sold at many schools in Goa, sometimes compulsorily. He was requested to see if the sale of books from Schools can be stopped by issuing a suitable notice. Fire Risk / issue of licenses / NOC for Exhibitions & Sales A letter dated 28 NOV was addressed by the Director General to Mr. P K John, Director of Fire Services bringing to his notice that there are a large number of exhibitions cum sales being conducted in Panjim and in other cities in Goa, which can pose a serious fire threat to the city and lead to massive destructions of goods, structure and also to loss of life. He was requested to send his officials to inspect the premises in advance be issuing NOC/permission to hold these events. 16. WOMEN'S WING The Chamber decided to lend its arm to the women entrepreneurs of Goa by starting a Women‟s Wing , which will help the Goan women to empower themselves through entrepreneurship. The objective of the Women‟s Wing is to encourage and support entrepreneurship in women and lead them to financial independence. Exhibition An exhibition – Asturi - of articles manufacture by women was organized by Goa Chamber of Commerce Women‟s Wing on 29th April. This was inaugurated at the hands of Mrs. Vijayalakshmi Menon, Dy. General Manager, State Bank of India. Besides private entrepreneurs organizations like GHRSSIDC, NABARD, DRDA, Goa State Aids Control Society participated in the exhibition. MISCELLANEOUS Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry The Goa Chamber has on 05 APR recently joined the membership of the Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chennai. The objective is to facilitate greater economic cooperation between members of IJCCI and Japanese Businessmen. They have also identified two India-oriented Japanese Consultants to work on any possible match-making in different sectors of industries and have constituted a high power screening committee comprising a legal expert, a financial expert, a technical expert and a retired civil servant of eminence to scrutinize project proposals received from members interested in expansion or diversification of their industries. Members interested in joint ventures with Japanese Businessmen may contact the Chamber for possible match-making. KRUCC Meet The 6th meeting of the Konkan Railway Users‟ Consultative Committee was held on 07 APR 05 at Hotel Nanutel, Margao under the Chairmanship of Dr Ketan Gokhale, MD, KRCL. Mr. G S Morajkar, attended the meeting as the Chamber‟s representative and made suggestions like dropping of entry service charge of Rs 10/- , Shifting of Panjim Booking office to a more spacious premises , Extension of shed , need for a Foot Overbridge , Halt for Matsyagandha Express at Tivim station , need of an Enquiry Counter, retiring room/VIP room and Ladies Toilets at various Stations. The Members of KRUCC appreciated the above suggestions and promised to take action as early as possible. Merger of KRC with Indian Railways A letter dated 10 JUN was addressed by the President to the Hon‟ble Union Minister for Railways inviting his attention to the proposal to merge the Konkan Railway Corporation with the Indian Railways. He was requested to kindly intervene in the matter and help in maintaining the independent identity of Konkan Railway Corporation. 7th DRUCC meeting A letter dated 09 FEB was addressed by the Director to the Secretary, Divisional Railway Users‟ Committee, Hubli informing that there is need for Railways to provide enough number of rakes for transportation of Iron ore on the Bagalkot Sector and on the Hospet Bellary Sector. State Development Report The Chamber has been appointed as a Principal Researcher by the Institute for Change Research on the subject of „ Manufacturing and Value Added Trading‟ for its Project on the State Development Report. Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony The foundation stone of the proposed Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry building at the Verna Industrial Estate was laid today at the hands of the Chief Minister Shri Pratapsingh Rane in the presence of the Industries Minister Shri Luizinho Faleiro and the Loutolim MLA Mr. Aleixo Sequeira and a host of other dignitaries including Mr. Dattaraj Salgaocar , Mr. Shrinivas Dempo , Mr. Cesar Menezes , Dr. L. U. Joshi and Mr. S.K. Sawhney. The Presidents and CEOs of major industrial houses in Goa were also present. Mr. Manguirish Pai Raikar performed the pooja ceremony and compered the event. Father Tony of Verna Parish blessed the site. Meeting with Smt Sonia Gandhi A delegation of Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by its President Mr. Nitin Kunkolienker along with Mr. Cesar Menezes - Vice President , Mr. Ralph de Souza – General Secretary , Mr. Manguirish Pai Raiker – Treasurer and Air Cmde P K Pinto – Director General called the President of Congress Party and UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi at Raj Bhavan on 23rd February and discussed issues like Mopa Airport , CRZ Regulation and Wild Life Conservation Act and its impact on Goan economy and other infrastructural issues. Smt. Gandhi gave them a patient hearing and has promised to look into the issues raised by the Goa Chamber delegation. Press Release on Communal Violence in the State A Press Release dated 06 MAR was issued expressing the Chamber‟s concern over the communal violence in Curchorem and Sarvordem. National Release of CD on Statutes of India The Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry had the national release of its new CD – “Statutes of India” on 8th February 2006 at the hands of the Union Defence Minister, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Mumbai. The function was organized by the Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture to present Mr. P G Kakodkar, former Chairman of the State Bank of India and member of the Managing Committee of GCCI with the “C D Deshmukh Award”. The CD was released by the Defence Minister in the presence of the Chief Minister of Goa Mr. Pratapsingh Rane. The President of GCCI Mr. Nitin Kunkolienker and Mr. Manguirish Pai Raikar were also present. NEW MEMBERS 40 new members were admitted to the Membership of the Chamber during the year 2005-2006. MANAGING COMMITTEE During the period under review 12 meetings of the Managing Committee were held. The Chamber as usual, issued circulars giving useful information to the members. The Committee solicits the active cooperation, support and participation by members to enable the Chamber to deal effectively with the problems of overall development of the Territory. The Committee also wishes to reiterate the importance of members sending data so that the Chamber can effectively tackle practical difficulties hampering business and industry in Goa. The Committee expresses its sense of gratitude to the members of the various Committees and other members of the Chamber who have extended their cooperation and made valuable suggestions on various matters. The Committee also wishes to place on record the services rendered by the Director General and his team who have devotedly worked for the Chamber. ` Sr CALENDAR OF EVENTS APR 05 – MAR 06 Date/Month No. 1 Workshop on VAT by Mr. Vallabh Kamat, Addl Sales Tax Commissioner 02 Apr 05 2 Jt Meeting with CII and GSIA on VAT 11 Apr 05 3 Seminar on Exim Policy 13 Apr 05 4 Program on Career Guidance for Teachers 15 Apr 05 5 Workshop on VAT by Mr. Vallabh Kamat, Addl Sales Tax Commissioner 16 Apr 05 6 Meeting with Herman Merckx, Consul General of Belgium 20 Apr 05 7 Talk on Effective Life Management by Shri Syamananda Prabhu 25 Apr 05 8 Press Conference on Quality IT Education – Challenges Ahead 27 Apr 05 9 Workshop on Quality IT Education by Prof. D B Pathak, IIT Mumbai 29 Apr 05 10 Stall Exhibition for Women Entrepreneurs 29 Apr - 01May 05 11 Meeting with Ms Laura Q Del Rosario, Ambassador of Philippines 09 May 05 12 Meeting with Dr Pedro Cabral Adão, Consul General of Portugal 18 May 05 13 Meeting with Mr. P Chidambaram, Hon‟ble Union Minister for Finance 30 May 05 14 Workshop on “Documentation of EXIM” 04 Jun 05 15 Press Conference with the Dean of Catholic University of Portugal and Interactive Session 07 Jun 05 on "Business & Educational Opportunities in Portugal" 16 Presentation at Hotel Mandovi on Educational Opportunities in Portugal 08 Jun 05 17 Catalogue Exhibition of Taiwan Products 11 Jun 05 18 Meeting on "Simplified Exit Scheme 2005" Mr C D Paik, Reg. Dir.WR, Ministry of 13 Jun 05 Company Affairs and Mr G K Purwar, Registrar of Companies 19 Annual General Meeting of GCCI 17 Jun 05 20 Annual General Meeting of GIVE 21 Jun 05 21 Meeting with Mr. Pratapsing R Rane, Chief Minister, Govt of Goa 21 Jun 05 22 HR Connect 2005 - Job Fair 22-24 Jun 05 23 Program on Crusade against Fraud committed on the Investors by the NBFCs 25 Jun 05 24 Workshop on Business Excellence in collaboration with Indian Jaycees, Zone XI 26 Jun 05 25 Meeting with Mr. P M Mahapatra, Dy. Chairman, Mormugao Port Trust at MPT 27 Jun 05 26 MC Meeting with Mr. Luizinho Faleiro, Minister for Industries, Govt of Goa 05 Jul 05 27 Memorial Meeting to late Mr. Pascoal J Menezes 08 Jul 05 28 Meeting with Mr Mohd Afzal, Ambassador designate of India to Angola 09 Jul 05 29 Symposium on Workplace Intervention for Prevention of HIV/AIDS 09 Jul 05 30 Combined meeting of Mine Owners/IR & HR Managers with Labour Commissioner 15 Jul 05 Officials (Central and Central Governmentl) 31 Meeting with the Office Bearers of the Bombay Industries Association 19 Jul 05 32 Talk on “Possibilities for IT & IT Enabled Services in Goa…. Why USA & China are in awe 22 Jul 05 of Bangalore?” by Dr. Samir Kelekar 33 Seminar on „Healthcare: The Goan Scenario‟ 30 Jul 05 34 Blood Donation Camp 30 Jul 05 35 Talk on Goa VAT Act - A Critical Analysis by Mr. P. C. Joshi, Advocate 04 Aug 05 36 Meeting with Mr. Dayanand Narvekar, Hon‟ble Minister of Information Technology 05 Aug 05 37 Workshop on „Dynamics of Effective Communications and Human Relations Skills‟ by Mr. 02-03 Sept 05 Yorrick Pinto of YGP Speakers Academy, Mumbai 38 Meeting with Ms Busi Kuzwayo, S.African Consul General 03 Sept 05 39 Talk on Matter, Space & Time by Dr. Jean Audouze, Astro-physicist and UNESCO Kalinga 12 Sept 05 Award Winner 40 Awareness Program on “Exports for Beginners” by Mr.D Brar, Jt.Dir General FIEO 22 Sept 05 41 Seminar on Radio Frequency Identification by Prof. Sridhar Iyer 23 Sept 05 42 Conference with 12 Ambassadors of Latin American & Caribbean countries 07 Oct 05 43 Seminar on Industrial Development in Goa: Growth, Policy issues & Future Directions 18 Oct 05 44 Workshop on Value Based Supervision by Odette Mascarenhas 11 Nov 05 45 Workshop on Fringe Benefit Tax(FBT) by Mr. Anil Sathe CA 12 Nov 05 46 Talk on Introduction to Data Warehousing by Dr. Naveen Prakash 18 Nov 05 47 Seminar on “ECGC Policies” by Mr Shivaji Narvekar, Branch Mgr, ECGC (Thane) 25 Nov 05 48 Meeting with Mr. Sudhir Mannie, Trade Representative and Mr. Mathew Sangma, Advisor, 30 Nov 05 Bs Development, of the South African Consul General 49 Presentation on E-learning solutions by Mr. Sharadkumar Tekalkote, Bangalore 13 Dec 05 50 Presentation on Project Evaluation at ICG made by Mr. Mark Rodrigues to 40 CAGs from 15 Dec 05 26 countries 51 Talk on VAT – Broad Concept by Mr.A.T.Kamat – Ex ST Commissioner , Mr.Vallabh 20 Dec 05 Kamat – Addl. Commissioner – CT and Mr. Sandip Bhandare – Chairman TRG , Chief Guest Mr. Amit Yadav at Chamber‟s Convention Hall. Programme in association with Dept. of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs. 52 WTO Outreach Workshop in association with AEDR & British High Commission 22-23 Dec 05 53 Visit of Mr. Vishnu N Hade, High Commissioner Designate to Botswana 24 Dec 05 54 Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the new Chamber Building at Verna 11 Jan 06 55 Workshop on computer aided educational tools for School Teachers 18 Jan 06 56 Seminar on Enhancing Job Skills by Mr. Basil d‟Cunha 21 Jan 06 57 Open House with Mr. Rakesh Sharma, IRS, Chief Commissioner of Customs & Central 23 Jan 06 Excise 58 GIVE Closing Ceremony 27 Jan 06 59 Talk by Mr. Y S Malik, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Company Affairs on the Ministry‟s 01 Feb 06 MCA-21 Project: e-filing of documents 60 Seminar on Service Tax & CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 by Mr. V. Shridharan 04 Feb 06 61 Release of CD on “Statutes of India” at the hands of the Union Defence Minister, 08 Feb 06 Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Mumbai 62 Meeting with Smt Sonia Gandhi in Goa 23 Feb 06 63 Goa Agenda: Incubation Centers- Challenges for Replicating Successes 24-25 Feb 06 64 Live Telecast of the Union Budget 28 Feb 06 65 Talk on Union Budget 2006-2007 by Mr. Rajan Vora and Mr. A.R. Krishnan 03 Mar 06 66 Meeting with Mr. Daniel Zonshine, Consul General of Israel 07 Mar 06 67 Exporters‟Meet with Mr S Sandhu,IAS, Zonal Joint DGFT & Mr A N Mishra, Jt DGFT 10 Mar 06 68 Goa Tourism Meet and Cashew Mahotsav at Kala Academy 10-11 Mar 06 69 Meeting with Mr. A Ramesh Kumar, Chief General Manager, SBI, Mumbai 14 Mar 06 70 Press Conference Implementation of IT Policy and Pre-marriage HIV Testing 18 Mar 06 71 Press Conference on Super Specialty Healthcare in Goa 25 Mar 06 ABOUT OUR CHAMBER The Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry, originally known as “Associacao Comercial da India Portuguesa” dates back to 1908 and is one of the oldest Chambers of Commerce in the India. Ever since its formation in 1908, the Chamber played a very important role in the development of the State, actively handling various issues, concerning Trade and Commerce. The Chamber led from the front in times of great stress when we went through two world wars and the years of great political strife that culminated in the economic blockade imposed on Goa in the 1950s in a futile attempt to oust the Portuguese. Finally, Goa was liberated in 1961. On June 12, 1962, a new constitution was adopted and the name of the institution was changed to „Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry‟. There was a consensus among the members of the Chamber to give the honour of Presidentship to stalwarts who had shaped Goa‟s economy. All of them maintained the prestige of the office of the President by their initiative and experience, placing the Chamber on the all India map. Today, the Chamber is the apex body for trade, commerce and industry, in Goa, with its own premises and Secretariat. It has a membership which includes small, medium and large houses, service, and trading establishments and other professional members. The Chamber has always tried its best to find solutions to the problems faced by its members, which were critical and difficult in the post-liberation period, when, a 500 year tradition of Latin culture and ethos, in form of business practice, administration and dispensation of law, had to be changed, to the Anglo-Saxon system prevalent in India. During the past decades, the Chamber, has had to brace itself for new challenges emerging out of globalization and liberalization. MEMBERS OF THE MANAGING COMMITTEE FOR THE TERM 2003-2006 Mr Nitin Kunkolienker President Mr Dattaraj V Salgaocar Mr Cesar Menezes First Vice President Second Vice President Mr Ralph de Souza Mr. Manguirish N Pai Raiker Hon.Secretary Hon.Treasurer Mr Ganesh Daivajna Mr Shanu A Pai Panandiker Mr Shrinivas V Dempo Mr Datta D Naik Mr Sandeep P Verenkar Mr Blaise Costabir Mr Sandip Bhandare Mr. P G Kakodkar Mr Jaywant L Chowgule Mr Manoj Caculo Director General Air Cmde P K Pinto AVSM(Retd) Director R S Kamat CHAMBER‟S REPRESENTATION ON GOVERNMENT BODIES Sr # Name of the Committee Representative 1 Advisory Committee attached to SISI, Margao Mr S A Pai Panandiker 2 Airport Facilitation at Dabolim Mr Nitin Kunkolienker Alt: Mr Mark Rodrigues 3 Advisory Committee of the College of Engineering,Goa Mr Nitin Kunkolienker 4 Board of Studies in Undergraduate course in Commerce Mr Ganesh Daivajna 5 Board of Technical Education Mr Sandeep Verenker 6 Board of Apprenticeship Training Mr Prashant Nayak 7 Central Consumer Protection Council Mr Manoj Caculo 8 Consumer Protection Council, Goa Mr Vinayak Mordekar 9 Central Warehousing Advisory Committee Mr Sandeep Sood 10 College Development Committee Mr Blaise Costabir 11 Committee for declaration of Rivers Mandovi and Zuari and Mr Aires Lima Pereira Cumbarjua Canal as National Waterways 12 Committee for fixation of Minimum Wages in any Shop or Mr Manguirish Pai Raiker Commercial Establishment Alt: Adv. M S Bandodkar 13 Committee for fixation of Minimum Wages in Employment Mr Manguirish Pai Raiker in cotton fibre, thread yarn spinning and weaving including Alt: Adv. M S Bandodkar handloom weaving 14 Committee on fixation of Minimum Wages in respect of Mr Manguirish Pai Raiker employment in units engaged in the mfr., assembling of electronic Alt: Adv M S Bandodkar goods and components and their distribution & sale 15 Committee under Hazardous Waste (Management and Mr. Nitin Kunkolienker Handling) Rules to identify permanent site, prepare EIA Report and appoint Agency to carry out activities 16 Customs & Central Excise - RAC for Service Tax Sector Mr Sandip Bhandare Alt: Mr. Santosh Kenkre 17 Customs & Central Excise-RAC for Organised and Small Scale Mr. Sandip Bhandare Sector Alt: Mr.Parimal Kulkarni 18 Customs Advisory Committee Mr Shrinivas Dempo Alt: Mr Nitin Kunkolienker 19 Public Grievance Committee – C & CE Mr. Nitin Kunkolienker Alt: Mr. C M Gaunekar 20 District Crisis Group Mr R G Dhume Alt:Mr M Durairaj 21 District of Consumer Protection Council, South Goa Mr. Vinay M Mordekar 22 District of Consumer Protection Council, North Goa Mr Ramesh Pankar 23 Divisional Railway Users‟ Consultative Committee Mr. Ganesh Daivajna 24 EDC Board - Vice Chairman Mr Nitin Kunkolienker 25 Entertainment Society of Goa - Governing Body/General Mr. Manguirish Pai Raiker Body 26 GOA – IDC Board Mr Nitin Kunkolienker 27 Goa Labour Welfare Board Mr Manguirish Pai Raiker Alt: Adv M S Bandodkar 28 Goa Institute of Management Governing Board Mr Nitin Kunkolienker 29 Goa State Council for Vocational Training Mr. Blaise Costabir 30 Goa State Pollution Control Board Mr Nitin Kunkolienker 31 High Power Working Group on Tourism Mr Ralph de Souza 32 HRD Foundation Mr Blaise Costabir 33 IFFI Committee Special Invitee Mr. Manguirish Pai Raiker 34 Indian Airlines Regional Advisory Committee Mr Nitin Kunkolienker 35 Industrial Development Board Mr Nitin Kunkolienker 36 Industrial Cluster Development Scheme Mr Manguirish Pai Raiker 37 Infotech Corporation of Goa Ltd. Mr Sandeep Verenkar 38 Konkan Railway Users‟ Consultative Committee Mr Gangaram S Morajkar 39 Local Advisory Committee for Electronic Test & Mr Deepak Chodankar Development Centre Alt: Mr P Deshpande, D-Link 40 Local Committee for ESI Mr. Manguirish Pai Raiker 41 Minimum Wages Advisory Board Adv. M S Bandodkar 42 Monitoring Committee Mr P Natesan, VMSB 43 MPT- Port Operations Group Capt Bruno V D‟Souza 44 NSIC Local Acceptance Committee Mr Sandip Bhandare Alt: Mr Santosh Kenkre 45 Planning Board Mr Nitin Kunkolienker 46 Port Level Working Group Mr. Sameer Amonkar 47 Post Forum Mr Ramesh Pankar 48 Postal Advisory Committee(Goa) Mr Ramesh Pankar 49 Power Advisory Committee Mr Mark Rodrigues Alt: Mr M Durairaj 50 Prime Minister‟s Rozgar Yojna Mr Gangaram S Morajkar 51 Public Grievance Committee Mr Nitin Kunkolienker 52 RAC - Export Credit Guarantee Corporation Mr Blaise Costabir 53 RAC for Workers‟ Education Centre, Ponda Adv M S Bandodkar 54 Rajya Sainik Board Director General 55 Rate Contract Committee Mr Manguirish Pai Raiker 56 Regional Committee for EPF in Goa Mr Blaise Costabir 57 Regional Direct Taxes Advisory Committee Mr Ganesh Daivajna 58 Regional Consultative Committee on Agriculture and Rural Mr R S Kamat Development 59 Sales Tax Advisory Committee Mr Manguirish Pai Raiker 60 Standing Committee of ITI Mr Blaise Costabir 61 Standing Committee on Montreal Protocol Implementation- Mr Mahesh Patil ODS 62 State Advisory Board for Child Labour Adv M S Bandodkar 63 State Co-ordination Committee for the purpose of Mr Manguirish Pai Raiker deliberations on the Persons with disabilities 64 State Labour Advisory Board Adv. Girish Sardessai 65 Steering Committee for new International Airport at Mopa Mr Mark Rodrigues Alt: Mr Ralph de Souza 66 S L C for processing cases within the CRZ Mr Dattaraj V Salgaocar Alt: Mr Nitin Kunkolienker 67 S L C for Standardisation & Quality Systems Mr Kevin Barretto Alt: Mr Nitin Kunkolienker 68 S L C under Goa State Investment Subsidy Scheme Mr Blaise Costabir Alt: Mr Ganesh Daivajna 69 Tool Room & Training Centre Mr Anil Anant Kamat 70 Town & Country Planning Board Mr. Mark Rodrigues Alt: Mr Nitin Kunkolienker 71 Watch Dog Panel for Custom House Mr Shrinivas V Dempo Alt: Mr Nitin Kunkolienker 72 Zonal Railway Users‟ Consultative Committee Mr Gangaram S Morajkar COMMITTEES FOR THE TERM 2003-2006 1. AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT Chairman Mr Joseph D‟Souza D‟Souza Biotech Members/Invitees Dr Ajit Shirodkar Dr Sangam Kurade Ravimangal Agropro Combine Zuari Food & Farms P Ltd. Mr Manjunath Hegde Mr Miguel Braganza Salgaocar’s Madhuvan Farm Horticulturist Mr S S P Tendulkar, Dr V S Korikanthimath MD Horticulture Corporation Director, ICAR Shri S C Verenkar Mr R G Joshi Director, Fisheries, Govt of Goa Director, Agriculture, Govt of Goa 2. BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE Chairman Mr Mark Rodrigues, Crystal Island Park Pvt Ltd Members/Invitees Mr. Sandeep Verenkar Mr. Joseph de Souza Anant Infotech Pvt Ltd. De Souza Biotech Mr. Ernest Dias Mr. Chandrakant Sangawar Kuoni Travel (I) Ltd. Majorda Beach Resort Mr. George Varkey Ms Meera Kumar Porvorim Aspinwall & Co.Ltd. Mr. H L Kulkarni Provorim 3. CONSUMER AFFAIRS Chairman Co-Chairman Mr G S Morajkar Mr Vinayak Mordekar Gansham Traders Vivek Trading Corporation Members/Invitees Mr Ramesh G Pankar Mr Nitin J Maganlal Shanu Pankar Magsons Supercentre Mr Madhukar R Mallya Mr Harish L Melwani Emco Goa Pvt Ltd. H L Nathurmal Mr. N B Narvekar Mr. N M Naik Director, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Controller, Legal Metrology Dept., Mr. S N Tripathi Mr. D A Hawaldar Director, Food & Drugs Administration Director, Municipal Administration 4. EDUCATION Chairman Mr Blaise Costabir GMI Zarhak Moulders Pvt Ltd. Members/ Invitees Mr Sandeep Verenkar Mr. P Sridhar Anant Electronics CEO, Control Net India Ltd Mr Alan Rocha, Asst Professor Mr. Rashid Kukkadi TTTI, Extn Centre, Porvorim Vice President, Control Net India Ltd. Dr R P Adgaonkar Dr Meenacshi Martins Shukla Principal, Padre Conceição College of Engg. Psychiatrist Prof Newman Fernandes Prof V Shiv Kumar Principal, St Xavier’s College Director, Centre for Latin American Studies Mr Aleixo D‟Costa Mr M A Sundaram Director, Directorate of Craftsmen Training Professor Mrs Ranjana Kakodkar Director, Pragati Vocational Assessment Ctr 5. FILM & CREATIVE INDUSTRY INVESTMENT & PROMOTION (FCIIP) Chairman Mr Gurudas Kamat Anubhav Films Members/Invitees Mr Pravin Zantye Mr Pandurang Phaldessai Narayan Ganesh Prabhu Zantye & Co. Member Secretary, Kala Academy Mr Rajesh Kenkre Mr Sandip Bhandari Architect Chartered Accountant Mr Raghunath Dhume Mr Shailesh Borkar Mr Manguirish Pai Raiker Mr Raghunath Dhume S R Consultancy Services Mr Zilu Harmalkar Mr Mayendra Alvares 6. FOOD PROCESSING Chairman Dr Sangam Kurade Mr. R F Ivo da Costa Azaredo Zuari Foods & Farms Pvt Ltd. Costa & Co.Pvt.Ltd. Members/Invitees Mr. A S Kamath Mr. Joseph D‟Souza Ajanta Industries D’Souza Biotech Mr. Govind Desai Mr. N Poojary Cotyar Beverages Goan Bounty Mr. Datta D Naik Mr. Suresh Zantye New Millennium Bakers Narayan Ganesh Prabhu Zantye & Co Dr Shrikant Naik Mr. Nikhil Desai MD, Goa State Co-op. Milk Producers Union Ltd. MD, Sanjivani Sahakar Sakhar Karkana Mr. Mario Valadares Mr. Regan Hendricks Royal Foods Rhea Distilleries 7. GIVE Chairman Vice-Chairman Nitin Kunkolienker Blaise Costabir Immediate Past Chairman Dattaraj V Salgaocar Members/Invitees Cdr R S Singh Mr. G B Halkar MD Western India Shipyard Ltd. V M Salgaocar & Bro P Ltd. Aleixo da Costa Mr. A E Barreto Asst Director, Craftsmen Training V M Salgaocar & Bro P Ltd. Mr. R Yaduvanshi Mrs Lalita Joshi, Principal Secretary, Labour MES College of Arts & Commerce Mr. S A Deshprabhu Commissioner, Labour 8. INDUSTRY Chairman Mr Shanu Pai Panandiker Marpol Pvt.Ltd. Members/Invitees Mr Blaise Costabir Mr T C Bhandari GMI Zarhak Moulders Pvt Ltd Bharat Conductors Pvt Ltd. Mr S S Prabhudesai Mr K G S Raman Chief Inspector of Factories Director – SISI Mr A M Gude Mr A D Naik V M Salgaocar & Bro Pvt Ltd. General Manager, Goa IDC Mr Dilip Kunkolienker Mr Sandeep P Verenkar GM, Unichem Laboratories Ltd. Anant Electronics The Director of Industries & Mines Fr Romualdo D‟Souza Mr Vincent Jayaraj Director, Goa Institute of Management Sales Manager, Jet Airways (I) Ltd. 9. I R & HRD Chairman Co-Chairmen Mr Manguirish N Pai Raiker Adv. M S Bandodkar S R Consultancy Services Mr G B Halkar V M Salgaocar & Bro Ltd. Members/Invitees Mr D P Sinha Mr B T Boke Chowgule & Co V S Dempo & Co.Pvt.Ltd. Mr George Ninan, MRF, Mr M D Phal Plant Human Resource Manager Sesa Goa Ltd. Mr Y R Vishwanath, Mr Arvind Cordeiro Sesa Goa Ltd. DGM-IR, Zuari Industries Ltd. Mr. Roy de Barros Mr. Ramesh Patil Pentair Water India P Ltd., Betts India Pvt. Ltd. Mr Allwyn Crasto, Mr R P Rataboli Ciba Speciality Chemicals India Ltd. Consultant Mr. S A Deshprabhu Mr Ananth Prabhu The Commissioner, Labour Automobile Corporation of Goa Ltd., Mr. Cyril Pereira Cyratron Techmation & Oilex Systems Ltd., 10. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Chairman Co-Chairman Mr Sandeep P Verenkar Mr P Sridhar Anant Electronics ControlNet India Pvt Ltd. Members/Invitees Mr Deepak Chodankar Mr Govindraj Dempo D-Link (I) Ltd. Dempo Group of Companies Mr Rajeev Pilgaocar Mr Niraj Naik Quartet Enterprise Aprant Infomedia Prof Anil Seth Mr K D Kulkarni, Dept of Computer Science & Technology ControlNet India Pvt Ltd, Mr Albert Gouveia, Scientist Prof V V Kamat Head, Information Technology Group, NIO Dept of Computer Science & Technology Mr A V Palekar, MD, Info Tech Corporation of Goa Ltd. Mr. Hanumath Rao National Informatics Centre Prof Vithal Sukthankar Goa Institute of Management 11. INVESTMENT FACILITATION CENTRE Chairman Co-Chairman Mr Girish Keni Mr Sandip Bhandari Chartered Accountant Chartered Accountant Members/Invitees Mr Datta D Naik Mr Sadashiv V Shet Kashinath Damodar Naik Mr Sandip Jacques Mr Santosh R Kenkre MD, Goa-IDC Chartered Accountant Mrs Doris D‟Souza Adv. Ajit Rajaram Kantak DGM & Officer-in-Charge, RBI G M S Contoco & Bros. Mr S I Kazi Mr A V Palekar Tricom Technology & Consultancy Group MD, Info Tech Corporation of Goa Ltd. Mr Prakash Shetty Adv. Sanjay Usgaocar Tohfa Gift Centre Advocate 12. LOGISTICS Chairman Co-Chairman Mr. Jaywant Chowgule Mr. Dattaprasad Bhonsle Chowgule Brothers Pvt Ltd. Ciba Specialty Chemicals (I) Ltd. Members/Invitees Ms Meera Kumar Mr. Sachindra Sirdesai Aspinwall & Co.Ltd. Madaus Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd. Mr. R S Sawant Mr. C M Gaunekar Dy Commissioner of Customs D-Link India Ltd. Mr. Mohan Banaulikar Mr. Jayram Dialani Banaulikar Clearing & Forwarding Agency Vijay Marine Services Capt A P Mascarenhas Mr. Melvin D‟Silva Captain of Ports Station Manager, Indian Airlines 13. PROGRAM CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE Chairman Mr Manguirish Pai Raiker S R Consultancy Services Members/Invitees Mr Manoj Caculo Mr Deepak Chodankar Caculo Motors Pvt Ltd. Open Link Network Ltd. Mr Harish D Rajani Mr Sandip Bhandari Damodar Mangalji & Co. Ltd Chartered Accountant Mr Rohan Khaunte Mr Mark Rodrigues Shiv Samarth Motors Zuari Tigers Aqua Pvt Ltd Mr Sandeep P Verenkar Mr Narcinva Damodar Naik Anant Electronics Narcinva Damodar Naik Mr Rahul D Naik Mr Girish Keni Director, Sitara Motors Pvt Ltd. Chartered Accountant Blaise Costabir Joseph de Souza GMI-Zarhak Moulders Pvt Ltd., De Souza Biotech 14. REAL ESTATE & HOUSING CONSTRUCTION Chairman Mr. Datta Naik Commonwealth Developers Members/Invitees Mr. Dattaprasad Kamat Mr. Joe Mathias Kamat Constructions Pvt Ltd. Mathias Constructions Mr Sandesh Naik Mr. Anil Counto Nanu Enterprises Alcon Constructions Mr Raj Amonkar Mr. Dinar Kamat Tarcar Cosmos Technologies Pvt Ltd., President, Goa Chamber of Housing Industry Mr Tulio D‟Souza Dr S P Deshpande EDP Consultants Mr Inacio Coutinho President, Indian Institute of Architects 15. TAX RESEARCH GROUP Chairman Co-Chairman Mr Sandip Bhandare Mr Santosh R Kenkre Chartered Accountant Chartered Accountant Members/Invitees Mr Ganesh Daivajna Mr Girish Keni Chartered Accountant Chartered Accountant Mr P K Mukherjee Mr G Balasubramanian Sesa Goa Ltd. V S Dempo & Co Pvt Ltd. Mr S Bhardwaj Mr M K Kavlekar Ciba Speciality Chemicals (I) Ltd. V M Salgaocar & Bro Pvt Ltd. Mr Sadashiv V Shet Dr A B Prasad Company Secretary V S Dempo & Co.Pvt Ltd. Mr K G Prabhu Mr. R K Pikale, FCA D-Link (I) Ltd Chartered Accountant Mr Parimal G Kulkarni Vishnudas Parsekar Andrew Telecommunication (I) Pvt Ltd. D-Link (I) Ltd Mr. A E Barreto Mr C M Gaunekar V M Salgaocar & Bro. Pvt. Ltd. D-Link (I) Ltd. Mr. Prashant Mallya Mr Joseph M Lopes GKB Ophthalmics Ltd. Zuari Industries Ltd. Mr. Shivram Bhat Mr Y N Upadhyaya Phil Corporation Ltd Chartered Accountant Mr V Vijay Shankar Mr Vinay Singhal Zuari Industries Ltd. IFB Industries Ltd. Mr Satish R Dhume Mr Silverio Dias Satish Dhume & Co. Chartered Accountant 16. TOURISM Chairman Co-Chairman Mr Ralph de Souza Mr. Gaurish Dhond The De Souza Group Dhond Hotels Members/Invitees Mr. N Suryanarayana Mr Mahesh Rao MD - Goa Tourism Development Hotel Nova Goa Corporation Mr Charles Bonifacio Mr Rene Mendes President, Travel & Tourism Asscn of Goa Mr Anand Madgavkar Mr Norman de Souza Emerald Cruises The De Souza Group Mr Ernest Dias Mr Xavier Furtado Kuoni Travel (I) Ltd. Holiday Inn Resort Goa Mr Mark Rodrigues Mr. Sandeep Jacques Crystal Island Park Pvt Ltd Director, Tourism Mr. Jagdish Wagh Mr. U D Kamat Mr. A K Wahal, MD Goa Forest Dev Corporation Ltd. PAST PRESIDENTS Name Term Luis Guilherme Dias * Jan 1908- Dec 1912 Vicente Salvador de Andrade * Jan 1913- Dec 1914 Dr Pedro Xavier Gonsalves * Jan 1915- Dec 1916 Luis Guilherme Dias * Jan 1917- Dec 1918 Manuel Lopes Monteiro * Jan 1919- Dec 1920 Francisco Xavier Sales de Andrade * Jan 1921- Dec 1922 Vasco Freire Temudo * Jan 1923- Dec 1924 Bento Miguel Fernandes * Jan 1925- Dec 1926 Jose Caetano Jorge * Jan 1927- Dec 1928 Antonio Augusto Vieira Lisboa * Jan 1928- Dec 1930 Joaquim Santana Velho * Jan 1931- Dec 1932 Pedro Sebastiao de Figueiredo * Jan 1933- Dec 1934 Narcinva Damodar Naique * Jan 1935- Dec 1936 Cristovam Fernandes * Jan 1937- Dec 1938 Heitor Joao Peres * Jan 1939- Dec 1940 Madeva Sinai B Caculo * Jan 1941- Dec 1946 Vassantrao S Dempo * Jan 1947- Dec 1948 Esvontrao Bolvonta Rao * Jan 1949- Dec 1952 Jose Antonio de Gouveia * Jan 1953- Dec 1962 Madev Sinai Talaulicar * Jan 1963- Dec 1964 Panduranga S Timblo * Jan 1965- Dec 1968 Vishwasrao Dattaji Chowgule Jan 1969- Dec 1972 Vassantrao S Dempo * Jan 1973- Dec 1976 Vasudeo M Salgaocar * Jan 1977- Dec 1978 Bhagwant K Naik * Jan 1979- Dec 1980 Vasudeva V Dempo * Jan 1981- Dec 1984 Yeshwantrao D Chowgule * Jan 1985- Mar 1989 Prabhakar S Angle * Apr 1989-May 1991 Ramnath G Kare May1991-June 1995 Dattaraj V Salgaocar July 1995-June 2001 * Since deceased CHAMBER'S VISION & MISSION At the GCCI we have a vision of a sustainable Goa - a Goa where economy is strong and sustainable. At the Chamber we need to evolve a strong mission to focus our efforts to work towards our vision of a sustainable and prosperous Goa. We have a vision of developing Goa's business to enable the building of a sustainable Goa. For this we will put a thrust on our programs and activities so as to achieve the following: To act as a catalyst in developing economy, trade, industry, commerce and the socio-economic conditions of Goa and the nation as a whole. As a pro-active organization of business, GCCI is committed to spearhead the promotion of a conducive environment for Trade, Industry and Commerce. Committed to build opinions and suggest pro-active options for enhancing competitiveness of business and industry by interacting with policy makers and experts. Era 2000 is a millennium that defines change. In a fast changing world, it is essential to upgrade skills on a continuous basis and keep forging ahead. GCCI will provide training and education to corporate executives, entrepreneurs and those interested in business and industry in a variety of areas. Committed to facilitate the unorganized sector of trade & industry as the unorganized sector contributes a major share in the industrial growth. Committed to help the Government in providing a transparent administrative and tax system. In order to be successful in our endeavor we will have to work very closely with the Government, professionals, experts, intellectuals and eminent personalities. Similarly, the Chamber shall have close interaction with people from industry, trade, businessmen and workers. CHAMBER‟S AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To encourage and promote a friendly feeling and unanimity among businessmen and industrialists on all subjects involving their common good and in general interests of the State and the country. To promote and protect interests of trade, commerce, and industry. To collect and circulate information and statistics on various matters of general, commercial and industrial interest. To obtain the removal of all acknowledged grievances affecting mercantile and industrial interests, as far as possible. To deal suitably with legislative and other measures affecting the business and industry. To communicate with Government and other public authorities, with similar Associations in other places and with individuals on all subjects of general mercantile and industrial interests. To arbitrate in the settlement of disputes arising out of commercial transactions. To co-operate with any other Association with similar objectives and exchange information. THE GOAN ECONOMY Goa was liberated on the 19th December, 1961, from the Portuguese rule. It remained a Union Territory till the 30th of May, 1987 and thereafter became the 25th state of the Indian Union. The State of Goa covers an area of 3,702 sq.mts. According to the 2001 census, Goa's population stands at 13.44 lakhs with a population density of 363. The decadal growth rate in population has declined from 16.08% during 1981-91 to 14.89% during1991-2001. The sex ratio in terms of number of females per thousand males has been declining in favour of males and is presently at 960. The State has a literacy rate of around 83% which is one of the highest in the country. The State has witnessed a steady increase in the urban population from 41.01% in 1991 to 49.77% in 2001, with a decadal growth of 39.42%. The Gross State Domestic Product of the State at constant prices (1993-94) has registered an annual compound growth rate of 10% during the period 1993-94 to 1999-2000. In 2001-2002, the Gross State Domestic Product has increased to 7172 crores (at current prices) from Rs.6075 crore in 1998-99 exhibiting an 18% growth. Before Liberation, Goa's economy was mainly based on Agriculture, Fisheries and to a large extent on the Mining Industry. After Goa's Liberation, due to various steps taken by the Government, the Industrial scenario, underwent a vast change. Goa has come a long way from the Industrial base existing since 1960. Presently, Goa has over 6500 Small Scale Industrial Units and 148 Medium Scale units employing over 50,000 people. The manufacturing sector has grown significantly over the past few years. Today it contributes nearly 30% to the State Domestic Product as compared to 7% in the 1960. In the manufacturing sector, the chemical and chemical products industry is the largest contributor (41%) to the net value added by the industry to the Goan Economy. The other major contributors are the food products, beverages, rubber and plastic products. The growth in Industrial activity over the years is also evident from the increase in the manufacturing index from 133 in 1994-95 to a whopping 305 in 2000-01. Goa has now emerged as an investment hotspot. Goa tops the lists in terms of Education, Health, Infrastructure and Investment scenario and featured as the No. 1 state in India in a recent survey conducted by India Today. Goa has been applauded as the best destination for investment several independent studies including the McKinsey & CII reports. GOA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY The Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry is one of the oldest Chambers of Commerce and Industry established in 1908 and it has been instrumental in building up the infrastructure for trade and industry in Goa. The Chamber has over 400 members consisting of traders, manufacturers, small / large / multi-national industrial units and professionals and is active in rendering help to Goan industries to face the challenges of a changing and highly competitive market economy by liaisoning with various government departments for enactment of favorable policies as well as educating its members in various commercial, industrial and other related legislations and regulations existing in the country. HISTORY The Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry, originally known as “Associação Commercial da India Portuguesa”, dates back to 1908 and is one the oldest Chambers of Commerce in India. Ever since its formation, the Chamber has handled various issues concerning trade and commerce. It has been very active and played a very important role in the development of the State. It has a number of initiatives to its credit. It led from the front in times of great stress. In 1911 the Chamber persuaded the Government to initiate the construction of a new jetty near the dock of Nova Goa, i.e. Panaji, for the loading of cargo. It was at the Chamber‟s initiative that a banking house was started under the name of Banco da India Portuguesa in 1914. In 1916, the Chamber catalysed the steamship service between Goa and Portugal to boost trade between the two countries. In 1929, it persuaded the Government to modernize and expand the dock facilities to keep pace with the increased traffic. In 1954, when the Govt. of India imposed an economic blockade against Goa, the Chamber arranged for a Portuguese shipping company to touch Goa directly to minimize hardships to the local population. Thus it is primarily due to the pioneering efforts of the Chamber that the basic facilities like banking, mercantile marine services, a communication infrastructure and other amenities necessary for the smooth functioning of business and industry were developed in Goa. Goa was liberated in 1961. At that time the Chamber had about 300 members. On June 12, 1962 a new Constitution was adopted and the name of the Institution was changed to „Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry‟. Today, this is the only apex body for trade, commerce and industry in Goa with its own premises and Secretariat. It has around 450 members which includes small, medium and large scale business houses, service and trading establishments and professional bodies. It has had the honour of playing host to several important dignitaries like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Shri Moraraji Desai, Atal Behari Vajpayee, Dr Manmohan Singh, Dr Abid Hussain, Dr C Rangarajan, Shri Nani Palkhiwala, Mr Arun Jaitley, to name a few. Over the last 40 years the Chamber has tried its best to find solutions to the problems faced by the commercial and industrial community. The Chamber has been successful in delivering the goods and it has done the best way it could. The successive Managing Committees have taken several important decisions, which have yielded good results. The initiatives included the setting up of Government Chamber interaction and implementation group to establish closer interaction with the Government and, Goa Institute of Vocational Education to introduce German System of Technical Education which was supported by the State Government, Watershed Management, suggestion for establishment of a Special Economic Zone, offshore banking/financial center and several other memoranda and representations for the accelerated development for Goa and Master plan for Tourism, Industrial Policy, Power Policy, Drafting of VAT laws, etc. to name a few. GCCI has taken a major initiative in the IT Sector with the hosting of "The Goa Agenda", the National Seminars on IT, with the objective of promoting and projecting Goa at the National level. This is the foundation stone to hold more such events on industry related matters. The Chamber has also received approval from the Goa Government to hold IT seminars every month and 50% of the expenses will be funded from the Government. Responsiveness to members‟ grievances and issues has been a major thrust area for Chamber and almost 85% of the representations have been addressed. Over the years, the expectations from the Chamber have increased manifold and we are not restricted to only Industry & Commerce, but are looking at a broader economic perspective. Thus, we have also restructured the Secretariat to be leaner, cost effective and more professional in its approach. In future, there will be three separate cells in the Chamber - the Co-ordination Cell will deal with redressal of members‟ grievances and administrative matters; Event Management Cell will conduct Workshop, Seminars and continuation Training programs; and Economic Research cell will deal with indepth economic research pertaining to the Trade and Industry. The Chamber also has an Investment Facilitation team which furnishes investment related data to the industry. Tribute to the Past Presidents The Managing Committee places on record the valuable contribution to the Chamber by the past Presidents, both to those deceased and those surviving. The solid foundation of the Chamber laid by its founders have been strengthened by each incoming President and today we have a strong and vibrant Chamber, thanks to their efforts. The Chamber salutes these eminent leaders. Benefits to Members: Membership of GCCI brings many concrete benefits to both individual companies and to the cause of private enterprise. GCCI Members can - Make invaluable contacts at the GCCI: - A meeting place for business people from every corner of Goa, every sector. Develop sound public relations: - Promoting their company‟s reputation in the regional/national and international forum. Avail a single-window information service: - On policy and practical issues affecting the business and industry Act help with their company‟s needs and problems: - In management and international trade and through the GCCI „Help with Service‟ Access to essential GCCI publications, conferences, meetings and other information services. - For profitable domestic and international trade and investment. Publications 1. Regular Publications Monthly Bulletin: The Chamber publishes a Bulletin every month which is distributed to its members free of charge, and also sent on a reciprocal basis to other Chambers of Commerce, government officials and foreign trade missions in India. It contains information on the working of the Chamber and its activities, useful and important government notifications and information covering Trade, Consumer Price Index etc. In order to build opinion, inform and communicate, both the Website and the Chamber‟s Bulletin has been revamped with gratifying results. Annual Report: The Chamber publishes an Annual Report which contains useful information regarding Chamber's activities during the year. The Annual Report of the Chamber also includes a list of Chamber‟s Committees and a list of Representatives on Government Bodies. The Chamber publishes important Government Acts and Rules, a Calendar with holidays of Goa state, and also provides Charter Party holidays of the major ports, on request. 2. Other Publications The Chamber publishes a Membership Database which provides the name, address, contact person, telephone numbers and products/services of all its members. The Chamber periodically publishes an Trade & Commercial Directory of Goa listing various industries, trade & services in the state along with information on products manufactured / marketed by them. To facilitate the businessmen, small business enterprises, corporate entities, traders, exporters, SSI units, professionals, associations, academicians, students, etc. with up to date information of various business related Acts, Orders, Rules and Regulations, Notifications, and Govt. Schemes, the Chamber has published a CD on Statutes of India containing over 350 Bare Acts, Rules, Regulations and Guidelines and related Notifications, Circulars, Forms, etc. This CD has a database of over 30,000 pages covering all industry related legislations across 16 different categories and will serve as a useful reference guide for all. 3. Special Publication The Chamber has also brought out a publication entitled „30 Years of Economic Development in Goa 1961- 91‟, tracing the social, economic and industrial progress in Goa over the last three decades after Liberation, and a publication on 'Retail Opportunities in Goa' giving the recent trends in marketing in Goa.
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