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Press Release: “Post Budget Analysis 2016-17” Thursday, 3rd March 2016 Gateway Hotel, Marine Drive, Cochin
Mar 05, 2016
The Annual Post Budget talk was held at 6.00 p.m. on 3rd March Hotel, Marine Drive, Ernakulam. Mr. Homi P. Ranina, eminent Lawyer and Tax Consultant, Mumbai was the Speaker at the programme.  Mr.Ranina is one of India’s foremost tax consultants and has expertise in Tax and Foreign Exchange Laws of India. This was jointly organized by the Cochin Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI), Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI), Cochin Chapter and Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), Kochi Chapter.. Find below the gist of his speech: The third budget of Mr.Arun Jaitley lays down the road map for a strong and vibrant economy despite the gloomy global economic scenario. The success of the new Government will be tested by the outcomes rather than the outlays proposed in this year’s budget. The Government should ensure to deliver on its promises especially the investments proposed for infrastructure projects. Black money is a bane for the Indian economy and the solution to this will be to slowly move into a cashless economy. He mentioned that no country has given so much emphasis to ‘digital literacy’ as India has done. He congratulated Kerala for being the first ‘Digital State’ in the Country. He also commended the flawless implementation of the ‘Direct Cash Benefit Transfer’ which ensures subsidies reach the right person. Apart from fiscal consolidation, the budget proposals seek to boost investments in the manufacturing sector which will further lead to greater job creation. Technological upgradation is the key for growth of manufacture sector and this should be supplemented with the surge in demand. Several measures have been proposed to streamline the tax provisions and to provide dispute resolution mechanism to bring down litigation. The only glaring deficiency in this year’s budget is the inability of the Government to announce a roadmap for the implementation of GST. Mr.Ranina said in all probability, the Finance Minister will roll back the proposal to tax the EPF withdrawals in the coming days. If rural demand picks up as a result of additional expenditure and a favorable monsoon will put India on the growth path and an 8% increase in GDP is inevitable. Earlier, Mr. C.S. Kartha, President, CCCI welcomed the audience to the programme. Mr. K. B. Rajan, President, ICCI introduced the Speaker. C.S. Syam Kumar R., Chairman, ICSI presented the memento to the Mr. Ranina and CMA A. Selvam, Chairman, ICAI delivered the Vote of Thanks.
 
PRESS RELEASE: One Day Industrial Motivation Campaign and Workshop on Pradhan Mantri Mundra Yojana (PMMY)
Feb 25, 2016
The Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry in association with MSME Training Institute, Tiruvalla and District Industries, Kochi organized a One Day Industrial Motivation Campaign and Workshop on Pradhan Mantri Mundra Yojana (PMMY), on Friday19th February 2016 at Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI​), Marine Drive, Kochi. Mr. K B Rajan, President of the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin addressed that crowd of around 350 entrepreneurs with a simple but effective insight about motivating oneself and right mindset towards building a business. The introductory part was followed by technical sessions on way to success, qualities of a successful entrepreneur, Support Schemes of Govt: of India,Ministry of MSME, Support Schemes from Govt: of Kerala for MSMEs etc. Presentations from various Banks, explaining the supports and schemes they provide to MSME sector, was also incorporated in the session. Mr. G S Prakash, Dpty: Director I/C, MEME Training, Thiruvalla & Ettumanur delivered the Presidential Address, Mr. K B Rajan, President Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin was the Keynote Speaker and Mr. G Balagopal, Director MEME Training Institute, Ettumanur proposed the vote of thanks.
 
Press release of the Session with T K Jose, IAS Chairman, Coconut Development Board
Feb 15, 2016
India, the global leader in coconut production and productivity is having enormous potential and vast scope for industrial sector, said Shri T.K Jose IAS Chairman, Coconut Development Board (CDB). He was speaking in the ‘Face to Face interaction’ organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce at Kochi. Even though India is far ahead in coconut production, the country lags far behind in processing and value addition. He called upon the new generation of young entrepreneurs to come forward to venture in to coconut processing sector and to make a breakthrough in the sector. A detailed presentation on “Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Coconut sector” was made at the event. The scope and prospects of various value added coconut products such as Virgin coconut oil, Neera and Neera products, Packed Tender Coconut water, Coconut milk and milk powder, Flavoured coconut milk ,Desiccated coconut, activated carbon were discussed in detail. Shri Jose said that countries like US and UK have realized the cosmeceutical, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical properties of coconut and it is being widely used now in these countries. Virgin coconut oil is becoming popular as a cure for Alzheimers disease in US. Virgin coconut oil has recorded 402% annual growth in exports from India compared to previous year. Coconut palm sugar is another prospective product which is having high demand. In the US market palm sugar has recorded 100% growth rate per annum for the last two years. Tender coconut water market has also recorded 100% annual growth for the past 12 years. Coconut milk and milk based beverages are also fetching a premium price in international markets. Shri Jose quoted the recommendation of Dr Axe, a famous nutrition specialist in USA, that coconut milk is the next best alternative to mothers milk in situations where a baby is not getting breast feeding or need additional supplementation. He added that it is high time that the entrepreneurs in our country realize the enormous scope available within and outside the country for value added coconut products. Canned coconut milk and coconut water imported from countries like Srilanka, Thailand and Vietnam are available in Indian markets now. He said that India is ahead in scientific and technological advancements compared to other major coconut growing countries. It is unfortunate that our entrepreneurs are unaware about the vast scope and potential of Indian coconut sector. Shri Jose said that CDB under its Technology Mission on Coconut (TMOC) programme is extending financial assistance to the tune of 25% of capital cost, as back ended credit linked subsidy limited to Rs 50.00 lakhs per project for establishing coconut processing units. He welcomed the prospective entrepreneurs to make use of this opportunity and to play a major role in making India the largest coconut processing hub in the world . Value added products such as Neera, flavoured Neera, Neera cookies and flavored coconut milk developed by CDB Institute of Technology, Vazhakulam were also served to all the members on the occasion. The participants also had an interactive session with Shri Jose. Many of the entrepreneurs showed a positive interest in venturing into coconut processing sector. Shri Rockey C Neroth, Member of Indian Chamber of Commerce and a progressive farmer who owns 9000 coconut palms in Pollachi enquired about the prospects of hybrid coconut seedlings and also raised his utmost interest in coconut cultivation and value addition. Shri K.B Rajan President, Indian Chamber of Commerce presided over and Shri Ramalingam V, offered vote of thanks in the occasion.
 
Press Release, Breakfast Meeting with Mayor, Smt. Soumini Jain
Feb 15, 2016
The Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin organized a breakfast meeting with the Worshipful Mayor of Cochin Municipal Corporation, Smt. Soumini Jain on 02nd February 2016 at the Chamber Board Room. The Chamber Board Directors and representatives of their affiliated associations discussed their problems and views in connection to the development of West kochi. Issues like sewage management, waste disposal and water supply were discussed in detail. Smt. Soumini Jain informed the gathering that the main priority will be given to the basic necessities like Drinking water and sanitation during the first phase of building Cochin as a Smart City. She opined that interactive seminars will be conducted in every divisions of the Corporation to get inputs and suggestions from the general public before submitting the master plan for Smart City. The Mayor promised the gathering that she will make it a point that each and every step of development will be monitored and suggestions and assistance from the general public will be taken on board in every possible way. ICCI President Mr. K B Rajan delivered the welcome address and Immediate Past President Mr. Rajkumar Gupta proposed the vote of thanks.
 
Press Release for website (Christmas Celebration at DISHA)
Feb 15, 2016
Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry's special School for disabled, DISHA, had their Christmas celebration on Tuesday 22nd December 2015. DISHA dedicates itself for the mentally and physically challenged children. DISHA puts its priority on providing the much needed guidance and training with the help for qualified personnel, both for the children and the parents in their struggle to live in this world of perfectionists. The DISHA students performed a drama, hailing the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas day. The students were fascinated with the Magic Show organised by magician John Mampalli. Newly elected DISHA Convener and Chamber Vice- president, Mr. Ramalingam, presided over the function. Chamber Presiddent, Mr. K B Rajan, Board Directors​ ​ and Junior Chamber Internationl President, Smt. Suja Manoj attended the function.
 
Press release of the Session with T K Jose, IAS Chairman, Coconut Development Board
Dec 18, 2015
India, the global leader in coconut production and productivity is having enormous potential and vast scope for industrial sector, said Shri T.K Jose IAS Chairman, Coconut Development Board (CDB). He was speaking in the ‘Face to Face interaction’ organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce at Kochi. Even though India is far ahead in coconut production, the country lags far behind in processing and value addition. He called upon the new generation of young entrepreneurs to come forward to venture in to coconut processing sector and to make a breakthrough in the sector. A detailed presentation on “Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Coconut sector” was made at the event. The scope and prospects of various value added coconut products such as Virgin coconut oil, Neera and Neera products, Packed Tender Coconut water, Coconut milk and milk powder, Flavoured coconut milk ,Desiccated coconut, activated carbon were discussed in detail. Shri Jose said that countries like US and UK have realized the cosmeceutical, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical properties of coconut and it is being widely used now in these countries. Virgin coconut oil is becoming popular as a cure for Alzheimers disease in US. Virgin coconut oil has recorded 402% annual growth in exports from India compared to previous year. Coconut palm sugar is another prospective product which is having high demand. In the US market palm sugar has recorded 100% growth rate per annum for the last two years. Tender coconut water market has also recorded 100% annual growth for the past 12 years. Coconut milk and milk based beverages are also fetching a premium price in international markets. Shri Jose quoted the recommendation of Dr Axe, a famous nutrition specialist in USA, that coconut milk is the next best alternative to mothers milk in situations where a baby is not getting breast feeding or need additional supplementation. He added that it is high time that the entrepreneurs in our country realize the enormous scope available within and outside the country for value added coconut products. Canned coconut milk and coconut water imported from countries like Srilanka, Thailand and Vietnam are available in Indian markets now. He said that India is ahead in scientific and technological advancements compared to other major coconut growing countries. It is unfortunate that our entrepreneurs are unaware about the vast scope and potential of Indian coconut sector. Shri Jose said that CDB under its Technology Mission on Coconut (TMOC) programme is extending financial assistance to the tune of 25% of capital cost, as back ended credit linked subsidy limited to Rs 50.00 lakhs per project for establishing coconut processing units. He welcomed the prospective entrepreneurs to make use of this opportunity and to play a major role in making India the largest coconut processing hub in the world . Value added products such as Neera, flavoured Neera, Neera cookies and flavored coconut milk developed by CDB Institute of Technology, Vazhakulam were also served to all the members on the occasion. The participants also had an interactive session with Shri Jose. Many of the entrepreneurs showed a positive interest in venturing into coconut processing sector. Shri Rockey C Neroth, Member of Indian Chamber of Commerce and a progressive farmer who owns 9000 coconut palms in Pollachi enquired about the prospects of hybrid coconut seedlings and also raised his utmost interest in coconut cultivation and value addition. Shri K.B Rajan President, Indian Chamber of Commerce presided over and Shri Ramalingam V, offered vote of thanks in the occasion.
 
Press Release - 06.12.2015
Dec 08, 2015
The Indian Chamber President Mr.K.B.Rajan ​hailed the ​ announcement of relaxation in cabotage rules for Vizhinjam International Seaport Project by the Union Road Transport,Highways and Shipping Minister Shri. Nithin Gadkari ​. ​This is a good initiative taken by the Central​ & ​State Government to boost the functioning of ports in Kerala.Only a week ago the State government made a bold decision to implement Green Channel​ for smoother and efficient channeling of the the crisis ridden International Container Transhipment Terminal ( ICTT ) Vallarpadam ​, ​​as in the ​​G​reen Channel ​the transhipments will not be subjected to strict checking by the ​Customs,​Commercial Taxes , Excise and Transport Departments​.​ ​This is a major eye opener for the State Government to ​encourage the " Ease of doing Business " in Kerala.Moreover this comes at a time when Cargo movement in Kochi Port has shown improvement from April to October this year better than Chennai , Vishakapatanam and Mangalore Ports. The Chamber President hoped that the Chief Minister will bring in more bold reforms to ​encourage ease of doing Business in Kerala.
 
Press Release - 27.11.2015
Dec 08, 2015
The Indian Chamber President Mr.K.B.Rajan lauded the efforts and various measures and also the strict interference taken by the State Government to boost the smoother and efficient channeling of the the crisis ridden International Container Transhipment Terminal ( ICTT ), Vallarpadam .The exim community and the exporters & Importers would have a sigh of relief as the Green Channel will not be subjected to further strict checking by the Excise Officials.The fine example of coming together to solve the issues from all the Departments like Commercial Taxes , Excise and Transport is a major eye opener for the State Government to prove the " Ease of doing Business " in Kerala.Moreover this comes at a time when Cargo movement in Kochi Port has shown improvement from April to October this year better than Chennai , Vishakapatanam and Mangalore Ports. The freight Corridor movement will bring in more cargo from Tamilnadu and Karnataka .The state Government will know have to focus on the infrastructure by improving the road conditions. The Chamber President also welcomed the move to bring in the Hartal Control Bill which would also add to a greater change in the mindset of both the Traders ,Retailers , Business Community and above all the Investment attraction put together resulting in more Industries , more jobs and more revenue to the State Government. The Chamber President hoped that the Chief Minister will bring in more bold reforms to attract ease of doing Business in Kerala.
 
Press Meet 21.11.2015
Dec 08, 2015
The Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry ,Cochin President Mr.K.B.Rajan addressed his first press conference after assuming the charge as President in October 2015.He informed that the whole society has lost all the human values in total and there has been has no human approach to any issues in the society.Hatred, Intolerance and Injustice has been growing daily in minds of the people.He said that though the present Government has been pushing forward with the 'concept of Ease of doing business ' there has been no change and last year in total, business by and large has not been attractive and was horrible.He also sited that Water ride agency has stated that 774 million household in India needed toilets and the Government would find it difficult to make up as the queue for this would go beyond earth and far from moon.Almost 67 % of Households in India do not have toilets which tells that Swach Bharat has a long way to go and might be a huge task for the Government to claim any success of Implementation. With regard to West Kochi the Indian Chamber would be taking the initiatives with the Railways for the Old Harbour Railway Station to be reopened soon for the public.Waste disposal ,Water transport would be another area where the Chamber would highlight to the concerned authorities.The chamber would also make an action plan on the lost business scenario in Mattanchery after consultation with the eleven affiliated associations mainly the Grain merchants association, Rubber merchants associations, Tea buyers association,Indian Pepper and Spice trade Asssociation , Oil Merchant association and Handicrafts dealers Association etc. The President also raised his deep concern over the accumulated losses of Cochin Port touching Rs.478.77 crores. He informed that a committee would also be formed with the association of the trade bodies and labour unions in Willington Island to put across a master plan to the shipping ministry to bring back the lost glory of Cochin Port. The President welcomed the Interest Equilisation Scheme on Pre and post Shipment rupee export credit but he added that the scheme would not not be available for merchant exporters which is big blow to the traders in cochin. Vice President of the Chamber Mr.V.Ramalingam proposed the vote of thanks.
 
The Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin celebrated their 118th Annual Session on 22nd September 2015
Oct 05, 2015
The Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin celebrated their 118th Annual Session on 22nd September 2015, at the Casino Hotel Willingdon Island. Padma Vibhushan Dr. E Sreedharan, Principal Advisor of DMRC was the Chief Guest. Mr. Rajkumar Gupta, President, Indian Chamber of Commerce& Industry, Cochin, gave the presidential address. Vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. K B Rajan, Vice- President, Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin. The following awards were give out during the Annual Session St. Marys Cashew factory, Kollam for their excellence in Cashew Kernels export JFK International Ltd, Cochin for their excellence in the export of Tea. GRK and Company, Alleppey for their excellence in Spice export. Travancore Mats and Matting company, Alleppey for their excellence in Coir and coir products export. Visagarega Trading Pvt Ltd, Ernakulam for their excellence in Spice products export. Mangla Marine Exim India Pvt Ltd, Cochin for their excellence in Marine Products export. Marine Chemicals, Cochin for their excellence in the general category. J N Freight Forwarders Pvt Ltd, Cochin, in recognition for being the most financially beneficial member for the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry.. Space International Air Travels Pvt Ltd, Cochin in recognition for being the Second most financially beneficial member for the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Mr G P Goyal for his 28 years of Outstanding Service in the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin. Mr Sadiq H Kapasi, for his 31 years of Outstanding Service in the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin. Mr. Rajkuamar Gupta in recognition of his distinguished and valuable services rendered to the business community for the year 2014-15 as the President of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, K R Mehta memorial inter college essay writing competition. First Prize Miss Noel Mariam George of Sacred heart college, Thevara Second prize to Miss. Bhanusree S Kumar, Sacred heart college, Thevara. Third prize to Miss. Kripa T U. St. Albert’s college, Ernakulam M K Mehta memorial ever rolling shield presented to, Our Lady’s Convent G H S palluruthy for achieving 100 percent result in the SSLC board exams this year with the most number of students in the whole of west Kochi.
 
Press release 07.03.2015 Philip Min
Sep 09, 2015
An interactive session with Mr. Phillip A Min, Consul General of the United States of America, American Consulate General Chennai was organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin supported by Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) at the Indian Chamber hall on 6th March 2015. This was Mr. Min’s first visit to Kochi. In his keynote address he claimed that the Trade and Commerce relation between USA and India has strengthened after the visit of the American President, Mr. Barack Obama. He also added that the US visa processing procedures has drastically changed and the time taken for the entire process will only take up to 45 minutes at present. Mr. Min suggested that more interactions between the business community of Kochi and the American Business Corner have to be initiated. ABC offered its whole hearted support to the “Make in India” campaign by giving more importance to exports from Kerala to the US for products like Spices, Coir, Rubber, Tea ,Seafood etc. Mr. Rajkumar Gupta, President ICCI, Mr. R Ashokan Dpt Director General FIEO and K B Rajan, Vice President ICCI spoke on the occasion. The Consul General was accompanied by his wife Eun Young Lee and Miss Ariel H Pollock, Public Affairs Office, US consulate General Chennai.
 
"Mission Clean Cochin", Closing Ceremony PRESS RELEASE
Sep 08, 2015
The Corporation of Cochin in association with the Indian chamber of Commerce & Industry,Cochin organized a "Mission Clean Kochi" campaign on 14.11.2014 at the Mattancherry Bus Stand at 7.30am. Students from 5 local Schools, Coast Guards, Trade Bodies and Residence Associations Joined hands to carry out the Campaign in a 2Km radius. The MP Prof. K V Thomas, MLA Mr. Dominic presentation, Mayor Mr. Tony Chammany, GCDA Chairman Mr. Venugopal, Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin President Mr. Rajkumar Gupta, Health Standing Committee Chairman Mr. T K Ashraf were present on the Occasion. The Campaign was sponsored by the Kerala Handicrafts Dealers and Manufacturers Welfare Association,Cochin
 
Press release Uma Venketesan
Sep 08, 2015
The Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin, organized an interactive session with Smt. S . Uma Venkatesan, IRS. Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, Non corporate, Range-1 & Range-2 Kochi, on thursday, 20.08.2015, at their Chamber hall. The interactive session was aimed at bridging the gap between the income tax department and the Tax Payers.The Members of the Chamber discussed their queries and opinions with the Addl. Commissioner and her team. Smt. S. Uma Venkatesan opined that the income tax department is undergoing changes which would make the income tax department friendlier towards the tax payers in days to come. She and her team also educated the gathering about the recent changes in the Tax laws and promised that they would be glad to help the tax payers if need be.President Mr. Rajkumar Gupta gave the welcome address and Past President Mr. Nishesh Shah proposed the vote of thanks.
 
Press Release
Sep 08, 2015
An interactive session was organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin at their Chamber hall on 12th June 2015. Shri. Kochouseph Chittilapilly, Founding Chairman of V Guard group of Companies was the Chief Guest. On his key note address, Shri Chittilapilly spoke on the responsibilities of a business man towards the Society. He cited various aspects of the society where a businessman could bring about a change in today’s fast paced world where the human morals are at stake. Advising the students in the gathering, he added that it is always better to start a career working for someone for a few years before starting their own ventures. ICCI President, Mr. Rajkumar Gupta gave the welcome address and the vote of thanks was given by ICCI Vice-President, Mr. K B Rajan.
 
Press Release with a seminar on Foreign Exchange Risk Management
Sep 08, 2015
Federation of Indian Export organisations(FIEO), in association with Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin, Religare Securities Ltd and NSE Ltd conducted a seminar on Foreign Exchange Risk Management on 3rd November 2014 at Hotel ABAD Chullikal, Cochin. Welcome address was given by Mr.A K Vijayakumar, Assistant Director, FIEO. Felicitations was done by Mr.Rajkumar Gupta, President Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin. Mrs. Deepa Agarwal, Head Corporates, NSE Ltd gave the presentation and Mr.Ankur Kapoor, Senior Executive operations, Religare Securities Ltd gave the Presentation on Foreign Exchange Risk Management. The seminar was followed by an interactive session.
 
Press Release
Sep 08, 2015
Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin and The Cochin College in association with the US Commercial Services organized an International Seminar on Technology & Innovation incentives and Management on 23rd July 2015. Ambassador Mr. Robert Holleyman, Dept US Trade representative in his keynote address opined that the commercial transactions play a vital role in shaping up the relation between two nations. He said that the relation between India and the United States in all aspects are stronger and would get to greater heights in the future. President Obama’s visit to India and Prime Minister Modi’s US Visit hints of a better tomorrow. Mr. Hollyman exclaimed that the companies, who come up with innovative ideas and technologies constantly, will be the ones who will thrive in the current scenario. The introduction of internet in the early 90’s has brought revolutionary changes across the board in all fields and has made things possible which were unimaginable a few decades ago. He said that the Companies, who innovates and invents new technologies, have to make sure that the documentations with regard to the patent of the product and assets of the organization are sensibly molded before they are made available in the market. Mr. John Fleming, Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Foreign Commercial Service,Indian Chamber President Mr.Rajkumar Gupta, Dr. Jose P Abraham, Principal, Mr. T Vidhyasagar, Manager Cochin College and Mr. David T Mookken, President, Cochin Educational Society also shared their views with the gathering.​
 
Press Release with the Assistant Commissioner of Police
Sep 08, 2015
The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mattancherry, Mr. G Venu Visited the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry,Cochin for an interactive session on 25.11.2014. President Rajkumar Gupta, gave the welcome address. Representatives from all the affiliated associations of the Chamber, Residents associations attended the session and shared their issues with the Commissioner. Issues in and around Fort Kochin and Mattancherry,like traffic problems,hardships of Tourists, Usage of Drugs among the youth, waste disposal etc were discussed in the session and the Asst. Commissioner Promised to take effective measures to eradicate them. Mr.K B Rajan, Vice-president gave the vote of thanks
 
Press release Shri Justice (Retd) P.Sathasivam, Hon’ble Governor of Kerala
Sep 08, 2015
08.11.2014 Shri Justice (Retd) P.Sathasivam, Hon’ble Governor of Kerala Visited the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin on Saturday 8th November 2014. The President of the Chamber Shri Rajkumar Gupta had briefed that the three main agenda of the Chamber for the year was to improve ease of doing Business, Improve Exports from Kerala in tune with the Prime Minister’s “Make in India” campaign and “Swachh Bharat Abhyan”. The Hon’ble Governor inaugrated the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign by administering the Pledge to all the members of the Chamber and the invitees. The Hon’ble Governor also honoured the Past Presidents of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin. Mr.Dominic Presentation MLA gave the felicitation and the vote of thanks by the Vice-President K B Rajan.
 
22.09.2015
Sep 08, 2015
Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry , Cochin in association with Hindusthan Samachar, conducted a seminar on "Importance of International Trade in the Economic Growth of India" on September 27, 2014 at the Indian Chamber Hall, Mattancherry . Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon. Union Minister of State (IC) for Commerce & Industry addressed the session. Welcome speech was hosted by Mr.Suresh Unnithan (Bureau Chief, Hindustan Samachar Kerala) Others who spoke on the occasion were, Mr.L N Balla Ji,Parton Hindustan Smamchar Mr. A A Abdul Azeez, President ICCI Mr. Bharat Khona, Director Hindustan Samachar Mr. B Muralidharan, BJP State President Mr. Ram Mohan and Mr. Eshwaran Mr. A A Abdul Azeez, President ICCI in his presidential address lauded the “Making India Event” and the Minister’s initiative in the trade facilitation protocol as a signing tool for the Country’s bargaining position in WTO talks in the best interest of the Country’s lesser privileged community. He remarked that the shift in Finance and Commerce Ministry now is very much apparent. After the inauguration of the seminar, the Minister stressed that without innovation, the present generation of business cannot grow. Trade is the growth of economic prosperity. More transparency is to be created in trade and commerce. India should also make Zero defect products. India’’’s merchandise growth in 2013-14 was 3.41 Billion USD, a growth of 6%. This has been achieved despite the global recession. The Commerce Ministry’s aim is to make India, a significant player in 2020. The stake in World trade of India increased from 1.77% in 2008 to 2.27% in 2013 and the goal is to achieve 3.5% in 2018-19. She also remarked that all the States have to be instrumental in the development of the Country’s growth. The State and the Centre has to work for team India. ​
 
Press release Elias George
Sep 04, 2015
An interactive session with the Managing Director of Kochi Metro Rail Ltd, Mr Elias George IAS was held at the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin on 22.01.2015. Mr. Elias George in his speech said that the first Phase of Kochi Metro from Petta to Aluva is on its full fledge and is only below schedule for a little less than three months. He informed that over the course of time after the first Phase, Kochi Metro Rail will extend its services from Petta to Thripunithura, JLN stadium to Infopark Via Kakkanad, Aluva to Angamaly and finally from Jos Junction to Fort Kochi. He stated that the renovation of boat jetties with international standards and introduction of World Class boats (Similar to the ones in Hong Kong), Metro Coaches with the Apex specifications will also take place simultaneously with the first phase of Kochi Metro Rail. This would ensure that the natives around Kochi Metro Rail path way, such as Fort Kochi, Kakkanad, Angamaly, Aluva etc will have internationally competent transport systems to take them to their closest Metro Stations. Mr. Elias George also explained about the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA), the idea of which is to ensure 4 key ingredients. A single transportation network with seamless interchange for Kochi, which includes buses, boats, metro and suburban rail. · A single paperless ticketing system on cell phones and devices. · Operation, Command and Control of Kochi’s transportation system under one authority with total traffic management. · Integrated timetable and real-time monitoring of all schedules The idea of beautifying the Fort Kochi and Mattanchery with walkways and cycling paths is also in the process. The Metro man urged the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry to get involved in every possible way to successfully complete this world class infrastructure. Mr. Rajkumar Gupta, President Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin gave the Welcome speech and Vice- President Mr. K B Rajan gave the vote of thanks.
 
International Seminar on Technology & Innovation incentives and Management on 23rd July 2015
Jul 30, 2015
Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin and The Cochin College in association with the US Commercial Services organized an International Seminar on Technology & Innovation incentives and Management on 23rd July 2015. Ambassador Mr. Robert Holleyman, Dept US Trade representative in his keynote address opined that the commercial transactions play a vital role in shaping up the relation between two nations. He said that the relation between India and the United States in all aspects are stronger and would get to greater heights in the future. President Obama’s visit to India and Prime Minister Modi’s US Visit hints of a better tomorrow. Mr. Hollyman exclaimed that the companies, who come up with innovative ideas and technologies constantly, will be the ones who will thrive in the current scenario. The introduction of internet in the early 90’s has brought revolutionary changes across the board in all fields and has made things possible which were unimaginable a few decades ago. He said that the Companies, who innovates and invents new technologies, have to make sure that the documentations with regard to the patent of the product and assets of the organization are sensibly molded before they are made available in the market. Mr. John Fleming, Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Foreign Commercial Service,Indian Chamber President Mr.Rajkumar Gupta, Dr. Jose P Abraham, Principal, Mr. T Vidhyasagar, Manager Cochin College and Mr. David T Mookken, President, Cochin Educational Society also shared their views with the gathering.​
 
An interactive session with Shri. Kochouseph Chittilapilly, Founding Chairman of V Guard group of Companies
Jun 13, 2015
An interactive session was organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cochin at their Chamber hall on 12th June 2015. Shri. Kochouseph Chittilapilly, Founding Chairman of V Guard group of Companies was the Chief Guest. On his key note address, Shri Chittilapilly spoke on the responsibilities of a business man towards the Society. He cited various aspects of the society where a businessman could bring about a change in today’s fast paced world where the human morals are at stake. Advising the students in the gathering, he added that it is always better to start a career working for someone for a few years before starting their own ventures. ICCI President, Mr. Rajkumar Gupta gave the welcome address and the vote of thanks was given by ICCI Vice-President, Mr. K B Rajan.
 
Interactive Session with Dr. H A C Prasad, Senior Economic Advisor,( Addl. Secretary), Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India, New Delhi, held at Indian Chamber Hall
Feb 26, 2014
Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and FIEO jointly organised an interactive session with Dr. H A C Prasad, Senior Economic Advisor, (Additional Secretary), Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India, New Delhi on February 7, 2014 at the Indian Chamber Hall, Mattancherry to discuss the various prospects and bottlenecks faced by the exporters and importers. Dr. H A C Prasad informed the gathering that, the World Economy is mostly connected with the World GDP. He stressed that, the world economy is important for both export and import to pick up. He expressed that the global slowdown has brought India’s GDP also low. He also added that Food inflation is at 10% and is a cause of concern. The Exim community brought to the notice, the various issues relating to the Customs and Port Authorities and the Additional Secretary, Mr. H A C Prasad, assured to look into the matter and bring the same to the attention of the government. Mr. A A Abdul Azeez, President of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, welcomed the gathering. Mr. A K Vijaykumar , Assistant Director of Federation of Indian Export Organisation also spoke on the occassion. Mr. Rajkumar Gupta, Vice President, Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, proposed the Vote of Thanks. Mr. Afthab Alam, Economic Officer also attended For favor of publication in your esteemed media Photo Caption: Seen in the picture, from left Mr. A K Vijay Kumar, Asst. Director, FIEO, Mr. A A Abdul Azeez, President , ICCI, Mr. H A C Prasad, Senior Economic Advisor, Addl. Secretary, MoF, Govt. of India and Mr. Raj Kumar Gupta, Vice President ,ICCI
 
 
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