113th AGM of Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry held

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The 113th AGM of the Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry was held on 26th June 2021 at 11.00 a.m. at the SurendrababuTimblo Hall, Narayan RajaramBandekarBhavan, Panaji, Goa.

The Meeting was chaired by President Mr. ManojCaculo. He was accompanied  on the dais  by  President -Elect  Mr. Ralph  D’Souza,  Vice  President MsPratimaDhond, Hon. Secretary  Mr. YatinKakodkar,  Hon. Treasurer Mr. ChandrakantGawas    and Immediate Past President Mr. SandipBhandare.

Welcoming the members  at the Business Session, the GCCI President MrManojCaculosaid that given  the   restrictions  necessitated by the ongoing pandemic,  GCCI   had  to restrict  physical  participation  and  had encouraged members to participate  through the  virtual  mode. He said that when he had addressed  his first AGM as President in June 2020, he  had expressed  a   hope  that the pandemic  would  subside  soon. However, it seemed to have worsened to  of  one  of the  worst  health  emergencies   in  the  history  of  mankind.  He said that along with the impact on the economy and businesses, what had really pained him was  the devastating effect of this pandemic on mental health.

MrCaculo said that he  wished to compliment the resilience of Goa’s  business community, who even in this grave situation, had geared up and revised their business models and adapted their businesses  to face the exceptional economic challenge through quick adaptation and innovation.  Collaboration was key and the Chamber used it effectively to partner with other industry associations to provide a singular force to relentlessly highlight industry issues.

Severalbright minds from the industry including  GCCI Hon. Secretary,MrYatinKakodkar presented a detailed report to the government on kickstarting industry revival as members  of the Government’s Economic Revival Committee. However, more than a year later, there was  hardly any progress by the government on implementing the Committee’s suggestions.MrManojCaculo also expressed the industry’s opposition, apprehensions and disappointment  about the amendments in the Industrial Disputes Act, Goa Factory Rules,  charging all levies in full to all establishments by the municipalities and Panchayats during such a major crisis. MrCaculo also expressed concern about the  downward slide in Goa’s ranking on Ease of Doing Business (EODB). He however, thanked the Hon’ble CM, DrPramodSawant who he said always gave  a patient hearing to GCCI and tried to understand industry pain points. 

President Caculo concluded his speech by saying that  his tenure   coincided  with  the  most  challenging  times for the State  but he had tried his best   to  provide an effective leadership to the Chamberand that it had been a  memorable journey for him as President of GCCI.

President Elect, Mr Ralph De Souza then delivered his acceptance speech. He said that  the trust entrused in him by the members would be his greatest asset  in meeting the challenges ahead. He candidly accepted that he was  convinced that hard times still lay  ahead and that the effects of the pandemic would  be long lasting.  A conducive policy and a responsive administrative framework would  have to be set-up to attract fresh investments which would help in creation of good employment opportunities and revenue generation in the State. He said thatat  this juncture it was important that the Chamber assumed its  leadership role in bringing back on track the State economy and  stand by the Government in providing succour to those who had been affected.  Mr Ralph De Souza congratulated Mr. ManojCaculofor providing exceptional leadership to the Chamber, when it needed the most.

MrYatinKakodkar, Hon. Secretary proposing the vote of thanks said that GCCI has unflinchingly fulfilled its duties to the business community of  Goa . He thanked the Chief Minister and his council of ministers for engaging with GCCI from time to time and delivering  solutions whenever possible. MrKakodkar thanked the media for highlighting the pivotal work done by the Chamber during the pandemic.

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