ASSOCHAM, the 97-year old apex chamber of the country, is strengthening its footprint in East India. The chamber was established as the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India and Ceylon in 1920 by a group of chambers of commerce led by the Calcutta Traders Association.
The Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi, today laid the foundation stone of ‘ASSOCHAM House’ in Kolkata in the presence of Mr. Firhad Hakim (Hon’ble Minister for Municipal Affairs and Department of Urban Development, Government of West Bengal), Mr. Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay (Hon’ble Minister-in-Charge of Department of Power and Non-Conventional Energy Sources, Government of West Bengal), Mr. Sunil Kanoria (President, ASSOCHAM), Mr. Sanjay Jhunjhunwala (Chairman – Eastern Region, ASSOCHAM) and Mr. D.S. Rawat (Secretary General, ASSOCHAM).
Speaking on the occasion, the Hon’ble Governor said he has always admired the spirit of enterprise among Indian businesses and congratulated the chamber for being a valued partner of the government for past several years. Shri Tripathi said that the government will work together with captains of the industry to realise the latent growth potential of the economy. He added that just as different governments have steered the economy by implementing a series of economic reforms, ASSOCHAM has consistently advocated for reforms and helped India achieve its true potential.
In his welcome address, Mr. Sunil Kanoria said that the ASSOCHAM will bring within its ambit a large number of distinguished industrialists, entrepreneurs and professionals from West Bengal. He added that with nearly a century of service to the nation ASSOCHAM has retained the character of being the premier chamber with senior Indian industry leaders forming the core of its Executive Committee. Mr. Kanoria said ASSOCHAM’s focus on eastern and north-eastern states has gained newimpetus and dynamism with the Prime Minister’s “Act East Policy”.
“Our chamber has been hugely successful in spreading awareness about the great economic potential of India’s eastern and north-eastern states at national and international levels. I am certain that this institution will establish its reputation as a centre of excellence in coming years,” the ASSOCHAM President said.
In his closing remarks, Mr. Sanjay Jhunjhunwala, said that several large corporate groups with business operations across India and abroad are members of the chamber. “The rich entrepreneurial and business acumen of its members has been a great asset in fostering value creation and articulating the legitimate aspirations of industry and trade,” Mr. Jhunjhunwala added.
Mr. D.S. Rawatsaid: “It is indeed a moment of pride as we approach 100 years of our existence.”He added that ASSOCHAM draws its strengths from its 4.5 lakh members and 400 trade associations. Mr. Rawat said that the chamber is the voice of the industry and is committed to nation building.