Dear Members, It was the year 1912. Realising the hardships faced by the merchants in the exim trade as there was no jetty at the Mandovi port which could be used to load and unload goods, the Chamber or the Associacao Comercial da India Portuguesa as it was known back then had requested the then government to immediately start the... [Read more...]
|Origins and Brief History|
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Before the Liberation of Goa
The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, originally known as Associacao 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 lead from the front in times of great stress :
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.
After the Liberation of Goa
Goa was liberated from the Portuguese rule in 1961. At that time the Chamber had about 300 members. On June 12, 1962 a new constitution was adopted and the name "Associacao Commercial da India Portuguesa" 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 500+ members which include small, medium and large scale business houses, service and trading establishments and professional bodies.
The Chamber has had the honour of playing host to several important dignitaries like the President of the Portuguese Republic H.E. Professor Anibal Cavaco Silva, Pandit Jawarhalal Nehru, Shri Moraraji Desai, Atal Behari Vajpayee, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Dr. Abid Hussain, Dr. C Rangarajan, Shri Nani Palkiwala to name a few.
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