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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 :

  • In 1911, the Chamber persuaded the Government to initiate the construction of a new jetty near the dock of Nova Goa, i.e., Panaji (The capital city of Goa), 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.
  • On 20th, december 1914 the new Managing Committee was elected. The new Committee among other things requested the Local Government to charge 10% on the value of motor cars and not a fixed charge for - aiotot cars as that was disproportional. It also suggested the cultivation of wheat at Nagar Haveli, Embarbacem, Satari and Cotigao as the import of foreign wheat was prohibited. It also proposed the foundation of a Banking House annexed to Chamber of Commerce to facilitate the commercial transaction, Industries and agriculture authorized legally as per the Law dated 27/4/1901.
  • On 27th, december 1920 new Managing Committee was elected. In the month of July 1921 the Managing Committee protested against the increase of stamp duty as the merchants were already overtaxed.
  • In 1916, the Chamber catalysed the steamship service between Goa and Portugal to boost trade between the two countries.
  • In the month of October 1923 the Managing Committee requested the Governor of B.N.U. (Banco Nacional Ultramarino) in Lisbon to suspend the order by which all merchants had to make full payments of sight drafts and letters of credit.
  • 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.

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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Trade and Commercial Directory 2010

Trade Commercial Directory 2010Released on 19th June, 2010, the Chamber periodically publishes a Trade and Commercial Directory of Goa, covering various industries, business organizations, trade and services, along with information on products manufactured, contact info, etc. It is available in "hard-copy" with 285 pages. Also available on CD-ROM disc (soft-copy).

A very useful resource for companies that are looking to market themselves as well as avail of the services existing in Goa. This single publication has important information classified in a user friendly manner.

In a small state like Goa, we have over 600 active members and they have been listed in a special section in the Directory. A significant number of our members take part in the activities of the Chamber, be it talks or training programmes.

Price: Hard-copy : Rs.400/- | CD-ROM disc : Rs.250/-

Goa Infrastructure Report

Goa Infrastructure ReportThe GCCI Infrastructure Report is a comprehensive 260-page report that attempts to provide an "independent" and "unbiased view" of the present critical state of infrastructure in the State of Goa and also to provide an insights into the forward path to be taken in terms both immediate and long-term actions.

It is sincerely believed that the report will assist in focusing attention on those important areas which need urgent attention and which will maximize benefits to the State of Goa. Topics covered: The Goa Agenda, Power Sector, Water sector, The Sewerage system, Solid waste management, Transportation sector, Goa's growth engines, Enablers & Growth Catalysts, Bibliography.

Price: Hard-copy : Rs.250/- | CD-ROM disc : Rs.150/-

Glorious 100 - The Chamber thru' the years

GCCI 100 yearsThe book was conceived to mark the Chamber's Centenary. It gives the first full account of the genesis of the Chamber and the meritorious work it has done through the turbulent period of the Portuguese regime to the post liberation period when Goa joined the mainstream.

The book offers a comprehensive explanation of the Chambers durability and gives insights into its operation and its capacity to adapt to the constantly changing political, social and economic environment.

It is also a vivid portrayal of the many remarkable personalities, who have demonstrated their capacity to combine their learning , experience , financial acumen and a great sense of social commitment to fashion this institution for the ongoing benefit of the society and have helped shape the developments of their time.

Price: Hard-copy: Rs.400/-

Goa's Tryst with Trade

Goa Tryst with tradeGoa, situated mid-way along the west coast of India, was famous since time immemorial as an entrepot of renown in the Indian Ocean littoral. Its ancient port-capital of Chandrapur, Gopakapattana and Ella had serviced the Indian Ocean trade and enjoyed commercial relations with ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Jews and the Arabs. Goa, in the first century of the Portuguese rule was famous for the lucrative commerce centred on its 'golden' port. Later, with the decline of the port of Goa, Goa Dourada soon became a dependency of British India, with an import-based and remittance-funded economy. Since Liberation, Goa which had languished in a condition of economic stagnancy under the colonial regime, has taken i impressive strides in the field of commerce and industry. The journey of Goan trade and commerce through the ages has, indeed, been an eventful and exciting one offering new vistas of documentation, and academic interpretation for the scholar who seeks to delve into its, multi-faceted past. Goa: Its Tryst with Trade will certainly evoke considerable interest in students and researchers of commercial history of Goa and will also serve as stimulating reading for the general reader.

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