Dear members, The economic scenario of the country is not very encouraging. From being the third largest exporter of iron ore in the world , India has now become an importer. Despite having huge coal resources, the country imports coal. Our coal industry is nationalised and has not increased coal production adequately. We also import... [Read more...]
|Goa 50 years of Liberation|
|Wednesday, 11 January 2012 09:24|
On 19th December this year, Goa completed 5o years of its liberation from the Portuguese rule. We remember with reverence and salute all the freedom fighters for their participation in 'Operation Vijay' for the liberation of Goa. This moment in history, the freedom and democracy that we enjoy today is because of the sacrifice of these men and their families. We wish every citizen of Goa and India a very Happy Golden Jubilee. On this day, let us dedicate ourselves to build a strong, vibrant and forward looking Goa which holds promise for Gen Next.
A special report 'Goa 2035, Vision & Road Map' under the stewardship of Dr.Mashelkar was released on 19th Dec 2011. GCCI has contributed a lot of inputs to draft this important document.
Entrepreneurship Development is one of GCCI's key missions for 2011-13. In these six months, GCCI has made sustained efforts to promote entrepreneurship. Establishment of GITIC and launch of 'I Create Goa' are a testimony to this. We take this opportunity to thank Mr.Sanjit Rodrigues, Director, Department of Industries and his entire team of dedicated staff for helping us and lending us the much needed support to take our mission forward.
Besides this, we are promoting '10,000 Women' & global initiative of Goldman Sachs to help established women entrepreneurs hone their business and management skills. The cost of the entire program (to be conducted at Bangalore) will be borne by Goldman Sachs. Nine entrepreneurs from Goa have applied through the Chamber for enrolling in this program.
Goa is one of the top tourist destinations and earns a lot of foreign exchange for the country. Yet our tourism industry is in danger of losing out to other lucrative destinations in South East Asia and elsewhere because of inadequate infrastructure support, lack of proper sewerage systems in coastal areas, visa woes etc. GCCI's Tourism Committee presented a memorandum of issues plaguing the industry to the Union Tourism Minister, Mr.Subodh Kant Sahai who agreed wholeheartedly with the committee and has pledged his ministry's support.
GCCI through its IR & HR Committee organized a National Debate on the subject: 'More than the Government it is the Society, the Economy and the Culture which can eradicate Corruption and Terrorism', at the Maquinez Palace, ESG Complex at Panjim. This receieved a fantastic response from the members and the public at large. You can read more about it in this issue.
This is the last month of the year 2011 and marks the completion of the sixth month of my tenure as president of the Chamber. In January 2011 it was one of the veterans of Goa's industry, Mr.Cesar Menezes who held the reins of the Chamber. That he passed on the baton to me, is his greatness. Of course the support and love of all the members of the Chamber and its Managing Committee is equally precious.
Wishing All our Members and Readers "MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012".
Manguirish Pai Raiker
(President - GCCI)