As you all know, the Chamber is the apex body of business in Goa. Even so, the South Goa members have a grouse that the Chamber caters largely to the North Goa populace. While this is far from true, it does so happen that by virtue of GCCI’s office being in the north, almost all the meetings and events are conducted in-house. Our Verna office has been an attempt to bridge this gap but as far as routine meetings and events are concerned the status-quo remains. So this time at the request of the Margao Traders, we thought that we should hold a meeting in the heart of South Goa and understand the issues faced by them.
Accordingly, GCCI organised a “Traders’ Meet’ at Margao wherein civic problems which create a lot of inconvenience to the trading community of Margao were discussed thread-bare. Among the several demands made, one was the need to have an industrial estate within five kilometres of Margao so that tiny and micro industries are given a push. We thought that this was a legitimate demand and have written to the GIDC in this regard.
Participants also voiced the need for having a branch office of FDA at Margao, as the smaller establishments which are engaged in the food industry have to shut shop to complete FDA related business. The Chamber felt that the demand was genuine and has hence requested the Director of FDA to consider establishing a branch office at Margao at the earliest. Several other issues such as potential fire hazards in the Margao market, pre-empting danger due to close proximity of four petrol pumps in the densely populated areas of Margao, upgradation of the Margao Wholesale Fish Market have also been taken up with the concerned authorities.
GIDC is in the process of reviewing plot allotment rules. GCCI has requested the Chairman of GIDC, Mr Ganesh Gaonkar to reserve 15% of the available area in the industrial estates for warehousing and logistics industry. Many national and international e-commerce companies have approached the Government of Goa and expressed their intent to source and market, produce from Goa. Warehouses will be a boon to the e-tailers as it is a very critical part in the supply chain of their business. Many Goan entrepreneurs have expressed their willingness to the Chamber to invest in constructing world class warehouses.
August was the month of the GCCI Media Awards. This was the third edition of the awards. Shri Sidharth Bhatia, one of the foremost journalists in India and one of the Founding Editors of DNA launched in Mumbai in 2005, was invited as the Chief Guest of today’s function and Shri Jayant Tari – Director, Information & Publicity, Government of Goa was the Guest of Honour . Honest, upright journalists and ethical reporting have played a huge role since ancient times to fight against oppression, intolerance, malpractices and corruption. We see it as our duty to encourage and felicitate the members of the media by acknowledging their service to the society and also to encourage youngsters to work in this challenging field. GCCI, through these awards, wishes to recognise those media professionals who have over the years, demonstrated a passionate commitment to credible reporting. I congratulate all the awards winners who were selected by an independent jury. I also take this opportunity to thank the jury members for contributing their time and experience to select the outstanding journalists.
Traders, Businessmen, Industrialists, Professionals , Journalists – GCCI works with all and for all Goans and for Goa’s economy.