Achiever Shashwat Goenka is ICC's youngest ever President
Shashwat Goenka, Sector Head – Retail, RP– Sanjiv Goenka Group, has become the youngest President ever of Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), at the age of 27. Shashwat Goenka is the fifth generation in the Goenka family to become the President of ICC, after Badridas Goenka, K P Goenka, Rama Prasad Goenka, and Sanjiv Goenka.
Rudra Chatterjee, Executive Director, Luxmi Tea Company Ltd has taken over as the Senior Vice-president of the Chamber. Chatterjee was previously the Vice President of the Chamber.
The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) opened its doors on October 27, 1925 at 137 Canning Street, Kolkata. 62 Indian firms joined as its founder members. It's objective was to represent all interests and all communities in totality, focusing not just on a particular business sector, but across all trades and businesses.
It acts as a critical interface between Government and industry at all levels. The Indian Chamber of Commerce has been charting its progress over the last nine decades, and is the only national chamber that is still headquartered in Kolkata, wherein its roots are.
ICC Theme for the year "Breaking Barriers: Imagine, Innovate and Inspire" encompasses the spirit of business and commerce today. India today stands at a juncture where people are willing to lead, and lead from the front. They are willing to challenge status-quo and go beyond any barriers that might have held them back earlier.
This year, ICC hope to develop and to celebrate and commemorate people from all walks of life, who have dared to imagine, taken the lead at innovation, and have inspired all of us in India.
"India has emerged as one of the fastest growing major economies of the world. India's GDP grew by 7% year over year in the quarter ending December, 2016, marking the strongest among the G-20 nations, as per Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The IMF has retained its India GDP growth forecast at 7.2% for 2017-18."
ICC is the only National Chamber of Commerce headquartered in Kolkata. Under the able leadership of the Hon'ble Chief Minister, Smt. Mamata Banerjee, the state government has taken effective measures towards the socio-economic progress of West Bengal.
Being the lead chamber, ICC is actively associated with the state government. ICC aims to establish platforms that will address the relevant issues and create an environment conducive to economic growth.
ICC will also be hosting and organising the Global Business Forum – Horasis Asia Meeting in Kolkata on 26& 27 November 2017. The Forum will witness the presence of over 500 international participants from over 65 countries and 150 leading business leaders from India.
The conference aims to present a systemic view of the drivers of the region's economic development across all sectors, recognising that the wide-reaching Asian region (India in particular) is stated to be the growth engine of the future.
In a first of its kind, a MoU has been signed between Portugal India Business Hub & the Indian Chamber of Commerce in the presence of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, during his maiden state visit to Portugal. ICC has also signed a MoU with the Anyang Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Business delegations are being planned to few countries. Prominent Global ICC initiatives in the past year include B2B Business meeting with the delegation from Shandong province, China; Delegation to ANUGA, Germany; India pavilion at SIPREMIUM 2018, Seoul, Republic of Korea; India Pavilion at Intersec Dubai.
Recent years have seen an unprecedented rise in ICC activities at regional, national and global levels. Headquartered in Kolkata, ICC also has offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati, Patna, Bhubaneswar and Ranchi.