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GUJARAT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY (GCCI)

Founded in the year 1949 by late Sheth Shri Kasturbhai Lalbhai and Shri Amritlal Hargovandas, President and Vice-President respectively, Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry has emerged as an apex organisation of Trade and Industry in Gujarat region. Having established itself as a dynamic and vibrant organisation of trade and industry in Gujarat, GCCI is acting as a catalyst in building Gujarat through its network of 260 Chambers and associations of trade and industry spread all over the state. It has emerged as the biggest regional chamber in the country with large servicing base and commands considerable status, standing reputation and respect not only locally but also nationally and internationally

Mission Promote trade, industry and profession so as to achieve sustainable all round economic growth of Gujarat. Deal with concerns, issues and problems of the business community and effectively resolve the same. Create a proactive partnership between government (local, state and control) and business community (locally, nationally and globally).

Performance Highlights Acting as a catalyst in building Gujarat, and its trade and industry, GCCI during the last more than 5 decades of its existence had endeavored to provide multifarious and diversified services to trade and industry of Gujarat both in vernacular and english languages so as to provide value maximization to its members with strong ethics of good governance. GCCI offers various types of diversified services that include information about economic policies and procedures and clarifications along with suggestions on tax laws and other regulations of State, Central and Local government, besides general information of interest to trade and industry through monthly bulletin.

Even complaints or grievances received from the members pertaining to any government department are closely examined and appropriate action taken on replies thereto received, are communicated to parties concerned. Since lot of awareness had taken place in the mofussil areas, the members from these areas are taking appreciable advantage of the services of the Chamber vis--vis urban members.

The Chamber's commitment to better, effective and more efficient services to the members and the community at large has produced positive results year after year. It has made GCCI a stable organisation that has withstood the test of time. It has registered phenomenal growth in membership over the years as can be seen from the following:

Year     Membership

1961     1,679
1971     3,899
1981     5,444
1991     4,706
2001     7,184

The Chamber has recently celebrated Golden Jubilee which was attended by about 12,000 delegates from all over Gujarat and the same was inaugurated by Shri Yashwant Sinha, Hon'ble Finance Minister-Government of India. The theme of the Golden Jubilee year was "Global Gujarat" which dedicated the year 1998-99 as the year for making Gujarat - The Economic Power House of 21st Century.

GCCI has added a new dimension by adopting the theme "Global Gujarat - Resurgent Gujarat" and being partner in the project "Resurgent Gujarat" which has been jointly sponsored by MEA, FICCI, Government of Gujarat and GCCI. This represents a novel surge of dynamism and enthusiasm of the Chamber towards globalisation of Gujarat. This integrates long cherished traditions of the Chamber with its thrust towards meeting with the emerging challenges and opportunities of harnessing foreign funds and technology in the development of trade and industry and to overlook development of Gujarat in the new millennium. This is reflective of its new mission, vision and drive to create modern Gujarat-Global Gujarat.

Valuable services

Pioneering Gujarat's Prosperity 
GCCI offers an extensive range of diversified and valuable services to its members from Trade, Industry and Profession of Gujarat.

  • Providing updated information on laws, regulations, policies and procedures affecting the business community.
  • Representing problems and grievances of members before Government Departments and other bodies and communicating their replies received to concerned parties.
  • Presenting Pre and Post Budget Memorandums before the Union and State Finance Ministers and representing on important policy matters before various authorities.
  • Issuing Certificates of Origin to exporters and Letters of Introduction for Visas.
  • Catering facilities for meetings and conferences at the Chamber's ultra-modern and well-equipped premises.
  • Offering access to state of the art Business Information Centre, Reference Library and Internet Amenities.
  • Undertaking Research and Publications in vital areas and publishing Trade, Industrial and Export Directories of Gujarat from time to time.

Nirma-GCCI Business Information Centre 
Welcome to the Nirma-GCCI Business Information Centre (NGBIC). Now Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ahmedabad offers access to business information to the community with latest state-of the-art technology in an air conditioned environment. Set up with generous sponsorship from leading industrial house of Gujarat, NIRMA it offers completely automated access to information relating to import-export, trade (both national and international), commerce, industry and related topics. The library, aims to cater to the needs of all those interested and is open to members of GCCI and individuals whosoever finds these resources useful.

Facilities
The NIRMA-GCCI Business Information Centre is endowed with vast resources of books, periodicals, reports on trade & industry, directories on trade, import-export and number of foreign countries. Its newspaper cutting service is one of the most sought after by the business and academic community. Moreover, these resources are constantly being updated.

Books - Has a rich collection of books, available for borrowing by members, on trade, industry, commerce, economics, import- export, taxation, customs, excise and many other subjects related to business. The Centre maintains a very high profile collection of reference books viz. Wealth of India, Central and State Government Gazettes, Census Reports and many more.

Periodicals - NGBIC subscribes to 205 Indian and Foreign periodicals covering business and commerce related subjects.

Newspapers - Currently 20 dailies from Gujarat, Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai are being subscribed. To provide micro information on the subjects about 250 newspaper cutting files are maintained.

Trade Directories & Country Profiles - NGBIC maintains latest trade directories of various countries. A number of country profiles are being received and files are maintained for use. The Centre also maintains a collection of latest Publications of Seminar Reports, Central & State Government Budget Publications, Annual Reports, Committee Reports, etc.

Bulletins - About 250 files containing various bulletins are maintained.

Newspaper Files - The NGBIC receives 20 English and Gujarati dailies. About 250 files of newspaper cuttings are maintained on relevant business and trade related copies.

Article Files - About 225 files are maintained which contains articles from newspapers, bulletins, periodicals, etc. to provide the latest information. 

Electronic Publications - The centre has procured CD-ROMs on various subjects viz. CMIE database, iNDEXTb CD-ROM, etc.

International Business Delegations 
GCCI receives every year various delegations from abroad including Foreign Embassy Officials stationed in India which contributes significantly for promoting international business relations. Besides, Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry has successfully sponsored various delegations which have proved purposive and fruitful. Thus, the Chamber has been actively promoting the objective of furthering global business relations of India.

Delegations sent by Chamber
- Middle-East Asian Countries (1982)
- South East Asian Countries (1983)
- Russia and West European Countries (1984)
- Nepal (1991)
- China, Hong Kong and Singapore (1992)
- Australia and New Zealand (1993)
- Egypt, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda (1994)
- U.K., U.S.A. and Canada (1995)
- Latin American Countries and Mexico (1996) 
- South East Asia (1999)
- Nordic Countries (1999)
- South Korea, U.S.A. and Canada (2000)
- China & Hong Kong (2001)

The main objective of these business delegations around the globe is to spread knowledge and acquaintance of India trade and business relationships with each of these countries so as to promote bilateral trade and economic co operation. The delegations were lead by the President of the Chamber which consisted of a cross-section of Gujarat industry, trade and professionals, comprising of men and women of attainment in their respective spheres.

Objectives set for the GCCI Business promotion Delegation 

  • Investigate the possibilities of promotion of two-way trade and joint ventures.
  • Create awareness amongst businessmen abroad about the improvement in the investment climate in India/Gujarat, changing profile on investment scenario and emerging future opportunities.
  • Identify the possibilities of cooperation for technology transfer and investment in India/Gujarat particularly in the areas of sophisticated technologies.
  • Disseminate information on Gujarat's industrial and business capabilities, favourable investment climate, responsive government and its policies.
  • Establish contact and liaison with commercial organisations, chambers of commerce and businessmen and industrialists in these countries so as to facilitate expansion of bilateral economic cooperation.

GCCI is affiliated to and closely associated with:

  • Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) Visit Web Site:  www.ficci.com 
  • Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry (ASSOCHAM) Visit Web Site: www.assocham.org  
  • Indian National Committee of International Chamber of Commerce (INC-ICC) 
    Visit Web Site: www.iccindiaonline.org  
  • All India Organisation of Employers (AIOE)
  • Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA)

GUJARAT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Shri Ambika Mills, Gujarat Chamber Bldg., PB No. 4045, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad - 380 009, India
* Tel. : (O) : 079-26582301 / 2 / 3 / 4 (P) : 079-26580527 * Fax : 079-26587992
* E-Mail : gcci@gujaratchamber.org  / bis@gujaratchamber.org  * Website : http://www.gujaratchamber.org 

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