Mr. Souvik Banerjee
Founded in 1925, Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the leading and only National Chamber of Commerce operating from Kolkata, and one of the most pro-active and forward-looking Chambers in the country today. Its membership spans some of the most prominent and major industrial groups in India. ICC is the founder member of FICCI, the apex body of business and industry in India. ICC’s forte is its ability to anticipate the needs of the future, respond to challenges, and prepare the stakeholders in the economy to benefit from these changes and opportunities. Set up by a group of pioneering industrialists led by Mr G D Birla, the Indian Chamber of Commerce was closely associated with the Indian Freedom Movement, as the first organized voice of indigenous Indian Industry. Several of the distinguished industry leaders in India, such as Mr B M Birla, Sir Ardeshir Dalal, Sir Badridas Goenka, Mr S P Jain, Lala Karam Chand Thapar, Mr Russi Mody, Mr Ashok Jain, Mr.Sanjiv Goenka, have led the ICC as its President.
The Chamber has proven capabilities in business development across geographical boundaries and capacity building. ICC is the only Chamber from India to win the first prize in World Chambers Competition in Quebec, Canada. Also, ICC was also selected as one of the top finalists at the 2013 World Chambers’ Congress in Doha, Qatar. ICC was selected for it’s innovative project – the ‘Better Calcutta Contest for Schools’, which is run by ICC Calcutta Foundation, a charitable trust set up with the objective of promoting the well-being of Calcutta.
The Indian Chamber of Commerce headquartered in Kolkata, over the last few years has truly emerged as a national Chamber of repute, with full-fledged offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati, Patna, Bhubaneswar & Ranchi which are functioning efficiently, and building meaningful synergies among Industry and Government.
For a Chamber which started in Kolkata and played an inspiring role in India’s Freedom struggle by bringing indigenous businesses together, it has been a long and eventful journey. Today, as the Chamber continues to grow across states and regions, it is adhering more strongly to it’s primary aim of creating a conducive and sustainable environment to enable social, industrial and economic growth of the country.