Trivandrum: An office of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI) was inaugurated in Thiruvananthapuram by K Sasikumar, Dean of the Department of Commerce, Kerala University, on September 05, 2012. ICCI is one of the premier Chambers of Commerce in India.
In the Sasikumar said that the State needed a development agenda for itself and all political parties should unite for it. He added that over the years the academic standards of commerce students passing out had degraded substantially and industry was finding it tough to find employable youths. He regretted the incapability of the student community to throw up prospective entrepreneurial talents.
P L Prakash James, President, ICCI said that for the first time in Kerala, the Chamber will open two American Business Corners (ABC) in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. The initiative by the Chamber and the US Commercial Service is to reach out to the business community where the US Commercial Service does not have a physical presence. “The opening of ABC will open a window of opportunities to Indian business fraternity. The tie-up will facilitate exchange of information resources between the two countries”, he added.
Nishesh Shah, Vice President; Dr. Baiju Ramachandran, Director and S Ramakrishnan, Secretary of the Chamber were present on the occasion.
Founded in 1897 as ‘The Cochin Native Merchants’ Association’, the name was changed to ‘Indian Chamber of Commerce’ in 1912. Subsequently, the word ‘Industry’ was added and the organisation came to be called the ‘Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry’. On a national level, the Chamber is affiliated to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
While rendering useful and effective service to the business community, the Chamber has been making significant contributions in the fields of education, health services and other social welfare projects, as well.
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