1936-MCCI hits a Century!
2011-The journey continues.....
The first proposal emphasizing the need for a harbour was mooted by the Chamber and in March 1875 work of Madras Port commenced after seven years of consideration by Her Majesty’s Government!
The Chamber was instrumental in representing on behalf of the mercantile community.
The Mail became the official organ of the Chamber and the European Mercantile Community.
Golden Jubilee of the Chamber
Lord Burke (later Lord Connemara), then Governor of Madras was the Chief Guest at the Annual General Meeting held on 29th September 1886.
The Chamber was instrumental in the development of Railways, particularly Southern Railway. It even advocated the inclusion of a permanent member on the Railway Board.
The Centenary of the Chamber was celebrated and a centenary volume containing the growth and administration of the city of Madras, its close links with the Railways, the Port, telecommunications, etc. was published.
Lord Erskine, Governor of Madras addressed the centenary banquet on 5th December 1936.
Environment a Focus!
The Chamber organized a campaign for cleaning the waterways in and around Madras. A signature campaign to create awareness about the need for maintaining the river systems free from pollution was carried out. A Boat rally was organised on the Cooum!.One hundred and seventy five years of service to the nation and its industrial development … this is in brief the history of the Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI).Today its effort is to proactively influence public policy and practice on issues which impact economy, trade, commerce and industry.MCCI liaises with and maintains a close rapport with different government departments, institutions, diplomatic missions in Chennai and other major cities in India and abroad.It also circulates on an on-going basis trade enquiries received for imports/exports of Indian products, changes in legislation, rules, regulations and notifications relevant to industry as issued by the government and other institutions, status reports, position papers, white papers, etc.In order to keep itself abreast of the national and international developments in various sectors of trade and commerce, the Chamber organises seminars, workshops, conferences, training programmes, open house discussions, etc., with eminent citizens from different spheres and senior officials from the government and other organisations. It also holds interactive meetings with trade missions.A very important service provided by MCCI for the members is the professional assistance for arbitration of commercial disputes between member companies and other companies. These are regulated by the rules of arbitration of Indian Council of Arbitration of which it is a member.Some of the other efforts of MCCI are:
- Issuance of Certificate of Origin for export shipment
- Other services include issue of recommendation letters for grant of visa to businessmen and advice and guidance on various trade related matters.
The Chamber is a Promoter Chamber of the Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (Assocham) New Delhi and also a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) New Delhi.
MCCI is in its 175th year. Among the many initiatives taken, a Coffee Table Book and a Directory of Members will be published. The setting up of a Skill Development Centre will be a fitting tribute to the finale of 175th year celebrations.