Indian Chamber of Commerce
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 had made its humble contribution in the pre-independence era during 1925 – 1947 towards promotion of Indian businesses and Swadeshi movement. Post Independence, ICC had the honour of engaging closely on Economic development and Reforms with Govt. of India. ICC had the privilege of hosting Session with Indian Prime Ministers like Shri Lal Bahadur Shashtri, Smt. Indira Gandhi, Shri Chandra Shekhar, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and several other leaders.
Recently, ICC was fortunate to host a Session with Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 11th June 2020.
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 organised 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.
ICC works closely with various Ministries and State Governments on policy and Industry issues. ICC has hosted Sessions with national and global leaders like Mr. David Cameron, Former PM of United Kingdom, Smt. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Prime Minister of Bhutan, Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius, Shri Pranab Mukherji, President of India, Industry and Commerce Ministers of Thailand, Industry Minister of Singapore, Chief Ministers of various States and prominent Indian Ministers including Shri Amit Shah, Shri Piyush Goyal, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Shri Rajnath Singh, Smt. Smriti Irani and several others.
ICC is the only Chamber from India to win the first prize in World Chambers Competition in Quebec, Canada.
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, Siliguri, Agartala, Ranchi, Bhubaneshwar & Hyderabad functioning efficiently, and building meaningful synergies among Industry and Government by addressing strategic issues of national significance.
ICC’s North-East Initiative has gained a new momentum and dynamism over the last few years. ICC has a special focus upon India’s trade & commerce relations with South & South-East Asian nations, in sync with India’s ‘Act East’ Policy, and has played a key role in building synergies between India and her Asian neighbours through Trade & Business Delegation Exchanges, and large Investment Summits.
ICC also has a very strong focus upon Economic Research & Policy issues - it regularly undertakes Macro-economic Surveys/Studies, prepares State Investment Climate Reports and Sector Reports, provides necessary Policy Inputs & Budget Recommendations to Governments at State & Central levels.
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.