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Dear Members,
At the outset, I would like to thank all members of BCCI for giving me an opportunity to serve you all at BCCI. And I am very grateful to M. C. Members of the Chamber for entrusting me the task of the Editor of Belgaum Chamber's Newsletter. Change is inevitable and it is the only constant, and having said that, we now will move on to the new year at BCCI with a new team under the dynamic leadership of President Shri Mahesh Bagi and his team. I'm sure the BCCI, this year, will reach greater heights under his leadership. With this I welcome all the members of the new Managing Committee and office bearers. Wishing them a great year ahead. I thank the Past President Shri Umesh Sharma and his office bearers for a successful year gone by and setting the path for the new team.

Friends, it is a moment and era of pride for all of us as India is slated be the 5 largest economy in the world by next year as discussed recently by Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley. It appears a reachable target based on the fact that the Q1 2018 GDP growth was at an expectation beating high of 8.2%. The latest World Bank Report has confirmed that the Indian economy has indeed become the world's sixth-largest, pushing France to seventh place. The US tops the list followed by China, Japan, Germany and Britain. Congratulations to all our athletes for the best ever run in  the Asian games with a total of 15 Gold, 24 Silver and 30 Bronze medals. Hats off to them. We encourage all the members to come forward and actively participate in the activities of the Chamber, send in articles for consideration, feedback and suggestions. If you have any grievances, please feel free to write to us.

Kiran Agadi

From the Desk of President...

Dear Members,
I am grateful and thankful to the members and the managing committee of this esteemed institution for giving me an opportunity to serve as president of this August institution. I shall endeavour to carry forward the objectives and the work set by my predecessors and serve this August office to the best of my ability. I appreciate and convey my sincere thanks to the outgoing president Shri Umesh Sharma and office bearers for giving us an eventful year. Presently ,the chamber is very low on funds, we are finding it difficult to conduct activities or invite resource persons or experts from various fields to conduct workshops and awareness programmes. It is now very necessary for us to develop the udyambag property in such a way we would be having a substantial permanent source of income for meeting the daily expenses and organizing various activities and as well as sufficient reserve funds. However, this year for the first time in history of chamber we are having a very strong representation from the chamber to the state apex bodies viz FKCCI and KASSIA we have; Mr. Dilip Tilve- Past President & M. C. Member of BCCI who is re-elected as Managing Committee Member in FKCCI for 2018-19 and Mr. Basavaraj Javali - Past President of BCCI elected as President for KASSIA, Bangalore. I have had a preliminary discussion with them for getting funds for the building and at the same time we will also pursue with our honourable MP and the MLA S. Moreover ,We look forward towards you members for suggestions, advices and generous donations for the said building. Dear members looking at the difficulties and shortfalls faced during the recent chambers election, I intend to immediately take up the updation and computerization of the members list and also constitute a committee to look into the bye laws for suitable amendments for the betterment of the chamber administration and its activities. During this year we will make efforts to organize seminars, workshops, grievance reddresal programmes etc conforming to a higher degree of quality and content. Finally, I need your unstinted support for achieving our objectives to take our organization to greater heights.

Mahesh Bagi