Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), is a voluntary organization that promotes and develops trade and industry in Kerala and functions as a Central Forum for Businesspersons. The KCCI has its Headquarters in Cochin, the economic capital of Kerala also have Regional Offices at Trivandrum and Calicut.
The KCCI traces its origin to 12 May 1951, when the representatives of the local trade associations decided to set up a common forum under the name - THE ERNAKULAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. KCCI registered under the Indian Companies Act 1956 and the name changed to KERALA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY in 2000.
KCCI celebrated its Golden Jubilee on 24 November 2000. It is the first trade organization in India to receive the ISO Accreditation.
The main objective of the Chamber is to facilitate, protect, and promote trade and commerce in Kerala by considering and formulating opinions on all subjects connected with trade, commerce and industries and conveying it to local, State or Central authorities. The Chamber has been actively involved in the development of infrastructure, which is essential for the growth of Kerala economy.
The Trivandrum Regional office at Trivandrum began operations in December 2007. This TR office provides various services to the business community of Kerala- particularly in liaison services with various Government Departments. The businessmen can solve their problems relating to matters in the capital without visiting Trivandrum; thereby saving time and money. The Chapter deals with all kinds of government formalities that are connected with business and fix appointments with relevant Ministers and other Officials.
The Calicut Regional Office at Calicut was set up to promote and encourage investments at Malabar Region and give necessary impetus to the business community in the whole of Malabar. The Calicut Regional Office of the KCCI started functioning in December 2010 at a prominent place at Govindapuram, Mini Bye Pass Road, Calicut.
KCCI CHECK POST HELP CENTRES
The KCCI Help Centre facility at various locations in Kerala acts as liaisoning points to deal with various official issues and problems that come across your Business. The KCCI Help Centre takes care to solve official problems related with your Business, through efficient liaisoning with the concerned authorities. Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry has its Check Post Help Centres operating at Walayar in Palakkad District; Vazhikkadav in Malappuram District and Amaravila in Trivandrum District
KCCI EXPORT / IMPORT HELP CENTRE
The Export Import Help Centres has been rendering valuable service to the business community in their export and import related activities, such as the Issue of Certificate of Origin, Weighment and Measurement Certificate, Legalization of EXIM documents and any other matters relating to export and import.
MEMBERSHIP FEE DETAILS OF THE CHAMBER
|Membership Type||Application Fee||Admission fee||Membership Fee|
|Life||Rs.100/-||Rs.1,00,000/-[One Time Payment]||Nil|
DEVELOPMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE
The Chamber has been actively involved in the development of infrastructure, which is essential for the growth of economy. It played a crucial role for the establishment of the Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal and Goshree Islands Development Authority. This Chamber proposed the International Airport in Cochin with private sector participation, and offered a substantial amount to the Cochin International Airport Society. The Chamber also sponsored the construction of bridge over Perandoor Canal on the busy Sahodaran Ayyappan Road in Cochin City and Bridge at Karanakodam in Pullepady-Thammanam Road.
BEST FINANCIAL JOURNALIST OF KERALA
KCCI has decided to recognize the valuable contributions of journalists, especially those who cover trade, commerce, and industry by presenting THE BEST FINANCIAL JOURNALIST OF KERALA AWARD. The award was presented to Sri. Radhakrishnan narippatta, Chief Sub Editor, Mathrubhumi (2002), Sri. K K Jayakumar, Senior Journalist, Dhanam (2005) and Mr. P Kishore, Chief Reporter, Malayala Manorama (2009).
There are many NRKs especially in Gulf Region who contribute a lot to the economy of Kerala. Many of them like to come back to Kerala with a vision to start their enterprises. But with a very little support from the Government and other bodies they are scared to invest in Kerala. If proper guidance is given to them they would be more than happy to invest in Kerala
Overseas Division of KCCI would try to give necessary guidance in this regard by informing them about the various investment opportunities currently existing in Kerala and new opportunities which could be tapped by them. KCCI will also hold Press Conferences in prominent cities in India and abroad to give publicity in this regard. Current potential investment in Kerala and the proposals if any, routed through KCCI will be given necessary guidance to get the said projects implemented. KCCI would also sign MoUs with leading Chambers of Commerce in Gulf Region, especially U.A.E, Saudi, Qatar and U.S.
KERALA TRADE CENTRE
The Chamber is setting up an International Trade Centre viz. Kerala Trade Centre on the lines of the World Trade Centers around the World. The commencement of the project began at the time of Golden Jubilee of KCCI held in 2000 . The concept of World Trade Centre implies bringing together all the agencies connected with export promotion, under one roof, so that a foreign businessman visiting the country will be able to get his transactions done without moving outside the complex.
Kerala Trade Centre will consist of Industrial Research and Development Centre, Trade Information and Resource Centre, Shopping Arcades, State-of the Art Telecommunication Facilities, Well Equipped Business Centre, Exhibition Centre, Testing Laboratory, International Convention Centre etc. The Centre will cater to all visitors by providing multi cuisines at food courts. The construction of this One Lakh twenty five thousand square feet area prestigious centre at Marine Drive, Kochi has been almost completed.
INDIAN COUNCIL OF ARBITRATION, KERALA REGION
Indian Council of Arbitration is the undisputed leader in dispute resolution services in India. For over 40 years, the Indian Council of Arbitration has been providing users of arbitration with an unrivaled array of time-tested services that include ICA Arbitration, ICA Conciliation and ICA Maritime, as well as education and training programs. Coupled with our quality case administration and panel of arbitrators, ICA is the one resource for all your dispute resolutions needs.
The Kerala State Regional Office of the Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA) functions from the Chamber. The ICA, approved by the Union Commerce Ministry has an Executive Committee of legal experts and professionals that propagate Alternative Redressal Dispute Mechanism such as mediation, conciliation, and arbitration. Apple a Day, Varkey's, Nurses Strike etc. are some of the current important issues where in KCCI mediation cell intervened and tried successfully to find amicable solution to the disputes.
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is an association of business organizations in India, headquartered in the national capital New Delhi. FICCI is one of the main organizations to fund and support many governmental and non-governmental educational institutes. It was founded by GD Birla and Purushottam Takkur in 1927, on the advice of Mahatma Gandhi. The KCCI was affiliated to FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry), New Delhi on 8 December 1970 and hence was able to associate and interact with other Chambers of Commerce functioning in India and regularly organizing events in Kerala in association with FICCI.
KERALA CHAMBER YOUTH FORUM & LADIES FORUM
Youths with their creativity, skill and talent have made their own identity in the National and International business scenario. The role of women entrepreneurs also assume greater importance and a large number of women are entering into business. Chamber Director Board therefore decided to form a Youth Forum and Ladies Forum to involve actively the youth and women entrepreneurs in the Chamber activities. A separate guidelines has been drafted and implemented for the smooth functioning of KCCI Youth Forum and Ladies Forum.
DIRECTOR BOARD OF KCCI
KCCI has a Director Board consisting 15 Directors. Each Director usually represents a particular sector/industry and hence the expertise of the Directors can be utilized by the Media in responding to various issues connected with Trade and Industry in respect of each industry/sector wise.
BUSINESS NEWS MAGAZINE
The dissemination of information is one of the important functions of the Chamber. Every month Chamber publishes Kerala Chamber Business News Magazine containing useful information on wide ranging subjects and informative articles from members and experts. Complimentary copies of the Magazine are now available at Cochin International Airport, Trivandrum International Airport and Calicut National Airport.
KCCI REPRESENTATIONS IN VARIOUS COMMITTEES AND STATUTORY BODIES
- Regional Advisory Committee (Organised Sector ) of the Central Excise Commissionerate of Cochin
- Regional Advisory Committee (Service Tax Sector) of the Central Excise Commissionerate of Cochin
- Regional Direct Taxes Advisory Committee
- Konkan Railway Users Consultative Committee
- Station Consultative Committee
- Grievance Committee of JDGFT
- National Highway Advisory Committee
- Regional Advisory Committee, Customs
- Permanent Trade Facilitation Committee, Cochin Port
- State Level Advisory Board – MSME Development Institute
- Kerala Traders Welfare Board
- Goshree Islands Development Authority General Council
- VAT Executive Committee
- VAT Consultative Council
- Commercial Taxes Department – Grievance Redressal Bureau
- KITCO Advisory Council
- Empowered Committee on SME Sector – Reserve Bank of India
- District Level Industrial Grievance Redressal Committee of KSEB.
- Port Department, Government of Kerala Advisory Committee of KIV Rules 2010.
- Kerala Financial Corporation Advisory Committee
- Minimum Wages Advisory Board
- District Ayurveda Hospital Advisory Committee Ernakulam
- Greater Cochin Development Authority General Council
- State Level Steering Committee on Kerala State Energy Conservation Fund
- Kerala Institute of Retail Management
- Executive Committee of FICCI
- Governing Body of Indian Council of Arbitration
- JNNURM Technical Advisory Group, Corporation of Cochin
- District Level Technical Advisory Group
- Cochin City Disaster Management - Quick Response Team
- Kochi Airport Users Consultative Committee
- Travel & Tour Industry Stakeholders Committee-CIAL