Chairman Speech

Dear Friends:
I express my grateful thanks to all the members for reposing confidence by electing me as 54th President of the Association.
The Indian economy shrugged off the disruption caused by the goods and services tax and any lingering after-effects of demonetisation to post higher growth in the second quarter, reversing five-quarter slide and setting itself on course for revival.  GDP rose 6.3% in July-September period. The economy now seems to have weathered the transitional challenges experienced earlier in the year and appears poised for a durable recovery going forward.
As members may be aware, we have declared the theme for the year as “TIME TO TRANSFORM”.  We shall be organising programmes in consonance with the theme, viz. vendor development, closer networking amongst members, interaction with the State and Central governments on matters affecting interest of the members.
The Installation Ceremony was held on 16th November, 2017 wherein we had the privilege of having Mr. Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico Limited, as Chief Guest, and Mr. Rajesh Narain Gupta, Managing Partner, SNG & Partners, as Guest of Honour.  Our senior Past President, Mr. Sanjiv Lathia, was felicitated at the function at their valuable contribution to the casue of the Association. The function was attended by more than 525 members/guests.
The Association jointly with FISME organised a meeting with Railway Officials, on 23rd November, 2017 mainly for the purpose of vendor development in Railways.  Presentation was made by senior officials on the opportunities for indigenisation and vendor development.  Nearly 50 members participated in the meeting.
In order to make members aware of the importance of “Power of Effective Communication”, the Association organised jointly with Training, a talk on the subject by Mr. Santosh Nair, one of the leading motivational speaker. 50 members participated in the event.
As usual, BIA was the supporting organisation in “CHINA HOME LIFE EXHIBITION” held between 5th and 7th December, 2017.  Lot of members visited the exhibition and BIA was given a stall to disseminate the information and B2B meeting with Chinese Exhibitors was arranged.
On 8th December, 2017, the Association organised a workshop on Strategic Thinking (Formulation & Implementation).  The workshop was conducted by the Other Songs International Academy. For the first time in the annals of the Association, we have been invited for an interactive meeting with Mr.Hasmukh Adhia, Finance Secretary & Mr. Sushil Chandra Chairman, CBDT, inviting suggestions and proposals to be considered while formulating the Budget.  The representatives of BIA made their presentation for consideration of the Officials.
In order to make members aware how to manage time in the effective way, the Association organised a Seminar on “Managing Time in the Effective Zone” on 15th December, 2017.  The Seminar was conducted by Mr.Sid Shah of Think & Grow Rich Academy.  In all 42 members attended the Seminar.
The New Year Bash was organised on 16th December, 2017 for the members and their spouse to have quality time with their fellow members.
Before I close, I place on record our sincere appreciation to Mr.Jeenanath Shetty, Immediate Past President, for organising various activities.  We wish him all the best and I am sure we will have his support.
I deem it a honour in taking over as President of the Association.
Finally, we appeal to all members to take part in the activities of the Association.
Before I conclude, I wish all members “A HAPPY, PROSPEROUS & HEALTHY NEW YEAR’