CWBTA Eastern India Trade Summit 2019
Subsequent to last year’s CWBTA Summit held on 26-29th January, 2018, there have been encouraging exchanges and sharing of business ideas and opportunities between neighboring countries, through several visits on chamber levels. The favorably changing business situation calls for larger participation. Thus, has emerged the theme of Summit 2019.
Events, Seminars, Meetings & Conferences (2017-19)
CWBTA organised Traders Unity Day on 27th July, 2017, at Kutchi Jain Bhawan, with Mr. Khalid Anwar, Sr. Jt. Commissioner Commercial Taxes Department, Government of West Bengal as Guest of Honour.The programme was attended by dignitaries and legends of the other Apex Bodies / Trade Associations. Some of the leading traders were honoured for their glorious contribution in their respective trade.
CWBTA organised a seminar on GST Road Ahead on 31st August, 2017, at Kala Mandir, with Dr. Amit Mitra, Hon’ble Finance Minister, Government of West Bengal, as the Chief Guest. Ms. Smaraki Mahapatra, Commissioner Commercial Taxes, Government of West Bengal, graced the occasion as Guest of Honour along with Mr. Adesh Kumar, Addl. Commissioner & PRO, Commercial Taxes Department, Mr. Khalid Anwar, Sr. Jt. Commissioner, and other senior officers of the Commercial Taxes Department, Government of West Bengal.
Dr. Amit Mitra, Hon’ble Finance Minister in his speech elaborately discussed different aspects of GST, its implication & compliance. He assured the house that the WB govt will fight for the trader’s apprehensions , and will try to simplify the act further & bring down the rates of taxes. The Hon’ble Finance Minister of West Bengal assured the house to create a Trade Cell & Facilitation Centre under the Commercial Taxes Department, Government of West Bengal, which has already been implemented.
Ms. Smaraki Mahapatra, Mr Adesh Kumar & Mr. Khalid Anwar further addressed the house to enlighten them with the rules and cleared all the queries.
Dr. Amit Mitra at the time of his departure from the venue, arranged for a teleconferencing with the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt of West Bengal to address the House with an assurance by the CM, that the Govt of WB will take care of the trading fraternity.
CWBTA expresses its gratitude to our Hon’ble CM, Ms Mamata Banerjee and Hon’ble FM, Dr. Amit Mitra for taking up the cause of the traders of WB with the GST council and for all the amendments in rates & rules for the better compliance & ease of trade.
CWBTA organised a fellowship Meeting of the leaders of trading community & Prominent business men to interact with Ms. Smaraki Mahapatra, Commissioner, Commercial taxes, Government of West Bengal on 12th September, 2017, at Park Hotel.The commissioner addressed the meeting and assured the members of the further simplification of GST and the formation of Trade Cell & the Facilitation Centre at Directorate of Commercial Taxes, as promised by the FM in the GST road Ahead program.
CWBTA organised Bijoya & Diwali get together along with Police Traders Good Will meet on 13th October, 2017 at the Ganapati Banquets.The meeting was presided by the Special Commissioner and was attended by many Addnl. Commissioners, Jt. Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Asst. Commissioners and Officers in -charge of various police stations from the Kolkata Police Department. A memorandum with suggestions was submitted to police authorities for necessary action.
t is a matter of great pride for CWBTA to hold the 1st Eastern India Trade Summit 2018. The Summit and Exhibition was organised with a view to find synergy towards rapid progress and development of Eastern region and for the promotion of Trade particularly of West Bengal.
Summits have been organised for Industries & Chambers all these years, but this was the 1st time Trading community had ventured into the holding of a Trade Summit.
All trade had come under one roof to promote their products, and we are thankful to all our neighbouring Countries & States to be a part of this prestigious venture. Special thanks to Bangladesh to become our COUNTRY PARTNER.
We express our sincere regards to the President of Indian Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IBCCI) Janab Abdul Mutlubji for making this happen & sending a strong delegation of IBCCI to participate in the Summit.
Traders play a vital role in the economy of our state as Distributors, Stockists Dealers & Retailers, creating their own infrastructure for logistics & finance, creating thereby more employment & revenue for the state.
We believe our Distributive houses in the state are a strong body which can influence Investment & Industry in the state as well. Through this Summit we appealed to our FM & the govt of WB to create an atmosphere to encourage these traders to influence Investment & Industry in the state.
We are thankful to our FM for inspiring us to hold this Summit. His inspiration is our aspiration – BENGAL MEANS BUSINESS.
The Summit was graced by , Mr. Debasish Sen, Principal Secretary, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs and Chairman HIDCO, Govt of West Bengal, as Guest of Honour, along with Mr. H. K. Dwivedi, Principal Secretary Finance Department. Both appreciated the effort & challenge taken up by the CWBTA to promote trade & Industry in West Bengal and promised all support to take it further.
Series of seminars/ symposiums were arranged in all the days during the event. Ms. Vandana Yadav, Managing Director WBIDC, Mr. Vijay Bharati , Managing Director ,MSME Department, Managing Director WBSIDC, Ms. Smaraki Mahapatra, Commissioner, Commercial Taxes and Senior Officials from various Departments, Govt of West Bengal addressed in different session of the seminars and in the inaugural seasons . The seminars really enlightened the members of the concerns of trade & their benefits.
The closing function was graced by Shri Firhad Hakim, Honorable Minister-In-Charge, Urban Development, Government of West Bengal.
MOU was signed between Members of CWBTA and Members of India Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry to develop bilateral trade between two countries.
CWBTA organised Inter State E-Way Bill at the auditorium of BNCCI where Mr. Adesh Kumar, Addnl. Commissioner and PRO ,Commercial Taxes Department, immaculately explained the subject.
CWBTA also organised an educative seminar on Intra State E-Way Bill on 9th June, 2018, at KalaKunj, presided by Mr. Adesh Kumar Special Commissioner and PRO Directorate of Commercial Taxes, Mr. Khalid Anwar, Sr. Jt. Commissioner, Mrs. Nandini Ghosh, Jt. Commissioner, and other senior officials from Directorate of Commercial Taxes, Govt of West Bengal. A power point presentation on the issue was given by the officers explaining the rules, its implication & the compliance requirement of the law.
CWBTA submitted a memorandum to Mr. Sovan Chatterjee Honorable Mayor, The Kolkata Municipal Corporation, for not insisting of NOC from SWM Department of KMC in connection with Renewal of Trade Licences or for obtaining new Licences & not to make SWM license mandatory on traders who do not generate the same. The authorities agreed for the same.
Bilateral trade between India and Bangladesh has grown steadily over the last decade. In the five years, total trade between the two countries has grown by more than 17%. With the trades in constant rise, it was essential, that, traders who have made this landmark possible are given appreciation.
The first ever CWBTA- Business Excellence Award was held at the Oberoi Grand on the 16th August as India-Bangladesh Business Excellence Award 2018,in association with IBCCI, to acknowledge excellent performances by businessmen of both India and Bangladesh. CWBTA congratulate and thank IBCCI for being a part of this Awards.
Few Traders and Journalists of different Medias were awarded for their achievements in respective fields. The President of CWBTA and India Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce in their speech stressed the need for developing much more trade activities between two countries and opening of Bharat Showcase.
Mr. Firhad Hakim Hon’ble Minister In- Charge for Urban Development Department, Govt of West Bengal presided the function as Chief Guest, with Mr Mohammed Saiful Islam, First Secretary (Commercial), Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh, as Guest of Honour.
Memorandum Of Understanding-Bangladesh Conference at Calcutta Punjab Club
In furtherance to the Summit & MOU’s signed between the members of the both organisations a conference with the IBCCI was organised at the Calcutta Punjab Club in the month of February and a MOU was signed between CWBTA & IBCCI to ameliorate the ties between the two countries.
Memorandum Of Understanding
Nepal Conference at The Conclave
In continuation with the our effort to improve bilateral trade with neighbouring countries, a conference was organised with Nepal Chamber of Commerce at Hotel Conclave in the month February, 2018. Their president Mr Rajesh Kagzi Shreshta, Consul General of Nepal, Mr Eaknarayan Aryal and many members of their chamber and Govt. Officers , graced the occasion.