Dear Friends / Colleagues,
Firstly, I am honoured and privileged to assume the role of President of such a prestigious organization and I am committed to steer this ship to further glory.
Secondly, I express my sincere appreciation of my predecessor, Dr. Joseph Benaven, for his leadership and outstanding contributions to the Chamber during his presidency, and also to past presidents and members of the previous managing committee. Needless to say that, I am inspired by their commitment and of their achievements, especially the completion of building construction and giving ourselves an iconic edifice in the heart of Kannur.
Indeed, the growth of Chamber has been propelled collectively by the members and I look forward to continuing this important work towards fulfilling the mission of Chamber. In this endeavor, I am happy that I am joined by a great team of colleagues in the Managing Committee.
The new team has been very active from day one which has resulted in a number of great achievements. Notable was the successful conduct of the 6th edition of Kannur Beach Run. Conducted after a gap of two years owing to the Covid pandemic, the event garnered more attention due to the emphasis given on health and wellness which resonated strongly among the public. The response demonstrated that the pandemic has shown us new ways of life both personal and professional and this is the time of real change in our perception.
This success was immediately followed up by the conduct of Chamber Gold Cup Football tournament, which was the first of its kind to be conducted in Kannur.
We have witnessed a substantial increase in memberships, especially Corporate and Life membership and the momentum is going strong thanks to the collective effort and support of members including managing committee members and past presidents.
Focusing on the needs of industry and commerce, we came up with a number of programmes starting with business networking program which helped a number of entrepreneurs come under a single platform and expand their connections.
This is being followed up with a series of programmes aimed at training, entrepreneurship development, opening up vistas for investments, venture collaboration etc. These initiatives round off with the setting up of monthly helpdesk activity, which is aimed at addressing the concerns of new and existing entrepreneurs wherein they can directly interact with the officials of the District Industries Centre as a single window solutions provider.
The strength of the chamber is demonstrated in a number of ways such as the relentless pursuit with the railways which led to the announcement at Chamber regarding introduction of Vande Bharat Express train for Kerala, which was implemented within a short time.
Our chapters are also showing proactive approach in various aspects having a direct bearing on the society. The Kasaragod Chapter has been engaging people representatives and civic authorities aimed at overall development the region. The Airport City Chapter has been extending its reach adding more members to the Organization. The Thalassery Chapter is focusing on creating avenues for the betterment of students to be future-ready and our development of thalassery area.
The formation of North Malabar Tourism Organization (NOMTO) which is aimed at boosting the tourism potential of the entire North Malabar region is definitely going to be a game changer catapulting North Malabar as a must visit tourist destination which will enhance the social and economic wellbeing of the region.
The list can go on, however, I am confident that we will be steadfast in pursuing the goals of the Chamber while also addressing the challenges with the support of Past Presidents, Managing Committee members and members.
My Best Wishes to each one of you!
T K Ramesh Kumar