ICCI elects national apex body

logoLeading businessmen, top corporate executives and community elite join hands to create apex body of Imamia community

New Delhi, January 27, 2014: The challenge before the community elite was clear: even after 66 years of Indian independence, the Imamia or shia community, well over 30 million strong, still remain one of the most economically challenged in the country. How do we bring these 30 million, of whom over 65% are under 30 years, into the economic mainstream of the national and global economy?

With this challenge in mind, the Imamia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) was recently formed with a ‘vision to actively facilitate and enable an environment in which the business and enterprise of the Imamia community can flourish.’

In order to institutionalize and accelerate the vision execution, the ICCI went a step further in its process of formation when the members underwent a national exercise recently to elect the office bearers of ICCI at a meeting organized at Delhi’s CEAI Bhawan. This election was held consequent to three foundation meetings held at Mumbai, Delhi and Lucknow.

IcciMajJafriThe meeting convened by Maj. (Retd.) SJM Jafri (Executive Director, ICCI) saw members from across the country electing office bearers of ICCI. Mr. Syed Safawi, a Delhi based corporate leader, was unanimously elected as the President of the ICCI. Given the significant task at hand, it was also decided by the members that an Executive President shall also be appointed so as to assist the President to take care of daily execution of the Chamber’s activities. Mr. Syed Quaim, a Mumbai based businessman (MD, Exhicon Group, Mumbai) was suggested for Executive President, which was unanimously endorsed by the members. Hyderabad based businessman Mr. Mujahid Husain (MD, Olive Hospital, Hyderabad) was elected as Secretary of ICCI while Mr. MB Naqvi (MD, Media Today Group) was elected as Jt. Secretary. The members also voted for Dr. Jami Hossain (Director, Windforce Management Services, Gurgaon) as Vice President and Mr. Hussain Ahmad as Treasurer.

Syed Safawi, while accepting the responsibility of President of ICCI said: “It is indeed an honor to be appointed as the Founding President of ICCI. The task before us at ICCI is clear: how does ICCI quickly become the national voice of the Imamia business community and build awareness, both internally and externally within the government and other institutions, on issues that impede business and enterprise growth in the community and therefore become the bridge and advocate. This will enable the transformation towards the economic mainstreaming of the community businesses and therefore nation building.” Safawi added, “We would want the community youth to become employers themselves through enterprise rather than only look for employment.”

To provide regional focus , five chapters of ICCI were approved and the name of Mr. Najmul Hasan Rizvi ‘Najmi’ (Social Worker and Manager, Tauhidul Muslimeen Trust, Lucknow) was proposed as Chapter Chairman for UP which was endorsed by the members. Likewise, Mr. Qamar Abaas (MD, True Count Systems, Noida) was chosen as the Chapter Chairmen (Delhi NCR), Mr. Mohsin Ali Vakil (CMD, Vakil Housing Pvt. Ltd.) as Chapter Chairman (Karnataka) and Syed Raza Abbas as Chapter Chairman (Maharashtra). The Chapter Chairman of Hyderabad would be announced soon.

Javed Jaffrey, Brand Ambassador - ICCITo strengthen better community contact and external coordination, five working committees or cells of ICCI were also proposed and approved. They are; the Loans and Angel Funding Committee , the Legal/Regulatory/Financial/Governance Advisory Committee ; the third as Employment and Skill Development Cell; the fourth being the Media Wing  and the fifth being the Membership and member communication committee.

Mr. Javed Jaffrey, the famous film personality would be the ICCI brand ambassador.

Several prominent businessmen, senior corporate leaders and community intelligentsia have already joined ICCI and a lot more have shown interest from across India so as to contribute through ICCI. There is special focus on creating Women and Youth cells within the ICCI, to ensure their increased access to and involvement in business and enterprise.

Real News International (RNI) News Bureau