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Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
FICCI logo.svg
Motto Industry's Voice for Policy Change
Founded 1927
Founder G D Birla, Purushottam das Thakurdas
Dissolved N/A
Type Chamber of commerce
Focus Policy advocacy
Coordinates 28°37′38″N 77°13′54″E / 28.62722°N 77.23167°E / 28.62722; 77.23167Coordinates: 28°37′38″N 77°13′54″E / 28.62722°N 77.23167°E / 28.62722; 77.23167
Origins N/A
Area served
Products N/A
Services Business promotion, networking, policy reforms
Method Industry Government Policy Dialogue, Media attention, Events, Research
over 250000 companies[1]
Owner N/A
Key people
Jyotsna Suri
Harshavardhan Neotia
(Senior Vice President)

Pankaj. R. Patel
(Vice President)

Alwyn Didar Singh
(Secretary General)

Arbind Prasad
(Director General)
Subsidiaries Confederation of Indian Food Trade and Industry
FICCI Arbitration and Conciliation Tribunal
FICCI Alliance for Consumer Care
FICCI Ladies Organisation
FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence
Confederation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (CMSME)
Endowment Unknown
less than 500[2]
Mission To enhance efficiency and global competitiveness of Indian industry

To expand business opportunities for Indian corporates in domestic and foreign markets[1]
Formerly called

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is an association of business organizations in India. Established in 1927, on the advice of Mahatma Gandhi by GD Birla and Purushottam Das Thakurdas, it is the largest, oldest and the apex business organisation in India.[1] It is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation. FICCI draws its membership from the corporate sector, both private and public, including SMEs and MNCs. The chamber has an indirect membership of over 2,50,000 companies from various regional chambers of commerce. It is involved in sector specific business policy consensus building, and business promotion and networking. It is headquartered in the national capital New Delhi and has presence in 11 states in India and 8 countries across the world.[3]

Office Bearers[edit]

Former President[edit]

Sidharth Birla is the immediate Past President of FICCI. He is Chairman of Xpro India Limited and Digjam Limited. He has been a Director on various corporate bodies since 1977. He is an alumnus of International Institute for Management Development [4] He has served as a Non Executive Director of Heidelberg Cement India Ltd until 2008 and is a member of WPO (a US-based international organization of Chief Executives) and member of the 21st Council of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.[5]


Dr Jyotsna Suri is President, FICCI. She is the Chairperson & Managing Director of Bharat Hotels that runs the luxury hotels chain The LaLiT Hotels, Palaces and Resorts under The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. She is also a member on the International Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and Executive Member, Hotel Association of India[6]

Vice President[edit]

Harshavardhan Neotia is Senior Vice President, FICCI.[7] He is the founder of one of the first joint sector companies in India, “Bengal Ambuja Housing Development Limited” in partnership with the government of West Bengal. His maiden project, “Udayan” was declared a ‘Model Housing Project’ by the union government. One among the pioneers of modern Public–private partnership (PPP) housing system in Kolkata, he also serves as a member on ‘Board of Governors' of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. Mr. Neotia was conferred with Padma Shri by the President of India in 1999 for his outstanding initiative in social housing. He is one of the youngest Padma Shri awardess from India.[8] He is an alumnus of Harvard University[9]

Secretary General[edit]

Dr Alwyn Didar Singh is the Secretary General, FICCI.[10] He is a retired civil servant who until recently served as the Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Previously, he was Member (Finance), National Highways Authority of India, Department of Road Transport and Highways at New Delhi and has also served as Joint Secretary with the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Ministry of Commerce (Foreign Trade)He is an alumnus of St. Stephen's College, Delhi and also holds a management degree from University of Birmingham [11]

Director General[edit]

Dr Arbind Prasad is the Director General, FICCI. Prior to FICCI, he was Senior Adviser (Power & Energy) and State Adviser for Orissa and West Bengal in Planning Commission (India). He was also on the Board of Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), and Bhartiya Vidyut Nigam (Bhavini). He is a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and Masters and Ph.D. in Management from Yale University[12]

Sidharth Birla is President, FICCI
Harshavardhan Neotia is Vice President, FICCI
Dr Alwyn Didar Singh is Secretary General, FICCI


ATA Carnet[edit]

ATA Carnet is an international customs document that expedites temporary import of equipment into foreign countries with relief from duties and taxes.[13][14] FICCI is India’s sole national issuing & guaranteeing association for ATA Carnets[15] ATA Carnets are used by TV / Film crews, journalists, engineers, musicians and industry for temporary moving equipment across borders. FICCI issues and endorses carnets, guarantees the payment of duties and taxes to customs (both domestic and foreign) authorities[16]

Allied Organisations[edit]

Confederation of Indian Food Trade and Industry[edit]

Confederation of Indian Food Trade and Industry (CIFTI) caters to Indian food Industry. It deals with policies, trade affairs and capacity building.[17] CIFTI provides institutional support and partners with the Government and the Indian private sector in promotion and development of Indian food processing industry. CIFTI was established by FICCI in 1985 [18]

FICCI Arbitration and Conciliation Tribunal[edit]

FICCI Arbitration and Conciliation Tribunal (FACT) provides arbitration services for settling commercial disputes. FACT was established in 1952[19] and aims at settling business disputes outside the traditional framework offered by courts of law through arbitration and conciliation, as the case may be.[20]

FICCI Alliance for Consumer Care[edit]

FICCI Alliance for Consumer Care (FACC) is a dedicated centre set up by FICCI along with Department of Consumer Affairs, Government of India to enhance consumer care practices and facilitate stakeholder interaction.[21] It facilitates prompt redressal of consumer grievances, a dialogue between the business and consumers and promotion of responsible business practices.[22]

FICCI Ladies Organisation[edit]

FICCI Ladies Organisation was established in 1983 to promote entrepreneurship and professional excellence among women in India.[23]

FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence[edit]

Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence is a joint initiative of FICCI and the Aditya Birla Group. The center aims at development of inclusive and holistic CSR practices.[24] This center also organizes the Businessworld FICCI CSR Award, an annual award aimed at identifying & recognizing remarkable CSR initiatives.[25]

Confederation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (CMSME)[edit]

Confederation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises is an affiliate body of FICCI. It was established in December 2013.[26] It aims to connect MSMEs with mentors, incubators & accelerators and assist them through capacity building programs & services; deliberate of policy concerns of the sector; and provide regular interface between Industry, Government and regulators.[27] In terms of the scope of work CMSME is similar to FICCI with the only differentiation being the exclusive focus on Micro, Small and Media enterprises in India.[28]


FICCI Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying Economy (CASCADE)was launched on on 18 January 2011 and aims at running consumer sensitization drives on the impact of using smuggled, contraband and counterfeit products across India.[29][30] The body is also engaged in capacity building of law enforcement agencies and research. It has estimated an annual tax loss to government of India due to smuggling and counterfeits at Rs 26,190 crore.[31]


Millennium Alliance[edit]

FICCI's Millennium alliance aims at supporting and scaling-up low-cost, innovative solutions.[32] It is a joint initiative of FICCI, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and the United States Agency for International Development.[33] It was launched during July 2012 as an inclusive platform for social impact funds, venture capitalists, corporate foundations, early investors, and donors to support and scale innovative solutions for base of the pyramid populations in India and around the world.[34]

Invest India[edit]

Invest India is a public-private partnership between Government and FICCI. A joint venture between FICCI (51% equity), Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (India) (34%) and State Governments of India (0.5% equity each),[35] Invest India was given a clearance by the Indian cabinet during September 2009 to set up under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956.[36] The initiative aims at speedy implementation of foreign investment projects in India and improving the climate for domestic investments.[37]

Technology Commercialization[edit]

DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme[edit]

India Innovation Growth Programme is a joint initiative by the Department of Science and Technology (India), Lockheed Martin Corporation, Indo-US Science & Technology Forum, IC2 Institute at the University of Texas, Stanford Graduate School of Business and FICCI. The program aims at accelerating innovative Indian technologies into the global markets.[38] This program was launched in March 2007 by Lockheed Martin, FICCI, and the University of Texas, IC2 Institute. Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum partnered November 2008 onwards[39] The program is open to Indian nationals who have developed innovative technologies across a variety of sectors. The program received 819 applications in 2012[40]

DRDO–FICCI Accelerated Technology Assessment and Commercialization (ATAC) Programme[edit]

DRDO and FICCI started the ATAC programme in February 2009 with an objective to create commercial linkages for DRDO technologies for use in civilian products and services.[41][42] The Explosives Detector Kit developed by DRDO is being commercialized under this initiative.[43] Bio-toilets based upon the bio-digester technology developed by DRDO is another such technology being commercialized under the program.[44] It is projected that DRDO will install 18000 bio toilets across India in cooperation with various states, Union Territories, FICCI and Ganga Action Plan. Besides, over 10000 bio-digesters are being installed in passenger coaches of the Indian Rail.[45]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Some prominent business leaders from India that led FICCI as President include Krishna Kumar Birla (1974–75)[46] Hari Shankar Singhania (1979–80)[47] R. P. Goenka (1986–87)[48] Chirayu Amin (200-01)[49] A C Muthiah (2002–03)[50] Habil Khorakiwala (2006–07)[51] Rajeev Chandrasekhar (2007–08)[52] Rajan Mittal (2009–10)[53]

Amit Mitra, noted economist and the current Finance Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal was Secretary General, FICCI during 1994 - 2011.[54] Dr Rajiv Kumar replaced him during 2011.[55] He relinquished his position on October 23, 2012[56] making way for Dr A Didar Singh, who took charge in November 2012.

Naina Lal Kidwai is the Immediate Past President, FICCI.[57] She the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School.[58] and currently is the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC India.

Naina Lal Kidwai was the President of FICCI in 2013
Amit Mitra was Secretary General FICCI during 1994 - 2011


  1. ^ a b c About FICCI
  2. ^ FICCI Profile on LinkedIn
  3. ^ Office Locations and Contact details
  4. ^ Sidharth Birla Profile at FICCI Blog
  5. ^ Bloomberg Businessweek Profile of Sidharth Birla
  6. ^ Jyotsna Suri Profile at FICCI website
  7. ^ Harshavardhan Neotia Profile at FICCI blog
  8. ^ 'My Life has been a series of accidents'
  9. ^ Harshavardhan Neotia Profile at Bloomberg Businessweek
  10. ^ Didar Singh's Profile on FICCI Blog
  11. ^ About Didar Singh
  12. ^ About Director General, FICCI
  13. ^ ATA Carnet – How to temporarily import into foreign countries, yet save duties & taxes
  14. ^ Nirankar Saxena, Director FICCI on ATA Carnet
  15. ^ About ATA Carnet
  16. ^ Administration of the ATA Carnet System
  17. ^ Confederation of Indian Food Trade and Industry
  18. ^ About CIFTI
  19. ^ FACT Overview, FICCI
  20. ^ FICCI Arbitration and Conciliation Tribunal
  21. ^ FACC Overview
  22. ^ Consumer Complaints Redressal
  23. ^ FICCI Ladies Organisation
  24. ^ Allied Organisations:FICCI
  25. ^ SRF Ltd bags the 12th Businessworld FICCI CSR Award 2011-12
  26. ^ MSMEs have innate capability to align with the global value chain: Sanjay Bhatia
  27. ^ About FICCI CMSME
  28. ^ Confederation of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises launched
  29. ^ About FICCI CASCADE
  30. ^ Fight against counterfeiting and smuggling, FICCI-CASCADE host’s seminar
  31. ^ FICCI-CASCADE campaign on consumer rights
  32. ^ Millennium Alliance
  33. ^ Millennium Alliance
  34. ^ USAID-FICCI Millennium Alliance launched to fund innovators
  35. ^ Invest India
  36. ^ Invest India on frontfoot to attract more FDI
  37. ^ Ficci eyes FDI with Invest India
  38. ^ About India Innovation Growth Program
  39. ^ DST - Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme has 30 winners
  40. ^ Compendium of Selected Technologies: DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme (2007-12)
  41. ^ DRDO–FICCI ATAC Programme
  42. ^ About DRDO–FICCI ATAC Programme
  43. ^ DRDO could sell its explosive detector in US
  44. ^ DRDO Tech for Societal Benefits: Bio-Toilets Inaugurated
  45. ^ DRDO unveils eco-friendly complex based on bio-digester tech
  46. ^ KK Birla a noted public figure: PM
  47. ^ Hari Shankar Singhania, leading industrialist, passes away at 79
  48. ^ RP Goenka, the country's 'takeover specialist'
  49. ^ FICCI wants flexible labour laws
  50. ^ Muthiah takes over as Ficci president
  51. ^ Ficci appoints Habil Khorakiwala as new President
  52. ^ Rajeev Chandrasekhar sworn in as Ficci president
  53. ^ Rajan Bharti Mittal is new FICCI president
  54. ^ "Mitra says goodbye to Ficci". The Telegraph, Calcutta, India. 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  55. ^ Rajiv Kumar quits Ficci
  56. ^ Rajiv Kumar – Secretary General
  57. ^ Naina Lal Kidwai is the Immediate Past President of FICCI
  58. ^ Naina Lal Kidwai Contributing to India's Progress

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