Biz Bytes | May 2021

GCCI interaction with officials of Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre – Chennai

A delegation of officials from the Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC), Chennai visited Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry to meet with the Chamber’s office bearers and members of trade from Goa.
The ITPC Chennai delegation consisted of Kumara Jati, Director; Aji Cahyadi, Deputy Director; and Jestin Mathew, Sr Marketing & Trade Development Specialist.
The ITPC delegation was welcomed by GCCI President Manoj M Caculo. The other representatives who participated in the deliberations included Ralph De Sousa, Senior Vice President; Chandrakant Gawas, Hon Treasurer; Joseph D’souza, Ashutosh Kharangate, and Dr Jennifer Lewis e Kamat, all members of the Managing Committee of GCCI. Chamber officials R S Kamat, Director General; Kishore Shah, Director General Designate; and Sanjay Amonkar, Director Designate, were also present.
The ITPC Chennai delegation said that the purpose of this exploratory visit was to understand how they can develop a close business and trade relationship between Indonesian business stakeholders and Indian business stakeholders in the Goa Region. They explained how Goa can be a good market for several products grown or manufactured in Indonesia and how Goa can channelize certain Indian exports to Indonesia. The delegation also discussed how there can be synergy between the Bali area which is famous as the spa capital of the world and Goa which is a tourist paradise. The delegation agreed to remain in regular touch with Goa Chamber and exchange trade-related information for the benefit of business communities in Indonesia and Goa

Molbio Diagnostics’ TruneNat TB bags BioSpectrum award

Molbio Diagnostics has won the BioSpectrum product of the year award for its TrueNat TB molecular test that can diagnose tuberculosis in an hour.
The molecular diagnostics company was also one of the first to develop and test for COVID-19 through its TrueNat COVID-19 test that is currently being widely used across the country.
Verna-based Molbio was awarded the BioSpectrum Product of the Year Award 2020 for its TrueNat TB, a molecular test that can diagnose TB in one hour as well as test for resistance to the drug Rifampicin. Chief Executive Officer of Molbio Diagnostics, Goa, Sriram Natarajan received the award at a virtual ceremony that was held recently.
In his acceptance speech, Natarajan said, “TrueNat started as a dream 15 years ago to see how high quality molecular diagnostics can be reached across the country right up to the first point of contact at the primary level. Today, TrueNat globally is the only point of care real-time PCP platform that is completely laboratory independent, portable battery operated with room temperature stability, ready to use reagents. TrueNat for TB has been validated and endorsed by ICMR and WHO as a frontline test for TB as a replacement for smear microscopy.”
Speaking further, about the COVID 19 testing, Natarajan added, “TrueNat for COVID 19 was amongst the first real time PCR tests to be approved by ICMR and since then has been at the forefront of COVID testing in India. Today, there are 3,000 TrueNat users in India and there are 35 countries in which TrueNat is being used for TB. In the coming years, TrueNat is expected to play a very significant, dominant role in the global molecular diagnostic segment.”
The TrueNat TB molecular diagnostic test uses only about 0.5ml sample of sputum taken from each patient. The entire setup being battery operated and portable can be easily used in the most basic parts of the healthcare system

Goa Shipyard Ltd hosts ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’

Commemorating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, GSL organised series of webinars and virtual exhibitions from 30.04.2021 to 06.05.2021. The week long program saw active participation from vendors, sub-contractors, apprentices, ITI instructors, GSL employees as well as officials from NSDC/NSQF and GeM.
Cmde B B Nagpal, CMD, GSL virtually flagged off the program focussing on India’s 75 year long journey as a nation and to recommit to achieve the goals set by our leadership. This series of webinars/digital exhibitions focused on skill development initiatives, apprentice training and quality improvement in supply Chain. Senior surveyors from classification societies like Indian Registrar of Shipping (IRS) & American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) highlighted various aspects of quality requirements in defence shipbuilding to the vendors. Further, during the week, a virtual exhibition of equipment developed in-house by GSL apprentices was organised, which was widely appreciated.
A specialized program for on-boarding of Vendors on GeM portal was also organised, during which around 75 vendors were taken through live on-boarding exercise by GeM Facilitator for Goa-Karnataka region.
The Government of India has launched Bharat ka Amrit Mahotsav, the countdown to India’s 75th year of Independence with programs to commemorate India’s achievement in last 75 years and the way ahead to become ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’

Crawfort Market hopes to disrupt the wholesale space

Rajiv Chandan
Rajesh Anand

Crawfort Market is a project promoted by Red Square Ventures LLP, through its founders Rajesh Anand and Rajiv Chandan.Crawfort Market is pegged to be a first of its kind wholesale market and spaces for commercial activities, situated in Porvorim.
This location is the perfect place designed for a wholesale market where vendors have an option for wholesaling as well as retailing. The unit size ranges from 200 to 2000 sq. ft. Crawfort Market can house supermarkets, departmental, medical and garment stores The food courts, entertainment centre, play area for kids, salon, health and beauty sections are located on the second floor.
If you are looking to do business where shopkeepers from all parts of North and South Goa and nearby districts of Maharashtra and Karnataka, would be coming in to purchase goods for their stores, this is a perfect platform for them. The concept of Crawfort Market was born after a thorough survey with the shop owners and retailers in and around Goa, considering their travelling and hardships related to purchases from outside Goa.
Crawfort Market also houses a 24×7 medical store and a 24×7 coffee shop, supporting the surrounding population.
Importers related to supply of kitchen equipment for the hospitality industry, is the star attraction along with wholesale material required for wedding décor.
The founders of Crawfort Market have initiated a ‘startup business program’ for young entrepreneurs of Goa in association with EDC and nationalised banks promoting 40 categories. An instant loan is provided through the above funding entities. The lower ground floor consists of a 220 car-park. The top floor is a column-less structure, designed to support institutional and educational purpose, supporting the local youth.

The Westin Goa opens at Anjuna

Westin Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, announced the opening of The Westin Goa, marking the brand’s debut in the State. Committed to delivering on the brand’s foundational pillars of ‘Sleep Well, Move Well, and Eat Well,’ the new hotel features signature brand programs that enable guests to maintain and enhance their well-being while traveling.
“We are excited to open The Westin Goa in one of India’s premier leisure destinations expanding the brand’s signature well-being offering to more locals and travelers.” said Neeraj Govil, Senior Vice President, Operations APEC, Marriott International.

Sunil Kumar

Located at D’mello Vaddo, Anjuna, within easy access of the main tourist attractions, The Westin Goa is perfect for beachgoers who enjoy a healthy dose of pampering, matched with holistic wellbeing offerings and access to a fun-filled nightlife.

The new hotel boasts 171 spacious guestrooms and suites, as well as deluxe patio rooms where guests can relax over a dip in the outdoor pool accessible directly from the rooms.
The Market, the property’s all-day dining restaurant, offers guests a variety of health-conscious culinary adventures with live stations serving nourishing local and global favourites and healthy small bites.
Anjuna Coffee and Co. a deli and patisserie, welcomes every guest to the atrium lobby with a whiff of freshly brewed coffee, paired with wholesome delights like sandwiches, pastries and revitalising drinks, including the Westin Fresh by the Juicery program.
The Westin Goa boasts over 14,000 sq. ft. of event spaces and features a Grand Ballroom with separate breakout spaces “We are excited to open The Westin Goa, offering a holistic wellbeing experience,” says Sunil Kumar, General Manager of the property

GCCI supports Govt in its fight against Covid

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant being handed over oxygen concentrators by Associate Vice President, Persistent Systems Ltd. Girish Bharne and President of GCCI, Manoj Caculo

As part of Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s support to the Goa Government , in its fight against Covid, Persistent Systems Ltd., a member of GCCI, through Persistent Foundation, donated 20 Oxygen Concentrators to the Chief Minister.
8 oxygen concentrators were donated by GCCI to the ‘Breath of Life’ project of the Rotary Club of Panaji Mid Town. Director General of GCCI, Kishore Shah handed them over to Rtn Sachin Bhandare of RCPMT. This was facilitated by President, GCCI, Manoj Caculo



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