Swati Salgaocar elected Chairperson of the CII Western Region

Swati Salgaocar, Director, Vimson Group has been elected as the Chairperson of the Confederation of the Indian Industry (CII) Western Region for the year 2024-25 and is the first Goan woman to head the Western Region of the industry body.

Rishi Kumar Bagla, Chairman & Managing Director, BG Li-In Electricals Ltd. has been elected as the Deputy Chairman, CII Western Region.  Their names were announced at the first meeting of the reconstituted Western Regional Council.

Swati holds a B.A. (Arch.) (Hons.) from Yale University and an M.Arch from Columbia University. She is a member of the Goa State Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry, Co-Chair of the CII Startups, and Innovation Committee (Western Region), a member of the CII National Committee on Mining and the CII National Startups Council. She has been appointed on a Special Task Force constituted by the Dept of Industries, Government of Goa to review the Goa Investment Promotion Act as well as a Joint Consultative Group for framing of the Goa State Entrepreneurship Policy. She is a member of the Society and Campus Development Committee of the Goa Institute of Management. She has been the Co-Director of the Yale India Alumni Schools Committee for over 5 years.

The Western Region is poised for a new era of economic growth and sustainability.

With a commitment to advancing the region’s prosperity, the elected leaders will spearhead initiatives across key focus areas, aligning with the aspirations of businesses and communities.

The major focus areas for the Western Region will include:

Ease of Doing Business: Streamlining regulatory processes and fostering a business-friendly environment to attract investments and stimulate entrepreneurship.

Cost of Doing Business: Identifying opportunities to reduce operational costs for businesses through innovative solutions and targeted interventions.

Ease of Living: Enhancing the quality of life for residents by improving infrastructure, public services, and access to essential amenities.

Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG): Promoting sustainable practices, social responsibility, and ethical governance among businesses and organizations to drive long-term value creation while safeguarding the environment and society.

Internationalisation: Facilitating trade partnerships, promoting exports, and attracting foreign investment to bolster the region’s global competitiveness.

Under the leadership of the new Chair and Deputy Chair, the Western Region will embark on a series of initiatives aimed at catalyzing growth and addressing pressing challenges. Key areas of work will include:

Government Engagements: Forge strategic partnerships with zonal, state, regional and national authorities to advocate for policies that foster economic development, sustainability, and social equity.


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