Surat : Ashish Gujarati, a textile entrepreneur and leader of the powerloom weaving sector has taken over as the 81st president of the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) on Saturday.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the installation ceremony of the new president and vice-president of the SGCCI was kept a low-key affair. Union Minister of State for Textiles and and Railways, Darshana Jardosh was the chief guest along with Gujarat BJP president, CR Paatil and Surat Municipal Corporation’s (SMC) standing committee chairman, Paresh Patel.
Himanshu Bodawala, a textile entrepreneur has been appointed as the vice-president of SGCCI for the year 2021-22. Both the president and vice-president will remain in office for the period of one year.
Gujarati will take over the reigns of the chamber from the outgoing president, Dinesh Navadia. Navadia, who is also the regional chairman of Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), put up an extremely stellar performance during his stint as the president of SGCCI.
Gujarati, who is active in the SGCCI from last many years, played a pivotal role during the introduction of the goods and service tax (GST) and the inclusion of the textile sector. He has been credited for successfully running the first yarn bank of India in Surat.
Talking with TBT, Gujarati said, “Surat and South Gujarat is the manufacturing hub for textiles, yarns, grey fabric, technical textiles, diamonds, jewellery, dyes and chemicals and the biggest industrial estates of Dahej and Hazira. SGCCI will always working in tandem with the industry people for the upliftment of the region”