Chamber Activities

Representation on Govt. Bodies

MACCIA has representations on various Central, State, Statutory & Public Bodies like Central Excise Advisory Committee, State Advisory Board for Food & Drug Administration, Konkan Railway Divisional Advisory Committee, State VAT Advisory Committee.

Instrumental in Setting up of Important Organizations

The Chamber is instrumental in founding and initially nurturing important organizations like Maharashtra Economic Development Council (MEDC) and the Federation of Co-operative Industrial Estates. The Chamber has also helped in promoting the co-operative sector in areas such as Merchant Banking, Mini Industrial Estates and Co-operative Industrial Estates throughout the State of Maharashtra, especially in the rural parts.

Special Interest in Developing Regions and Development Projects

Maharashtra Chamber has evinced special interest in the development of certain regions like Konkan, Marathwada and Vidarbha. The Chamber’s efforts in bringing the ambitious Thal Fertilizer Project near Alibag, its long and untiring efforts for Konkan Railway, Uran Bridge, and Alumina Project, holding the State Mineral Conference and Conference on Flood Prevention in Konkan region are well known.

Trade Delegations

MACCIA regularly receives trade delegations from various countries of the world and has signed MOUs with a few of them for facilitating mutual trade. The Chamber’s office bearers individually and in delegations visit foreign countries to promote trade, industry, agriculture and commerce. In recent past, the Chamber team had lead delegations to China, UAE, and visited Sri Lanka and Singapore. MACCIA also organized one to one business meetings with Consul Generals of various countries.

Convention of Members of Parliament

It is a tradition of MACCIA to organize every year Convention of Members of Parliament from Maharashtra at the residence of a Union Minister at New Delhi. The Chamber was fortunate enough to organise get-togethers at the residence of Late Shri Y. B. Chavan, S. B. Chavan, Madhu Dandavate, Shivraj Patil, Mohan Dharia, Vasant Sathe, Late V. N. Gadgil, Shri Suresh Prabhu, Shri Manohar Joshi and other dignitaries. The purpose of holding the Sneha Sammelan is to provide a meaningful platform for industrial community to interact with the policy makers in a friendly informal atmosphere. These Sneha Sammelans are always well attended by the Members of Parliament, Union Ministers from Maharashtra, IAS officers of Maharashtra Cadre, representatives of print and electronic media and other celebrities.

Training Programmes

MACCIA organizes Training Programmes where experts related to specific sector imparts knowledge and information to working professionals and students.

Training Programme Industry
Certificate Export Import Training Programme Export Import
Certificate Course on Customs Customs
Nave Kshitij Small Business Owners
Changing Retail Scenario & Strategies for sustaining in the competitive Retail World Small Business Owners

International & National Events

Name of the Event Location Sector Highlights
Conference on Ports Taj President, Mumbai Major & Non-major ports in Maharashtra Define Port Policy of Maharashtra
Global Maharashtra Conference Taj Lands End, Mumbai Industry, Commerce & Trade Non Resident Indians and Foreigners of India origin / Business-to-Business meetings
Krishi 2007, 2009 Nashik Agriculture Visit by 300,000 farmers
Conference on Tourism 2008, 2009 Mumbai Tourism Highlights various forms of
Conference on Horticulture & Floriculture 2007 World Trade Center, Mumbai Horticulture, Floriculture In association with the Government of Israel
Conference on Urban Co-operative Banks 2005, 2007, 2010 Y. B. Chavhan, Mumbai , Hotel Arora Tower, Pune Urban Co-operative Banks To ventilate issues faced by the Co-operative Banks Sector, find acceptable solutions and suggest the road map for the future
SAARC Rice Expo-2004 World Trade Center, Mumbai Rice In association with the Rice Exporters’ Association of Pakistan (REAP) o mark the year 2004 as the International Year of Rice, as declared by the United Nations’ General Assembly and supported by its agency, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at Rome, Italy.
Maha-Index 2003 Mumbai Industry & Automobile Industrial Exhibition

Lecture Series: Walchand Memorial Lecture

The Chamber organizes Walchand Memorial Lecture every year in the memory of its founder President Late Seth Walchand Hirachand, at which luminaries from different fields are invited to address the gathering. A few dignitaries, who have delivered Walchand Memorial Lecture in the past, can be mentioned here:

Name of the Speaker Topic/Subject
Shri Morarjibhai Desai Gandhiji’s Economic Principles and Trusteeship
Shri Ramkrishna Bajaj Challenges to Business in 80’s
Justice Yashwantrao Chandrachud National Integration
Prof. Madhu Dandavate Judiciary, Executive & Parliament
Shri Yashwant Sinha Challenges for Indian Industry in the 21st Century
Shri Kamal Nath India’s Foreign Trade & WTO
Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar Gandhian Engineering


With a view to promote entrepreneurship and encourage entrepreneurs from diverse field like imports / exports and to recognize excellent achievements in the field of import substitutions, exports, entrepreneurship development in rural areas, the Chamber has instituted following awards :

Name of the Awards Purpose of the Award
Late Bhausaheb Desai (Pawas, Dist-Ratnagiri) Memorial Award Agriculture
Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. Award Agriculture
M. L. Dahanukar Entrepreneur Award (1) Agriculture
(2) Industry
(3) Research and Import Substitution
Dadasaheb Rawal New Entrepreneur Award (1) Import substitution
(2) Rural industrialization
(3) Agro- industrial sector
Raosaheb Gogte Award (1) Trade
(2) Commerce
(3) Industry
Shri Dinoo Randive Award Advertising and Media Sector
Dr. Vasant Palkar Export Award Small Scale Entrepreneur in Exports
  • Shirin and Jamshed Guzder Export Award
  • Late Shri Padmakar Dhamdhere Award
  • Baburao Dhanvate Award
  • Sushilabai Oak Award
For Women Entrepreneurs

  • Exports
  • Trade
  • Entrepreneurs