A BRIEF NOTE ON THE PIOCCI
People of Indian Origin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PIOCCI) is a not-for-profit initiative. It was registered as a national society on October 6, 2003 in Delhi under Societies Registration Act of 1860. PIOCCI registered office is located in central Delhi at Pravasi Bhavan, 50, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, opposite the headquarters of Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
PIOCCI seeks to explore new dimensions on showcasing and building economic partnerships between India and its Diaspora. With a strong base of entrepreneurs, leaders and NGOs that enjoy a rich and vast network in India and overseas, PIOCCI is poised to project a multitude of dimensions of how NRIs and PIOs could become part of India’s fast-paced growth and development across sectors. PIOCCI aims to act as a platform to connect and catalyze a regular interaction with the diaspora spread in more than 150 countries.
PIOCCI is working to facilitate Diaspora connect and interaction with:
- Various ministries and arms of the Central Government
- State Governments and local authorities
- Legal and Statutory bodies
- Non-Government Organisations that are effectively engaged in path breaking socio-economic initiatives
- Indian businesses, especially SMEs, for mutually beneficial business tie ups. - Diaspora from different countries amongst themselves using India as the pivot
PIOCCI plans to strategize and gradually offer services in several areas including :-
- Skilling workers prior to their overseas employment; Skilling Returning workers
- Migration issues including services to counter exploitation by recruitment agents
- Business services to address problems faced by Indian diaspora including SMEs and professionals overseas
- Online platform for business networking
- Regular interactive conferences in different regions (we have identified 9) across the world with delegations comprising policymakers, sector specific businesses and experts, in conjunction with local missions in the city/country
- Enthuse and ensure diaspora chapters of PIOCCI in their host country interact with their local policymakers, businessmen and experts to drive the economic connect between the country and India.
PIOCCI works closely with reputed entrepreneurs and Indian diaspora associations in several countries. PIOCCI now has presence in more than 50 countries especially those with significant number of Indians, both NRIs and PIOs.
PIOCCI set up a booth at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015 held in Gandhinagar. A MoU was signed between the PIOCCI and Middlesex Asian Business Association, now UK Asian Business Council. The signing was done in the presence of Ms Priti Patel, then Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, United Kingdom, now the Minister for International Development of the U.K.
PIOCCI held a meeting with the Prime Minister of Bhutan Mr Tshering Tobgay during his India visit. PIOCCI team also met Prime Minister of Mauritius Mr Anerood Jugnauth.
India hosted the 8th BRICS Summit in Goa. The Summit was attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africa President Jacob Zuma and Brazil President Michel Temer. Alongside the summit, PIOCCI organised a BRICS conference on the oil & gas sector on 13 October 2016. The conference was addressed by top names in the oil & gas sector including Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, India's Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas.
PIOCCI organised a conference on Engaging Indian Diaspora on BRICS countries on 14 October 2016. The conference was organised at the brand new building named Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra which was inaugurated two weeks earlier on 14 October by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PIOCCI held the first event at the building dedicated to Indian diaspora.
The conference was addressed by Minister of State for FInance Santosh Gangwar.