Within 48 hours of its official launch, the new Indian National recreational boating industry trade association under 'FICCI', the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Forum signed up a total of 60 members.
The FICCI Boating Forum, the voice of Indian Boating, formed during the Samira Mumbai International Boat Show 2009, signed up 100% of the Indian boat dealers present at the show including Marine Solutions, West Coast Marine, Infinity Yachts, Navnit Marine, New Wave Distributors, Marine Crest and Ocean Blue.
Although most members are India-based businesses ranging from power boats to sailing yachts, PWC (Personal Watercraft) and kayaks to engine and ancillary products, services and infrastructure developers including some of India's biggest names like Mahindra Odyssea, international companies with an interest in India have also signed up.
The objective of the Forum is to promote the Indian Boating industry nationally and internationally acting as its sole unified voice for marketing but most importantly, advocacy with Indian authorities as they cope with the special security challenges presented by the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
Most members agree that at the very time the Indian marine industry was set to take off, it faced simultaneously the twin challenges of the global economic crisis and local security threats.
The first task of the new association would be to identify the most important factors affecting the industry and then organize the industries response drawing on the input and expertise of all of its members.
In this spirit, the FICCI Boating Forum sponsored an industry conference 'The Way Forward' alongside the boat show which brought together international marine experts to join government and industry leaders focusing on the future.
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