DHARAMSALA, May 25: The 13th annual general meeting of Tibetan Chamber of commerce (TCC) began yesterday at Hotel Club House in Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala.
The inaugural ceremony of the two-day general meeting of TCC was attended by the President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Dr Lobsang Sangay as the Chief Guest along with Home Minister Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang as Guest of Honor and Finance Minister Karma Yeshi as Special Guest.
Thinlay Norbu, the President of TCC described the 13th annual general meeting of TCC as a special occasion as the chamber is honouring its former board members for laying the foundation to build on and presenting ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Waho Tenzin for his achievement in business and exemplary community service.
The TCC President further thanked the CTA for proving the opportunity to associate the chamber with its projects and for their constant support.
President Sangay inaugurated the TCC Business Directory 2018 and presented the chamber’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Wahor Tenzin and also honoured the chamber’s former board members. The political head of the Tibetan people further applauded the good blend of youth and old business owners at the chamber’s annual meeting.
A total of 134 TCC members – 45 from Dharamsala, 54 from Delhi and 35 From Nepal – have gathered here for the meeting.
President Sangay in his address further cited examples of how Indian industrialists contributed to the Indian freedom movement led by Mahatma Gandhi and called on the chamber and its members to shoulder responsibilities towards the Tibetan community and Tibetan cause at large.
President Sangay concluded by suggesting that in the future, the chamber should honour Tibetan business owners for their contribution towards the welfare of the community to encourage and appreciate philanthropic works.
While Finance Minister Karma Yeshi urged the chamber to uphold it’s six founding principles, Home Minister Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang called on the chamber members to keep in mind the advice given to them by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The Tibetan Chamber of Commerce was formed on June 19, 2005 with 39 members with an objective to enhance and benefit the business interest of the chamber’s members, Tibetan business community and Tibetan community at large, and to support new and aspiring Tibetan entrepreneurs.