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ASSOCHAM’s Goa Conference Paves the Way for Infrastructure, Capacity Building, and Technology Integration

Discover the transformative journey of Goa's Cold Chain sector at the prestigious ASSOCHAM conference. Explore insights, strategies, and collaborations for infrastructure, capacity building, and
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In a dynamic convergence of industry visionaries, the ASSOCHAM (The Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India) Goa Development Council orchestrated a high-powered conference on the Cold Chain sector, with a distinct emphasis on Infrastructure, Capacity Building, and Technology. The event, held on the 11th of August 2023, in the resplendent locale of Panjim, Goa, resonated as a formidable platform for stakeholders to navigate the trajectory of this burgeoning domain.

Setting the Stage: The Inauguration and Key Dignitaries

The conference was inaugurated with grandeur by the esteemed Hon’ble Minister of Industries, Shri. Mauvin Godinho is a towering figure in the realm of Goa’s industrial landscape. A triumvirate of luminaries, including Smt. Swetika Sachan IAS, Director, Directorate of Industries, Trade & Commerce; CEO of IPB; and Shri. Pravimal Abhishek IAS, MD, and Goa IDC graced the proceedings as special guests. The pivotal moment of the inauguration saw the chief guest unveiling a knowledge paper titled “Cold Chain Revolution: Transforming Goa into a Distribution Hub.” This paper, a collaborative creation between the ASSOCHAM Goa Council and the distinguished team from Grant Thornton, held the promise of illuminating pathways for the metamorphosis of Goa’s economic landscape.

An Unswerving Focus on the Future: The Conference’s Purpose

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At the heart of this convocation lay a formidable objective—to deliberate, dissect, and decode strategies, challenges, and an actionable roadmap to invigorate the Cold Chain sector’s growth. The focus extended beyond the frigid logistics corridors; it encompassed the entire spectrum of agriculture, fisheries, food processing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and chemical industries that together form the tapestry of Goa’s economic vibrancy.

Voices of Eminence: Insights and Visions

Shri Mauvin Godinho, with his august presence, emphasised the indomitable significance of the Cold Chain sector. The mantle of ensuring food and medicinal safety, curbing wastage, and bolstering the shelf life of perishable products was vested in this sector. The Minister envisioned a meteoric rise in the industry’s fortunes, an outlook underpinned by the sector’s critical role and its impending growth.

Shri. Manguriish Pai Raikar, Chairman of ASSOCHAM Goa Council, underscored Goa’s intrinsic advantage—a confluence of air, sea, and land connectivity within a 10-kilometre radius. The RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) service of railways stood as a testament to Goa’s strategic trade positioning. However, the call to action resided in harnessing this potential through investments in the cold chain, warehousing, and logistical avenues. A clarion call was sounded, positioning Goa as a potent trade hub of the future.

Pioneering Collaborations: A Tapestry of Expertise

The conference resonated as a canvas painted with wisdom and foresight. Eminent panellists from diverse sectors lent their voices to the discourse. IDC’s vision, represented by Shri Pravimal Abhishek IAS, mapped the pathway toward enhancing cold chain and warehousing infrastructure. Swetika Sachan IAS, Director of DITC, Government of Goa, unveiled the contours of Goa’s Logistics and Warehousing Policy 2023—a roadmap that held promise for a transformed industrial ecosystem.

A Melange of Perspectives: Collaborative Momentum

Smt Sulfath H, a senior manager in MSME Sulakbh, and Shri Ramakrishna, Divisional Manager of Canara Bank, encapsulated the dire need for agility in cold chain supplies. Dr Milind Bhirud from Nabard Goa and R Ganesh, regional head of Canara Bank, further enriched the discourse.

An Epiphany of Progress: The Knowledge Paper’s Revelation

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The crowning jewel of the conference was unveiling the knowledge paper, “Cold Chain Revolution 2.0: Transforming Goa into a Distribution Hub.” Hon Minister Shri Mauvin Godinho lent his auspicious hand to this momentous occasion. The knowledge partner, Grant Thornton, was personified by Chetan Bhakkad, a partner, and his erudite team. The paper held within its pages a blueprint for a metamorphosis that beckoned Goa into a redefined future.

Unity in Vision: The Panellists’ Resonance

A constellation of esteemed panellists adorned the conference—Jyoti Sardesai, director of FDA; Dr Praveen Khullar, GPMA president; Shri Chandrakant Gawas of Shraddha Shipping Pvt Ltd; Parixit Pai Fondekar from Kamaxi Group; Aftab Mohammed, founder of; Dr Suresh Kunkoliekar, Principal of Goa College of Agriculture; and Tanuj Guliani, Associate Director of Grant Thornton. Their insights, like mosaic tiles, shaped the narrative of the conference.

A Confluence of Minds: Powering Progress

The event was a resounding success, drawing together luminaries from the Cold Chain, logistics and warehousing industries, technology sectors, educational institutions, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, allied industries, government officials, and enterprising startups. The charismatic Sonam Bhagat, Founder of Vygr, adeptly steered the conference, amplifying its impact.

The Resounding Echo: A Future Emboldened

In the aftermath of this conference, the corridors of the Cold Chain sector in Goa resonate with promise, innovation, and collaborative zeal. The dialogue sparked during this gathering shall reverberate as an impetus for transformation—a beacon guiding Goa toward becoming a pulsating hub of economic dynamism, where the chill of the Cold Chain intertwines seamlessly with the heat of progress.

Panel Discussion: Preinaugural session

Topic: “Strengthening the Agriculture & Allied sector with sophisticated Infrastructure facilities for robust growth”.

Discussion of Issues & way forwards.

Session Moderator

Smt. Pallavi Salgaocar

Chairwomen, Empowerment ASSOCHAM Goa Council


Shri Parixit Pai Fondekar

Founder, Kamaxi Group

Shri Aftab Mohammed


Dr Suresh Kunkalikar

Principal, Goa College of Agriculture

Shri Tanuj Guliani

Associate Director,

Grant Thornton Bharat LLP

Special Guest: Shri Pravimal Abhishek, IAS MD, IDC Goa


Shri Mangurish Pai Raikar

Chairman, ASSOCHAM Goa State Council – ;provided welcome address

Shri Mauvin Godinho Hon’ble Minister for Industries

Government of Goa as the chief guest.

Dr. Milind R Bhirud

CGM, NABARD, GOA Regional Office

Shri R. Ganesh

Regional Head, Canara Bank – Goa

Shri Chetan Bhakkad

Partner, Public Sector Consulting,

Grant Thornton Bharat LLP

Topic : “COLD CHAIN REVOLUTION: transforming Goa into distribution hub”.

Smt. Pallavi Sagar Salgaocar

(On behalf of Dr. Sagar Salgaocar

Co-chair ASSOCHAM Goa Council & ASSOCHAM Goa Team)


Smt. Swetika Sachan, IAS

Director, Directorate of Industries Trade &

Commerce, Government of Goa

Special Highlight: Goa Logistic & Warehousing Policy 2023

State Government Perspective

Smt. Sulfath H.

Senior Manager MSME Sulabh, Goa

Canara Bank, Goa Region

(Infrastructure Financing to strengthen the Cold chain logistics

& warehousing facilities across the state & other applicable

financial inclusions under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan

Shri Harshad Kanvinde

Founder & MD Insurge Partners.

Mumbai – Maharashtra

(Need for Agility in Cold supply chain & strategies thereon)

PANEL DISCUSSION (last session)

Topic: “Enhancing pharma sector by technology innovations.

& robust cold chain: Challenges & Emerging Solutions”

Session Moderator

Dr. Sagar Salgaocar

Co-Chairman, ASSOCHAM Goa Council

MD Geno Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd.


Smt. Jyoti Sardesai

Director, Food & Drugs Administration, Govt of Goa

Dr. Praveen Khullar

Executive Director, VeRgo Pharma, President of GPMA

Shri Harshad Kanvinde,

Founder & MD, Insurge Partners

Shri Chandrakant Gawas

Shradha Shipping Pvt. Ltd.

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