In an effort to bring Sikh entrepreneurs on a single platform to engage in meaningful dialogue on trade and industry, an organisation ‘Collaboration of Sikh Entrepreneurs’ (CSE) has been formed recently.
The first meeting of the CSE was held here on Tuesday, where the board outlines and the functions of the organisation were discussed.
“The organisation has been formed for free exchange of ideas and views on trade and industry among Sikh entrepreneurs. The idea is to ensure prosperity of members of the community and also to help them tackle problematic issues coming their way and hampering their business prospects,” stated Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member Jaswinder Singh Advocate, the brain behind the formation of the organisation.
He said as many as 50 entrepreneurs had already been enrolled as members and efforts were on to rope in some of the prominent Sikh business magnates, who have made a mark in India as well as in other countries.
Addressing the first meeting, a US-based entrepreneur Suneet Singh Tuli, who launched the world’s cheapest Akash tablet, lauded the efforts of those who were instrumental in forming such a forum. He pointed out that such business groups existed in the US and even other western nations.
“We must learn from the Jewish community that is very closely knit and always ready to help each other. In the US, the Jews have their own business groups that meet periodically and exchange views related to business, trade and industry,” he said.
Tuli said the CSE forum should engage in free discussions on trade and industry and entrepreneurs must be ready to offer advice to their community members and also come forward to help those in distress.
For the success of the organisation, he suggested a dispute readdressal system to be formed within the CSE to mutually solve disputes arise between entrepreneurs.
The international chapter of CSE will be headed by Amritsar-based businessman Charanjit Singh Chadha and will have Tuli as its member besides Sikh entrepreneurs from the US, Canada, England and Malaysia. The national chapter will be headed by Vijayant Singh, an entrepreneur from Faridabad. The CSE will be headquartered in Amritsar.