Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry was founded on 12 February 1853, mainly as a result of an investigation by a committee into the effectiveness of the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce and its deteriorating financial position. The committee consisted of four businessmen: David Cowie, W W Kettlewell, D MacKinlay and F F MacKenzie, who became the first president of the Chamber. Membership of the Chamber was restricted to those who owned or managed business and industrial undertakings, and members were encouraged to support or dissent from the Chamber's actions, as they felt appropriate. The Chamber was a democratic advisory group, which actively lobbied for legislative improvements and supported various community projects. The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry was not part of the A & S Henry group.


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