A Tibetan Chamber of Commerce in the Offing
Dharamshala 16 June 2005: An association of Tibetan businessmen will be formed in the “First Conference of Tibetan Enterprises in Exile” organised in Delhi by the Department of Finance of Central Tibetan Administration.
Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche, Kalon Lobsang Nyandak Zayul and Special Envoy Lodi Gyari are among the panel of speakers who will address the conference.
More than 50 people representing diverse groups of businesses, including carpet exporters, hoteliers and tours and travel agents in India and Nepal, will attend the two-day conference beginning 18 June at the Golden Huts Resorts on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway.
“The Tibetan Chamber of Commerce will be a voluntary association of Tibetan businessmen, which will undertake promotional activities to enhance the business interests of its members”, says Sonam Dorjee, a staff of the Research and Policy Unit of the Finance Department.
“Although it is totally a new initiative, the response so far from the Tibetan businessmen has been phenomenal,” he adds.
In an economic/business survey conducted by the Finance Department in December 2004, 81 percent of the total 610 respondents agreed with the need for an association of Tibetan businessmen. And when asked if the Central Tibetan Administration should lead the inception of such an association, 71 percent replied yes.
During the conference, the Finance Department will also release the first edition of its new biannual business journal, Paljor Bulletin.