THE Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce has a new president.
Vishnu Charran, director of Charran’s Bookstores took over the reins from former president Richie Sookhai.
He was elected on March 31.
Charran was previously the Chamber’s vice president.
He told Express Business in an interview last week that as an entrepreneur, he understands the retail business has been the heart of Chaguanas and that as the new president he intends working closely with the business community to become a valuable resource for them.
He said he hopes to see growth and development of small and medium-size businesses.
Charran is hoping for growth and development for local manufacturers and a reduction in the dependency on imported goods.
He also wants a guide for businesses to export their produce, and development within the agricultural sector, “as the aim is to produce more and import less”.
Charran said: “There is a lot of potential for growth in the manufacturing sector, home-based operations and (Information and Communications Technology).