Staying on Course

 

Dear friends,

New Council of FADA, constituted at the meeting on 5th October 2017 has got down to the work in right earnest.

The stepped-up engagement with the members of automobile dealer fraternity spread across the country has been our priority for the past one year. Around 30 statewise Whatsapp groups have been constituted to keep my fellow dealers abreast of the developments in auto retail trade at the national and state levels and to seek their feedback & suggestions. With more than 100 members in each group, we are directly in touch with over 3,000 members in various parts of India on daily basis. The sharing of concerns and experiences by the members within the Whatsapp groups have helped us identify the issues for appropriate action and clarification.

As noted from the chats in various groups, GST concerns still continue to bug the auto retail business. Rest assured, F A D A is alive to the issues and problems concerning GST facing my fellow dealers. We have not only taken up the issues with the concerned authorities within the Central and State Governments, but are also seeking the opinion of experts for clarification and further appropriate action.

To further strengthen the interaction with members, we have also appointed the Chairpersons and Directors at the State levels. You will kindly appreciate that considering the geographical spread of the country, it is well-nigh impossible for office bearers to meet and be in direct touch with each and every automobile dealer. The State Chairpersons, along with the Regional Associations, will act as bridge between F A D A Council and automobile dealers in their respective States. 

We, in F A D A Council, have also decided to rotate the council and regional meetings, which will enable office bearers and other council members to meet the members in different cities and towns. FADA’s next event, i.e. Vyapar 2 Mumbai dovetailed with the council meeting, is scheduled for 15th December 2017 at Hotel Holiday Inn, Mumbai. The programme details and registration form is being published elsewhere in this issue. All members, particularly the members in Mumbai and Western region, are requested to kindly make it convenient to attend.

You will be glad to know that F A D A’s mega biennial event, viz. Auto Summit 2018 will be organised on 9th February 2018 at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi. As in the past, the Auto Summit is timed with the Auto Expo that will be held from 9th to 14th February 2018 at Greater Noida close to Delhi. F A D A has arranged special invites for automobile dealers to enable them attend the Auto Expo’s Inauguration and visit the show on 8th February 2018. Since the Auto Expo formally opens for public from 9th February 2018, the special invites/passes for automobile dealers to visit the Auto Expo on 8th February 2018 will help them avoid the huge rush on public/business days. 

Commencing from the year 2000, F A D A’s biennial Auto Summit has become bigger and better with each Summit. Needless to mention, Auto Summit is not only eagerly awaited by the automobile dealers, but also by OEMs and other allied businesses. 

As in the previous year, F A D A will be taking a large delegation to participate at NADA’s Convention & Expo scheduled for 22nd to 25th March 2018 in Las Vegas, USA. The participation at the previous NADA Convention presented unique opportunity to the members of delegation to learn and imbibe innovative ideas for dealership management. The learning apart, the participation under the banner of F A D A also fostered fellowship and bonding among 40-odd participating members. Members interested in participating at 2018 NADA Convention & Expo may get in touch with F A D A office. 

While on the subject, I wish to inform that F A D A has appointed Mr Saharsh Damani as its CEO with immediate effect. With a career spanning over a decade in various Liaising, M&A, Strategy and Research related roles, Mr Damani will drive F A D A's work and support the Council and the dealer community at large in seeking solutions on issues related to Auto Retail Industry. 

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

John K Paul

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