The Federation of Gujarat Industries was founded in the year 1918, in the erstwhile Baroda State, under the progressive rule of Shrimant Sayajirao Gaekwad, who encouraged social reforms and industrial development to modernize Baroda. It is one of the oldest, active, socially conscious Industrial Associations in the country. The Federation of Gujarat Industries aimed at promoting, protecting and projecting the interest of industries and also catering to the needs of the community at large
The Federation thus had a tradition of Industrial Development which it has maintained throughout and continues to uphold the same. It has been working pro-actively in the overall interest of Business & Industry sector of Gujarat. The FGI continues to move forward with time, keeping pace with modernization & reforms, ushering progress and prosperity of the state’s economy.
The Federation has blossomed into one of the Prime Industries’ Association in Gujarat and its archives are full of events associated with the vast industrial growth in and around Vadodara on the golden corridor of Gujarat. In addition to its economic role for Trade & Industry, the FGI has been playing a significant role to fulfill its social obligations to the society at large. To achieve these goals on a wider scale the Federation has set up useful institutions like the Baroda Management Association, Baroda Productivity Council, Co-operative Bank of Baroda Ltd., Federation Samaj Kalyan Trust, Baroda Citizens Council, etc.
The Federation has also played a vital role in setting up of Forum of Federations, Chambers and Associations of Industries of Gujarat comprising of associations in an around Vadodara region to take up and resolve common issues of industries.
Over the years of its existence, the Federation has witnessed the early age of industrialization, the golden era of the Gaekwad regime, the turbulent ups and downs of the first and second world war and even the freedom struggle which led to our nation’s independence and finally, the growth of modern industries to face the challenges in the present age of globalization. The nineties saw the Federation join the era of Liberalization resulting in the regular interaction with global players.
The Federation which has a tradition of industrial development had its humble beginnings at a location at Gendigate in the old part of Vadodara. Post independence, visualizing the importance and necessity of a strong & active body for championing the cause for industry, the Federation moved to Sampatrao Colony on R.C Dutt Road, which was an uninhabited jungle at that time. The facilities provided way back in the fifties were good for nearly five decades and many achievements were accomplished during the successful reign of the numerous past presidents of FGI. The Federation has constructed the FGI Business Centre, at Sevasi, Vadodara which is built with modern state-of-the-art facilities consisting of an Auditorium, an Exhibition-Cum-Convention Centre, a Board Room and lush green Lawns for benefit of the Business and Industry community of Gujarat State.
The Federation has also instituted Fourteen Awards for Excellence in fields of Industrial, Economic & Social spheres to recognize and encourage better performance of Industries, Individuals and Institutions. It has also started the online facility of the issuance of Certificate of Origin which is a great boon for the export community. The FGI is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified organization.
A glance at the record of its history speaks volumes about the role of the Federation. Federation has been instrumental in not only resolving the issues vexing the industries of Gujarat, but has involved itself in the all round development of the people as a part of CSR.