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Saturday, September 23, 2006

CDAT elects new team for 2006-07

Computer Dealers Association - Tirunelveli (CDAT) is all set to expand its role in the region. The association which recently went in for fourth annual election and elected new set of office bearers, has resolved to promote a conducive business environment in the region, by closely working with the vendors, distributors and channel partners. “We have prepared a five-point charter to achieve the objective set and reach the goal. CDAT will grow its profile from a local association to a regional body, covering the nearby districts and down south markets in Tamil Nadu,” said MV Shankar, who was re-elected as president for the second term, this year.

With Shankar (Mosfet Power Systems), R Mohan (Sky Networks) got elected as secretary and D Vijayakumar (Superb Systems) as treasurer, CDAT. “We have only three posts in the association and the election process started early this month, soon after our AGM. Firstly, we invited members to file their nominations for the various posts and election was conducted during last week. I got re-elected to the president post as there were no candidates to contest and the other two office bearers (R Mohan and D Vijayakumar) were elected unanimously by the members of the association,” he elaborated.

CDAT has 54 resellers registered with it as members and now, looking at expanding its role beyond Tirunelveli. So far, it has been only a local association in Tirunelveli and now, will cover nearby districts such as Tuticorin and Nagercoil. “It is a long-time plan to address the neighboring markets,” quipped Shankar. However, CDAT will entertain only resellers who have registered themselves with TNGST and paying income tax as its members. It is also collecting an annual membership fee of Rs 1,000.

CDAT assures to provide a common platform to all its members to air their views and issues against anyone. “We assure all our members an equal and fair treatment whenever there is some issue. In fact, CDAT will focus only on solving the issues amicably and promote the trade in the region. The association will be instrumental in forming Vendor-Disty-Reseller triangle and strengthen their relationships in business,” he detailed. CDAT has recently intervened and solved an issue between LG and a local channel partner in Tirunelveli.

The association is planning to conduct many programs (such as technical workshops and tax consultation series) for the benefit of channel community. It will also actively involve in public service initiatives like blood donation programs and emergency care (trauma) services.

“Finally, we will have some get together events for our channel partners and their families. Soon, we are planning for a trip to Kodaikanal,” added Shankar.

The association will meet every second Saturday of the month to discuss the issues and future plans.


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