The original concept of ‘Mumbai First‘ came in 1994 from a seminar on “Mumbai: The Emerging Global Financial Centre”, conducted by the Mumbai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) in association with the British Council. Mumbai Drawing inspiration from London First which assumed the role of facilitating the restructuring of London through various Public Private Partnership initiatives, Mumbai First was incorporated as a not-for profit in the 1995 when a group of businessmen got together to establish a think tank for the city and to assume a more specific role in fostering partnerships between various major stakeholders.Big business houses and financial institutions have made contributions to create a corpus for the functioning of Mumbai First. It was renamed MUMBAI FIRST in 2008 in keeping in tune with the rest of the city that was rechristened Mumbai in 1995.
Mumbai First fulfills its role mission by researching, catalyzing, advocating and networking. Today, it is one of the most successful examples of Public Private Partnership.
At the apex of Mumbai First are the Governing Board and Advisory Council, represented at the operational level through the Executive Board. The organizational structure of MumbaiFirst is represented by the Secretariat. The Secretariat works jointly under the Chairman and Vice Chairmen and with the Expert Committees set up to address important issues confronting the city by constituting studies and commissioning projects and attend to them through networking, advocacy and action plans.
These nine expert committees are on:-
- Physical Infrastructure
- Economic Growth
- Smart City
Mumbai First also has three touch points with the Government of Maharashtra to share opinions and exchange views. It has the Citizens Action Group (CAG) chaired by the Chief Minister, the Empowered Committee chaired by the Chief Secretary and the recent Chief Minister’s War Room (CMWR). Direct resolution of points/issues with the GoM through these touch points is the unique feature of Mumbai First.