World Trade Centre Mumbai in association with Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) jointly organized the 2nd series of World Trade Day (WTD) on the topic “Enhancing Export Opportunities for MSMEs” recently at VIA.
Mr A. O. Kuruvila, Advisor-Trade & Education, World Trade Centre Mumbai in his welcome address said World Trade Day is a unique initiative of World Trade Centres and Trade Promotion Organisations across the world to create awareness among Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), women entrepreneurs, industry clusters and aspiring entrepreneurs about the significance of international trade for economic development and regional growth. This 2ndedition of World Trade Day Maharashtra conducted across different regions of the State by MVIRDC WTC, Mumbai in the month of June 2018 in the cities namely Ahmednagar, Nashik, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Ichalkaranji and Nagpur from 17-23 June, 2018. The second edition also received overwhelming response from industries representatives, government officials and academic institutions.
He said World Trade Day Maharashtra organized this with a view to enhance core competencies of various regions of Maharashtra and facilitate global trade. Educate the local business community about the benefits of trade to the region and sensitize the stakeholders on how to explore global markets and engage in international trade. He further said World Trade Day Nagpur supported by Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board, Trade and Investor Facilitator Cell, EXIM Bank, EEPC.
Mr Atul Pande, President, VIA in his special address said we had organized various programs and working together with World Trade Centre since 4 years. VIA and World Trade Centre Mumbai signed an MoU to cooperate and do their utmost to further improve and expand the trade and economic cooperation; to promote the strengthening of friendly relations. We are also focusing on eco-system enablers like HRD Forum. He said VIA EXIM Forum is playing major role in spreading export import information.
Mr Gaurav Sarda, Chairman – VIA EXIM Forum said at regular intervals we were organising programs for the benefits of our members and exporters of our region. Our region offers huge potential for units in engineering goods, auto-components, agro based industries, leather, electrical equipments, chemicals, metal products, glass and ceramics, plastics and food processing.
Eminent speakers Mr. Rajat Srivastava, Regional Director – Western Region, Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) conducted session on ‘Potential for Engineering Exports in Nagpur.’ He said services being offered by EEPC i.e. exclusive India Engineering Exhibition – INDEE, International Engineering Sourcing Show (IESS), Exhibitions Abroad, Buyer-Seller meets (B2B) in India as well as Abroad; Invite / Send Trade Delegations; Providing details of business opportunities/ tenders information; Market Surveys; Product-specific conferences/ workshops for capacity building. He also informed about India and ASEAN Trade.
A session jointly conducted by Ms. Sunita Sindwani, Chief General Manager, EXIM Bank and Mr. Samarth Chaturvedi, Chief Manager, EXIM Bank on “Significance of trade finance for SMEs/Role of EXIM Bank in promoting exports.” Presentation on “Agriculture, Marketing & Export Opportunities” was conducted by Mr. Dinesh Daga, Dy General Manager, Maharashtra State Agriculture, Marketing Board (MSAMB).
Earlier Atul Pande, President, VIA welcome the guest speakers with floral bouquets. Vrushali Khopkar from WTC, Mumbai conducted the proceedings and also proposed a formal vote of thanks. Program was got overwhelming response from exporters, importers, professional and industrialists.