‘World Trade Day is for enhancing core competencies of various regions’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Jun 2018 11:32:07


Business Bureau

World Trade Centre Mumbai in association with Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) jointly organised the second series of World Trade Day (WTD) on the topic “Enhancing Export Opportunities for MSMEs” recently at VIA.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 Centre 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.

The second edition of World Trade Day Maharashtra was conducted across different regions of the State by MVIRDC WTC, Mumbai in the month of June 2018 in the cities including Ahmednagar, Nashik, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Ichalkaranji and Nagpur between June 17 and 23. The event received overwhelming response from industries representatives, Government officials and academic institutions.Kuruvila said World Trade Day Maharashtra organised the event 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.Atul Pande, President, VIA in his special address said the association is working together with World Trade Centre for the past four years. VIA and World Trade Centre Mumbai have also 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,” said adding thatVIA EXIM Forum is playing major role in spreading export import information.

Gaurav Sarda, Chairman – VIA EXIM Forum said, “ We were organising programme regularly for the benefits of our members and exporters of our region. Our region offers huge potential for units in engineering goods, auto-components, leather, electrical equipment, chemicals, metal products, glass and ceramics and food processing,” he said.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.

Sunita Sindwani, Chief General Manager, EXIM Bank and Samarth Chaturvedi, Chief Manager, EXIM Bank jointly conducted a session on “Significance of trade finance for SMEs/Role of EXIM Bank in promoting exports.”A presentation on “Agriculture, Marketing and Export Opportunities” was conducted by Dinesh Daga, DGM, Maharashtra State Agriculture, Marketing Board (MSAMB).
Earlier Pande, welcome the guest speakers with floral bouquets. Vrushali Khopkar from WTC, Mumbai conducted the proceedings and also proposed a formal vote of thanks.