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8th Global Economic Summit on ‘Services: Enabler of Growth for Trade and Industry’ scheduled at World Trade Centre, Mumbai

8th Global Economic Summit (GES) on the theme ‘Services:  Enabler of Growth for Trade and Industry’ is being organized by World Trade Centre Mumbai and All India Association of Industries (AIAI ), scheduled from  March 6th – March 8th, 2019 at World Trade Centre Mumbai.

The theme of the 8th edition of the Summit is highly relevant in the context of Government of India’s planned target to increase the size of India’s service sector to USD 3 trillion by 2025. The Summit will discuss, among others, issues propelling India’s speedy transition  towards a digital economy driven by innovative technologies  and their  impact on financial services, retail, urban transportation, logistics, tourism, real estate and a host of other new age services.

A resilient services sector is key to the success of Government of India’s flagship programmes such as Make in India, Skill India, Digital India and Standup India, among others. The Government of India has set out an ambitious programme to transform India into a USD 1 trillion digital economy and this Summit will explore various opportunities that will arise for businesses in the services domain as also the enormous opportunities for MSMEs to promote and integrate services in strengthening manufacturing and agriculture sectors.

The Summit will be addressed by policy makers, business leaders, academicians, experts and practitioners who will bring their valuable expertise and perspectives from across the globe making this event a truly stimulating and engaging event.  Key topics are: Emerging Services – Shaping the New Global Business Landscape, The Fourth Industrial Revolution and its Impact on Services, Smart Solutions and Smart Cities, Importance of Services in supporting Agriculture and Manufacturing Sectors and  Productivity in Services: Issues, Trends and Challenges.

The Highlights of the Summit are Conference, Exhibition, Business-to-Business (B2B), Business-to-Consumer (B2C), Business-to-Government (B2G) and Government-to-Government (G2G) meetings, Release of Handbook, Awards and Field Visits to Nashik, including Engineering Cluster, Winery and Food Processing Unit.

Shri. Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, have kindly consented to address the Summit. Other eminent speakers include: Xiaolin Chai, Director, Trade in Services and Investment Division, World Trade Organization, Dr. Aditya Mattoo, Research Manager, Trade and International Integration, Development Research Group, World Bank, Scott Ferguson, CEO, World Trade Centers Association, New York, Dr. Sidi Ould Tah, Director General, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa,  Dr. Rupa Chanda, RBI Chair Professor of Economics, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Dr. Rahul De, Chair, Centre for Software & Inf. Technology Management, IIM Bangalore, Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Executive Chairman and Founder, 5F World, Ashish Bhat, Executive Vice President & Head, Digital Factory, Siemens, Alkesh Kumar Sharma (IAS), CEO & MD, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, NSN Murthy, Partner & Lead – Smart Cities, PWC India, Aditya Sharma, Senior Vice President – Asia, Boson Energy, Arpita Mukherjee, Professor, ICRIER, Rasha Omar, Country Director – India, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Himanshu Goyal, India Business Leader, The Weather Company, Mariusz Łuszczewski, Head, Ehrle India, Scott Wang, Vice President, Asia Pacific, WTCA,  Mr. Ravi Panchanadan, MD & CEO, Manipal Global Education Services, Kalyan Basu, CEO & MD, A.Treds Limited (joint venture of Axis Bank and mjunction), Ahmed Tibaoui, Vice President, Algerian Forum of Company Chiefs & CEO, World Trade Center Algiers and Firoze B. Andhyarujina, Senior Counsel, Supreme Court of India.

Maharashtra Industry Trade and Investment Facilitation Cell (MAITRI), an ambitious initiative of Government of Maharashtra, is supporting the Summit. The prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore is the ‘Knowledge Partner’ for this Summit. The Summit is also supported by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency, the Estonia International Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Center Dresden, World Trade Center Algiers and Indian Exhibition Industry Association.

The Summit will be attended by representatives from trade and industry, consular corps, academia, think tanks, government and non government organizations from more than 25 countries, including India.

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