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  • Asia: Powering Global Markets

  • 11-12-13 September 2014

  • Expo Center
    World Trade Centre Mumbai

Asia: Powering Global Markets

Asia has a number of characteristics that make it a compelling destination both for trade and investment opportunities that lie within its continent and a gateway to the market of approximately 60 % of the world’s population.  A continent of diverse economies from advanced, developing and emerging, Asia abounds in rich natural resources, competitive labour and stable political environment.  The Asian economies have introduced wide ranging legislations to attract investors by creating world class infrastructure for economic zones, roads, ports and airports.

In 1980s, the global economy’s centre of gravity was in mid- Atlantic. Since 2000, the location of global growth has shifted dramatically towards developing countries in general and particularly Asia. With consistent strong economic growth in the past decade or more, rightly the focus is on Asia. In view of the importance of the continent the 4th edition of GES will focus on ASIA.

A significant characteristic of the growth model of Asia in the past two decades has been that of strategic regional cooperation. The most prominent framework of regional cooperation has been the Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN). The ASEAN Economic community (AEC) goal is the regional economic integration by 2015. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has been driving force behind the economic development of South Asian Countries. Several other structures of regional cooperation have sprouted in the form of Central Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC), South Asia Sub Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC), Indonesia Malaysia Thailand growth triangle (IMP-GT), the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia Philippines East ASEAN growth area (BIMP-EAGA).

Undoubtedly these initiatives have led to increased regional cooperation within as well as outside Asia unfolding unprecedented opportunities in individual economies in terms of trade, investments, infrastructure and social development and ensuring balanced regional growth. Significantly, Asia has achieved remarkable success in integrating its economies with the global markets.

Asian Market Share

Asia Profiles

About GES

Mumbai once again gears to host the 4th edition of the Global Economic Summit, the flagship event of the World Trade Centre Mumbai and All India Association of Industries. This edition will feature Asia, the largest market which provides a great potential for trade, investments and technology across sectors. The Summit will gather 500 leaders from Asia and beyond. Over 3 days, the summit will offer various networking opportunities which will include plenaries, panel discussions, exhibition, B2B meetings, Industry visits and cultural events.

It is a well know fact that the growth of Asia has been possible largely due to the investments and trade that has flowed from other continents namely Europe, Canada, Africa, Australia, Middle East and Americas. The summit acknowledges their immense contribution and invites global partners to explore newer avenues for co operation. Simultaneously, the summit also invites Asian economies to seize this opportunity to promote their respective region during the summit.

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Relevance of infrastructure for the growth of manufacturing sector

The importance of infrastructure for sustained economic development is well recognized. Infrastructure plays a crucial role in promoting economic growth and thereby contributes to the reduction of economic disparity, poverty and deprivations in a country. High transaction costs arising from inadequate and inefficient infrastructure can prevent the economy from realizing its full growth potential regardless of the progress on other fronts. Physical infrastructure covering transportation, power and communication through its backward and forward linkages facilitates growth, social infrastructure including water supply, sanitation, sewage disposal, education and health, which are in the nature of primary services and has a direct impact on the quality of life.

In view of the bright economic prospects, most emerging Asian countries continue to suffer from underdeveloped infrastructure. Across the Asian region as a whole, it is calculated that around $8 trillion will be committed to infrastructure projects over the next decade as a remedy to underinvestment over the years and also accommodate the explosion in demand. It is estimated that $1 trillion of the projected infrastructure projects will be open to private investors under PPPs. The question that remains is how do owners of global capital identify the opportunities, mitigate the main risks and develop appropriate entry strategies. Despite all this, Asia remains an exciting place for infrastructure investment over the next ten years.

Relevance of technology, innovation and knowledge based industry

Asia has a huge potential for adopting new technologies; research and innovation play an important role in development of the emerging economies. The summit will share perspectives on the Asian model of technological capacity building through innovation which has brought about significant transformation in the Asian economies in the recent years.  This session will share learning experiences from Europe, US and Australia.

The emergence of women entrepreneurship in Asia and their empowerment

Women are an integral part of development in any country. Women when empowered create large business houses, entrepreneurs, and professionals. In the Asian region, women have lead family owned businesses and SME enterprises with great competence. The summit will discuss the role of women in business and share their strategies, experiences and the challenges they face in their businesses. This session will comparative analysis from Africa, Asia, Europe and Middle East.

Significance of FTAs and Regional Economic Cooperation

FTAs and Regional Economic Cooperation is the order of the day and plays an important role in promoting economic growth and trade liberalization. Asia is witnessing diverse forms of economic and trade integration within its borders and beyond. The summit will address the emerging issues and opportunities in the context of proliferation of Asian regional cooperation. Government officials and experts from respective regions will deliberate and discuss the prospects and challenges posed by these agreements.

Role of Trade Promotion Organizations and their contribution in creating linkages

TPOs from Europe, Asia, America, Canada, Africa and Middle East will be invited to share their perceptions on Asia as a trade and investment destination. The summit will facilitate discussions on the roadmap for TPOs in advancing the growth momentum between the advanced and emerging economies.

Asia and Millennium Development Goals

The Asian Development Bank’s regional Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) is mandated to enhance monitoring progress, raise awareness, help improve policies and institutions, and develop capacities for achieving the MDGs in Asia and the Pacific region. The partnership also produces annual MDG Updates and sector specific reports for the region. Within this MDG partnership, ADB helps the Asia-Pacific region to identify the best approach to integrate the three pillars of sustainable development–economic, social and environmental–as recognized in the Rio+20 outcome document “The Future We Want.”

The MDGs—adopted by 189 countries in 2001—when launched were seen as offering the greatest promise for bringing about socioeconomic development and focusing attention on the world’s poor. The eight Millennium Development Goals, with a number of sub-targets covering a range of poverty, hunger, health, gender equality, education and environmental indicators, were agreed by all countries. 550 million people in the Asia Pacific region are hungry and improving production and distribution systems is the need of the hour. Modernized farming, fishing and forestry practices to increase profitability and encourage industries to reach a larger population with offerings of a high quality need to be stressed. Asia and the Pacific region have a clear window of opportunity to foster change. The perspectives and aspirations of this region for a new United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015 should be of much interest to the global community.

Past Events

GES 2010

January 20-22, 2010

Title: Global Economic Summit on Trade and Investment

Location: Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, India

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GES 2011

January 27-29, 2011

Title: Global Economic Summit on Small and Medium Enterprises

Location: Expo Centre, World Trade Centre Mumbai, India

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GES 2013

September 23-25, 2013

Title: Global Economic Summit on “Clusters in One World: Perspectives from Many Nations”

Location: World Trade Centre, Mumbai, India

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An important highlight of the summit is the showcase of exhibitors from India and overseas displaying products and services in designated areas. The expo is organized with the view to project the business competitiveness of the participating companies who have excelled in various sectors of manufacturing, services and Agro business.  Indian pavilion will showcase the strength of SMEs, business houses, corporations, financial institutions, government agencies and trade promotion organizations.

International pavilion will showcase overseas companies and provincial governments who seek to establish their presence in Asia or to further enhance their visibility.

Exhibition Floor Plan

B2B Meets

A series of pre-arranged business meetings will be organized for the participating enterprises/exhibitors to facilitate strategic alliances.

Industry Visits

Industry visits are being organized for the participating delegates to get first hand information about the Indian Industries and explore future partnerships.

  • Manufacturers
  • SMEs
  • Corporate Houses
  • Public Sector Units
  • Clusters
  • Government Organizations
  • Trade Promotion Organizations
  • Multilateral Organization
  • Financial Institution
  • Technocrats
  • Educational and Research Institutes
  • Academician
  • Business Service Providers
  • Exporters and Importers

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VIVANTA by Taj President, a Five Star Business Hotel, close to the venue for the GES.

Room Rate: Rs.6000/- Single or Double Occupancy

(Inclusive of tax and buffet breakfast)

Budget Hotels in the vicinity are also available on request.

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Day 1 : Thursday, 11th September 2014

Day1 : Thursday, 11th September 2014
Time Agenda Venue
9.00 am onwards Registration opens EXPO
10.00 am – 11.00 am Inauguration of Summit & Expo
Welcoming Message by the Chairman
Theme Address – Asia : Powering Global Markets
11.00 am – 1.30 pm Panel Discussion:
The relevance of support infrastructure for the growth of manufacturing sector for creating employment opportunities.Scope of Discussions:

  • New Industrial zones/ free trade zones and industrial corridors in Asia which provide complete infrastructure for industries
  • Financing SMEs in special zones/clusters for facilitating entrepreneurship
  • Proactive policies for employment generation.
1.30 pm – 2.30 pm Lunch
2.30 pm – 4.30 pm B2B Meetings / Visit to the Exhibition
6.30 pm onwards Welcome Reception & Networking Dinner CENTRUM / SOUTH LOUNGE

Day 2 : Friday, 12th September 2014

Day2 : Friday, 12th September 2014
Time Agenda Venue
10.00 am – 11.30 am Panel Discussion :
How should regulatory and policy frameworks be designed to foster trade and investment in these competitive times.Dimensions of deliberations:

  • Proactive investment policies viz a viz regulatory challenges
  • Comparative analysis of Central Asia, South East Asia,Asia Pacific and middle east on foreign trade policy framework
  • Sharing of perspectives by multilateral financing institutions
11.30 am – 1.00pm Panel Discussion :
Significance of FTAs and Regional Economic Cooperation

  • Discussion on the efficacy of FTAs and Regional agreements on trade , investments & services
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Lunch
2.30 pm – 4.00 pm Presentation on Investment Opportunities in India.
Presentation by Partnering States
4.00 pm- 5.00 pm Address on: Relevance of technology, innovation and knowledge based Industry
6.30 pm onwards Cultural Evening & Dinner ARCADE LOUNGE

Day 3 : Saturday, 13th September 2014

Day3 : Saturday, 13th September 2014
Time Agenda Venue
10.00 am – 11.30 am Panel Discussion :
The Emergence of Women Entrepreneurship in Asia
11.30 am – 12.30 pm Panel Discussion :
Role of trade Promotion Organizations and their contribution in creating linkages for trade and Investments
12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Special Address & Valedictory Session :
Special Address on: Asia and Millennium Development Goals
1.30 pm – 2.30 pm Lunch
2.30 pm – 6.30 pm Industry Visits INDUSTRY ZONES


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Mr. Jean-Luc Schneider
Deputy Director, Policy Studies Branch

Mr. Schneider was educated in mathematics and economics in Paris and London. Before joining the OECD in 2007, he held various positions in France, in the Forecasting Directorate, the French statistical institute, and the Treasury, where he dealt with structural policies, public finance, and macroeconomic policy. Mr. Schneider also spent several years at the IMF, where he worked on various countries in the Fiscal Affairs Department.

Peter Kohli

Mr. Peter Kohli, ChFC
CEO and CIO of DMS Funds,USA

DMS Funds is a U.S. mutual fund company offering funds of exchange and sector indexes in developing markets. Previously, Mr.Peter Kohli was an independent wealth manager specializing in estate planning under the name DMS Financial. Before that, he held a variety of financial services-related positions, including financial planner involved in the sale of mutual funds. Peter is an ongoing contributor on and, and a frequent guest on Voice America’s Emerging and Frontier Markets Investing with Gavin Graham. He has served as a source for media outlets including Bloomberg News, Investor’s Business Daily and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bruno Masier

Mr. Bruno Masier
President, World Trade Point Federation, Geneva

The World Trade Point Federation (WTPF) was launched with the aim of opening international markets to new participants and making them more competitive by giving them access to the most advanced information and telecommunication technologies and networks. WTPF is an international global trade facilitator and trade information provider for SMEs, particularly those in developing and Least Developed Countries, through its unique human network and local know-how combined with its global e-business marketplace.

Usha Haley

Professor of Management, West Virginia University,
College of Business & Economics, USA

Dr. Usha’s research focuses on multinational corporations and international strategic management, especially in Asian and emerging markets, including business-government relations, strategic decision-making, sanctions and subsidies. She has more than 224 publications and presentations including 26 journal articles.

George Haley

Professor & Director, University of New Haven, USA

Dr. Haley’s expertise is in Chinese, Indian and emerging market business, including the historical, cultural and legal environments in which to formulate business and marketing strategies.  He focuses on strategic decision-making, product and technology management, distribution and supply-chain management, B2B marketing, and managing intellectual property in emerging markets.

Anthony Hemstad

Anthony Hemstad
President, World Trade Center San Francisco

Anthony joined WTC San Francisco as its first President on 1 January 2014, prior to that he spent five years as President/CEO of WTC Tacoma. In Tacoma Anthony oversaw a 500% increase in membership and a general revitalization of that WTC. He’s also served as a City Manager in the US and was an entrepreneur in Central Europe for a decade, building what became the largest independent public affairs firm in a four country region. Anthony will discuss the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa program for high net worth families to obtain US Green Cards.

Nilakanthi Ford

Dr. Nilakanthi Ford
Director Europe and Asia, KFV Consulting, Ireland

Dr. Nilakanthi Ford is an international professional advising on innovation, business development, organisational transformation and effective leadership including Talent Management, Human Factors, Gender intelligence, differences between global business cultures and organisational Cultural Change. Working in international business for 20 plus years in more than 30 different countries,  NilaKanthi has been instrumental in facilitating effective working relationships between Multinationals, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, statutory and Government authorities, investment houses, plus other financial institutions worldwide. She is also Vice Chairperson for the Ireland –India Business Association.

Kevin Stolarick

Dr.Kevin Stolarick,PhD
Director, India Institute for Competitiveness
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Dubbed the “Official Statistician of the Creative Class”, Kevin combines expertise on cities, urbanization, statistics, data, and economic development with an appreciation of the importance of finding and sharing the knowledge or “pearls of wisdom” gained from leveraging his research, writing, management and organizational skills. His research interests include understanding the importance of creativity and innovation to regional economic growth and prosperity; the interplay of urbanization, sustainability, and infrastructure in creating regional prosperity at a global level; and the individual and joint contributions of technology, talent, tolerance and territory assets to regional prosperity.

Richard Rothman

Richard Rothman
Director, Open Mind Opportunity Consultancy Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Richard Rothman has over 31 years’ experience helping companies to expand opportunities for profitable growth. He has served as Commercial Consul & Trade Commissioner of the United States of America in Mumbai for 10 years, expanded business opportunities for hundreds of companies operating in 67 sectors, covering the full gamut of business activities.

Hilmy Cader

Mr. Hilmy Cader
CEO, MTI Consulting, Bahrain

Mr. Hilmy Cader has developed MTI into a highly successful boutique management consultancy in just under 17 years – having completed over 500 projects in 40 countries (across 4 continents). He has pioneered many new management concepts, which have been widely published and presented at conference from America to Australia, from Bahrain to Bangladesh, from Malaysia to Malta.

Selima Ahmad

Selima Ahmad
Business for Peace Honoree, President
Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Selima Ahmad, a successful businesswomen herself with longstanding experience in the private sector, took the initiative to form a Chamber of Commerce devoted exclusively to facilitating the advancement of women entrepreneurs. She has been working for the private sector development for last 28 years and helped to promote the development of more than 7,000 women entrepreneurs by planning, designing and facilitating different programs. She developed 600 grassroots women through training and access to information to ensure their active and increased participation in socio-economic and civil life and to broaden the opportunity of women’s social network. Her accomplishments have earned her the title of best female entrepreneur in Bangladesh by different organization in different time. She has been awarded with the prestigious Oslo Business for Peace Award 2014.

Jayadeva Ranade

Mr. Jayadeva Ranade
Member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) in the Prime Minister’s Office

Jayadeva Ranade, is a Member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) in the Prime Minister’s Office and President of the recently established ‘Centre for China Analysis and Strategy’. A former Additional Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, he is also a Member of the Core Group on China of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) and Distinguished Fellow at the institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi . He is listed as an Expert by the Mumbai-based think-tank, ‘Gateway House’.

Mr. Jayadeva Ranade retired as Additional Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India in August 2008. He has specialized for almost 25 years in the analysis of developments in, and relating to, China and East Asia, and strategic analysis of issues relating to defence, national security and the economy. He has prepared and finalized reports and briefs, including political and risk analyses, on sensitive issues for the highest echelons in Government. Mr. Jayadeva Ranade has also specialized in counter-terrorism; psywar; personnel, information and physical security; and media management.

Purva Chandra

Mr.Apurva Chandra
Principal Secretary (Industries), Govt. of Maharashtra

Directorate of Industries is an executive arm of the Industries Department and is engaged in implementation of government policies for all round development of industries in the state. The Directorate is supported by six Regional Offices and District Industries Centres (DIC) at every district. It also assists in the formulation and implementation of various policies and promotional schemes viz. Industrial Policy, SEZ Policy, IT policy, BT Policy, Package Scheme of Incentives, etc…

Bhushan Gagrani

Mr.Bhushan Gagrani
CEO, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation

Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) was constituted to initiate action for infrastructure and to help entrepreneurs set up the industrial units in industrial areas. The main objective is to achieve balanced industrial development in Maharashtra with an emphasis on developing and underdeveloped parts of the State by facilitating entrepreneurs in setting up industries at various locations. These objectives are achieved through acquisition and disposal of land and provision of infrastructure and services like water supply, drainage, effluent disposal etc for the development of each and every district of Maharashtra.

Yaduvendra Mathur

Mr. Yaduvendra Mathur
Chairman & Managing Director, EXIM Bank of India

Mr. Yaduvendra Mathur has been appointed in 2014 by the Government of India as Chairman and Managing Director of Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank). EXIM Bank is a specialized financial institution, wholly owned by Government of India, set up in 1982, for financing, facilitating and promoting foreign trade of India. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Mathur was Chairman and Managing Director, Rajasthan Financial Corporation, since 2011. Mr. Mathur is an Indian Administrative Service Officer of the 1986 batch and has interests in entrepreneurship development, infrastructure financing, regulatory issues and in behavioral sciences.

Shardul S Shroff

Mr. Shardul S. Shroff
Head (Delhi Region),
Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co.

Mr Shroff heads the Delhi Region of  M/s. Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. and manages and supervises more than 260 attorneys and over 400 people from three locations at New Delhi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. He is a well recognised attorney and counted as a significant leader among Indian law firms. Mr. Shroff has been consistently rated as a leading lawyer by several international fora and publications. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards and commendations.

Pallavi S Shroff

Mrs. Pallavi S. Shroff
Head, Competition Law Practice,
Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co.

Mrs. Pallavi Shroff is the lead litigation partner at Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co (Amarchand Mangaldas) with extensive knowledge in the field of dispute resolution and arbitration. She heads the Firm’s Competition Law Practice, and has pioneered the development of competition law in India as a member of the Raghavan Committee that helped to design India’s Competition Law and formulate its Competition Law Policy. Mrs. Shroff has been consistently rated as a leading lawyer by several international fora and publications. She is highly regarded for her versatility as a litigator and her experience in different areas of law dealing with trade and competition.

Murali Darshan

Dr. E. Murali Darshan, Managing Director
EDM Exim, Hyderabad

Dr. E. Murali Darshan, a noted academic, policy advisor and foreign trade analyst, did his PhD on Impact  of WTO on  India’s International Trade special reference to  Services Exports from Osmania University. For over a decade thereafter he taught at the prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, and subsequently with WIU (Western International University USA) as visiting Professor teaching International Business and International Business Environment. Dr. E. Murali Darshan has been responsible for conducting path breaking studies and research and both initiating as well as formulating central government and state government’s policies with respect to foreign trade.

karon shaiva

Karon Shaiva
Chief Impact Officer & MD – Idobro

Karon Shaiva, is a social entrepreneur, columnist, writer, lecturer, speaker and trainer. She started Idobro as an Eco-system model for inclusion and sustainability. As Chief Impact Officer & MD of Idobro, she has committed to take Action that enables Women, Social and Green enterprises to access markets, build capacity, create linkages and deliver solutions through the Idobro Circle of Impact. Karon has over 17 years experience in India and the USA in the IT, Education, Finance and Development sectors. She has cross-functional expertise in Marketing, Quality, Training and development, Business consulting and management.


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World Trade Centre Mumbai
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