Over 250 business leaders attended this one-day conference and provided extensive networking opportunities for domestic and international financial institutions; local SME and global corporates; lawyers; policy makers, and specialist trade finance risk analysts.
The conference opened with a keynote address by the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), with the Director General & Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ajay Sahai, giving a presentation on how government policies are helping facilitate trade.
As the biggest trade and export finance gathering in India, the conference brought together decision makers from some of the country’s biggest corporate players, including Reliance Industries, Essar Group, ABB India and Konecranes, to give their unique insights into today’s market. The event also attracted many local and international delegates from the banking and financial services sectors to discuss liquidity challenges, corporate demand for capital, the impact of changing global trade flows and specific industry case studies.
“India’s economy has fluctuated of late with concern growing in many sectors regarding the impact of global economic conditions, ” says the producer of the event, Paul Greetham. “This conference brought together the people that really make a difference in the market to discuss new strategies, address industry preconceptions and to create an action plan from which the country can return to enviable growth that India has become so accustomed to in recent years.”
With so many high-level delegates in attendance, networking was a key feature throughout the day. With a specific networking lunch, an evening drinks reception and numerous breaks, there was ample opportunity for anyone serious about doing business in India to create new contacts and build relationships with the market’s main players.
“The annual India trade and export finance conference has rightly become a flagship event within the Exporta Asia calendar, ” says Rupert Sayer, CEO of Exporta Asia. “Many delegates and supporters return year after year and have helped develop this key industry gathering into a hotbed of contemporary discussion and unrivalled networking. We look forward to facilitating business in the region for many years to come.”
The conference welcomed support from leading initiations, such as ICICI Bank, Bank of America, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Westpac, India Factoring, J.P. Morgan, Ace Global Depository, Dentons, UBI Banca and Codix. The event had institutional partnerships with BAFT-IFSA, Swift, All India Association of Industries, ICISA, the SME Chamber of India, India International Trade Centre, Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, IFG, Europe-India SME Business Council, SME Export Promotion Council, the Cool Connection, the Supply Chain Finance Community, and the Maharashtra Industry and Economic Development Association.
Now in its 10th year and recognised as the conference of choice for the region’s trade finance community, this much anticipated annual gathering looks set to welcome over 250 high-level business leaders keen to discuss the most pertinent issues affecting both domestic and international players.
Globalization with Reason
An interview with George Monbiot, by Caspar Henderson of openDemocracy
George Monbiot, the leading environmental activist and writer, has been involved in many global campaigns of resistance to corporate and state power. But what positive social and political vision animates his work? Where does it contrast with that of globalisationâs advocates like Maria Cattaui, Peter Sutherland, and George Soros? And how does he see the future of the internationalist movement in the light of the âwar on terrorismâ? (v. long)
Caspar Henderson â openDemocracy has opened a debate on globalisation
Globalization from Below
March 18 2001
Globalization from Below
by Patrick Bond
(Review of `Globalization from Below: The Power of Solidarity,' by Jeremy Brecher, Tim Costello and Brendan Smith, Cambridge, MA, South End Press.)
There are more than a dozen new english- language books aimed mainly at an audience of international-justice activists, strategists and intellectuals. I've got the pleasant task of reading these in my role as coordinator of a seminar of 20 masters and doctoral students which starts next week in Johannesburg.
Because it raises issues so well and so forthrightly, honestly considers competing arguments, I chose to make one book-- Globalization from Below--required reading (as I will do again in a similar seminar at York University in Toronto this summer)
Cooking the Books
What drives companies to 'cook the books' â or lie about their earnings
just how widespread this problem might be. How much of the global economy is based on 'smoke and mirrors' book-keeping
a genuine weak spot in the financial system that could ultimately lead to a meltdown? These are interesting questions for people to ask and it is especially useful for to identify such weak spots. Book cooking is a topical issue in the wake of the implosion of the amazing disintegrating known as Enron.
Both inside and outside the financial world people are asking the question 'How many more Enrons are out there?' we first look at the pressures behind book-cooking with a glimpse at the Wonderland of Accounting