World Trade Expo 2018, the 2nd edition of a unique programme to provide a platform to Consulates/Embassies/state governments to showcase opportunities in trade and investment in their respective regions, is being organised by MVIRDC World Trade Centre Mumbai (WTC Mumbai) and the All India Association of Industries (AIAI) and supported by Maharashtra Industry, Trade and Investor Facilitation Cell (MAITRI), government of Maharashtra, from October 29-30, 2018 at World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai.
Mr Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, will be the Chief Guest and inaugurate the event. Mr Subhash R. Desai, Minister of Industries and Mining, government of Maharashtra, and Mr Jaykumar J. Rawal, Minister of Employment Guarantee Scheme, Tourism Development, government of Maharashtra, will be the Guests of Honour at the World Trade Expo 2018 on October 29, 2018, said a release.
World Trade Expo is a one of its kind initiative in the financial capital of India to connect India’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), and start-up companies with global markets. It will also promote India’s ambitious policies on Start-up India, Digital India, Make in India, Skill Development, apart from trade and investment. The focus sectors of the World Trade Expo are Trade/Investments, Health and Personal Care, Education, Agro and Food Processing, Technology, Tourism and Culture, and other areas of mutual interest, said Mr Vijay Kalantri, President, All India Association of Industries and Vice-Chairman, MVIRDC World Trade Centre Mumbai.
Ms Rupa Naik, Senior Director, World Trade Centre Mumbai said, “The World Trade Expo 2017 was the pioneering initiative by the World Trade Centre Mumbai and AIAI, which was held in October 2017 at the World Trade Centre Mumbai. The event tremendously benefitted the participants and the participating countries. Several Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) were signed between India and other countries. This year, the response for participation is overwhelming as the booking of exhibition stalls has increased by 80 per cent. We are expecting a similar increase in the footfalls and representatives/delegations from various trade sectors from countries across the globe to hold B2B meetings. Prominent state governments will also participate in Government to Business (G2B) meetings. The Expo will create a platform for interaction, engaging and enhancing international trade and investment. The B2B meetings proposed will definitely facilitate greater cooperation through useful business leads and potential business partnership between India and participating countries and start-ups. Ambassadors and Consul Generals of the participating countries have expressed optimism on the evolving economic partnership with India, the release highlighted.