Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized a Seminar jointly with ECGC, Ahmedabad and District Industries Centre, Ahmedabad on the topic “Issues related to Imports and Exports for MSMEs” on 7th December, 2017, from 3.30 pm onwards at GCCI Premises.
This seminar was organized with an objective to provide guidance and information about the support offered by various government and private institutions as well as banks for international trade by MSMEs, and to clear the queries and issues faced by MSMEs in international trade.
Esteemed speakers from various institutions such as RBI, SBI, ECGC, EXIM Bank and Customs Dept. shared their views with the participants at the seminar.
The program started with a welcome address by GCCI President Shri Shailesh Patwari who welcomed all the esteemed speakers present at the seminar.
GCCI Sr. Vice President Dr. Jaimin Vasa, in his theme address, highlighted the importance of exports, especially for the MSMEs. He mentioned briefly about how the various government authorities and banks can be helpful in promoting exports. He also mentioned that GCCI wishes to start a Certification and Licensing Guidance Centre at the GCCI Helpdesks in January 2018 to provide information about the process and documentation required for obtaining such certifications and licenses. This Centre shall therefore act as a single window solution for certification and licensing issues, especially for the MSMEs.
Dr. Mustafa Taherali Saasa, Secretary General, Business Group of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industries provided information about the business opportunities in the Gulf region.
Shri Bharat Prakash, Joint Commissioner Customs Dept. informed about the Customs procedures and new schemes for exports. He also informed about the Single window facility provided by Customs Dept.
Shri Amit Kumar, Branch Manager, ECGC Ltd. Informed the members about how ECGC can be helpful in securing export transactions. He informed about ECGC services and claim procedures in detail.
Shri Kiran Kumar, Regional Head, EXIM Bank mentioned about the role of EXIM Bank in promoting exports.
Shri Dinesh Kumar Suthar and Shri C.M. Dubedi from SBI gave information about SBI’s services for the MSME exporters.
Shri S.V. Modi, GCCI’s Indirect Taxes Committee Co-chairman and Documentation Expert, provided a comparison of the new and old Foreign Trade Policy and mentioned about some key amendments in the policy and its implications for exporters and importers.
The participants for the event were drawn from various segments across the Micro, Small, Medium and even some of the Large-Scale firms who have elevated from Medium Scale.
A Panel Discussion and Question and Answers session was organized as part of the event, where the participants got an opportunity to clear their doubts and queries. The session was moderated by Shri Padmin Buch, Co-chairman of GCCI Foreign Trade Committee and Shri Jagdish Bhatia, Advisor, GCCI-SBI EXIM Helpdesk.
The programme concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Shri Padmin Buch.
All participants were encouraged to take maximum advantage of the SBI-GCCI EXIM Helpdesk started by GCCI for providing export-import related guidance.