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Europe India Business Leaders Conference

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Europe India Business Leaders Conference 2019, the 23rd conference of our conference series, was held on 10th April and 11th April with discussions and interactions on 10th April at Flanders investment agency and European Parliament in Brussels followed by the industrial visit to Wallonia on 11th April.

​On 10th April, the summit focused on the operational challenges faced by small scale businesses when they pursue their activities in India and the EU and speakers shared their expertise on the financial, legal, marketing and sales challenges faced by businesses while pursuing activities in the respective regions. About 19 speakers shared their expertise on the 1st day of the summit which was held at Flanders Investment Agency and European Parliament. About 100 organisations working in the areas of policy, technology, manufacturing, education, healthcare and other sectors attended the conference.

​On 11th April, Indian delegates were taken to a place called Wallonia so as to get a firsthand experience of seeing EU companies in action and directly engaging in interactions with experts on the factory floor.

​During the session at the European Parliament, EICBI released its 2019 class of EuIndia40 - Top 40 under 40 EU India Leaders. EuIndia40, an initiative of EICBI to discover Top 40 under 40 EU-India Leaders, covers the stories of these young leaders and their contributions in promoting EU India relations. The 16 women and 24 men who made to the list come from all walks of life and represent 16 different nationalities - Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom. The list features young entrepreneurs, policy leaders, thought leaders, business executives, trade body leaders, all under the age of 40, who are going to play an important part in shaping European Union - India trade relations during the next few decades.

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  1. 1.   EUROPE INDIA BUSINESS LEADERS CONFERENCE Post Meet Report Wednesday / Thursday, 10th-11th April, 2019 THE NEW YOU Flanders - European Parliament - Wallonia Hon Caroline Nagtegaal, Member of European Parliament - Netherlands/ Vice Chair- European Parliament Delegation for relations with India, taking photos with few of the EuIndia40 leaders.
  2. 2. THE MEET Europe India Business Leaders Conference 2019, the 23rd conference of our business meet series, was held on 10th April and 11th April with discussions and interactions on 10th April at Flanders investment agency and European Parliament in Brussels followed by the industrial visit to Wallonia on 11th April. On 10th April, the summit focused on the operational challenges faced by small scale businesses when they pursue their activities in India and the EU and speakers shared their expertise on the financial, legal, marketing and sales challenges faced by businesses while pursuing activities in the respective regions. About 19 speakers shared their expertise on the 1st day of the summit which was held at Flanders Investment Agency and European Parliament. About 100 organisations working in the areas of policy, technology, manufacturing, education, healthcare and other sectors attended the conference.  On 11th April, Indian delegates were taken to a place called Wallonia so as to get a firsthand experience of seeing EU companies in action and directly engaging in interactions with experts on the factory floor.  During the session at the European Parliament, EICBI released its 2019 class of EuIndia40 - Top 40 under 40 EU India Leaders. EuIndia40, an initiative of EICBI to discover Top 40 under 40 EU-India Leaders, covers the stories of these young leaders and their contributions in promoting EU India relations. The 16 women and 24 men who made to the list come from all walks of life and represent 16 different nationalities - Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom. The list features young entrepreneurs, policy leaders, thought leaders, business executives, trade body leaders, all under the age of 40, who are going to play an important part in shaping European Union - India trade relations during the next few decades.
  3. 3. PROGRAMME SUMMARY morning session by Mr Sujit S Nair, Chairman of Europe India Centre for Business and Industry. Following the welcome, Mr Marc Van Gastel who is the Head of the Inward investment department at Flanders Trade and Investment shared more details about the economic opportunities in Flanders and the various support available for companies to invest in Flanders. The delegates, who were majorly from small scale companies The morning session of the summit was held at Flanders Investment and Trade in Brussels. Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT) was founded by the Flemish government in 2005. The FIT agency helps Flemish companies expand their business abroad and assists foreign companies in finding Flemish suppliers of quality goods and services. The delegates were welcomed to the had the opportunity to get answers to their doubts about various technicalities of investing in Flanders. Following the session, the delegates had the opportunity to network during the lunch session. The delegates who participated in the morning session where largely India entrepreneurs who run small scale companies at various regions of India.  FLANDERS INVESTMENT & TRADE SESSION
  4. 4. PROGRAMME SUMMARY this, Mr Sujit S Nair, Chairman of Europe India Centre for Business & Industry, provided an overview of the conference and details of various panel discussions which had been structured for the summit. Post the address by Mr Sujit S. Nair, Mr Adam Mouchtar, who is the Managing Director at EU 40 addressed the gathering and put forth his thoughts on connecting young leaders from European Union and India, which set the right tone to start the felicitation Hon Caroline Nagtegaal, Member of European Parliament from the Netherlands, who is also the Vice President of European Parliament delegation for relations with India and Patron of Europe India Centre for Business & Industry formally welcomed the delegates. She shared her thoughts on EU India relations and spoke about fostering closer cooperation between India and the EU, the two largest multiparty democracies in the world. Following the felicitation of EuIndia40 leaders. The leaders were given their credentials by Hon Caroline Nagtegaal, who is the Member of European Parliament - Netherlands & Vice Chair- European Parliament delegation for relations with India and Mr Sujit S Nair, who is the Chairman of EICBI. After the felicitation of EuIndia40 leaders, the first panel discussion of the conference was about an EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT SESSION
  5. 5. Zone & Executive Director, Kalam Institute of Health Technology and last but not the least and Cllr Aarien- Uday Areti - Councillor, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, United Kingdom. This session was followed by another panel discussion where experts discussed about helping organisations build their brand & expand sales in EU Market and Indian market. This session was chaired by Ms. Glynis Whiting, Managing overview of EU, India and the UK relations in the post brexit world. This session was chaired by Mr Sujit S. Nair – Chairperson of the Europe India Centre for Business and Industry. The panelists who were part of the discussion include Mr.Niccolò Rinaldi - Head of Unit for Asia, Australia and New Zealand/ Directorate-General for External Policies of the Union - European Parliament, Dr Jitendar Sharma - MD & CEO, Andhra Pradesh Medtech  partner at TIAO. The other panelists who were part of the discussions include Mr. Marius Ochel from Indo – German Association Partnership Program - VDA and Mr. Kenny Jacob who is the Director of Ayruz Data Analytics. This panel discussion was followed by a session by Rural entrepreneur, Sneha Rakesh, from the Indian state of Karnataka. She is the Managing Director of Akarmaxs & President of Samagraabhivrudhi who works with number of EU clients. She shared few of her lessons and challenges she faced as an
  6. 6. and those legal challenges which Indian Entrepreneurs might encounter while pursuing business in EU. The panel was chaired by Ms.Ursa Pondelek who is the European Parliament - ALDE Policy Advisor, International Trade Committee (INTA) for EU-India Delegation. The other panelists who were part of the discussions included Ms.Sonia Jafyan - Legal Advisor to Miroslav Mikolasik MEP, Mr Ran Chakrabarti - Partner, IndusLaw and Mr Krishna   entrepreneur who works with EU companies. Some of the major challenges faced by businesses are the legal challenges, as entrepreneurs are not fully aware of the legal issues while pursuing a business activity. Thereafter, during the next session, legal and policy experts discussed about the legal considerations which EU Entrepreneurs need to take into account while doing business in India  Somayaji - Managing Director, SOMAYAJI Group of Companies. The final panel discussion of the conference focused on the challenges which companies face while raising finance to grow their business in India and EU market. The session was Chaired by Mr Joachim Galand who is the Welcome Office Manager- Indian sub-continent – Invest in Wallonia. The other panelists who were part of the discussions include Mr.David Vlerick – Investment officer, Vlerick group, Ms. Ingrid Willems – CEO, DataScouts and Mr.Anshul Garg – 
  7. 7. MD, Mohan Electro Casting Pvt Ltd. The conference was anchored by Mr Arun Murthy Battula, who is one of the Vice-Chairs with Europe India Centre for Business & Industry. Following the last panel discussion, the conference at the European Parliament concluded with a networking session. Delegates had the opportunity to network with one another and take photos in the European Parliament premises. This  As part of our efforts to provide a first hand experience to our delegates on launching and expanding of their business in European Union, we took delegates to visit a place called Wallonia, which is around 50 kms from Brussels on 11th April. A bus was arranged to pick the delegates from a designated place in Brussels, and after an hour 's journey, delegates reached Wallonia. PROGRAMME SUMMARY sessions at the European Parliament was the major session of the conference and had participation from around 100 entrepreneurs, business leaders and policy makers from the EU and India. INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO WALLONIA
  8. 8. In Wallonia, delegates had the opportunity to visit two organisations. The first company was Enterprise European Network, which helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. It is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. The delegates were also briefed about the work of the Indian Subcontinent Welcome Office and the services provided by the Wallonia Investment We thank our supporters who played a key role in helping us organise a successful summit. The supporters for this Summit were as follows Invest in Wallonia - http://www.investinwallonia.be EVENT SUPPORTERS Agency. The industrial visit concluded with the visit to EYTELIA which is an European Leader in development of silicon-based products for an interactive session at the factory floor and R & D centre so as to understand the practical aspects of doing business in the EU. SmartWebin - https://www.smartwebin.com/ Creactos Palmyga - http://www.creactos.com/ Ayruz Data Marketing - https://ayruz.com/ EU40 - http://www.eu40.eu Flander Investment and Trade- https://www.flandersinvestmentandtrade.com/en
  9. 9. Tapping into our network and expertise built over the years, we also offer consultancy services to those companies who are looking to start, scale up or expand into the EU and Indian markets Important Disclaimer: Important please note: This report is for guidance only and has been prepared in good faith to give a fair overall view of the meet and is believed to be correct at the date of publication. Copyright All content in this document, including logos, text, images, graphics etc are protected by copyright and/or design right owned by Sivaleen Inc unless identified as belonging to third parties. The business meets of British South India Council of Commerce Ltd/ Europe India Centre for Business & Industry is initiated, implemented and executed by Sivaleen Inc , which also represents BSICC/ EICBI in India

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