12 January 2011, Ahmedabad

SMEs were at the heart of EICC-CBC-CII strategy during the Vibrant Gujarat 2011

Focus on developing business collaboration and entrepreneurship of the Small and Medium Enterprise(SMEs) in the development of emerging economies was at the heart of the strategy during the Vibrant Gujarat 2011. The Europe India Chamber of Commerce (EICC) joined Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to organize a high level Seminar to discuss ways to improve the investment and business climate and specific national measures and regulatory reform to improve business condition. The event served as a platform for discussion and sharing of experiences for emerging economies to achieve lasting benefits through the development of SME sector and its role as a growth engine for economic development. The event dedicated to developing business collaboration between SMEs in Gujarat and SMEs in Europe and Commonwealth countries was held during Vibrant Gujarat on 12-13 January 2011.

The theme was Gujarat & India: a model for emerging economies, large industry as a catalyst for growth of the SME sector and Identification of sectors, countries, markets where SMEs can collaborate to evolve global enterprise models. The event held on 12 January focused on Small and Medium Enterprises with the objective that the framework for building capabilities of SME sector will be able to meet stringent trade and business criteria of developed countries with special reference to Europe. It addressed the important role the SMEs can play in national growth through contribution to income generation, employment and overall GDP and identification and implementation of model projects in select sectors, involving entrepreneurs from Gujarat, partnering with countries from the commonwealth and Europe, with support from the Govt. of Gujarat. With CBC representing business in 54 countries of the Commonwealth, and with EICC playing a major role in the EU-India trade relations, the event contributed to bringing the SMEs of Europe and Commonwealth countries closer. The EICC facilitated business meetings of trade and business missions from Gujarat in Europe in September 2010. The delegation then visited UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and The Netherlands.

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