15-20 July, 2018

Trade Mission to India

Explore the market, gain exposure and meet potential customers

Trade Mission to India

Come and explore the States of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in India with other C-Level Executives as a guest of the International Trade Council. Learn about doing business in the country, explore the market, gain exposure to the business culture, meet with potential customers and find new partners.

Trade Mission Starts in:

Why Participate?

Direct access to high-level business and government officials suited to your needs

Pre-arranged business-to-business meetings

Unparalleled networking opportunities with the local business community

Hands on and up-to-date market information

Foreign market intelligence and troubleshooting

Beneficial intra-group exchanges

Educational and cultural experiences

Positive effects of International Trade Council Trade Missions include higher sales revenues, lower procurement costs and better sourcing, education, cultural/international business savvy, preparedness, professional development, visibility/goodwill and perspective. An additional benefit is that the mission participants develop close friendships among themselves and a useful, professional network.

Who Should Participate

Mission participants will be selected from manufacturers across all industries, information technology service providers and infrastructure development firms. Participants from other industries may be eligible on a case-by-case basis.

Who Will You Meet?

The Trade Mission aims to bring participating foreign companies into contact with potential agents, importers, distributors / wholesalers, retailers, joint venture partners, licensees, local businesses, and government agencies in India.  All attendees will be provided with a series of 1-on-1 appointments with companies and contacts appropriate to their target market.

Early-bird discounts available at only $1125 USD*.

Further discounts available for Trade Council members**.

Why India?

The Indian economy boasts a stable annual growth rate, booming capital markets, and rising foreign exchange reserves. India should continue outpacing the rest of the world for the foreseeable future thanks to ambitious government reforms aimed at stoking consumer demand, production and foreign investments. India also stands to benefit from the so-called “demographic dividend.” It’s expected to be the world’s youngest country by 2020 with nearly two-thirds of its 1.3 billion people of working age and in their prime spending years.

Second Largest Population in the World

In 2017, the estimated total population in India amounted to approximately 1.32 billion people. India currently has the second-largest population in the world and is projected to overtake top-ranking China within forty years. Its residents comprise more than one-seventh of the entire world’s population, and despite a slowly decreasing fertility rate (which still exceeds the replacement rate and keeps the median age of the population relatively low), an increasing life expectancy adds to an expanding population. In comparison with other countries whose populations are decreasing, such as Japan, India has a relatively small share of aged population, which indicates the probability of lower death rates and higher retention of the existing population.

The Fastest Growing Major Economy

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Annual Average Growth Rate in India is currently holding at 7.20%. The most important and the fastest growing sector of Indian economy are services. Trade, hotels, transport and communication; financing, insurance, real estate and business services and community, social and personal services account for more than 60 percent of GDP. Manufacturing accounts for 15 percent of GDP, construction for another 8 percent. India is expected to further widen the gap over China in 2018, with the International Monetary Fund predicting in January 2017 that it will grow by 7.4% this year.

The 8th Largest Economy in the World

India’s GDP is currently US$2.26 trillion, making it the 8th largest economy in the world. India has already overtaken Brazil and Russia to emerge as the second largest BRIC economy after China and is well on track to cross France and Britain to emerge as the world’s fifth largest economy after Germany by 2019. In 2016, India’s share of global GDP (in relation to PPP dollars) was estimated at about 7.23 percent.  Falling dependency ratios, financial maturity and increasing incomes and affordability are the three key drivers for the country to stand among the large emerging economies

A Global Manufacturing Hub

India is poised to rank among the top three manufacturing locations by 2020. India boasts a large engineer and factory worker population, respectable intellectual property protections, and easy access to English-speaking managers and executives. Most Indian factories produce high quality goods because they use high quality (Japanese) equipment and tools and they take pride in their work. Many Indian factories are family-run and well-known for the care and transparency of their work and business dealings.

Location Advantage

It has one of the most numbers of engineers and scientist in Asia and ranks in the top 20 in the area of technology absorption and innovation. Located in south Asia, India has its border countries as China, Bhutan and Nepal on north-west side, Myanmar and Bangladesh on East side and Afghanistan & Pakistan on its North-West side. The great Himalaya Mountains divide India from rest of Asia in its North side. Some of the emerging and established markets such as Middle-East and South East countries are also closely located. Naturally connected via the sea route from the other three sides, India is surrounded by Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean which facilitates most its overseas trade in all directions.  India is the seventh largest country in the world in area.

A Growing Workforce

Most developed countries face an aging population past their prime working and spending years. India is the polar opposite. India is set to become the world’s youngest country by 2020 with 64 percent of its population in the working age group; the average age will be 29. With 1 million people entering the labor force every month, India abounds with young human capital essential to driving innovation, productivity and consumer spending over the long term. Demographic trends favor a growing labor force through 2040 given the young population and low labor participation rates for women. Furthermore, some 70 percent of India’s population still lives in rural areas. The potential increase in productivity that goes hand-in-hand with urbanization is enormous.

High Savings

With a savings rate of 37% of GDP, India’s domestic savings fuels most of its investment requirements, and only 20% of India’s total public debt is sourced from foreign borrowing. With significant investment to be made in upgrading India’s poor infrastructure in the next 10 years (estimated to be US$1.7 trillion) India’s Government is taking various steps to further encourage private and foreign investments.

Favorable Public Opinion of Policy and Economy

Public policy is riding high on a wave of optimism following a focus on results and policy execution that has gained the hearts and minds of the general public. Economic development and inclusion are taking center stage as government-citizen and government-business interactions result in better governance, less corruption, fairer rules, and improved productivity.

India - The Raw Figures

Huge Domestic Market
  • Rising affluence is the biggest driver of increasing consumption in India.
  • India’s consumer story will be led by its 129 mn urban mass consumers.
  • Private consumption will be four times by 2025.
Rising Economic Influence
  • Centre of global maritime trade to move from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean Region. India and China will be the largest manufacturing hubs of the world by 2030.
  • Connectivity to Central Asia and Europe via the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC).
  • In next five years, India to have greater economic influence across the Asia Pacific region.
The Indian Infrastructure Story
  • Over the next three decades more than 350 million Indians will move into cities.
  • Over the next two decades more than USD 1.5 trillion investments planned for infrastructure.
  • Investments planned across the key government initiatives in various sectors.
    • Highways (Bharatmala & NHDP)  – USD 106.5 bn
    • Railways – USD 131.7 bn
    • Ports – USD 61.5 bn (Port development) + USD123 bn (Port led Industrialisation)
    • Airports – USD 58 bn
    • Industrial Corridors – USD 100 bn (DMIC – phase I)
    • Smart Cities – USD 14.6 bn
    • Clean India – USD 29 bn
Booming Manufacturing Sector
  • Indian manufacturing sector’s gross value added at basic price based on 2011-12 price series was US$ 311.6 billion in 2016-17, as per the second advance estimates of Central Statistics Office.
  • Manufacturing sector grew at a CAGR of 7.32 per cent between FY12 and FY17.
  • The sector grew 7.7 per cent in FY17
  • The wholesale price index, in respect of manufactured goods grew 2.4 per cent between April 2016 and January 2017.
The Largest Youth Population in the World
  • India to have world’s largest youth population by 2020.
  • India to be the largest supplier of university graduates in the world by 2020.
  • India has the third largest group of scientists and technicians in the world.

Trade Mission Schedule

Throughout the day

Arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport

Arrival of participants from their various countries of origin. Participants staying in official mission hotel will be collected from the airport by prearranged hotel transport.
Throughout the day

Hotel Check-in

Trade Council staff will be on-hand at the hotel throughout the day to assist mission attendees as they arrive.
5:00PM - 5:30PM

Roll Call and Briefing

  • Roll call for Mission Participants
  • Distribution of Mission Welcome Packs
  • Introduction to ITC Staff
  • Basic house keeping and last minute notices for attendees
  • Q&A
5:45PM - 6:45PM

Opening Ceremony

  • Welcome speeches from Indian Government Officials
  • Welcome speeches from Indian Chambers of Commerce
  • Networking & Photograph Opportunity
7:00PM - 9:00PM

Welcome Dinner

Network with fellow attendees, sponsors and officials over a sumptuous dinner.

*Only mission participants and ITC-invited Indian officials. Please bring your business cards. Nametags required.

7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast

Informal networking breakfast for those staying in the official hotel of the trade mission.
8:30AM - 9:30AM

Panel Discussion “Doing Business in India”

Mission Attendees are invited to listen to experts from the Indian Government, Chambers of Commerce and top corporations in India speak on the following topics:
  • Economy of India
  • The Indian consumer market
  • Incentives for doing business in India
  • Modes of market entry
  • Understanding the business culture
9:30AM-10:15AM

Panelist Q&A

An opportunity to ask questions and directly engage with panelists.
10:15AM-10:40AM

Morning Tea

Take a break and mix with panelists and other Mission Participants.
10:45AM - Midday

Sectoral Round-Table Discussions

Mission Participants separate into four different groups for round-table discussions with Indian officials and industry experts.
  • Group 1: The Infrastructure Market in India
  • Group 2: India as an IT and telecommunications hub
  • Group 3: Manufacturing in India
  • Group 4: India as an Outsourcing hub
Midday - 1:00PM

Lunch

Mission Participants can choose lunch at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Lunch expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise stated. i.e. Lunch is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Set up for Export Cafe

Mission Participants to set up their banner(s)/standee(s), brochures, business cards, product sample(s) on the tables provided.
2:00PM - 5:30PM

Export Cafe

Mission Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their products and services to India-based business owners and company executives from across a broad spectrum of industries.
5:30PM - 6:00PM

Clearing Up of Export Cafe

Mission Participants to pack away export cafe materials.
6:30PM - 7:30PM

Dinner

Mission Participants can choose to eat dinner at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Dinner expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise specified. i.e. This dinner is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

7:45PM-8:45PM

Optional City Walking Tour

A free walking tour of the city for those with energy to burn.
7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast

Informal networking breakfast for those staying in the official hotel of the trade mission.
8:30AM - Midday

On-Site Visits

Mission Participants seperate into three different groups for market visits.
  • Group 1: Visit with Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd
  • Group 2: Visit to Noida Special Economic Zone
  • Group 3: Visit to Business Incubator in New Delhi
Midday - 1:00PM

Lunch

Mission Participants can choose lunch at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Lunch expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise stated. i.e. Lunch is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

1:00PM - 5:30PM

Business-to-Business Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant.
6:30PM - 7:30PM

Dinner

Mission Participants can choose to eat dinner at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Dinner expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise specified. i.e. This dinner is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast

Informal networking breakfast for those staying in the official hotel of the trade mission.
8:30AM - Midday

Business-to-Business Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant.
Midday - 1:00PM

Lunch

Mission Participants can choose lunch at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Lunch expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise stated. i.e. Lunch is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

1:00PM - 5:30PM

Business-to-Business Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant.
6:30PM - 7:30PM

Dinner

Mission Participants can choose to eat dinner at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Dinner expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise specified. i.e. This dinner is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast

Informal networking breakfast for those staying in the official hotel of the trade mission.
8:30AM - Midday

Business-to-Business Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant.
Midday - 1:00PM

Lunch

Mission Participants can choose lunch at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Lunch expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise stated. i.e. Lunch is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

1:00PM - 2:30PM

Panel Discussion “Next Steps”

Mission Attendees are invited to listen to experts from top corporations in India speak on the following topics:
  • Protecting your brand
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Indian company formation and taxation
  • Human resourcing in India
2:30PM - 3:00PM

Panelist Q&A

An opportunity to ask questions and directly engage with panelists.
3:00PM - 3:30PM

Afternoon Tea

Join our panelists and other Mission Attendees for afternoon tea.
3:30PM - 5:30PM

Business-to-Business Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant.
6:30PM - 8:00PM

Closing Dinner

Join Mission Participants, event sponsors and Indian officials for our closing dinner and speeches.

*Sponsored dinner. Semi-formal attire required.

Throughout the day

Departures

Departures scheduled throughout the day for different international destinations. Arrangements can be made for additional sight-seeing for those departing late

Benefits of Attending

Benefits Package

Mission Participants will benefit from:

A pre-mission interview with our market experts to better understand your business objectives

Development of a list of qualified contacts / potential partners according to your interest

A minimum of 5 pre-arranged 1:1 business-to-business meetings with select organizations

Participation in the export café where they can meet other businesses and counterparts from our associated Chambers of Commerce in India

Off-site business meetings with potential business partners

Welcome pack including: market intelligence, name badge, mission program and detailed contact list of India-based buyers, agents and product managers attending the Mission

Networking events to which you can invite guests

In-market briefings and panel discussions

Participants profile in the Trade Mission brochure

Assistance with logistics and guidance on Indian customs

Pre-mission briefing webinar

Services of experienced Trade Mission managers

Post-mission follow-up briefing

Support for the Mission

Scheduled One-to-One Meetings

Prior to the Trade Mission you will be contacted by an accredited International Trade Council Export Consultant who will work to understand your business, your market potential and your desired target audience. They will then set appointments for you for the Trade Mission. We also strongly advise that you also use any contacts you may have or are looking to establish, to arrange your own meetings. Businesses that have the most success on our missions have always done a mix of meetings they have sourced as well as those arranged via the Council.

Pre-Mission Web Conference

A webinar briefing will be held at least two weeks prior to the Trade Mission. The briefing will provide market information and advice on how to do business in India. It is also an opportunity to connect with other participants in advance of the Mission and discuss the Mission logistics.

Shared Market Intelligence

Businesses attending the Trade Mission will have different levels of experience in the market.  Those new to the market will benefit from the experiences of others.  Members of the Trade Mission are invited to join other members of the group and our sponsor’s representatives each evening for dinner which provides an opportunity to discuss issues and ideas.

Mission Brochure

The Council will produce a brochure to promote the companies taking part in the Mission.  The text and contact details will be taken from your application form.  If you’re successful in your application we’ll ask you to supply a high-resolution head and shoulders photo to include in the brochure.

Press Coverage

We’d like to promote your connection with the Trade Mission. Therefore, if you’re successful in your application we’ll share your details with our public relations team.

Register for the Trade Mission now!

Secure your place before all spots are taken and lock in the early bird discount.

Trade Mission Tickets

Early Bird Pricing for Non-Council Members

$1125
Offer applicable for non-Council members who register and pay before the 15th April 2018.Register Now
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Early Bird Pricing for Council Members

$900
Offer applicable for active Council Members who register and pay before the 15th April 2018.Register Now

Standard Pricing After 15th April

$1950
Standard non-member pricing for those who register on or after the 15th April 2018.Register Now

Need additional information? Want to take a colleague along at a discounted rate? Get in touch with one of our trade commissioners to discuss your specific needs.

Services Not Included in Ticket Price

Airfares and Accommodation Costs

It is the responsibility of each delegate to book and pay for their own airfares, accommodation and meals outside of the scheduled welcome dinner, after 5 drinks and networking breakfast. We will recommend a 4* hotel where the Council will conduct its opening ceremony, presentations, panel discussions, export cafe and business round-tables.  You can make your own travel arrangements but it is recommended that you stay in the mission hotel in order to make the most of the networking opportunities. Please do not book any travel or accommodation prior to receiving conformation of your place on the Trade Mission. The Council can assist in booking airfares and accommodation where requested.

Insurance

Trade Mission members are strongly advised to take out adequate travel and sickness insurance.  We always recommend that this insurance includes cover for cancellation of the visit for reasons beyond the control of the International Trade Council.  If a mission is cancelled for reasons beyond our control, the International Trade Council can take no responsibility for any loss you may incur.

Vaccinations

Please check necessary individual health precautions for the countries of the market visit with your local travel nurse.  The International Trade Council accepts no responsibility for advice in this specialized field.   Please click here for important health information for travellers to India:  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/india

Visas

All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. All Individual visa seekers are requested to apply for the Indian Visa through Online application link , in order to make an application for getting the Indian visa. Click here to see more information about the Visa process: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html

Terms and Conditions of Participation

Cancellation

If you decide not to join the Trade Mission, and inform us by fax, letter or email, arriving on or before 15th May 2018 we shall refund 50% of the Mission participation fee.  After the 15th May 2018 there will be no refund.

General Terms and Conditions

The participant must submit a completed and signed registration form and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the company's products and/or services, primary market objectives, and goals for participation.

Upon submission of the registration (whether online, via fax, email, post, courier or in person), the participation for the Trade Mission will be binding and the participation fee will be due.

The International Trade Council reserves the right to evaluate the ability of the applicant to meet the participation criteria.

The Trade Mission will take place if a minimum number of 25 companies is reached. In case of cancellation of the Trade Mission for this reason, the participation fee will be refunded.

The participant must hold and maintain travel and other appropriate insurances in connection with attendance at, and participation in, the Trade Mission.

Flight from your country of origin to India and all hotel, food or ground transportation expenses outside the denoted meals and activities are borne by the participants

The participant accepts full responsibility for all the business and organizational outcomes arising from their participation. The International Trade Council will not be held responsible for the commercial endeavors of any party that participates in the trade mission.

The participant agrees to participate in a separate survey to evaluate the Trade Mission.

The International Trade Council reserves the right to reject any application without being obliged to discuss the reasons for doing so. Any decision made by the Council will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Market Intelligence

Learn more about the India market by reading our regular blog updates.

Interested in Sponsoring?

If your organization is interested in sponsoring a panel discussion, breakfast, dinner, social mixer or other event during the Trade Mission, we’d love to hear from you. Send us a quick email and we’ll get right back to you.

Contacting the Council

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Contacting the International Trade Council

Mission Administrator
Melanie Walker
Email: mwalker@tradecouncil.org

ITC International Headquarters

Rond Point Robert Schuman 11, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 588 5803
Fax: +32 2 588 5804
Email: info@tradecouncil.org
Website: www.tradecouncil.org

United States of America
712 H Street NE, Washington DC 2002, United States of America
Tel: +1 202 869 0988
Fax: +1 202 869 1121

India Office
K-10/40, Lower Ground Floor. DLF City Phase – II.
Gurgaon Haryana 122008
Tel: +91 11 30051622
Email: sameer.mittal@tradecouncil.org.in