Following their first meeting in London in September this year, the Advisory Board of India- Commonwealth SME Association (ICSA) was convened in New Delhi on 8th Nov 2016.
The meeting chaired by Dr Rashmi Banga, Adviser and Head, Trade Competitiveness Section, Commonwealth secretariat, proved a milestone towards creation of ICSA, as the board members decided on a number of issues towards institutionalizing ICSA.
The Board members finalized the concept note as a guide for ICSA. The Board approved the initiation of process of registration of ICSA and organization of two B2B meetings in 2017- one in India and another in Kenya.
The Advisory Board present during the meeting included Prof. Dr. Mwinyikione MwinyihijaCEO COMESA LLP; Mr. Ahmed Yassin Hussein Awale, Leather Sector Advisor to the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Co-operatives, Government of Kenya; Dr. P. Nayak, Chairman, Global SME DevNet; Mr. Louis Passian Accaro, Director of Membership Services, Tanzania Private Sector Foundation; Mr. Shafquat Haider, Director, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI); Dr. Rashmi Banga, (Convenor) Adviser & Head (Trade Competitiveness) - Trade Division, Commonwealth Secretariat; Mr. Anil Bhardwaj, Secretary General, Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME); Mr. Abhijit Das, Professor & Head, Centre for WTO Studies, IIFT, Delhi; Mr. Manab Majumdar Asst. Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and Mr. Pranav Kumar Head, International Trade Policy, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).