COMESA Leather and Leather Products Institute (COMESA/LLPI) participated in the India's Trade Symposium "Linking LDCs into India's Global Value Chains and Launching of India's Commonwealth SME Association" that was held on 29th - 30th June 2016 in Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, India.
COMESA/LLPI was represented by Mr. Awlachew Sintie, Information System Expert, and Mr. Yasin Awale & Mrs. Nalina Rupani representing Member States and the private sector in the leather industry respectively.
The objectives of the Symposium were: (i) To disseminate the results of the studies which include the list of identified Potential Lead Products and their potential Global value chains which can be initiated by India; (ii) Discuss the potential of LDCs and the countries in the region to link into India’s GVC; (iii) To provide a common platform to the Indian industry representatives and the identified LDCs to facilitate discussions on the lead products and their potential value chains. (iv) Launch India’s Commonwealth SME Association.
The following are some of the results of the symposium:
• Identification of lead products for India Global Value Chain;
• Sharing of experiences in trade and investment in India and the Commonwealth Countries;
• The launching of the India and Commonwealth SMEs Association;
• Selection of the Advisory Board of the Association in which COMESA/LLPI is one;
• B2B Meeting, and
• Factory Visit.
Generally, the symposium was successful in terms of linking India to the GVC and the COMSec LLPI Regional Studio was discussed as example of the most important initiatives which can also be replicated for other sectors like Jewelry.