GTR’s annual conference brought India’s trade community together for discussion, debate and networking opportunities, as it has done for well over a decade. GTR India returned for its 15th year, at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai on February 4, 2019.

Taj Lands End, Mumbai

4th February, 2019

Considered the leading event for Indian and international trade finance issues, the conference offers attendees the opportunity to participate in discussions over industry priorities, build contacts and learn from leaders and innovators through a unique multi-format structure. Over 250 attendees are expected from over 100 companies to hear from expert speakers and industry influencers, with topics ranging from fintech evolution, corporate treasury priorities and considerations, to geopolitical influencers and supply chain finance development.

GTR India 2019 is a not to be missed event for corporate practitioners and trade financiers serious about doing business in the Indian market.

Conference Highlights

5 Interest in India: Key updates and outlook for policy, trade and growth prospects

This session will provide a macroeconomic overview of the Indian trade market, with particular focus on recent policy developments and government priorities designed to increase productivity and investment in India. Points for discussion will include:
● 18 months in, what developments have been made in the implementation of India’s Goods & Services Tax (GST)?
● Have expectations in trade growth been met? How are companies and banks managing the transition? How will financial creditors and operational creditors be impacted by the recent policies around GST?
● What is the current outlook for SMEs in India in 2019? Does the increased rate of IPOs in India bode well for the future and can this trend be maintained? Is India’s bankruptcy policy having a detrimental effect on SMEs?
● Following the move to make the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) an open-ended policy, what impact has the scheme had on the banking sector?
● What impact has the ‘Make in India’ initiative had on India’s manufacturing sector?

Can India be the ultimate beneficiaries of a trade war?

With 2018’s escalation in trade tariffs on Sino-US exports/imports reaching over US$200bn in products and commodities, this session will explore the implications for Indian trade, including:
● What are the potential implications of the US-China trade war for the Indian transaction banking market?
● How big a concern is the potential disruption to supply chains? What mitigation strategies are corporates and banks putting in place to offset these?
● Is there an opportunity for the Indian market to help capture the Chinese markets in a number of sectors vacated by US exports?
● Where do global events leave India’s trade relationship with the US? Does it make a bilateral trade agreement more likely?

Digitisation and monetisation of supply chains

As developments in fintech continue to influence the development of corporate supply chain management, this session will assess the ongoing trends in the movement towards digitization of supply chains by focusing on corporate approaches. Topics for discussion will include:
● Assessing ongoing trends shaping the digitization of supply chains
● What support exists for corporate practitioners as the look to digitize their supply chains in 2019?
● As corporates look to monetize their supply chains, what approaches are being taken? How does dynamic discounting for vendors and dealers offer opportunities for corporates?

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