Export Promotion Centre (EPC) a division of Tamil Nadu Chamber Foundation -with the support of Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (established in 1924) is organising Vibrant Tamil Nadu Export Summit 2018 at Centenary Auditorium, University of Madras Campus, Chepauk, Chennai on 22nd December 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
The EPC is headquartered at Madurai with a membership base of 500 plus spread over 6 chapters including Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Salem and Hosur.”
The objective of EPC is to promote small and medium scale exporters in the Southern region of Tamil Nadu particularly. The idea is to upgrade small merchants, manufacturers, retired officials and housewives who have a passion towards exports by teaching them the nuances of the export trade with well-structured classes, said Mr. Thirupathi Rajan, Chairman, EPC, while addressing media in a press meet held in the city today on the happening of the summit. Mr. S. Rethinavelu, Chairman, Tamil Nadu Chamber Foundation (TCF) and Mr. JK Muthu, Convenor, Vibrant Tamilnadu Export Summit 2018, were others present during the press meet.
Expecting participation of 1000+ attendees, the programme is to deal with informative topics related to export business. In about 12 sessions including interactive panel discussions, the details will be shared on the following subjects: Exploring Export Opportunities; Role Plays; Best Practices in Foreign Trade; Export Biz Riskka? Ruskka?; Local to Global; Government Support for Exporters; Export Risk Management; Buyers Expectation from Indian Exporters and Export Success Stories. Entry fee is Rs. 2000 per attendee. For more details, please contact: 97517 66440 / 74181 12777 or login www.epcindia.org
Subject experts namely Mr. R. Veeramani, Chairman, GEM Group of Companies; Mr. P. Raveendran – IRTS, Chairman, Chennai Port Trust; Mr. SethuramanSathappan, COO, Emirates NBD Bank, Mumbai; Mr. R. Rajendran, Importers and Traders Association, Srilanka; Ms. Aparna Ram Mohan, MD, Sri Sattva Group; Mr. Kannan Narayanan, Chairman, Kern Logistics Group; Mr. G. Rajamurthy, MD, Global Institute of Foreign Trade; Mr. Mohamed Abubakkar; MD, YasinImpex India; Mr. V. Inbavijayan, International Arbitrator, High Court of Madras; Mr. Yeswant Breed, RM, ECGC India; Mr. JK Muthu, Convenor of the Summit; Mr. S. Ramakrishnan, Co-convenor; Mr. Y. Noble John, Co-Convenor; Mr. K. Thirupathi Rajan, Chairman, EPC; Mr. S. Rethinavelu, Chairman, TN Chamber Foundation; Mr. N. Jegatheesan, President, TN Chamber; Mr. V. Neethi Mohan, Chairman, YES, are to impart knowledge on the Know-hows of different aspects of evolving export business.
“This export summit is the second in the series of summits we had planned towards making the state more thriving destination in India in terms of exports. Incidentally, we had successfully conducted an `International Agri and Food Products Expo and Summit’ under the banner `VIBRANT TAMIL NADU’ in August this year. There were 180 stalls showcased producers and manufacturers with over 600 International visitors after we had personally conducted roadshows over 20 countries. Overall, close to 12000 people had attended the 4-day expo and close to Rs. 170 crore export business was committed with repeat orders for over Rs. 800 crore till date, he added.
The 2nd edition of the VIBRANT TAMILNADU 2019, expo is scheduled to be held at Madurai between 12th and 15th Aug. 2019 at IDA Scudder Trade Centre.
The State and Central Governments thrust for Agriculture and Food Products, the unveiling of the new policy a few weeks back indicating a doubling of agri exports by 2022 by boosting infrastructure and removal of export restrictions etc are all good signs of the Governments intentions to grow this industry.
The State has nearly 24,000 food processing firms registered as small and micro enterprises and 1,100 firms as medium and large units. Percentage wise, the numbers are pretty dismal and one of the objectives of EPC is to motivate investors to invest in food processing industries. Tamil Nadus overall share in this is a miniscule 2%.
As a first, the EPC on its part has registered a brand name Agrimine that is being offered to first time exporters. The idea is to help them till they create their own brand name free of cost under the Export Handholding Scheme, he further added.
The summit is also to witness presentation of awards to achievers and launch of `Vibrant Tamil Nadu 2019, towards gearing up for the activities for next calendar year.