New Delhi: Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Piyush Goyal will inaugurate the Global Exhibition on Services (GES) 2019 this evening in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Chief Minister of Karnataka, B. S. Yediyurappa, will also be present during the inaugural function.
This is the 5th edition of GES and is an attempt towards escalating the Indian services bar in the global arena by exploring 12 champion services sectors encompassing participation from 74 countries and hosting sector specific knowledge sessions.
India is looking to attract investments and partnerships in strategic areas like aviation and space programs, infrastructure, telecom projects, financial management and accounting, content, design, media distribution and outsourcing publishing work, Intellectual Property management services and environmental/social impact assessment.
GES 2019 is spread across 19,000 square meters. Over 400 exhibitors and over 3,000 delegates including 400 overseas delegates from 74 countries will be participating in the GES 2019. There are also Indian and foreign business leaders from the services industry participating in over 4,370 scheduled business-to-business (B2B) meetings over the three days.
GES will see representation of the public and private sectors, besides the participation of 10 Ministries from the Central Government and select State Governments showcasing their strengths in the services sector.
GES looks to enhance strategic cooperation and develop synergies to strengthen multilateral relationships between all stake holders, tap the potential for services exports and increase FDI inflow.
Through GES the Government of India seeks to engage industry and Governments across the world and promote greater exchange of trade in services between India and rest of the world.
The Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry in association with Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has created a dedicated platform for this by way of this annual event. SEPC is an export promotion council set up by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India in 2006 as an apex trade body to facilitate service exporters of India.
In GES 2019, SEPC is also looking to promote esports. The esports industry is expected to grow rapidly. India has invited esports federations from several countries. Participants are expected from Indonesia, Vietnam, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Japan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Korea for GES 2019.
GES 2019 will host focused knowledge sessions on key champion services sectors and will cater to many B2B, business-to-government (B2G) and business-to-consumer (B2C) meetings.
An International Moot Court competition is also being organized at GES 2019 for young lawyers, who along with their seniors, will argue cases related to Intellectual Property Rights. In this competition participants from BIMSTEC (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan) and CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) countries are expected.
India is also aspiring to promote niche tourism like the Buddhist circuit, adventure and camping tourism. Uttar Pradesh is the partnering state mainly to promote the tourism sector and will have a separate pavilion in GES 2019.
In order to attract more players in the services sector India has liberalized its e-visa regime in three categories: e-tourist, e-medical and e-business. Multiple entry tourist and business visas for a period of five years are now available to the nationals of all countries for the benefit of medical tourists.
Separate immigration counters and facilitation desks have been provided at six Indian international airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
SEPC actively contributes to the formulation of policies of Government of India and acts as an interface between the services industry and the Government. It has a membership base of 4,800 members from the 14 service sectors.
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