28-30 September 2015 South Asia Economic Conclave


  • India's merchandise trade with South Asia was
    US$20 billion in 2013-14 and is growing at 20.18% annually
  • South Asia was home
    to 1.65 billion people in 2013
  • The estimated nominal GDP of South Asia
    is US$2.561 trillion
  • The region has been growing at 6% annually over
    the last two decades.
  • South Asia is home to 26%
    of the entire world's youth

About us

South Asia
Economic Conclave

South Asia Economic Conclave is a joint initiative by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the World Bank Group, national chambers of commerce of member countries, and similar associations to foster shared growth and prosperity through regional economic integration. To build on CII’s already established role as a convener of private sector leaders and views, it is partnering with the World Bank Group in the launching of a high level private sector led forum for South Asia. The objective of this forum is to stimulate informed dialogue between the private sector and governments to promote regional trade and investment, which would in turn help catalyze higher growth and new job opportunities for all countries in South Asia.

The CII Theme for 2013-14 is Accelerating Economic Growth through Innovation, Transformation, Inclusion and Governance. Towards this, CII advocacy will accord top priority to stepping up the growth trajectory of the nation, while retaining a strong focus on accountability, transparency and measurement in the corporate and social ecosystem, building a knowledge economy, and broad-basing development to help deliver the fruits of progress to all.




Development and Promotion of India's International trade and commerce through formulation of appropriate policy and implementation of various provisions thereof.

Vision and Mission

Make India a significant player in world trade by 2020. Obtain market access for our exports by negotiating multilateral, bilateral and regional trade agreements. Promote and diversify exports through Plan schemes, policies and strategies. Assume role of leadership in international trade organizations.


The Department formulates, implements and monitors the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) which provides the basic framework of policy and strategy to be followed for promoting exports and trade. The Trade Policy is periodically reviewed to incorporate changes necessary to take care of emerging economic scenarios both in the domestic and international economy. Besides, the Department is also entrusted with responsibilities relating to multilateral and bilateral commercial relations, Special Economic Zones, state trading, export promotion and trade facilitation, and development and regulation of certain export oriented industries and commodities.

The Department is headed by a Secretary who is assisted by an Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, four Additional Secretaries, twelve Joint Secretaries and Joint Secretary level officers and a number of other senior officers. The Department is functionally organized into the following eight Divisions:

• Administration and General
• Finance Division
• Economic Division
• Trade Policy Division
• Foreign Trade Territorial Divisions
• State Trading & Infrastructure Division
• Supply Division
• Plantation Division.

The various offices / organizations under the administrative control of the Department are:
(A) Three Attached Offices, (B) Ten Subordinate Offices, (C) Ten Autonomous Bodies, (D) Five Public Sector Undertakings, (E) Two Advisory Bodies, (F) Fourteen Export Promotion Councils and (G) Five Other Organizations.

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The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes. CII is a non-government, not-for profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process.

Founded in 1895, India's premier business association has over 7100 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 90,000 enterprises from around 257 national and regional sectoral industry bodies. CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues.

Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, healthcare, education, livelihood, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and water, to name a few. With 63 offices, including 9 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 7 overseas offices in Australia, China, Egypt, France, Singapore, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 224 counterpart organizations in 90 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.

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