The first session of India Unplugged series focussed on debunking some myths about trading in India, the major one being Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and copyrights. INZBC launched its rolling speaker series, ‘India Unplugged’ in another flagship event held in Auckland on 30th March 2016.
The series - India Unplugged is specifically designed to equip kiwi businesses with knowledge to work better with Indian market. First session of the series witnessed industry experts from AJ Park, Mark Hargreaves (Partner, Commercial Team) and Anton Blijlevens (Partner, Patents Team); they took the participants through their detailed presentation on the key issues relating to IP laws and protection of copyrights in India.
The series was inaugurated by the Indian High Commissioner of India, Mr. Sanjiv Kohli and a visiting dignitary from India, Mrs. Preneet Kaur, Former Federal Minister of State for External Affairs.
Congratulating INZBC and NZTE for the initiative in order to provide immense opportunities for fruitful collaboration between Kiwi-Indo businesses, H.E Sanjiv Kohli, High Commission of India to New Zealand said “Events like this helps cover the information deficit that has long been holding businesses back. Initiative like this will help to bridge the gap and help businesses to tap the opportunities available.”
He further said, “The topic of Intellectual Property rights is a very important subject; India is in the process of creating a very robust and sound IPR regime that is critical to encouraging innovation, creativity as there is a need to have a system which is compliant with international obligations. Under the new leadership, we are regularly updating our legal and administrative framework to ensure that regime is implemented effectively.”
The launch observed presence of Madam Preneet Kaur from Royal family of Patiala (Punjab, India) and representative of Indian Legislative Assembly along with honourable parliamentarians from the New Zealand government. “I feel really wonderful be a part of today’s event - India Unplugged and to meet the captains of the Indian industry who are making efforts to promote India’s PM vision ‘Make in India’ here in New Zealand.”
She briefly talked about similarities between New Zealand and Punjab, both being agriculturally driven. She mentioned about her experience of visiting beautiful dairy farms in New Zealand and meeting the oldest settlers from Punjab in New Zealand.
This speaker series is being supported by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and is aimed at handing the questions that businesses often have on trading with India. Welcoming the honourable guests at the event Maria Gray, Marketing Manager, India Middle East and Africa-NZTE, expressed her gratitude for the immense support extended by all the members and participants. She further said, “the series will focus on the pain points for kiwi businesses and the areas they need information about when they are looking to do business with India. This is an opportunity for everyone to get first-hand information from the people who already have done business with India and to meet the expert panellists from AJ Park and other organisations, available for all the export and import questions.”
In line with its efforts to promote collaboration of kiwi-Indo businesses, INZBC is all set to roll- out this year-long workshops in order to educate kiwi businesses on the nuts and bolts of actually doing business with India. The series will deal with subjects like Tax laws, Logistics, tips on finding a partner in India, how to set-up, etc.
INZBC’s Head of Govt. Relations, Wenceslaus Anthony said, “this series will primarily aim at giving information about actually running a business in India. Realising how important it is for kiwi business to know the realities of doing business in India, INZBC along with NZTE have taken this initiative.”
Mr. Anthony also mentioned about the recent launch of INZBC’s wellington chapter and discussed a few upcoming launches in the near future. He reiterated that INZBC leadership would continue working towards the bigger mission of promoting trade and business between India and New Zealand.
Bhav Dhillon, Treasurer of INZBC said, “This series is just not a meet and greet, this is an initiative to destroy some myths about doing business in India.” This industry focussed initiative provides a golden opportunity for participants to learn about the mechanism of accessing and using information from industry experts that will further upskill the business community in New Zealand and provide them with actionable intelligence to do better business with India.
With the recent launch of Wellington Chapter and with the plans to soon introduce a chapter in Christchurch as well, INZBC is expanding its footprints with the greater pace. Now, that INZBC is spreading its reach and degree of engagement across all the commercial towns in New Zealand, this event is likely to reach a wider audience and witness greater participation from Kiwi businesses, which are earlier out of the network of INZBC.