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India reached a major milestone this year by meeting the government’s annual export target. The merchandise exports for FY2021-2022 crossed the landmark figure of $400 billion with a significant share coming from the MSME sector.

The contribution of MSMEs in exports for the last fiscal is not available but it has varied from 45- 49 per cent for the past few years. For India to become a global economic superpower, the role of MSMEs can hardly be ignored. The government had outlined its vision back in 2020 to take MSMEs’ share in India’s international exports to 60 per cent by FY2025.

To achieve the government’s vision, more small businesses will have to enter international trade and integrate themselves into the global supply chains of governments and multinational firms.

Some of the concerns hindering the growth of existing MSMEs exporting to the world are the use of outdated technology, high cost of manufacturing, maintaining quality standards, difficulty in adhering to the delivery timelines, challenges in logistics, and working capital issues amongst others.

The event will focus on discussions and the roadmap ahead to enable MSMEs to expand their operations overseas and enter the global value chains.

Recorded Session

Topics of discussion

  • How to capture international markets
  • Building competitiveness of Indian SME exporters
  • Accelerating e-commerce exports
  • How SMEs can integrate with global value chains of MNCs
  • Innovating export finance for Indian MSMEs
  • Managing regulatory cholesterol in global trade
  • Role of insurance in managing market-related risks
  • Solving logistics and infrastructure issues


Abhijit Kamra

Abhijit Kamra

Global Trade, Amazon India
Ajay Sahai

Ajay Sahai

Director General and CEO
Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO)
Animesh Saxena

Animesh Saxena

Managing Director
Neetee Clothings and Past President
Federation of Indian Micro and Small Medium Enterprises (FISME)
Hemali Gada

Hemali Gada

Founder and Managing Director
Hungry Brain
Lokesh Venkataswamy

Lokesh Venkataswamy

CEO and Managing Director
Innomantra Consulting
Mahesh Desai

Mahesh Desai

Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) India
M.H. Bala Subrahmanya

M.H. Bala Subrahmanya

Professor (HAG), Department of Management Studies
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Mohammad Athar (Saif)

Mohammad Athar (Saif)

Partner and Leader Industrial Development
PwC India
Rajendra Prasad Sharma

Rajendra Prasad Sharma

Professor of Marketing
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade
Rama Shankar Pandey

Rama Shankar Pandey

Managing Director
Hella India Lighting
Sanjiv Singh

Sanjiv Singh

Managing Director
Gilard Electronics
Soumyadeep Ganguly

Soumyadeep Ganguly

McKinsey & Company
Tamal Sarkar

Tamal Sarkar

Senior Adviser
Foundation for MSME Clusters
Viraj Shah

Viraj Shah

Country Head - India
Drip Capital


11:00 am - 12:10 pm

Panel Discussion : Accelerating E-commerce exports

  • Abhijit Kamra, Director, Global Trade, Amazon India
  • Animesh Saxena, Managing Director, Neetee Clothings and Past President, Federation of Indian Micro and Small Medium Enterprises (FISME)
  • Hemali Gada, Founder and Managing Director, Hungry Brain
  • Rajendra Prasad Sharma, Professor of Marketing, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade
  • Moderator: Sonal Khetarpal, Editor, SMEs, Financial Express Digital
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Masterclass Session : Discover Design Thinking for Exponential Growth

  • Lokesh Venkataswamy, CEO and Managing Director, Innomantra Consulting
1:15 pm - 1:35 pm

Presentation : Drip Capital's Export Financing Solution

1:35 pm - 2:40 pm

Panel Discussion : Developing Global Value Chains from India

  • Sanjiv Singh, Managing Director, Gilard Electronics
  • M.H. Bala Subrahmanya, Professor (HAG), Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Rama Shankar Pandey, Managing Director, Hella India Lighting
  • Mohammad Athar (Saif), Partner and Leader Industrial Development, PwC India
  • Moderator: Sonal Khetarpal, Editor, SMEs, Financial Express Digital
2:40 pm - 3:30 pm

Panel Discussion : Building Competitiveness of Indian SMEs

  • Ajay Sahai, Director General and CEO, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO)
  • Mahesh Desai, Chairman, Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) India
  • Tamal Sarkar, Senior Adviser, Foundation for MSME Clusters
  • Moderator: Soumyadeep Ganguly, partner, McKinsey & Company
3:30 pm - 3:40 pm

Closing Remarks

Why should you attend

The MSME sector contributes to nearly half of the country’s exports. For India to become a $5-trillion economy, MSMEs must take their operations global in the form of exports or creating joint ventures or subsidiaries of their firms in other economies.'s SMExports Summit 2022 aims to enable more MSMEs to capture the global markets. It will have a series of webinars and Masterclass sessions on building competitiveness for exports and case studies of Indian entrepreneurs who have succeeded in other economies.

The event will also have MSMEs from across the country attending the sessions, panelists who are subject matter experts, international speakers, senior officials, financial institutions, technology firms, and other key stakeholders.

Who should attend

  • MSME Promoters
  • MSME Associations
  • Banks
  • Payment Solution Providers
  • Financial Services Organisations
  • MSME Accelerators
  • Regulatory Authorities
  • Technology Companies
  • Logistics Players
  • Compliance Experts
  • Trade Finance Companies

Why to partner

  • Participation of MSMEs from across the country
  • Masterclass sessions on ‘how to’ rethink your growth strategy beyond the domestic market
  • Collaboration with industry bodies on key challenges hindering SMEs in exporting
  • Opportunity for brands to engage directly with SME community through ‘Ask the Expert’ session
  • Platform to handhold MSMEs to build their expertise
  • High decibel amplification to reach out to maximum members of the MSME community

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