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Focus Sectors

  • Start ups

    Start – Ups Ecosystem

    India-South Africa signed a MoU to strengthen cooperation in sharing of open source technologies and IPR protection of traditional knowledge systems in July 2016. The initiative was aptly named as the Gandhi-Mandela Program on Grass Root Innovation.

  • Automobile

    Automotive and Automobile

    In 2015-16, a substantial percentage of passenger cars were exported to South Africa approximately 10%, out of the total value of USD 5.6 billion passenger car exports from India

  • Pharmaceuticals

    Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare

    South Africa is the biggest market for Indian pharmaceutical companies in the African continent and accounts for nearly a fifth of their exports to Africa. Indian made Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs constitute 80% of Africa’s total consumption.

  • IT and BPM

    Industry 4.0 and Future skills

    India and South Africa have emerged as front-runners with respect to improving digital competitiveness based on their strength in areas such as technology skills, R&D expenditure, access to capital, regulatory frameworks and existing innovation ecosystems.

  • Mining

    Mining

    Mining sector has a significant share in the Indian and South African economies contributing a huge amount to the national GDP. India's national targets for steel have a perfect match in South Africa's chromium reserves.

  • Food Processing

    Food and agricultural processing

    India and South Africa are market-oriented agricultural economies that are highly diversified and include the production of all the major grains, oilseeds, fruits, sugar, and vegetables.

  • Chemicals

    Chemicals

    India is the 4th largest producer of agrochemicals with a market size of US$ 693 million and is a key exporter to South Africa.

  • Oil and gas

    Oil and Gas

    India’s oil consumption has been rising by 6 million barrels per day (bpd) to about 10 million bpd by 2040 and is 80% dependent on imports to meet its oil needs. India and South Africa can explore new opportunities in hydrocarbon exploration and production, export of oilfield services and construction of fertilizer plants.

  • banking Financial

    Banking financial services and Insurance

    India has extended financing of $7.4 billion for various developmental and capacity building projects over the past four years in Africa. As many as 140 projects have been implemented there by the Indian government and companies

Our Programmes

India-South Africa CEOs Forum Report

08:00 – 08:45 Committe Room 2

India-South Africa CEOs Forum Report

08:00 – 08:45 Committe Room 2

The India-South Africa CEO’s Forum provides a platform to strengthen economic ties between the business communities of the two countries and facilitate regular interactions between its members as well as with the two Governments. The Forum will identify problems and bottlenecks to greater economic engagement between the two countries and recommend solutions. The forum will recommend measures to improve the overall investment climate and enhance two-way trade and investment between India and South Africa. The Forum will enable business houses of both countries to play an important and dynamic role in carrying out and effective dialogue process with the Governments of both sides with special reference to suggestion of guidelines and policies relating to bilateral trade and investment. The key sector identified for cooperation are Financial Services, Pharmaceutical & healthcare, Mining, Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Energy and Education.

Speakers

Madhumitha Ramnathan

Senior Assistant Vice President & Co-Head, Global Investor Outreach

Plenary Session

09:00 – 10:45 Ball Room

Plenary Session

09:00 – 10:45 Ball Room

The India-South Africa Business Summit will commence with the welcome note given by Mr. David Makhura, Premier, Gauteng Province. Key note addresses will be delivered by Dr. Rob Davies, Minister of Trade & Industry, South Africa and Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry, India. There will be a panel discussion with dignitaries from India and South Africa, discussing the opportunities for trade and investment between the two countries. The session will end with the two Investment Promotion Agencies, Invest India and Invest SA presenting on the facilitation services provided to investors in India and South Africa respectively.

Speakers

Mr. Suresh Prabhu

Hon’ble Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation of India

Dr Rob Davies

Hon’ble Minister for Trade & Industry of South Africa

Mr. David Makhura

Hon’ble Premier of Gauteng Province

Mr. Adi Godrej

Chairman of Godrej Group

Mr. Vivian Reddy

Founder of Edison Group

Mr. Deepak Bagla

CEO of Invest India

Inauguration of Exhibition

10:15 Exhibition Hall 2

Inauguration of Exhibition

10:15 Exhibition Hall 2

An exhibition is organised where investors from India and South Africa will have exhibition booths at the Sandton Convention Centre. The exhibition provides an opportunity for companies to display their products and interact with potential investors.

India meets SADC

11:30 – 12:45 Committe Room 2

India meets SADC

11:30 – 12:45 Committe Room 2

The India-South Africa CEO’s Forum provides a platform to strengthen economic ties between the business communities of the two countries and facilitate regular interactions between its members as well as with the two Governments. The Forum will identify problems and bottlenecks to greater economic engagement between the two countries and recommend solutions. The forum will recommend measures to improve the overall investment climate and enhance two-way trade and investment between India and South Africa. The Forum will enable business houses of both countries to play an important and dynamic role in carrying out and effective dialogue process with the Governments of both sides with special reference to suggestion of guidelines and policies relating to bilateral trade and investment. The key sector identified for cooperation are Financial Services, Pharmaceutical & healthcare, Mining, Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Energy and Education.

The spirit of enterprise!

11:30 – 12:45 Session Room 2

The spirit of enterprise!

11:30 – 12:45 Session Room 2

India has the 2nd largest Start-up ecosystem in the world with over 20,000 start-ups which are expected to witness an YoY growth of 10-12%. 1,400 new tech start-ups were born in 2016 alone implying there are 3-4 tech start-ups born every day. South Africa is an entrepreneurial leader in sub-Saharan Africa and ranks as the best country for funding in Africa with more than 1190 investors invested in start-ups and an increase in value of venture capitalists’ investments by 134%. In order to boost growth opportunities for entrepreneurs and accelerate start-up incubation, the session will mainly focus on key areas of collaboration to nurture the growing start- up ecosystem between the two countries.

India and South Africa get the green light!

11:30 – 12:45 Session Room 4

India and South Africa get the green light!

11:30 – 12:45 Session Room 4

One of the key sectors driving growth in India and South Africa is the automotive sector. India has the fastest growing commercial vehicle market which is expected to grow 3 times to US$ 300 billion and auto-components to grow 5 times to US$200 billion by 2026. On the other hand, South Africa's automotive industry is the largest in Africa and contributed 7.5% to its GDP. In 2015-16, 10% of India’s total passenger car exports were made to South Africa. The session will focus on enhancement of technology and define the future roadmap to increase bilateral cooperation in the automotive sector.

Fostering partnership and innovation for improved health outcomes.

11:30 – 12:45 Session Room 3

Fostering partnership and innovation for improved health outcomes.

11:30 – 12:45 Session Room 3

Touted as ‘Pharmacy of the World’, India is proficient in producing high drug volumes as well as using technology to solve complex healthcare challenges of the 21st century. South Africa is the biggest market for Indian pharmaceutical companies in the African continent and accounts for nearly a fifth of their exports to Africa. Indian made ARV drugs constitute 80% of Africa’s total consumption. As the African drug market moves towards the $30-bn mark by 2021, India and South Africa can foster stronger ties in trading as well as manufacturing drugs. This session will focus on India’s involvement in the next wave of medical revolution through biosimilars and its existing mastery in generics and APIs that can be combined with South Africa’s high economic growth and favourable investment infrastructure. The overall objective of the session will be to understand the market and the scope for Indian healthcare industry in South Africa, as well as share insights on how the region can import and imitate technological advancements taking place in India in the health-tech and pharmaceutical domains.

Be the game changer!

14:00 – 15:15 Session Room 2

Be the game changer!

14:00 – 15:15 Session Room 2

Women entrepreneurship has been recognised as an important source of economic growth. Women entrepreneurs create new jobs for themselves and provide society with different solutions to management, organisation and business problems. India and South Africa are emerging as a hub for promoting women entrepreneurs. Realising the importance of women entrepreneurship, Government of India has emphasized on equal opportunities for women in policies and taken initiatives like easy loans, funding, E-Haat, Startup-India. In South Africa, initiatives like Technology for Women in Business (TWIB), South African Women entrepreneurs’ network (SAWEN) and B'avumile Skills Development Initiative help women entrepreneurs in growing their businesses. The session will focus on how countries like India and South Africa can support women entrepreneurs to become successful leaders and mentors and harbour their potential to encourage the convergence of entrepreneurial spirit globally.

Speakers

Dr. Anna Mokgokong

Founding Group Executive Chairperson of Community Investment Holdings

Emerging technologies to achieve common goals!

14:00 – 15:15 Session Room 4

Emerging technologies to achieve common goals!

14:00 – 15:15 Session Room 4

India is upgrading fast on the high technology value chain and moving towards Industry 4.0. As emerging technologies from the Fourth Industrial Revolution disrupt production systems, we need new tools and approaches to swiftly develop and implement the next generation of industrial strategies that drive inclusive, sustainable growth at the national, regional and global level. A pivotal component of this growth is skill development which contributes to increasing productivity, employability and promoting sustainable enterprise development. The session will focus on some of the key initiatives like ‘Digital India’, ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ that have led to incredible progress in the technology sector in India and will explore potential synergies between India and South Africa.

Mining new insights!

15:30 – 16:30 Session Room 2

Mining new insights!

15:30 – 16:30 Session Room 2

Mining is a major economic activity in both India and South Africa. In many ways South Africa’s political, social and economic landscape has been dominated by mining, given that, for so many years the sector has been the mainstay of the South African economy. In India, the mining sector is the backbone of the Indian economy and feeds into several industries. The sector’s GVA accounted for 3.8% of GDP in FY2016. Given the importance of the mining sector to the economy, India presents a major opportunity for investors across the mining value chain ranging from exploration to mineral processing. The session will focus on exploring areas of collaboration between the two nations and exchange learnings on various aspects to support R&D, innovation and improve regulatory framework in the sector.

Speakers

Ms. Deshnee Naidoo

CEO, Vedanta South Africa

Growing joys and getting to know a taste of things to come!

15:30 – 16:30 Session Room 4

Growing joys and getting to know a taste of things to come!

15:30 – 16:30 Session Room 4

Food processing is particularly important for building manufacturing capabilities and growth as it has strong backward and forward linkages to other industries that have the potential to drive economic growth. South Africa’s agro food and beverages processing sector is highly developed, concentrated and competitive, producing high quality and niche products for local and international markets. On the other hand, India is the 2nd largest producer of farm produce in the world and the single largest in terms of production of milk globally. Both countries have huge advantages with respect to their strategic geographic location, large workforce and large consumer base, coupled with a conducive business environment, making a promising hub for the global food economy. The session will focus on highlighting opportunities in the food processing sector that is fast-expanding in both countries with growth in the retail sector, and favourable economic policies and fiscal incentives.

Closing Session: India South Africa Relations – The Way Forward

16:30 – 17:30 Session Room 4

Closing Session: India South Africa Relations – The Way Forward

16:30 – 17:30 Session Room 4

The closing ceremony of India-South Africa Business Summit 2018 will be a wrap-up of the two day event discussing the next steps for the government, investors and respective stake holders to implement the discussions into actions.

Speakers

Mrs. Ruchira Kamboj

High Commissioner of India to South Africa

Lesotho Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia

Former High Commissioner of India to South Africa

Ms. Elizabeth Sidiropoulos

Moderator and Chief Coordinator,South African Institute of International Affairs

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