On his 3rd visit to India, WTCA Chief examines best practices from India’s premier World Trade Center and also aims to grow number of WTC licensees in India
“The priority of World Trade Centers Association New York is to promote active engagement of members. The success of the World Trade Centers Association will depend on how well we engage with our members and understand their businesses. We have adopted a strategic plan to improve engagement of our members. As part of this plan, we are launching ‘Info Share’ programme to profile detailed information of every member. We are also reviewing the existing certification programme for our members to benefit from 330 World Trade Centers in 100 countries across the globe said Mr. Scott Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer, World Trade Centers Association (WTCA), New York during a meeting with the key officials of World Trade Center (WTC) Mumbai.
“Different members of World Trade Centers Association offer different kinds of services. Some World Trade Centers conduct trade promotion events, while some others offer real estate services along with trade promotion. World Trade Centers Association will understand the requirement of each member and provide them the required support for better growth of business opportunities”, Mr. Ferguson added.
Speaking about World Trade Centers in India, Mr. Fergusson said,” I am excited about the potential growth opportunity for licensees in India and the best practices employed by World Trade Center Mumbai.”
In his remarks, Mr. Scott Wang, Vice President, Asia Pacific, WTCA, New York said, ”This meeting is a great chance to receive feedback about member engagement from World Trade Center Mumbai. We can address the issues raised during the meeting and improve the services of World Trade Centers Association. We are excited about the best practices of World Trade Center Mumbai and we wish to promote the same among other centres,”
In his welcome address, Mr. Vijay Kalantri, Vice Chairman, World Trade Center Mumbai and Board Director, WTCA New York said, “World Trade Center Mumbai is the first Indian member of World Trade Centers Association. The objective of World Trade Center Mumbai is to grow international trade by connecting Indian companies with their potential partners in other countries. Indian economy has tremendous growth potential with the launch of Government of India’s Make in India, Digital India, Skill India and other flagship programmes.”
Mr. Kalantri also suggested that WTCA must offer incentives to World Trade Centers to increase the number of members in their countries or regions. He said WTCA must aim to increase the total number of members to 500 in the near future.
Capt. Somesh Batra, Vice Chairman, WTC Mumbai, while addressing the meeting, informed about the trade promotion, trade research, trade education and trade facility services offered by the centre. He mentioned that WTC Mumbai receives around 75 trade missions annually and offers venue to conduct around 60 exhibitions annually. The centre also conducts various trade education programmes and publishes research studies.