FIIB @ BRICS Chamber of Commerce & Industry – E-Commerce Conclave

Speakers at BRICS CCI- E-Commerce Conclave

BRICS Chamber of commerce is a new platform that has been created to facilitate trading relations & bon homie between BRICS countries. Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa have been clubbed together to form this  group, with the hope that they would benefit each other with similar economies. This chamber works towards conducting workshops & organizing events for the members of this chamber of commerce. Members comprise companies who want to gain from being paticpants to the various activities conducted by the chamber as well as by inteacting with each othe at various platforms.

The ecommerce conference was a platform for existing successful ecommerce organisations & consultants to share their business models, experiences & limitations, and to showcase future technologies that would benefit all nations. It was great listening to KPMG partners sharing their views as consultants, ecommerce companies sharing their experiences & challenges, and financial services companies sharing the importance of their role in online transactions that has served as the backbone of all ecommerce companies.

The keynote address by CEO of MSTC Ltd, Mr. SK Tripathi who gave us a look into how a PSU had been using ecommerce platforms like e-auction to facilitate quicker & economical services to its clients. The address by Minister of IT & Communications, Ravi Shankar Prasad was equally invigorating, especially when he would share insights on Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s thoughts about the digital space in India.

The various speakers shared their views on ecommerce now & its future in India. Everyone sounded upbeat & truly believed that this was where India 2020 would see itself doing business. There were participants from Corporate Shiksha, infibeam.com, 91Springboard, ICICI Financial Services, WorldPay, KPMG etc. Each panelist shared his or her views as to how their companies were facilitating the ecommerce journey for consumers in India.

My interaction with 2 panelists on an individual level, post Panel Discussion, was especially interesting. One was Ms. Neeru Sharma, Co-Founder – Infibeam.com & the other was Mr. Ashwin Vellody, Patner – KPMG. Neeru being the founder of an ecommerce site, infibeam.com threw light on the explosion of etailing space especially in B2C category. Ashwin however was more keen on understanding the knowledge transference about ecommerce & social media as a course in an educational institute. He, though based out of Bangalore, was really keen to interact with students at FIIB, since he keeps travelling between Gurgaon & Bangalore very frequently.

Our students had volunteered for this conference & had a great time while interacting with panelists & other guests. The students who did a geat job were Gaurav Malhotra, Akrishti Soni, Prateek Upadhyay, Yuti Sharma & Saurabh Raichandani. I am sure they will have some excellent takeaways from the conference & will be able to bring some elements of panel discussions in their classroom leanings.