The leaders of the prominent business federations from major world economies met in New Delhi, India, on 11-12 February 2019, on the occasion of the 5th edition of the Global Business Coalition Plenary Meeting. The meeting, hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), was held in the continuity of the B20 and G20 Argentina summits, which took place, in Buenos Aires on 04-05 October and 30 November-01 December 2018 respectively, and ahead of the B20 and G20 Japan summits, to be held on 14-15 March in Tokyo and 28-29 June 2019 in Osaka.

The two-day event allowed the international business community representatives to conduct meaningful and constructive dialogues on some of the Global Business Coalition’s priority topics, including notably, Trade and Investment, Digitalisation, Resource Efficiency and the Future of Work, and to meet with the government of India and leaders of Indian industries.

Summary of the agenda

Monday, 11 February 2019

CII-GBC Exclusive Dialogue: The Future of Work in a Highly Digitalized World: Managing Innovation, Evolving Education & Skilling Models
– Opening Session
– Session-1: Industry 4.0
– Session-2: Research and Innovation
– Session-3: The Skilling Challenge

CII-GBC Dialogue on Digitalisation

GBC Country Reviews

CII-GBC Dialogue on Trade with Government of India

CII-GBC Dialogue on Investment with Government of India

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

GBC Plenary Meeting

CII-GBC Dialogue on Entrepreneurship and Future Businesses

GBC Interaction with Media Leaders

Official Meetings


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The meeting was attended by representatives of the sixteen members of the Global Business Coalition:

CII: Confederation of Indian Industry
– Rakesh Bharti Mittal, President, CII & Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises
– Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General

Ai Group: Australian Industry Group
– Innes Willox, CEO
– Louise McGrath, National Manager – Business and International Advisory Services; GBC Sherpa

BDI: Federation of German Industries
– Dieter Kempf, President
– Stormy-Annika Mildner, Head of Department External Economic Policy; B20 Germany Sherpa; GBC Sherpa

BE: BusinessEurope
– Markus Beyrer, Director General and CEO
– Luisa Santos, International Relations Director; GBC Sherpa

CBI: Confederation of British Industry
– Sean McGuire, Director CBI Brussels; GBC Sherpa
– Shehla Hasan, Country Director, India
– Siddhartha Thyagarajan, Policy Advisor, India Office

CCC: Canadian Chamber of Commerce
– Perrin Beatty, President and CEO
– Mark Agnew, Senior Director, International Policy; GBC Sherpa

CEOE: Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain
– Narciso Casado, Director General CEOE International
– Alvaro Schweinfurth, Deputy Director of International Relations; B20 Sherpa; GBC Sherpa

CGEM: General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises
– Nabila Freidji, Member of the Board and Chair, International Cooperation Committee; GBC Sherpa

CNI: National Confederation of Industry Brazil
– Glauco José Côrte, Vice President
– Jose Augusto Fernandes, Policy and Strategy Director; GBC Sherpa

– Giulio Pedrollo, Vice President Industrial Policy; CEO Pedrollo Group
– Marco Felisati, Deputy Director International Affairs and Trade Policy; B20 Sherpa; GBC Sherpa
– Nicoletta Amodio, Manager Research & Innovation
– Luigi Raschellà, Chief Representative India – Regional BD Asia, Elettronica Group

FEI: Federation of Egyptian industries
– Eng. Mohamed El Swedy, Chairman
– Shaimaa Bahaa El Din, Director of International Affairs & Development Partners’ Relations; GBC Sherpa
– Dr. Khaled Abdel Azim, Executive Director

FKI: Federation of Korean Industries
– Tae-shin KWON, Vice-chairman and CEO
– Chi-sung EOM, Deputy Secretary General & Head of International Affairs Division; GBC Sherpa

MEDEF: French Business Federation
– Michel Guilbaud, Director General
– Christine Lepage, Director International Department; GBC Sherpa

TUSIAD: Turkish Industry and Business Association
– Dr. Bahadır Kaleağası, CEO
– Hale Hatipoglu, Deputy Secretary General; GBC Sherpa
– Tamer Sen, Senior Director, Global Economic Relations

UIA: Union Industrial Argentina
– Diego Martín Coatz, Executive Director
– Fernando Landa, Head International Institutional Affairs; B20 Argentina Policy Sherpa; GBC Sherpa

USCC: U.S. Chamber of Commerce
– Ambika Sharma, Managing Director, India, US-India Business Council
– Sandip Samaddar, Head of Policy & Strategic Engagements, India, US-India Business Council

GBC: Global Business Coalition
– Sebastien Louvet, Secretary

The next and 6th Edition of the Global Business Coalition Plenary Meeting will be hosted by the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) in Seoul in 2020.