Business Roundtable Trade & Investment in India




The Brussels Diplomatic Academy, the Embassy of India and the Belgo-Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry

are pleased to invite you to an in-person event at De Warande, Brussels

on November 30, 2022. 13:45 – 17:30hs


This Business Round Table (BRT) aims to support the Embassy of India’s program of Public Diplomacy as the country celebrates important milestones in its independence and diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union. More specifically, the BRT will provide a forum for high level discussions regarding boosting investment and trade between India and the EU. The event brings together persons from a cross section of the Belgian and European business community who have an interest in doing business in India, as well as representatives of EU Institutions, Think Tanks and NGOs. Speakers and participants will engage in moderated exchanges involving two panels of Indian and European experts around the Indian government’s new initiative of “Make in India” and to significantly increase Indian exports to Europe. The EU is already India’s largest trading partner and investor, particularly in the transfer of technology, but there is scope to dramatically increase the volume and value of trade between the two in a manner which benefits both sides. While an EU-India FTA has been under discussion for some time, the recent relaunch of the FTA negotiations and separate agreements on Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) and Geographical Indications (GI) Agreement provides a fresh impetus from both sides to reinvigorate trade and economic ties between India and the EU.



13:45   Welcome Coffee, refreshments

14:00   Welcome Remarks

Ambassador Dr. Len Ishmael, BDA

Baron Philippe Vlerick, BICC&I

Ambassador Santosh Jha, Embassy of India to Belgium, Luxembourg & EU


14:15 – 15:30 Panel 1: Investment Opportunities in India.

Discussions around the most effective means by which win wins and low hanging fruit can be harnessed to allow European and Indian businesses to maximize the potential of enhanced investment and trade as a means of providing greater benefits at home while supporting India’s initiative to increase exports to Europe.

Moderator: Ambassador Len Ishmael

Speakers: Philippe Vlerick, Chairman, BICCI

 Luc Provost, CEO, B-Medical Systems

Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum

Representative from InvestIndia  (tbc)


15: 30 – 16:45 Panel 2: Business Community’s Views on ongoing FTA, IPA and GI’s on EU-India Investment and trade.

A review of ongoing discussions on the EU-India Free Trade Agreement; Investment Protection Agreement and Geographical Indications and prospects for investment and trade between India and Europe.

Moderator: tbc

Speakers: Kevin Verbelen, Corporate Lawyer, Expert International Trade, Agoria

Daan De Vlieger, Partner Global Trade Advisory at Deloitte

Rajindre Tweari, Board of Directors, EIBC & CEO Mahler Fund Management

Tine Jacobs, Ambassadesecretaris/Secrétaire d’Ambassade, E5 – EU Trade Policy & WTO


16:45 – 17:30 Networking Reception


Venue: De Warande Rue Zinner 1, 1000 Brussels


This event can be attended online.

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Date – 30 th November, 2022 (Wednesday)
1:45 PM – 5:30 PM (Brussels Time)
6:15 PM – 10:00 PM (IST)

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Meeting number: 2369 506 0429

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