The global wholesale trade serving millions of buyers and suppliers around the world, Alibaba.com on Monday organized the Alibaba Business Circle in Surat. The Vadodara Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI) has been bought by Alibaba.com. Some more industries together have been brought in Alibaba Business Circle; the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SGCCI) ICICI Bank and SMERA Ratings Ltd.
The event started with an introduction of industry veterans and key decision makers and followed by illustrate how Indian SMEs in Surat and how internet can be used to sell products to overseas markets. How ‘Industry Hubs’, a product designed to streamline the supply chain, can help Indian small business owners to trade and expand their export business on Alibaba.com was demonstrated by Mr Michael Mang, Head of Business Development & Marketing, APAC & MENA, Alibaba.com.
Many small business owners and senior executives attended the event. Mr Jatin Govil, Head of Business Loans, ICICI Bank, Manager, Fabdeal Pvt Ltd, Mr Vinod Naik, Senior Vice President, SMERA Ratings Ltd, Mr Michael Mang, Head of Business Development and Marketing, and Mr Robert Shen, Senior Manager of Global Suppliers Operations of Alibaba.com. And many more business owners across industry verticals were seen at the Alibaba Business Circle gathering.
“Alibaba.com has always been committed to educating small business owners in every corner of the world become quality suppliers and reach a global audience for cross-border trade. We believe that the internet has opened up a large range of opportunities for small businesses and can be effective in helping Indian business to continue expanding their customer base to newer markets and exploring untapped global trade opportunities. We are happy to partner with VCCI, SGCCI, SMERA Rating and ICICI Bank who share our vision to encourage and help small businesses reach overseas markets,” said Mr Bhushan Patil, Director of Alibaba.com.
“A various challenges were faced by Alibaba Group by small business owners in India and discussed on how they can utilize Alibaba.com to maximize their results and receive useful tips to sell products in Dubai, US and Europe markets,” said Mr Allawadhi, Gold supplier Member of Alibaba.com.
Online marketplace, Alibaba.com has registered 3.6 million small and medium-sized Indian businesses as of December 31, 2013.