According to Thomas Friedman’s analogy, the world after the event of the massive pandemic could be divided into eras viz. Before Corona (BC), During Corona (DC) and After Corona (AC). To overcome the effects of Covid on the economy, both at global and national levels, would require newer business models, systems in place, new partnerships and new systems of working. 

In this light, the CII Partnership Summit 2020 will play an important role in bringing thought leaders, key policy makers, international experts, industry leaders and all other relevant stakeholders in one platform, from 15 – 18 December 2020.

The CII Partnership Summit has a rich legacy. Being organized from 1995, the Summit has hosted many global leaders and has been witness to several important collaborations that has greatly enhanced global economic and trade relationships.

It makes it all the more special this year as the Partnership Summit 2020 coincides with CII’s 125th anniversary. Through these 125 years, CII has had a momentous journey and has led the Indian industry from it’s a nascent stage to its multi-faceted and multi-dimensional form which we witness today. 

This year’s summit is being organized by CII in partnership with Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and Railways, Shri Piyush Goyal is Chair of the Summit and Mr Uday Kotak, President, CII is the Co-chair.

The summit is aimed at placing India as a leader in the changing geopolitical and economic landscape and would focus on seven major tracks of discussions and deliberations.

  • Geopolitical and strategic developments

The summit would capture perspectives of experts on regional parameters and India’s multilateral and bilateral economic and trade partnership.

Discussions around the emerging construct of the Indo-Pacific region and the potential global response to assertive expansionism by certain players would take place. Deliberations would also cover the US elections and its possible implications, and the impending Brexit and its impact for India’s relations with the UK and EU. African nations would be also strongly represented in the sessions.

  • Economy and finance

The economy is on its way to recovery and we are hoping for a robust turnaround in 2021, mostly led by a rebound in manufacturing activity and a pickup in economic activities. The sessions would showcase India’s reforms track and the many structural reform policies that are opening up new opportunities for global investors.

  • International Trade

The Summit would identify key trends and examine global collaborations between different regions and businesses with India as a key stakeholder for international trade.

  • Investments

Invest India has recently won the UNCTAD Investment Promotion Award, which signifies the Government’s commitment to usher in foreign investments. This track of the Summit would highlight the immense progress that India has made in its ease of doing business mission. Sessions with global investors and investment roundtables would be a part of it.

  • Technology

With the pandemic, the ‘phygital’ physical + digital world is at our doorstep. This track would explore digitization and the future of jobs as well as expectations from new and emerging technology.

  • Sustainability

This track would focus on global collaborations for an un-plastic world, reworking the response to climate change, financing for clean technologies and sustainable business models.

  • Healthcare

Covid has put the need for building a fortified healthcare system as a top priority across the world. This healthcare track will cover the economics and logistics of a vaccine response and showcase India’s leadership in the pharmaceuticals, medtech, and medical equipment space and how it can be a partner for the world in this state of emergency and beyond.


The Partnership Summit would be attended by over 4000 industry leaders, including large, medium and small enterprises from all the sectors of the economy as well as diplomats, ambassadors, multinational companies and public sector enterprises and think tanks, academia, media leaders and civil society, from across the country and overseas.

Strong participation from the Government includes the presence of Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Information and Broadcasting and Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise and many other key policy makers.

CII’s MoU partners across the world – which number more than 350, would be present with their industry delegations. This is a truly global event. 

Participants would include:

  • Senior Government officials from India and abroad
  • CEOs and leaders of industry from around the world and India
  • Startups, MSME, and entrepreneurs from around the world
  • Diplomats
  • Academia and think tanks from India and abroad
  • Media
  • Multilateral and other international institutions and funding agencies

The Partnership Summit 2020 would be a significant step in placing India at the forefront of evolving geopolitical global scenario and the evolving economic, trade and investment dynamics.

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