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Interactive Session on Goods and Service Tax (GST)

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World Trade Center Pune along with the U.S. India Importer’s Council, Deccan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, and the Indian Institute of Materials Management organised Interactive Session on Goods and Service Tax (GST) at WTC Pune.

Mr. Rajesh Pandey, Additional Director General, Directorate GST Intelligence, Government of India (GOI) delivered the Keynote address. He covered the government initiatives on GST and updated participants on salient features of GST.

Mr. H.P. Srivastava, Vice President of Deccan Chamber of Commerce and Industries along with Mr. Nikhil Oswal welcomed the participants.

Mr. Dilip Dixit, Sr. Advisor, Tax & Regulatory KPMG, gave details of GST Compliances & Challenges in India. Dr. Shrikant Kamat, Partner, Indirect Tax, BDO India, delved on Interplay of GST: Foreign Trade Policy & Customs. Ms. Vinita Bhatewara of KPMG compered the days’ proceedings.

Lively Panel Discussion on GST Compliances & Challenges was done by Mr. Rajesh Pandey, Additional Director General, Directorate GST Intelligence, GOI; Mr. Dilip Dixit, Sr. Advisor, Tax & Regulatory, KPMG; Mr. Abhishek Anand, Associate Partner, Indirect Tax BDO; Mr. Neeraj Menon, Associate Partner, Indirect Tax, Ernst & Young (EY), Mr. Jigar Doshi, Partner, SKP Group. Ms. Ruchi Bhat of EY anchored this panel.

Panel Discussion - Interplay of GST, Foreign Trade Policy & Customs had knowledgeable panelists including Mr. Santosh Kumar Vatsa,  Jt. Commissioner, Customs, Pune-GOI; Mr. Rajesh Ramarao, Deputy Commissioner, GST Training, GOI; Dr. Shrikant Kamat, Partner, Indirect Tax, BDO India; Mr. Koshal Agarwal, Director, KPMG; Mr. Amit Agarwal, Director, Indirect Tax, Ernst & Young; and Mr. Bhadresh Vyas, Associate Director, Indirect Taxes, SKP Group.

Mr. Nikhil Oswal of WTC Pune welcomed the large audience and speakers on this contemporary topic relevant to Ease-of-Doing-Business initiatives of the Indian Government.

WTC Pune recently also hosted the U.S. Consul General Mr. Edgard Kagan during his maiden visit to Pune on October 31, 2017. Mr. Kagan addressed a gathering of 27+ American companies doing business in Pune and gave his perspective on “We Grow Trade.” It was an eventful day with Mr. Kagan earlier doing the honours of inaugurating the WTC Pune Event Lounge in Tower 2.

Mr. Sagar Chordia, Director, World Trade Center Pune welcomed Mr. Kagan and Team from U.S. Consulate at Mumbai including Mr. Gregory Taevs, Principal Commercial Officer, Mr. Eric Levy and Mr. Chris Crossman. 

Mr. Prasanna Choudhary, President, Pune Chapter, along with Mr. Robin Rosario and Ms. Sukhbir Kaur of U.S. India Importers Council Secretariat represented USIIC - the trade promotion partners of WTC Pune.