The ‘Make in India: Sweden 2017’ event was held from October 12–13, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. Organized by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, the show aimed at enhancing Indo-Swedish cooperation and exploring new areas of partnership. Several run-up events and high level meetings took place a day before the commencement of the event.
High Profile Meeting
The Indian delegation led by the Minister of Commerce & Industry, Suresh Prabhu held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven. The meeting reiterated the dedication to further strengthening of the Indo-Swedish economic relationship and exploring new avenues of collaboration.
Prabhu said, “I am excited that almost all top Swedish companies are present in India. Sweden is an old and trusted friend who came to invest in India when it was a tough time to do business, now it is the time of business oriented structural reforms and the time is ripe for these partnerships.” It was acknowledged that companies from both sides have immensely benefitted since the Swedish Prime Minister’s last visit to India during the Make in India Week 2016 in Mumbai. The Prime Minister of Sweden said, “I look forward to intensely working with you. We are dedicated to making the relationship develop further”.
The main highlight of the show was the India-Sweden Business Leaders’ Roundtable which focused on cooperation between the two countries, reviewed the progress update of four joint working groups (Digitization, Smart Cities, Defence and Security and Skill Development) and also discussed the work plan for the year to come.
The two-day event also explored synergies and avenues of partnership between Indian and Swedish manufacturing industries. The key highlights of this show included sessions on Make in India and innovation, deep dives into focus sectors: from healthcare to automotive to smart cities and B2B meetings.