Ocare: First online platform for dentists and insured patients launched

OCARE, (ocare.com), India’s first, and only, independent Insurance Process as a Service (IPAAS) platform, on February 16, 2017 launched its fully integrated improved website aiming to connect empanelled dentists and insured patients on a single digital platform.


Speaking on the launch, Dr. Neeraj Sheth, Founder & CEO, OCARE, said, “While insurance has been around for many years now, dental insurance is a new concept in India. With low oral health in India and the growing costs of dental treatments, Dental Insurance is a must to maintain dental hygiene in the country. We aim to provide the best product coupled with a seamless engagement of a dentist with his patient.”

“Besides choosing OCARE’s wide list of empanelled dentists to take care of their dental needs, patients can access their dental history at any time they want. For dentists too, this is a boon as they will be able to better recommend a course of treatment based on their history,” added Ravi Kikan, COO, OCARE.

The website has been designed to provide easy navigation and information flow for OCARE’s products and services for customers as well as dentists. Dental Insurance is a completely new concept and there are quite a few queries on what dental insurance is and how the entire process works right from when a patient enters the clinic, the dentist outlining their treatment plan to details of the claim reimbursement process. All these questions are answered in an easy 4 step process in the ‘How it Works section’ of the website.

Further questions about dentist empanelment, insurance coverage and turnaround time are answered in the Help/FAQ section to assist both prospective patients and dentists. The terms and condition section on the website clearly outlines the treatments covered, exclusions and costs.

Once a dentist registers with OCARE, he can enter all the details related to his practice, treatment and costs. He can use the scheduler to manage his appointments and patients. Dentists will also use this platform to enter details related to the treatment plan, costs and sharing an OPG of the decayed tooth and the tooth post treatment. This also ensures all dental records are maintained digitally and can be accessed at any time. Patients can use this platform to book appointments at a preferred dentist based on location and convenience they can view their medical and treatment history and most importantly use it for their dental insurance claim process.

OCARE brings to you Dental Insurance for the first time in India. It covers existing conditions, has no waiting period, offering a sum assured of Rs.25,000 per annum covering dental treatments over a location independent dental network. OCARE offers host of benefits for a nominal premium for INR 1699. OCARE is currently offered as a group insurance to corporates, schools, colleges, and organizations with a member-strength of more than 50.

· First Time a Dental Insurance Plan Launched in India
· Covers pre-existing conditions
· No waiting period

Product highlights include:

o Oral hygiene kit
o OCARE Dental Insurance witha minimum sum assured of INR 25,000/- per annum, per person
o Loyalty card withpoints redeemable for dental services
o Bi – annual dental checkups

OCARE is India’s first, and only, independent Insurance Process as a Service (IPAAS) platform. The platform covers a complete range of dental health services that include dental insurance, dentistry network and oral health education in India. Starting with 108 cities & with a plan to spread pan-India, OCARE is also the first, and only, IPAAS that provides India’s first Group Dental Insurance.
With its headquarters in Mumbai, OCARE was founded by Dr. Neeraj Sheth in 2015 and employs 150 associates with a pan-India network of over 9,000 dentists. OCARE aims to promote its proprietary, scalable, innovative and state-of-the-art technology that will enable dentists to make the real-time oral healthcare management of patients convenient, flexible & affordable.
OCARE Dental Insurance in India was conceptualised by a team of young dentists who vowed to solve the problem, where on one hand, patients find dental treatments exorbitant and unaffordable, and on the other, too many dental colleges and the ever increasing number of graduating dentists make the competition cut-throat. The OCARE team thought of developing a tech platform that first unifies dentist and patient segments, and then simplifies the whole jargon of dental insurance. OCARE Dental Insurance process uses an intraoral camera on the proprietary, innovative tech platform for case documentation and approval for the claims process where the patients get Rs.25,000 annual coverage.


Technology reinforcing transportation: Rahul Mishra

“The introduction of smartphones through development in telecom sector has boosted the transportation in many folds”, says Rahul Mishra, CEO of U-RYD Transportation Solutions. In a free-wheeling chat, Mishra tells Jayashankar Menon about various technological developments that are helping the transportation industry in a big way. Excerpts:


JM: What are the latest technological developments that reinforcing transportation in India?

RM: The transportation systems around which the modern world has been built are on the verge of a significant transformation. India, lingering in the transport industry have seen surge in recent years with new technology advancements. Transport plays a very vital role in the development of a country’s economy by determining overall productivity, quality of life of citizens, access to goods and services and the pattern for distribution of economic activity. Need for transportation have never been less for the people travelling through public transports.

New technologies are transforming the way citizens are planning, designing, building, and operating transportation systems. Travelers depend on traffic condition reports, electronic maps, on-board vehicle performance monitors, real-time transit arrival information, and a host of other services that did not exist a generation ago. People counting on additional advances in transportation technology, not just to get where want to go, but also to reduce greenhouse gases, improve air quality, and support economic development.

JM: You were of the view that the advancement in the technological sector is a concatenation of developments in many sectors. Can you elaborate on the same?

RM: Yes. For Instance, technological development have led to advancement in the cities and towns along with development in transportation sector either it is roadways, waterways, or airways. Blooming in transportation sector also impacts directly on the accessibility of backward towns and cities with time passage, thus flourishing the trade within the economy. Hence disgracing inflation and towards a healthy economy.

JM: What are the new transportation technologies that are emerging to meet these challenges?

RM: New transportation technologies are emerging to meet these challenges, including connected and autonomous vehicles, alternative fuels, key-less fleet management and traffic analytics, as well as local zoning and planning policies that support transit-oriented development. New technology for on-road communications will dramatically change how vehicles operate and provide information and capabilities for better, real-time traffic management — if the necessary network infrastructure is in place.
The introduction of smartphones through development in telecom sector has boosted the transportation in many folds. Ever thought of the app serving technologies helping people in fewer seconds to light up their day-to-day tasks with minimal hindrance? Yes it is, you may say! Instigation of app based technologies has minimized the long-distance travelling of people very plain sailing. These services running handy through smart phone have seen an instant growth in following years. People now don’t need to wait long hours to hire cab services or taxies or auto-rickshaws, they just need to handy the app and enjoy the rides.

JM: Can you talk about U-RYD Transport Solutions?

RM: U-RYD is a mobile application and website providing millions of people an approach to a simple and a quickest way to get cab facilities anywhere anytime. In this professional and speedily growing world, everybody needs a one-time solution for the transportation facilities without any hindrance. That is where U-RYD brings an excellent solution by creating better possibilities for travelers, drivers and destinations. U-RYD is officially the US firm, a transport service provider, which has launched its services in the burgeoning Indian market.

JM: What is the concept behind the plan?

RM: India is a potential market with digitally advanced smart phone users. With its Indian start-up venture, I believe in creating a better environment with new technologies. U-RYD has fused the technology with transport by giving a better option of App based technology and website and redefining transportation of people.

JM: What are the unique features of U-RYD?

RM: One of the best features of U-RYD is that the payment mode is very hand and simple. All the customers can do is to pay either through cash or card, in advance – through RYD Money (Wallet) or cash-in-arrival. Our App will not just help our patrons to explore cab facilities, it also helps them customising their schedule and has it properly planned. Initiating with earning opportunities for every ride customers enjoy also, U-RYD comes with simple and approachable application with also guiding the directions and locations as well. Every feedback by the user is valuable to us. Furthermore, we request U-RYD users (Users/Drivers) to share their feedback honestly.

Crocs India launches its first travel retail store at Mumbai Airport T2

Crocs India, a name to reckon with in the casual footwear segment as a global brand leader has unveiled its first travel retail store at the Mumbai Airport T2 recently.


Crocks India, the world leader in innovative casual footwear has pioneered in the travel retail store format, retailing footwear designed specially for travel-loving patrons and houses a vast collection of clogs, flip-flops, sandals, sneakers and loafers for all age groups. The jet setters and the not-so-frequent travelers can now easily browse through the latest collection while waiting for their flights, , a company statement said.

Deepak Chhabra, CEO, Crocs India said: “Crocs is a perfect travel companion and makes every getaway more comfortable and memorable. To cater to the growing demands of our consumers, we decided to open this store and display our fashion line at one of the busiest commercial hubs – the Mumbai airport. We sincerely hope our consumers enjoy this experience.”

With the launch of its first travel retail store, Crocs is moving a step closer to strengthening the brand’s image as apopular and preferred footwear brand. Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) is a world leader in innovative casual footwear for men, women and children. Crocs offer a broad portfolio of all-season products, while remaining true to its core molded footwear heritage. Crocs™ shoes feature Croslite™ material, a proprietary, revolutionary technology that gives each pair of shoes the soft, comfortable, lightweight, non-marking and odor-resistant qualities that Crocs fans know and love. Crocs celebrate the fun of being a little different and encourage fans to ‘Find Your Fun’ in every colorful pair of shoes. Since its inception in 2002, Crocs has sold more than 300 million pairs of shoes in more than 90 countries around the world.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Edition I SUV launched in Delhi for Rs.50.70 Lakh

India’s largest luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz launched the much anticipated luxury SUV, the new GLC ‘Edition 1’ in New Delhi today. The GLC is introduced as a CBU and will be available in both petrol and diesel variants, the GLC 220 d and GLC 300 will give its discerning customer base in India a choice of engines. The GLC is Mercedes-Benz’s key product that never had a predecessor in India, positioning itself between the GLA and GLE luxury SUVs.

Mercedes-Benz GLC launched in New Delhi

The GLC is an illustration of excellent craftsmanship of high quality materials in combination with a classy and authentic design that attracts immediate attention. With the introduction of the GLC, Mercedes-Benz India continues its product offensive strategy and bolsters its versatile range of luxury SUVs. The luxury SUV was launched by Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India.

Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said: “We are very excited to launch the GLC ‘Edition 1’, as it is one of the much anticipated products in the luxury segment in India. The GLC underscores our philosophy of introducing world-class products from our global portfolio for our discerning Indian customers. We have seen a growing penchant for luxury SUVs amongst the luxury car customers in India and the addition of the GLC is going to redefine the segment completely. The GLC gives the customers a sporty, dynamic and a completely new generation SUV to opt for. We are confident that the GLC will cement Mercedes-Benz’s strong presence in the luxury SUV segment in India. The introduction of the GLC also fills the gap in our SUV portfolio, making Mercedes-Benz the luxury car manufacturer with the most extensive range of SUVs, ranging from the GLA to the iconic AMG G 63.”

Roland Folger

Folger further added, “The GLC is a unique and versatile SUV that embodies modern luxury, mesmerizing design elements and offers ultimate driving pleasure. The GLC is a highly capable SUV which has proven competencies on both on-road and off-road expeditions. Living up to the safety benchmark set by Mercedes-Benz; the GLC has achieved five stars, giving it the maximum score in the Euro NCAP rating. We are confident that the GLC will replicate its global success in India as well. With the GLC, we have a clear winner of a product and one that the customers have been waiting for.”
Sturdy and reliable:
The sturdy look of the new GLC showcases the radiator trim and two louvres in matt iridium silver with chrome inserts. The characteristic SUV front with a short, succinct overhang, upright, three-dimensional radiator grille with a twin louvre and centrally positioned brand star follows the successful new design line, striking LED High Performance lamps lend the GLC a self-confident look which is further emphasized by their distinctive night design. The side impression is further reinforced by the gently sloping dropping line which is a hallmark of the brand and by the powerful shoulders. The rising lower feature line also enlivens the vehicle’s side view. The rear is characterized by the broad, muscular shoulders, the horizontal orientation of the contour lines and the split LED rear lamps featuring a distinctive night design. To add to the alluring exclusive appeal of the GLC, there is an ‘Edition 1’ badging on the wings. The GLC sports 45.7 cm (18-inch) five spoke Alloy wheels that further enhance the sporty appeal of the SUV.


The GLC has trendsetting interiors, which reinterprets the meaning of luxury to exciting effect. The interior offers contrasting topstitching, large areas of trim in high-gloss brown line structure lime wood and numerous details in silver chrome. The exclusively stylish GLC further surprises its customers’ with an interior light package for an even more comprehensive lighting system for the interior and improved visibility of the vehicle itself.
The comfortably spacious GLC has plenty of room for five occupants. The new aesthetic design idiom combines sensual purity with dynamic sportiness and embodies a new interpretation of modern luxury. The GLC’s interior conjures up the feel-good atmosphere which is a brand hallmark courtesy of high-class materials featuring a hand-crafted character, such as nappa leather or open-pore wood trim, meticulously finished details and an appealing overall touch and feel. Last but not least, substantially more space is available for occupants and luggage. Cargo bars are present behind the rear seat backrest to enlarge the luggage compartment by 30 litres and easy accessibility is provided by the EASY-PACK-tailgate.

Cost of ownership for the GLC:

The GLC comes with affordable and convenient service packages. Based on the consumers’ needs and preferences, service packages of various age & mileages are introduced. The standard packages start at just Rs.63, 000 for the petrol variant and Rs. 78,000 for the diesel variant. These new standard packages are offered with unlimited mileage (a first in the luxury car segment) covering maintenance related jobs. These customer focused packages offering various options and flexibility, can last up to 10 years from the date of sale, for a hassle free ownership experience.

Technical specifications
GLC 220 d 4MATIC
Displacement (bore x stroke) cc
Rated output kW (hp)
180 (245) @ 5500
125 (170) @ 3000-4200
Torque (Nm) @ rpm
370 @ 1300 – 4000
400 @ 1400 – 2800
Maximum speed (km/h)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)
Tyre size
235/60 R18
Key Product highlights:
Driving dynamics:
 9-G TRONIC: 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
 DYNAMIC SELECT Controller with 5 modes: Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport +, Individual
 Individual driving style: Adjustment of parameters such as engine, transmission, steering, climate control or the ECO start/stop function
 Off-Road Engineering package: With this suspension variant the body is raised by 20 mm. Up to three off-road driving modes: Off-road | Incline | Slippery
 Modified drive characteristics especially on loose surfaces
 Additional activation of ABS, ESP® and ETS modes
 Downhill descents with Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR)
 4MATIC permanent All-Wheel-Drive System
 Direct-Steer system with speed-sensitive power assist and variable steering ratio
 ECO start/stop function and KEYLESS GO starting function
 Audio 20 CD with Pre-installation for Navigation | CD player
 Touchpad: Intuitive operation by finger gesture
 Garmin® MAP PILOT: Expands the Audio 20 CD with touchpad into a fully fledged Garmin® navigation system | 7 inch colour media display
Comfort & Convenience:
 Panoramic sliding sunroof
 MB Apps with internet connectivity
 THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control
 Ambient lighting with three colours and five dimming levels for the desired lighting mood
 Cargo bars behind the rear seat backrest to enlarge the luggage compartment by 30 litres
 EASY-PACK-tailgate
 Memory package for driver and front passenger
Safety and assistance systems:
The GLC has achieved five stars for occupant safety, child safety, pedestrian protection and its assistance systems – giving it the maximum score in the Euro NCAP rating. The basis for this outstanding result is the perfect interaction between active and passive safety: the combination of a highly rigid safety passenger cell, highly effective restraint systems, the latest driver assistance systems and other measures leads to first-class test results.
 ESP® Curve Dynamic Assist
 Full LED Headlamps with Intelligent Light System
 Crosswind assist
 Attention Assist
 Reversing camera with dynamic guidelines
 Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC
 Adaptive brake lights
 Dual front airbags, Front side airbags, Curtain airbags (7 overall)
 Tyre pressure monitoring system

Research trump card for effective PR, says young entrepreneur Roopali Pasricha

The Public Research Agencies are now engaged in a lot of research like never before, before carrying out a particular campaign and further focus on providing timely and relevant content for effective results. “Therefore, it is important to study in-depth abut the client’s needs, target market, and available resources before creating a PR Plan”, says Roopali Pasricha, Founder of SpotLYK. In a free-wheeling chat with Jayashankar Menon, she talks in length about effective PR relations.


JM: What, according to you is PR?

RP: PR is more than just drafting creative content. Research involves in everything that we do, rith from knowing the client, to studying about the target audience and choosing the relevant media, we need to study in-depth and there involves a lot of creativity in pitching the story ideas. Apart from the target audience, we are also influencing the external stakeholders.

JM: How important is for the PR Agencies to have thorough knowledge about the consumer’s business?

RP: We need to delve into deeper insights as from focusing on the consumer insights to focusing on the target audience and then deciding proper channels to deliver the results, there involves a lot of research. While pitching the journalists, you will be asked a lot of in-depth questions about your client’s business. Thus, studying in-depth about the consumer’s business is equally important.

JM: Can you speak about your foray into PR world?

RP: While doing my graduation, I was clear about pursuing a profession, giving life to brands. Though, I joined a PR agency, immediately after graduation, but soon lost interest. I was always wanting to initiate a start-up and was passionate about giving life to brands and hence SpotLYK was born.

JM: What is the meaning behind the name SpotLYK?

RP: SpotLYK stands for spotting it and LYK is an acronym for letting you know. So the concept behind this is: ‘We Spot it and Let You Know’.

JM: How do you understand customer needs?

RP: There is the availability of plethora of similar products, thus the need to differentiate your media pitch from others have become an ever-increasing need. What is more, you must first determine what information you want to collect, then conduct a market survey. It will explore how to incorporate survey results into PR and marketing activities.

JM: Is there any measurable impact?

RP: To understand the impact a business communication strategy has on influencing behaviour, there can be a lot of tools that can be used like calculating the number of successful pitches to working according to the analytics to creating the strategy and knowing the target audiences as well as the client’s insights, market research can play an important role in understanding this aspect as well.

JM: What are your future plans?

RP: Currently, I am committed to taking SpotLYK to higher levels and establishing it as India’s top communication agency.

SBICAP donates Rs.1 crore to HCJMRI as part of CSR initiative

With the aim of facilitating free treatment of underpriviledged patients suffering from health conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis, SBI Capital Markets Limited (SBICAP), leading domestic investment bank on March 21, 2015 donated Rs.1 crore to the Hirabai Cowasji Jehangir Medical Research Institute (HCJMRI). Abhay Chaudhari, President and COO, SBICAP handed over the donation amount, according to a media statement issued by SBI Capital Markets.


From (L-R): Abhay Chaudhari, President & COO, SBI Capital Markets Limited (second left ) hands over Rs 1 crore cheque to  Dr. Sir Cowasji Jehangir, Chairman, HCJMRI (Extrem Right) and Dr Anuradha Khadilkar, Deputy Director HCJMRI (extreme left).

SBICAP has a committed CSR policy in place and endeavours to help reach out to various support groups that may require its time, finances or mobilisation strength. Especially with a focus on healthcare and sanitation, SBICAP has been actively pursuing and endorsing community improvement efforts in varying capacities across India with several other Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives since its inception in 1986.

Rajnish Kumar MD and CEO from SBI Capital Markets said: “In partnership with HCJMRI, the company has pledged a support of Rs 1 crore. Of this, 60% will be used for facilitating the diagnosis of Osteoporosis (free of charge) for underprivileged people using the Bone densitometer, which is a machine used for measuring bone density. The remaining 40% will be spent for treating around 100 children with diabetes.”

Dr Anuradha Khadilkar, Deputy Director HCJMRI said: “We are thankful to SBICAP for the financial assistance that will help us provide support to around 100 affected children and families with diabetes. The clinic is specially operational for children on 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month to treat children with diabetes; funding from SBICAP will help us in giving children insulin injections, glucometers and strips for testing, medical consultations, and yearly tests for complications, medications and other support as required.”
Sir Cowasji Jehangir, Chairman, HCJMRI pointed out: “We aim to support underprivileged children with diabetes so that they can live a happy and fruitful life like any other normal child. The Hospital, emphasised that the hospital would like to reach out and assist as many needy people as is possible through such programmes.


The function was also attended by Mr Abhay Chaudhari – President & COO, SBICAP; Partha Pratim Sengupta GM MCRO, State Bank of India and trustees, heads of departments and members of ethics committee of the Jehangir Hospital and HCJMRI, as well as by children with diabetes and their parents.

Other than supporting the juvenile diabetics at the HCJMRI in Pune, SBICAP has contributed to various causes namely, for children suffering from cancer at the Cancer Institute (WIA) of Chennai, and national calamities such as the Uttarakhand floods.

SBI Capital Markets is India’s largest domestic Investment Bank, began its operations in August 1986 and is a wholly owned subsidiary and investment banking arm of State Bank of India (SBI), the largest commercial bank in India. SBICAP offers the entire bouquet of investment banking and corporate advisory services. The service bouquet includes the full range of financial advisory services under one umbrella covering Project Advisory and Loan Syndication, Structured Debt Placement, Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Stressed Assets Resolution. SBICAP is a global leader in the area of Project Loan Syndication and has lent crucial support to the Indian infrastructure sector. Headquartered in Mumbai, SBICAP has 6 regional offices across India (New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Hyderabad), 2 branch offices (Pune and Guwahati) and 5 subsidiaries – SBICAP Securities Limited, SBICAP Trustee Company Limited, SBICAP Ventures Limited, SBICAP (UK) Limited and SBICAP (Singapore) Limited.

The Hirabai Cowasji Jehangir Medical Research Institute, is a sister concern of Jehangir hospital, Pune, and has been involved in health related programmes for the last 18 years. The HCJMRI) is recognised by the Directorate of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India as a centre for multi- disciplinary research in various branches of basic
and applied clinical research and has earned status as a Scientific Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) from the DSIR, New Delhi. The institute, which is a charitable trust, has extensively worked with children under 5 years, children with diabetes, growing girls and women from urban slums and villages to help improve their quality of life. Other areas of work include HIV, cervical cancer, Maternal and Child Health, Osteoporosis and Bone Health and Infectious Diseases. The HCJMRI has a 35 (i) (ii) tax exemption certificate, thus 200% tax exemption can be availed on all donations by corporates.

Dr. Sandeep Gupta is the new Chairperson of International Trade Council India

The International Trade council appoints Dr. Sandeep Gupta, the Joint Managing Director of Richa Industries Limited as its Chairperson in India. According to a statement issued by the company, Gupta is a certified corporate director from the World Council for Corporate Governance and is credited with leading the organisation through a period of tremendous growth from 70 employees in 1999 to 1,000 as of 2015.


In his new role, Dr. Gupta will represet the council at official functions and carry out official visitations. He will actively work to establish local member led committees and volunteers for the ITC in India.

Speaking on the occasion, Gupta said: “I am honoured to have been given this responsibility by Indian trade council. It is an outstanding opportunity to connect with all local communities. Networking peers will allow sharing information, exchanging ideas with them and help to foster innovation.”
Richa Industries is a leading construction and engineering firm with a turnover of Rs.3,000 million. Gupta’s accomplishments include the successful management of the initial public offer of Richa Knits Limited in 2006 for Rs.270 million, which established the company as one of the largest players in the textile industry in India.

As CEO of Richa’s new textile unit at IMT Manesar, Gurgaon, Gupta was responsible for taking he company along a trajector of growth to gross 200 million in 2004, two years of taking over the leadership. Dr. Gupta also initiated Richa Idustries’ strategic journey from textiles to Pre Engineered Buildings, turnkey solutions and structural steel.

Dr. Gupta has a Doctor of Philosophy in Management and MBS from the University of Bhartiya Vidyapeeth. He has been conferred the FCCI Excellence Award for outstanding SME Etrepreneur and is an active member of the All India Management Association. Dr. Gupta is also an active govering body member of the Faridabad Chamber of Commerce and a former govering body member of the Haryana Environmental Management Society.

Richa Industries was set up in 1993. It is a leading construction and engineering firm operational in textile, pre-engineered building, structural steel and turnkey solutions sectors. An ISO 9001: 2008 certified company, Richa Industries is a listed company in BSE. After achieving an exponential growth in textile sector, since its inception, Richa Industries stretched its arms and forayed into pre-engineered building sector in 2008. Today, it is one of the biggest company operating in the northern part of the country. The company has set up its registered cum corporate office in Faridabad, Haryaa and has its fully operational state of the art PEB manufacturing plant in Kashipur in Uttarakhand and textile manufacturing plant in Kawnra, Faridabad in Haryana.

The Iternational Trade Council is a unique global organisation in which members indentify andshare best practices to achieve improvements in every aspect of socially and economically responsibility domestic and international trade. The ITC believes that entrepreneurship should be a main driver for economic growth. To facilitate entrepreneurship, there is a need to share information about best practices in education, information communications and techology, intellectual property rights and potential barriers to trade. This can be done by creating partnerships between legislators, private business, non profit organistions and educational institutes.