Mr. Nitin Ramesh Gokarn, Di­vi­sional Com­mis­sioner Varanasi

Mr. Nitin Ramesh Gokarn Di­vi­sional Com­mis­sioner Varanasi with Mr. San­jay Sethi

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As a part of their na­tion­wide dig­i­tal skilling desk­top un­der Saarthi, ShopClues, In­dia’s first and largest on­line mar­ket­place,to­day or­gan­ised a sem­i­nar on ‘Dig­i­tal Em­pow­er­ment of MSMEs’with sup­port from MSMEDI (De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute) and Varanasi Com­mis­sion­er­ate Of­fice. Mr. Nitin Ramesh Gokarn, Di­vi­sional Com­mis­sioner Varanasi -Gov­ern­ment of Ut­tar Pradesh; Mr. Umesh Kumar Singh, Joint Com­mis­sioner In­dus­tries - Varanasi, Gov­ern­ment of Ut­tar Pradesh and Mr. V.K Verma, Deputy Di­rec­tor, MSME-DI Varanasia­long with Mr. San­jay Sethi, Co-Founder and CEO, ShopClueswere present to sup­port and cre­ate aware­ness about the sig­nif­i­cance of digi­ti­sa­tion in MSME sec­tor as it is the prime driver in In­dia’s eco­nomic growth. The Vale­dic­tory Ad­dress was helmed by Mr. Yo­gesh­war Ram Mishra, District Mag­is­trate, Varanasi. The ShopClues mer­chant ini­tia­tives team­intro­duced MSMEs to Saarthi - the dig­i­tal en­able­ment pro­gram that is aimed at ed­u­cat­ing and em­pow­er­ing In­dian MSMEs to ex­pe­ri­ence en­hanced mar­ket ac­cess in the e-com­merce en­vi­ron­ment.The work­shop was also sup­ported by Birla Sun Life In­sur­ance, GatiLimited, a pi­o­neer in Ex­press Dis­tri­bu­tion and, sup­ply chain so­lu­tions and Go Daddy, a do­main regis­trar and web host­ing brand, who joined hands with ShopClues to re­in­force their vi­sion of Dig­i­tal In­dia. Com­ment­ing on the oc­ca­sion, San­jay Sethi, Co-Founder and CEO, ShopClues said, “Weat ShopClues

be­lieve in the vi­sion of In­dia be­ingthe next eco­nomic superpower of the world. We also know that un­less we are­able to bring the 400 mil­lion peo­ple of mid­dle In­dia, that is peo­ple liv­ing in smaller towns and cities of the county i.e. “Bharat” into our eco­nomic main­stream, this vi­sion will re­main a dream. Via our “Saarthi” pro­gram ShopClue­sendeav­ours todig­i­tize & em­power lakhs of MSMEs and bring them into the eco­nomic main­stream of the coun­try. We are very proud of the fact that we have al­ready, in­flu­enced lives of more than 5 Lakh MSMEs but our work has barely be­gun. I would like to thank MSME –DI and the Gov­ern­ment of Ut­tar Pradesh for their sup­port­forSaarthi. ShopClues is con­fi­dent that In­dia’sMSME com­mu­nity will ben­e­fit from this ini­tia­tive and use it to take con­trol of not only their eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment but also par­tic­i­pate more di­rectly in na­tion build­ing.” Mr. Umesh Kumar Singh, Joint Com­mis­sioner In­dus­tries- Varanasi, Govt. of Ut­tar Pradesh, said,“Small and medium en­ter­prises con­sti­tute more than 80% of the In­dian re­tail sec­tor, and, if guided well, they can shape the fu­ture of our coun­try. In the vast un-tapped uni­verse of bur­geon­ing busi­nesses in our coun­try, only a minis­cule per­cent­age have been able to take their wares on­line so far. The gov­ern­ment of Ut­tar Pradesh has al­ways taken ini­tia­tivestounder­stand and en­cour­age th­ese busi­nesses, es­pe­cially from the vi­brant city of Varanasi, to bring their busi­nesses on­line for more mar­ket ac­cess an­drecog­ni­tion. I would like to thank ShopClues­for work­ing to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of small and medium en­ter­prises with ini­tia­tives like Saarthi. This skilling and de­vel­op­ment pro­gram specif­i­cally de­signed around dig­i­tal op­por­tu­ni­ties will serve as a huge boost to the art of weav­ing from Varanasi, giv­ing ar­ti­sans a na­tional plat­form” An­other pre-event was or­gan­ised on June 1, 2017 by theShop­cluesteam with the Weaver Ser­vice Cen­tre (WSC) to reg­is­ter their weavers on­the-spot on Shopclues.com and im­part train­ing on on­line sell­ing. At­tended by more than 50 tra­di­tional weavers of Varanasi, a ses­sion was or­ga­nized by the MSME ex­perts of ShopClues to help them grow and un­der­stand the ben­e­fits of on­line sell­ing.

About ShopClues

Head­quar­tered in Gur­gaon, ShopClues was founded in 2011, as a pre­ferred e-com­merce des­ti­na­tion for Real In­dia - Buy­ers and Sell­ers in tier 2, tier 3, 4 cities and be­yond. With more than 100 mil­lion monthly vis­its, over 20 mil­lion listed prod­ucts, 5, 00,000 + mer­chants, over 7000 on­line brand stores, ShopClues ser­vices 30,000 pin codes across In­dia. Spear­headed by San­jay Sethi& Rad­hika Ag­gar­wal, ShopClues (an In­dian sub­sidiary of Clues Net­work Inc., a US Cor­po­ra­tion) was deemed a Uni­corn in 2016 with the E Se­ries Fund­ing by Sov­er­eign Wealth Fund GIC Pte Ltd. Other in­vestors in­clude Tiger Global Man­age­ment LLC, He­lion Ven­ture Part­ners & Nexus Ven­ture Part­ners.

Mr. San­jay Sethi speak­ing at sem­i­nar on Dig­i­tal Em­pow­er­ment of MSMEs

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