Foreign Trade Minister of Costa Rica thanks Vivek Sood, Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Group

Released on: November 15, 2007, 3:54 am

Press Release Author: Vivek Sood

Industry: International Trade

Press Release Summary: Foreign Trade Minister of Costa Rica thanks Global Supply
Chain Group's Vivek Sood for representing Asia Pacific perspective at the Suppliers
Exchange Forum in San Jose, Costa Rica

Press Release Body:

North Sydney,November 15 2007--The SEF 2 or Suppliers Exchange Forum was a premier
event in Central American calendar attended by more than 800 participants,
exhibitors and speakers. The event was opened by the Foreign Trade Minister of Costa
Rica, Mr. Marco Vinicio Ruiz, who stressed importance of international trade for
peace and prosperity. The event was televised and broadcast live to more than 2,000
participants in 10 universities and other locations in Central, North and South
America. 16 speakers representing perspectives from different corners of the globe
were invited to share their experiences and knowledge in the arena of global supply
chains. Currently, this is an area of immense importance in the global trade and
skills shortages abound.

Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Group, Mr. Vivek Sood represented Asia
Pacific Supply Chain perspective at the 2nd Annual Suppliers Exchange Forum in San
Jose, Costa Rica from 5th November to 7th November 2007. He presented the solution
to the predicament which more and more trans-national corporations are increasingly
facing in the current complex and rapidly globalizing international environment. On
one hand competitive pressures are forcing corporations to increasingly offshore and
outsource. On other hand, security, corporate social responsibility and other
strategic considerations are making it imperative to tightly control the end-to-end
supply chains. How to achieve the balance through application of appropriate Supply
Chain Governance protocols is always a challenge. Mr. Sood perspectives encapsulated
how some smart corporations maintain their supply chain advantage through continual
reassessment of their business environment and readjustment of associated Supply
Chain parameters. For his effort in sharing knowledge and best practice, Mr. Sood
was thanked by the Minister.

About Suppliers Exchange Forum 2
SEF2 is intended to multiply supply chain and outsourcing resources, practices and
efforts by global companies. The core concept of the event was "Outsourcing and
Supply Chain: Innovation and added value through suppliers." The agenda was
presented by world class speakers with experience in the development of supply chain
programs for first tier corporations, strategies and policies applied by companies
and countries that have become today's role model for development.

Participants were in close contact with world companies and have the opportunity to
become part of the growing foreign direct investment in Costa Rica 's clusters as
partners, suppliers, or clients. Also they can be confident of the benefits to
invest in a country with a highly skilled labor force, long history of democracy and
peace, strategic location in the world, and a strong supply chain network.

Some of the topics of interest were
1. Supply Chain trends and challenges in High Tech Industries
2. Investing and outsourcing in developing countries
3. Global Strategic Sourcing
4. Using suppliers network to learn faster.
5. Suppliers development for global approach
6. Creating strong and flexible Supply Chain: " Thinking globally, acting locally"
7. Success for 3PL (Third-party logistics)
8. Lean Supply Chain: Best practices"
9. Collaborative Supply Chain
10. Supply Chain Technology
11. Global Transportation Challenges.

The forum was held on November 5, 6 and 7, 2007 in San Jose, Costa Rica .

About Mr. Vivek Sood
Vivek is the Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Group based in Sydney,
Australia . He has over 23 years of operational and strategic experience in
logistics and supply chains. As a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton
he has provided supply chain and strategy advice to boards and senior management of
clients in a range of industries including manufacturing, chemicals, mining,
agribusiness, construction materials, explosives, airlines and electricity
utilities. His project work in supply chain management has added cumulative value in
excess of $500M incorporating projects in major supply chain infrastructure
investment decisions, profitable growth driven by global supply chain realignment,
Business Process Reengineering, supply chain systems, negotiations and all other
aspects of global supply chains.

Vivek has spoken at several supply chain conference, forums and workshops in various
parts of the world. He has also conducted several strategic workshops on various
aspects of supply chain management. Vivek's areas of expertise include Supply Chain
and Logistics strategies and systems, Network and Footprint optimisation, and
operations management. He received his Master of Business Administration with
Distinction from the Australian Graduate School of Management in 1996 and prior to
these studies spent 11 years in the Merchant Navy, rising from a Cadet to Master
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About Global Supply Chain Group:
Global Supply Chain Group is pro-active in creating, configuring, and formulating
effective, secure and sustainable supply chains around the world. With a collective
supply chain experience of more than 120 years, the senior team in Global Supply
Chain Group has worked on more than 100 blue chip projects on all continents adding
in excess of $1.5 Billion in value to their clients' businesses. Large corporations
rely on Global Supply Chain Group to deliver outstanding results in their supply
chain strategy, supply chain sustainability, supply chain security and supply chain

Global Supply Chain Group works very closely, and sometimes anonymously, with the
senior executive teams of large corporations to help them win outstanding Global
Supply Chain Advantage through:
. Supply Chain Transformations and Design,
. Supply Chain Strategies and Execution,
. Supply Chain Infrastructure and Efficiency,
. Supply Chain Information technology and Integration
. Supply Chain Processes and Personnel
No matter what your supply chain issues or questions are, it is worth while reaching
out and making a connection with us on

Vivek Sood
Global Supply Chain Group
Level 1, 93-95 Pacific Highway
North Sydney NSW 2060
Telephone +61 2 8920 0694
Fax +61 2 8920 0689
Web: http://

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Contact Details: Vivek Sood
Global Supply Chain Group
Level 1, 93-95 Pacific Highway
North Sydney NSW 2060
Telephone +61 2 8920 0694
Fax +61 2 8920 0689
Web: http://

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