Being a catalyst for new ideas and concepts, IIFT undertook an academic initiative in 2008 to organise a Research Conference with an aim to provide a platform for academic debate and discourse on Empirical Issues in International Trade and Finance (EIITF). Since inception, four EIITF conferences have been held so far. The First Conference was held in IIFT Kolkata in December 2008. The Second Conference was held in IIFT Delhi in December 2010. The third conference was conducted by IIFT Kolkata Campus during January 2013 and the fourth conference was held in IIFT Delhi in December 2014. Prior experiences suggest that obtaining consent from renowned international subject experts is easier during December, as that coincides with their academic semester break. Accordingly, the fifth Conference is proposed to be held at Kolkata Campus during 16th and 17th December, 2016 (Friday and Saturday).