New Delhi, June 7 (ANI): S.Gopalakrishnan, President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Executive Vice Chairman, Infosys, will be leading CII's annual CEOs delegation to United Kingdom from June 9 t0 12.
The delegation will be in London from June 9 to 11 and will visit Loughborough on June 12.
The delegation will have a two fold agenda (1) Exploring ways to enhance economic ties between India and UK and (2) Identifying collaborative measures to help each other in the current volatile economic climate. The delegation will try build and intensify partnerships which will enable counter challenges of the current times and contribute to Global growth.
During the course of the delegation the members will meet and interact with several British Government officials and also engage in conferences, business meetings and Roundtable interactions.
On June 10, the delegation will meet Rt Hon Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
At this meeting the members will apprise Dr Cable of the current economic scenario of India and existing and emerging economic opportunities between India and UK. The members will also discuss issues and impediments to trade and investments between the two countries.
The meeting with Dr Cable acquires importance as he is the UK co-chair for the India-UK JETCO a joint initiative by the India and UK governments to enhance cooperation in specific sectors. Dr Cable will visit India later this year for the next meeting of JETCO.
The CII in association with the London Business School will be organizing its Annual India-UK Conference to discuss 'India-UK Partnerships: Working towards Global Growth'. The Conference is being co-chaired by Mr S Gopalakrishnan, President, CII and Mr Peter Sands, Group CEO, Standard Chartered Plc.
The opening session of this conference will set the tone for discussions on gyrating global growth graph and partnerships to revive and build sustainable economic ties between India and UK. The session will also focus on how these partnerships can lead to Global growth.
The opening session will be followed by two Parallel sessions discussing 'The Indian opportunity- still attractive?' 'Partnerships in R and D and Advanced Manufacturing' with a focus on Industry-Academia collaborations.
On June 11, the delegation will engage in business discussions and roundtables. The members of the delegation will participate in a roundtable discussion on 'Responsible Corporations: Wealth and Public Good'. The theme of the Roundtable has been developed by CII in collaboration with the London School of Economics and the session will bring together businesses, academicians and practitioners to discuss the business of Philanthropy, the efforts towards creating responsible global businesses.
Infrastructure and infrastructure financing has been an important area of cooperation between India and UK. During his visit to India, Prime Minister Cameron, established UK's interest in participating in the multi-billion dollar Bangalore-Mumbai Economic Corridor project and the two sides agreed to examine the content of a feasibility study and to work out a road map for a possible partnership in this area.
Taking this dialogue to the next level, the delegation members will participate in discussion Meeting India's Infrastructure Challenges, a meeting with BMEC UK group on 11th June. The discussion will be facilitated by the UK India Business Council (UKIBC) and will provide an opportunity to exchange views on BMEC and to explore opportunities for the India and UK private sector to collaborate on projects along the proposed corridor route.
Energy security is a major challenge for both India and UK. At the Prime Ministerial meeting during the visit of Prime Minister Cameron to India, both sides agreed to cooperate to face this common challenge.
The leaders discussed collaborations in the energy sector including on oil and gas, renewable energy, energy efficiency, the power sector, and business leadership on low carbon technologies On 11th the members of the delegation will meet Rt Hon Gregory Barker, Minister for Business Engagement with India and Minister for Energy and Climate, Change, UK and Baroness Sandip Verma, Minister of Energy and Climate Change, UK, and discuss next steps for businesses from both countries in the sector.
The delegation members will also participate in Roundtable on 'Start-up UK Exploring Technology Joint Ventures with India. This will be jointly organised by the CII-India Business Forum, UK, the Commonwealth Business Council and the Nexters and Hub Westminster.
The session will highlight the steps being taken by the UK Government to support startup businesses and the opportunities for developing partnerships with India's vibrant technology industry.
The session will also consider how technology can be harnessed to support social innovation in both India and the UK.
On June 12, the delegation will travel to Loughborough where the members will engage in a Business Interaction on India 2013-14 and Partnerships between India and Midlands- the Manufacturing Hub of UK.
The members of the delegation will also visit state of the art and internationally acclaimed R and D centres in Loughborough including the Additive Manufacturing center, Intelligent Energy and the Sports Technology center.
The delegation includes Mr S Gopalakrishnan, President, CII and Executive Vice Chairman, Infosys, Mr Ajay Shriram, President Designate, CII and Chairman and Senior Managing Director, DCM Shriram Consolidated Limited, Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, Mr Phiroz Vandrevala, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Diligenta Limited, Mr Farhad Forbes, Director, Forbes Marshall Private Limited, Dr Naushad Forbes, Director, Forbes Marshall Private Limited, Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, CII International Trade and Policy Council and Jt Managing Director, HeroMoto Corp Limited, Mr Deep Kapuria, Chairman, Hi-Tech Group, Mr Shankar Vanavarayar, President Kamaraguru College of Technology, Mr M Narendra, Chairman and Managing Director, Indian Overseas Bank, Mr Rajesh Shah, Co-Chairman and Managing Director, Mukand Limited, Mr Alok Kirloskar, Managing Director, SPP Pumps, Mr Sunil Kaushal, Regional CEO- India and South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank, Mr Santosh B Nayar, Deputy Managing Director and Group Executive, State Bank of India, Mr R Mukundan, Managing Director, Tata Chemicals Limited, Mr Subodh Bhargava, Chairman, Tata Communications Limited, Mr T T Ashok, Managing Director, Taylor Rubber Private Limited, Mr Prashant Jhawar, Chairman, Usha Martin Limited and Dr Ganesh Natarajan, Vice Chairman and CEO, Zensar Technologies Limited. (ANI)