Economist Roundtable withGOI on March 16th

New Delhi: Economist Conferences, a division of the Economist Intelligence Unit, will host its annual flagship event, the 14th Business Roundtable with the Government of India, on March 16th and 17th, 2010, at the ITC Maurya, New Delhi. With senior government and business leaders in attendance, this year’s edition of the roundtable will focus on the emergence of India as a global economic powerhouse, current strategies and challenges aimed at bolstering India’s competitiveness.

Keeping India’s macro-role in the global context in view, Economist Conferences marquee business roundtable will see some of the finest thought leaders participate in compelling conversations on issues that dot India’s journey of rapid transformation.

Focus areas will include challenges around sustaining India’s economic growth rate; lessons from the recent global economic crisis; broader role for India in propelling global economic recovery; ensuring inclusive growth for its people; addressing infrastructure challenges; coping with fiscal deficit to ensure macroeconomic stability; new paradigms in information & broadcasting; and promoting good governance. Among a myriad of topical opportunities and challenges, the business roundtable will also touch upon India’s preparedness for hosting the XIX Commonwealth Games and other such international sporting events.

As with all Economist Conferences, the 14th Business Roundtable with the Government of India will deliver objective and informed analysis through an exhaustive outline of growth projections and major risks for India’s economic outlook to 2014.

An eclectic list of speakers—representing an ideal confluence of the government, Indian and international business leaders—will include Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce & Industries; Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for External Affairs; Kamal Nath, Minister of Road Transport & Highways; Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister, NCT of Delhi; and Ambika Soni, Minister of Information & Broadcasting. Leading C-level executives include Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group; Ajit Gulabchand, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Construction Company; Narayan Ramachandran, CEO & Country Head, Morgan Stanley (India); Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Microsoft Group; Salil Parekh, CEO, Financial Services, India Asia Pacific, Strategic Business Unit, Capgemini; V N Dhoot, Chairman, Videocon Industries; Shashi Ruia, Chairman, Essar Group; Kevan Watts, Country Head (India), Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and Manisha Girotra, CEO & Country Head, UBS Securities.

Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor, The Economist, and Charles Goddard, Editorial Director, Asia Pacific, Economist Intelligence Unit will lead the agenda and drive discussions.

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