Mumbai, October 30, 2017:
The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence 2017 was held on October 28, in Mumbai. The ET Awards are India's most prestigious corporate awards conferred upon those leaders or organisations that have shown exceptional and path-breaking performance, during the previous year.
M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, was the Chief Guest this year. He was accompanied by Maharashtra Governor, C Vidyasagar Rao. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was the Guest of Honour, and was accompanied by Minister of Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, There was also stellar representation from Corporate India with industry bigwigs such as N Chandrasekaran, Mukesh Ambani, Kumar Mangalam Birla, and Rahul Bajaj amongst others in attendance.
In his keynote address, Arun Jaitley credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for having a 'hands-on' approach and assured the audience that the government would be 'staying the course' when it came to reforms. He spoke of how India has one of the lowest tax slabs and how GST has led to an increase in the individual tax base.
The ministerial panel was joined on stage by Chanda Kochhar (MD & CEO, ICICI Bank), Bill Ford (CEO, General Atlantic) and Sunil Mittal (Chairman, Bharti Enterprises) for a discussion on "Growth Challenges: Reviving Investments, Creating Jobs".
Following the award ceremony, the Vice-President addressed the evening in a speech filled with advice and humor-filled candor. Shri Venkaiah Naidu referred to what he described as "freedom of economic expression" and the urgent need to transform the country. He also stressed on the importance of debate in any political discourse during his speech.
N Venkatram (CEO, Deloitte India) delivered the closing address. He urged the Government to continue to focus on not just physical infrastructure but also on 'Digital infrastructure' through initiatives such as Aadhar and UPI.
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