Slated to be the 3rd largest economy by 2030, India possesses an abundance of opportunities to sustain, nurture and propagate two way flows of business and economic relations with the world. As a global investment destination of choice, India has emerged as an economic power of reckoning. However, in this macroeconomic scenario the country continues to face considerable challenges and barriers.
Launched in January 2015, The Economic Times Global Business is the flagship initiative of the 175 year old Times Group. This landmark event endeavors to provide solutions to key macroeconomic challenges being faced across the globe and puts forth a blueprint for sustainable, inclusive economic growth.
In a short span of 4 years, The Economic Times Global Business Summit has ascended to the position of the de facto arena for top CEOs, government officials, state heads, world influencers and the global elite to converge and deliberate on thought provoking issues relevant to scripting economic change. The intellectual heft, exchange of cutting-edge ideas and diversity that speakers bring to the Global Business Summit helps business leaders make sense of a complicated world to find actionable solutions to problems.
The UK edition of this Summit, 'The Economic Times India-UK Strategic Conclave', focuses the theme 'New Economy, New Rules' and is scheduled to be held on September 11th in London, thus taking this highly sought-after platform onto the global arena and championing the cause of global economic integration.
India and the United Kingdom have been close allies for a long time. The bilateral relationship between the two countries were upgraded to a strategic partnership in 2004, and were further strengthened by former PM David Cameron's visit to India in 2010 and 2013, and PM Modi's visit in 2018. Trade relations between the two countries have continued to flourish, with the recent visit of the PM Theresa May in November 2017 resulting in bilateral trade between India and the UK standing at $14 billion in FY16. Furthermore, UK's share in India's global trade has gone up from 1.89% in FY15 to 2.18% in FY16.
The event will witness government and industry leaders take to the stage to speak and share their perspectives on issues of international significance. Some of our noteworthy speakers include
- Abhiraj Bhal, Co-Founder, UrbanClap
- Baroness Sandip Verma, Member, House of Lords, Ex - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, UK
- Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder, Ola Cabs
- Gopichand P. Hinduja, Co-Chairman of Hinduja Group
- His Excellency Mr. Y.K. Sinha, High Commissioner of India to United Kingdom
- Lord Jitesh Gadhia, Parliamentarian, House of Lords
- Lord Bilimoria CBE DL - Founder, Cobra Beer and Chairman, Cobra Beer Partnership
- Madhur Deora, Chief Financial Officer, Paytm
- Manasi Kirloskar, ED, Kirloskar Systems
- Meghnad Desai, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Member, House of Lords
- Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, Yes Bank
- Swapan Dasgupta, Member of Parliament and Presidential Nominee to the Rajya Sabha
- Vijay Goel, Founder, Indo-European Business Forum (IEBF)
- Neeraj Kanwar, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Apollo Tyres
- Siddharth Lal, CEO, Eicher Motors
- Vindi Banga - Partner, Clayton Dubilier & Rice; Senior Independent Director on the Boards of GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Marks & Spencer Plc; Chairman, Marie Curie; Chairman, Kalle GmbH
Speaking ahead of the event, Deepak Lamba, President, Times Strategic Solutions said, "In our increasingly connected world, the futures of economies are becoming more inter-dependent than ever before. Thus the ripple effect of events such as Brexit and fears of protectionism in developed economies can be felt in the furthest corner of the globe. We thus stand at a crossroad, with Brexit potentially creating unique opportunities for a 'win-win' situation, and it is thus imperative that India and the UK collectively work towards creating a brighter, more prosperous future for all as leaders of the world economy."
The Economic Times India-UK Strategic Conclave will also witness the unveiling of the exclusive 'The Economic Times Game Changers of India' coffee table book. This book is as much about people as it is about the seminal ideas of our age. A few movers and shakers have not only shaped our present, but also determined the future course of action for us all. The ripple effects of the change initiated by these leaders have been felt within and beyond their respective fields. The Economic Times Game Changers of India coffee table book will chronicle the success stories of these leaders and will be launched at the India - UK Strategic Conclave.
With some of the world's foremost business, government and though leaders calling it home, The Economic Times India-UK Strategic Conclave is poised to script a new chapter of economic change that will chart fresh growth paradigms for us all.