The annual flagship event of Confederation of Indian Industry
(CII), the Partnership Summit 2004, will be held from
7 to 9 January here and will have as its theme 'India
and the World: Engagement and Partnership'.
summit is being held in association with the state government
and will be attended by over 800 high-level delegates
from India and abroad, including over 200 overseas participants
and business delegations from over 12 countries. The
summit will feature over 50 speakers from India and
abroad who will speak in sessions on a wide range of
speakers include Karan Bilimoria, the CEO of Cobra Beer
Ltd, UK; Mike O' Brien, the minister of state for trade,
UK; Joseph Crowley, Congressman, US House of Representatives;
Andrew Gower, the editor of Financial Times,
England; C K Prahalad, the professor of business administration
at University of Michigan Business School; Robert Radtke,
the vice- president (policy and business programmes)
of Asia Society; Essop Pahad, the minister in Presidency,
Republic of South Africa; Claude Smadja, the president
of Smadja Associates, Switzerland; and Shashi Tharoor,
the under secretary-general at the department of public
information, United Nations.
eminent participants in the summit include Arun Shourie,
union minister for disinvestment, communications and
IT; Jairam Ramesh, secretary (economic affairs) of All
India Congress Committee; and N Chandrababu Naidu, the
chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.
speakers will cover the following subjects:
economy: New paradigms
Indian multinationals from protection to domination
economies: Is recovery round the corner?
business going global
the world: Media leaders' perspective
after 9/11; India & US: At a new Crossroads
in the Response to Aids: From rhetoric to action
Silk Route: Will Beijing declaration rewrite history?
Breaking new grounds
summit will also host networking lunches on topics such
and the Arab world; India and Pakistan: Creating a working
relationship; Bridging India and Singapore to build
Export opportunities for US companies in India; and
Investment opportunities in Hong Kong and China.