“NRI/PIO Business Networking for Trade and Investment and Contribution of Indian Diaspora in Europe”


Monday, 4 October 2004

ITUH Auditorium, 5 Boulevard du Roi Albert II

B - 1210 Brussels (Belgium)


08:30 – 09:30                                             Registration


09:30 – 09:45                                             Welcome address:

                                                                   Mr. Sunil Prasad,

                                                                   President GOPIO, Belgium


09:45 – 09:55                                             Address:

                                                                   H. E  Mr. R. M. Abhyankar, Ambassador of India to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union


09:55 – 10:15                                             Inauguration by the Chief Guest:

                                                                   Mr. Jagdish Tytler,

                                                                   Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India


10:15 – 10:25                                             Special address by

                                                                   Ms. Neena Gill, MEP President of the South Asian Delegation, European Parliament  


10:25 – 10:40                                             Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Charles Tannock,

MEP and Chairman, Friends of India Group in the European Parliament,UK


10:40 – 10:50                                             Concluding Remarks:

                                                                   Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman, GOPIO International, USA


10:50 – 11:00                                             Greetings:

                                                                   Mr. Inder Singh

                                                                   President, GOPIO International, USA


11:00 – 11:20                                             Coffee/Tea Break




11:20 – 12:05                                             Contribution of the NRI/PIO Community  in the Economic Development of Europe


                                                                   Dr. Mohan Kaul,

                                                                   CEO and Director General, Commonwealth Business Council, UK


Dr. Willem Van der Geest, Director, European Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels


                                                                   Open Discussion


12:05 – 12:15                                             Shining of the Indian Diamantaires


                                                                   Mr. Bharat G. Shah,

                                                                   Member of the Board of Indo-Belge Diamantaires Association, Belgium 


12:15 – 13:05                                             Raising the Political, Economic and Social Profile of the  Indian Community in Europe


                                                                   Address by Mr. Nirj Deva, Member of the European Parliament, UK


Mr. Malcolm Subhan,

Media Expert, Europe, Brussels


                                                                   Ms. Laurence ARGIMON-PISTRE

Directorate Asia, European Commission


Open Discussion 



13:05 – 14:30                                             Lunch & Business Networking





14:30 – 15:45                                             Launching of the Europe -India Chamber of Commerce


Dr.  Ajit S. Shetty,  

Chiarman & CEO, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Belgium


Mr. Sanjay Dalmia,

Chairman, Dalmia Group of Industries, India


Mr. Karan Billimoria, Chief Executive, Cobra Beers UK


Chair of the Session: Mr. R. P. Agrawal,

Dy. Chief of Mission, Indian Embassy, Brussels


Open Discussion


 15:45 – 16:00                                            Developing Cooperation, Building Synergies and Taking Initiatives for Enhancing Trade and Investment


                                                                   Dr. Ms. Ritu Kumar, Director, TERI, Europe


16:00 – 16:15                                             Indian Economy and Investment Opportunities for Pravasi Bharatiyas      


Mr. Vivek Bharati,

Adviser, FICCI, India


16:15 – 16:30                                             NRI/PIO Networking: Challenges and Opportunities


Mr. Dwarkesh Shah, Chairman, Imexma, GmbH Germany and GOPIO, International Business Council


16:30 – 16:45                                             Presentation by the Euro India Centre


Mr. Michel Sabatier,

Secretary General,

EuroIndia Centre, France


Mr. P. K. Singh,

Executive Director, TECHNIP, France


16:45 – 17:00                                             Knowledge Work and Indian Diaspora


Mr. R. Sivadas,

CEO and Director, SCOPE

E-Knowledge Centre, India


17:00 – 18:00                                             Successful Experiences of Indian-American Entrepreneurs: Tips for Indo-European Diaspora.


Dr. Sid Gautam,

Professor of Economics and Director of Methodist College's Center for Entrepreneurship Fayetteville, NC, USA.


                                                                   Open Discussion


18:00 – 18:15                                             Conclusion and Recommendations 


18:15 – 18:30                                             End of Conference





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