CONFERENCE  PROGRAMME

 

“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

 

SESSION 1

 

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

                                                                  

 

SESSION 2

 

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

                                                                   Coffee/Tea

 

 

 

GOPIO Belgium

69, Boulevard Louis Mettewie (bte. 18)

1080 Brussels, Belgium

Tel. & Fax: +32 2 469 26 77

 

 E-mail: sunil.prasad@coditel.net                Websitewww.gopio-belgium.