Jose Pinto Stephen
The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) is globally recognized for promotion of businesses opportunities, trade relations and cinema opportunities between India and the IIFA’s host nation. Keeping in line with this, a joint initiative of IIFA and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry - the FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum is scheduled to take place at the Tampa Convention Center on April 24-25 during the 15th Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend.
With the trade relationship between India and America at its acme, the theme for the FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum will see business delegates discuss ‘Indo-U.S. Partnership: A Catalyst for Economic Growth’. The effort is being led by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), University of South Florida College of Business, Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt Ltd, and the Tampa Bay Trade and Protocol Council. Other notable partners include Enterprise Florida, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Visit Tampa Bay Visit Florida, USIBC and TIE. The forum will stand witness to the coming together of some of the biggest change drivers and opinion leaders and business leaders from top brands and business houses to engage in dialogue and explore new and promising commercial possibilities.
Some of the visionaries include Dr RK Pachauri, who spearheads the Nobel Prize winning UN Intergovernmental panel on Climate change, NR Narayanmurthy, Executive Chairman and Founder of Infosys, Ron Somers, President USIBC, Dr Didar Singh, Secretary General FICCI, Consul General of India - Ajit Kumar, and Congressman Gus Bilirakis.
Some of the prominent women leaders addressing the business forum include Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Nisha Desai Biswal, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Shabana Azmi, renowned activist and Indian actor, Judy Genshaft, President, University of South Florida and Renu Khator, President of University of Houston.
Business icons leading discussions include Bharat Desai, Chairman, Syntel, Harshvardhan Neotia, Chairman, Ambuja-Neotia group, Ranjit Yadav, President Tata Motors, Vivek Lall, President & CEO, Reliance Industries, Mukesh Aghi, CEO, L&T Infotech.
Among the renowned guests who will grace the forum are over 100 business leaders and policy makers. These eminent personalities will share their precious insights on and examine the copious benefits of a partnership between the two economies.
Today, the Indian-American community has been at the forefront of innovation, knowledge-based services, and entrepreneurship, creating jobs and contributing to the U.S. economy. Two-way trade in goods between India and the U.S crossed the $60 billion mark in 2012, but there is potential for reaching the $100 billion mark. The Indian economy has grown to be the10th largest in the world, and experts project India will become one of the top five economic powers by 2050.
The 2-day long forum will convene a galaxy of prominent personalities representing industry, government, academia and intelligentsia. Sectors that power Trade, Commerce & Investment, along with promising areas of cooperation between India and America such as Media & Entertainment, Education, Tourism and Environment & Clean Technology will come under the scanner.
This is the 10th edition of the FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum, which is an integral highlight of the Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend powered by LAVA Mobile, which commences from April 23 in Tampa Bay Florida and ends with the pinnacle of Indian entertainment, The Tata Motors IIFA Awards.
Some of the key partners of the IIFA US celebrations are: Videocon d2h, Tata Motors, Freedom Health Insurance, Lava Mobiles, Visit Tampa Bay Visitors and Convention Bureau, Visit Florida, Hillsborough County Commission, Jammu & Kashmir Tourism, Vishal Fashions, UST Global and Intuit.
Other support partners include Mosaic Company, Tampa Steel Erecting Company, and Patina Solutions.
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