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PM to inaugurate CII's Annual Session

New Delhi, Apr 1 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the Annual Session of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here on Wednesday, while Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will open the same on Thursday.


The Annual General Meeting and National Conference of the CII will be held on Apr 3 and 4 in New Delhi.

The two-day event would have a galaxy of speakers deliberating on a range of issues that are of importance to India and Indian Industry at the present moment.

CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee on Monday said: "Dr Manmohan Singh, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India will inaugurate the National Conference which will bring together Union Cabinet Ministers, Chief Ministers, key policy makers, Government functionaries, strategic thinkers, industry leaders and media."

He revealed that the theme for this year's Conference is 'India of Tomorrow: Imperatives of Growth, Security and Governance'.

"The theme has been designed keeping in mind the great need for focusing on issues where industry can play a greater role in nation building and creating an enabling business environment," Banerjee said.

A CII release highlighted that Day 1 of the high-profile National Conference will feature discussion on key issues including future of industrialization, overcoming the challenges of governance, enforcement and implementation; and Indian economic reforms vis-a-vis the world.

"With the highpoint of the day being the inauguration and address by the Prime Minister, the Conference is slated to witness a packed house, with a galaxy of erudite speakers to follow," the CII said.

Union Commerce and Industry and Textiles Minister Anand Sharma will share his perspective on industrialization while Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal will deliberate on the challenges of governance.

"Professor K V Thomas, Minister of State (I/C) for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution would lead the discussions on India's food security," said the CII release.

"The States and the impact of economic reforms would also be under discussion with Dr Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and noted economists like Dr Surjit Bhalla and Dr Janmejaya Sinha," it said.

Key economic secretaries to the Government of India, led by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth would present their perspective on the issue of implementation, which is often considered to be an area of challenge for India.

A special plenary session will kick-off the deliberations on Day 2 with Indian National Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

"This will be followed by discussion on topics like role of the public sector with Mr Praful Patel, Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and possible alignment of economics and politics by luminaries like Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of NCT of Delhi, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Chief Minister of Haryana and Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, Deputy Leader of BJP Parliamentary Party in Rajya Sabha and Chief Spokesperson, BJP," said the CII.

The deliberations will befittingly be concluded with a dialogue with Arun Jaitley, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha and Member of Parliament, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who would be delivering the valedictory address.

"While stalwarts like Dr Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Innovation Council; Mr Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission; Mr Harish Salve, Senior Supreme Court Counse would address the Conference, the audience will also have an opportunity to understand the viewpoints of young MPs like Mr Manickam Tagore, Mr Tarun Vijay, Mr B J Panda and debutantes like Mr Kavin Bharti Mittal, Head of Strategy/New Product Development, Bharti Softbank Holdings Pte. Ltd. Key policy makers, thought leaders, corporate and media leaders would participate in the delberations," said the CII release.

Over 1500 participants from the industry across the country are expected to attend the Conference.

--IBNS (Posted on 01-04-2013)

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