Europe India centre for Business and Industry (EICBI) in collboration with IETO and India Commonwealth Trade Council hosted a discussion titled "Closer Engagement of UK India Corridor with the wider commonwealth" on 28th November at UK Parliament in London.
This discussion was convened as a multifaceted platform, uniting Commonwealth nations to explore facets of trade, innovation, culture, and collaborative endeavours, with specific emphasis on India, Africa, and the UK. The event's agenda was structured to encompass critical themes including youth involvement, technological advancements, trade partnerships, green economy initiatives, and the promotion of ethnic inclusivity.
British MPs Hon Bob Blackman, Hon Virendra Sharma, Hon Steve Tuckwell alongside HE Colonel Christian Katsande - Ambassador for Zimbabwe to the UK were some of the important dignitaries who shared their inputs during the interaction
The event commenced with a gracious welcome extended by EICBI felllow Sampada Kotcherlakota, setting the tone for the proceedings. Opening remarks were delivered by Sujit Nair, Chair of EICBI, accompanied by Councillor Aarien Areti and Abhishek Tripathi, Vice-Chairs of EICBI. The inauguration further included a ceremonious acknowledgment of esteemed guests and the launch of the India Commonwealth Coffee Table book. Abhishek Tripathi, Vice-Chair of EICBI, adeptly facilitated the ensuing sessions and panel discussions.
The primary session centered on the active engagement of youth from Commonwealth nations, fostering dialogue on the establishment of multilateral organizations. Following are the distinguished panels who shared their inputs during the session
Dr Salman Dalvi – CEO, Global Regenerative Medicine society
Ms Ishreen Bradley – CIO, Equality Pioneers
Hon. CP Salih, Trade Commissioner, India ECOWAS Council
Mr. Frank Mubambe – Mubambe Investment Limited, Zambia
Dr Maria Oliver, Director of the India Commonwealth TC, Ghana
Participants such as Salman Dalvi, Ishreen Bradley, CP Salih, Frank Mubambe, and Maria Oliver contributed significantly. Discussions spanned various crucial topics, encompassing stem cell development, collaborative initiatives among BRICS nations, food security strategies, and potential partnership exploration. Notable activities conducted during the session included Ms. Shrine Bradley's engaging activity on exclusion identification and Frank Mubambe's insightful portrayal of Zambia's conservation endeavors and trade potential.
The subsequent session delved into the realm of technology, innovation, academia-industry partnerships, and trade facilitation. Esteemed speakers who shared their inputs during the session include
Ms Farah London – Founder, Back 2 Business International
Mr. Navkoti Ram - Chairman, India Commonwealth Trade Council
Mr Venu Madhav Vemuri – Director, Nandan Therapeutics Ltd
Mr Mobeen Rafique - Chairman, Commonwealth Entrepreneurs Club
Ms Divya Muppichetty - Youth Ambassador, India Commonwealth TC
Navkoti Ram emphasized the National Educational Policy and accessible apprenticeship programs, while Venu Madhav Vemuri elaborated on the intricacies of research and development within the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector. Mobeen Rafique highlighted the strategic utilization of small-scale immediate projects to harness latent potential.
The conference culminated in an interactive question-and-answer segment followed by a comprehensive vote of thanks delivered by Mr Wali Kashvi, Vice President of IETO. The proceedings concluded on an inspirational note, invoking the quote, 'Intention becomes attitude, attitude becomes action, action leads to behavior.'
In essence, the conference successfully underscored the imperative need for collaborative efforts, leveraging innovative technologies, promoting inclusive trade practices, and fortifying robust relationships among India, Africa, and the UK within the Commonwealth framework.
More photos from the conference can be found here - https://www.eicbi.org/summits