Mon, 21/01/2013 -
14:00 to 18:30
Sofitel Hotel, Brussels

Session 1 - India Today

As the world’s largest democracy and rising economic giant, India is making its mark on the world stage.
India’s large and expanding consumer market as well as its vast, young and skilled labour force makes it a
magnet for foreign investors. However, while foreign direct investment (FDI) in India has gone up in the past
two decades, it remains well below the rate in China and Southeast Asia. Indian companies on the other hand
have emerged as key global players and are increasing their investments across the world. In order to meet its
ambitious growth targets and attract more FDI, India must tackle key obstacles to its growth, including poor
infrastructure, dependence on oil imports, slow reforms, excessive bureaucracy and corruption. Can India
speed up the pace of its economic reform efforts? What is the outlook of FDI in India and where are the
opportunities for European companies? What measures is the government taking to address the bottlenecks
that hinder the country’s growth? How are India’s global companies and brands fairing in an increasingly
competitive market and what are their specific strengths and weaknesses compared to Chinese and Western
Naina Lal Kidwai,
Country Head at HSBC India and Director of HSBC Asia Pacific
Amur Lakshminarayanan,
President of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Matthew McCartney,
Director of Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme at Oxford University

Juan Miranda,
Director General for South Asia Department at the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Geoffrey Van Orden,
Member of the European Parliament Committee

Session 2 - India on the Global Stage
India is being courted as a strategic partner by the United States, the European Union and many of its Asian
neighbours. As a leading member of the G20 and the World Trade Organisation, India also punches its weight
in multilateral fora and is consulted on key global challenges including climate change, energy security and
combating international terrorism. What is India’s role in the G20 and what are its key priorities in relations
with the US and the EU? Will the conclusion of an EU-India Free Trade Agreement help to boost trade and
investment ties? Is Europe a welcoming host to India’s global companies? How successful is India’s “Look
East” policy and what is India doing to step up its engagement – especially as regards trade and investments -
with Pakistan and other key neighbours in the region? Does anyone still believe in “Chindia” or are the two
Asian economic giants mainly competitors and rivals? What role is the Indian diaspora playing in the
development of the country and what is the secret behind the rise to power of Indian executives in leading
Western companies?
Ummu Salma Bava,
Director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies (JNIAS)
Neena Gill,
Vice President Corporate Affairs Europe and Asia Pacific at SAS
Luis Peral,
Senior Research Fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)
Mauro Petriccione,
Director for Asia and Latin America at the Directorate General for Trade of the European
Maciej Popowski,
Deputy Secretary General for Inter-institutional Affairs at the European External Action Service
Chandrakant Salunkhe,
President of the SME Chamber of India

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