Corporates looking forward to Emerging Kerala 2012 in Kochi
Kochi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate—Emerging Kerala 2012—a three-day summit which will be held at Kochi from September 12 to 14.
Emerging Kerala 2012, the flagship global connect programme of the state government, has attracted a host of invitees from within India and around the globe.
Besides ministers from Kerala who are in the Union Cabinet, Union Ministers expected to attend Emerging Kerala 2012 include Kumari Selja, Shri. Anand Sharma, Shri. Kamal Nath, Shri. Ghulam Nabi Azad and Shri. Vilasrao Deshmukh, with many others expected to join ahead of the event.
Alongside state and central ministers, dignitaries including senior government officials, corporate leaders, heads of governments, diplomats and foreign trade delegations, heads of financial institutions, leading economists, renowned scholars, business leaders and other eminent personalities are expected to join in as well.
An official delegation from China’s Yunnan Province will be led by Mr.Zhu Fei, the Deputy Director General of the Department of Commerce.
Dr Francoise Cluzeau, Senior Adviser at the UK-based National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, will deliver a keynote address on ensuring quality in healthcare services in Kerala. Policy experts and thought leaders including Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India; Dr Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister and Kerala’s Mentor; Prof. Gita Gopinath, Professor of Economics at Harvard University; leading industrialists and top executives of some of India’s best known companies such as Tata, Infosys, Godrej and Mahindra and Mahindra.
The League of Arab States has resolved to take part in the event and their trade and diplomatic delegations are expected to arrive two days in advance for high-level discussions and dialogue. Diplomatic delegations from several other countries, including the UK, US, Australia and Singapore, have already visited the state in the run-up to the event and expressed interest in inter-governmental and business partnerships.
Emerging Kerala will feature sectoral conferences, policy dialogue sessions, B2B and B2G meets and other networking opportunities.
Participants can register for the Emerging Kerala event through the official website (emergingkerala2012.org).
Spread across three days of the Emerging Kerala summit will be plenary sessions on subjects ranging from a review of the existing Kerala development model to infrastructure growth and financial reforms.
Special sectoral sessions will cover 11 areas that have the potential to become Kerala’s growth engines, including IT and ITES, Knowledge services, Tourism, Healthcare, Energy, Science and Technology, Infrastructure and Financial Services. State departments and government undertakings will unveil new development projects that offer opportunities for partnerships and PPP-mode investments.
These include some of the planned mega infrastructure schemes such as the High Speed Rail Corridor, the Kannur International Airport, the National Investment and Manufacturing Zone and the Kochi Metro.
The summit will have B2B and B2G connects, besides special sessions for Non Resident Keralites and business networking opportunities.
KSIDC, the nodal agency for the event, and trade and industry partners CII and NASSCOM have been organising road shows and promotional events across India and overseas in the run up to the summit.