Hon’ble Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British High Commissioner to India visited VIA. He was accompanied with Mr Kieran Drake, Minister – CounsellorHead of Politics & Press; Mr Devdatta Ratnakar, Senior Inward Investment Advisor (Western Region); and Ms Neha Nigadikar, Inward Investment Adviser of British High Commission. Purpose of the visit was to establish cooperation between industries in Vidarbha and their counterpart in UK.
The Round Table with British High Commission was jointly organised by Vidarbha Industries Association and Nagpur First.
Hon’ble Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, spoke about recent visit of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi to the UK. He said we have deep cultural ties and 2017 was the UK-India year of culture, science and technology. UK companies in India employ around 8 Lacs people. 18000 Indian students enrolled at UK for higher education and 25000 young British people will gain work experience in India by 2020.
Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG was very keen to know about sectors such as Defence, Pharmaceutical and IT industries in Vidarbha and was trying to gauge the mood on the aspects of GST, Demonetization, etc. He informed Opportunities to tap in R&D ecosystem of Britain. He has proposed regular visits to the region by the designated regional inward investment advisors to network and present opportunities to the regional industries.
Earlier, Mr Atul Pande, President – VIA welcomed Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British High Commissioner to India with floral bouquet and in his welcome address briefed about the Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), the premier organization for the promotion and development of industry of the Vidarbha region, which comprises of 11 district. VIA is more than 55 years old organisation. He further informed that VIA continuous interaction and dialogue with Governments concerning industries and to help formulate policies for rapid industrialization of the region. We are encouraging industrialists from India and abroad to setup units of Vidarbha. Major sectors in our region are Engineering, Pharma, Cement, Textile, Steel, IT, etc. Informed about role and activities of Forums under VIA. Particularly we are focusing Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector and facilitate them through our programs, as they are having limited resources.
Dr Suhas Buddhe, Hon. Secretary – VIA informed about Defence and Aerospace Cluster.
Also prominently present were Mr Prashant Mohota, Ex-Vice President – VIA; Mr Pratik Tapadia, Chairman of VIA Knowledge and R&D Forum; CA Naresh Jhakotia, Jt. Secretary VIA; Mr Amitabh Khanna, President – Vidarbha Association of Software Exporters and Mr Dushyant Deshpande, Convener of VIA Defence Forum; Mr Faiz Wahid, Secretary of Nagpur First; Mr Girdhari Mantri, Chairman of VIA CSR Forum; Mr Omprakash Jajodia, Chairman, VIA Agro & Rural Development Forum; Mr Vyom Shah, Phronesis Strategies; Mr Vikram Naidu & Mr Jaiprakash Parekh, Member – Nagpur First. Dr. Suhas Buddhe, Hon. Secretary – VIA conducted the proceedings.