A virtual who’s who of the Indian industry will be represented in Sri Lanka for the India–Sri Lanka CEO Forum, which promises to propel trade relations between the two countries to the next level.

The move is part of efforts of both governments to strengthen trade relations. Sri Lankan businesses enjoy several trade concessions in India, but have often been handicapped by small irritants. The delegation’s visit, which coincides with the visit of Mr Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles, to Sri Lanka from August 2-5 in connection with the event will significantly contribute to a closer economic relationship between India and Sri Lanka

The 12-member CEOs delegation from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will be led by Mr Rajive Kaul, Chairman, Nicco Corporation Ltd, and includes Mr R. Seshasayee, Executive Vice-Chairman, Ashok Leyland; Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director-General, CII; Mr T. T. Ashok, Managing Director, Taylor Rubber Private Ltd; Mr Suneel M. Advani, Executive Vice-Chairman, Blue Star Ltd; Mr S. Abhaya Kumar, Managing Director, Shasun Pharmaceuticals Ltd; Sir Ganesan Natarajan, Whole-time Director and President, Ennore Coke Ltd; and Mr K. Ramchand, Managing Director, IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd.

The inaugural meeting of the CEOs Forum will be held in Colombo on August 4. Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel Ltd, will leadthe Indian delegation. The other members of the Indian delegation are Mr Vinod Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland; Mr Arup Roy Choudhury Chairman, NTPC; Mr Tulsi Tanti, Chairman and Managing Director, Suzlon Energy Ltd; Ms Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group; Mr Hari Bhartia, Co-Chairman & Managing Director, Jubilant Life Sciences; Mr Atul Punj, Chairman, Punj Lloyd; Mr Hemant G. Contractor, Managing Director (IB), State Bank of India; Mr Venu Srinivasan, Chairman & Managing Director, TVS Motor Company; and Mr S. Dakwale, Managing Director, Lanka Indian Oil Corporation.

(This article was published on July 31, 2012)
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