Kerala unveiled its reform agenda and drive for investments to business leaders and industry captains in Chennai on August 13 in the run up to its global investor meet 'Emerging Kerala' campaign next month. Minister for industries and IT P K Kunhalikutty lead the road show at Chennai, where he invited investors and businesses explore the growing opportunities in Kerala.
Emerging Kerala 2012, the flagship global connect programme of the State Government, has begun racking up an impressive guest list with a host of invitees from within India and around the globe confirming participation. Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the three-day summit which will be held in Kochi from September 12-14, 2012.
Besides ministers from Kerala who are in the Union Cabinet, many other Union Ministers are also expected to attend Emerging Kerala 2012. The government has also extended invitations to 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.
An official delegation from China's Yunnan Province will be led by 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 will also attend.
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.
An invitation-only event, Emerging Kerala will feature sectoral conferences, policy dialogue sessions, B2B and B2G meets and other 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.
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