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Chairman's year end message to INZBC Members
16 Dec 2014
The relationship between India and New Zealand has come a long way and I wouldn’t be exaggerating in saying that the India New Zealand Business Council has played a significant role in improving this relationship.
At the start of my tenure as Chairman of the India New Zealand Business Council (INZBC) I had shared with you my vision of what I intend to do towards furthering ties in the area of trade and commerce with India.
I am now pleased to report to our members on the progress that we have made. The India New Zealand trade relationship has improved by the day. I have taken a lot of pride and personal interest in developing and nurturing this relationship.
In 2014, we followed the theme ‘Business Beyond Barriers’ and hosted 12 events across the country, increased our membership 31%, regular communication with members, appointed secretariat, value add opportunities for our members like access to special rates from Taj Group of Hotels in India and PB Technologies in Auckland. We have also launched a new website, which is compatible with mobile/tablet devices and also a ‘Members Only’ page.
We are also pleased to welcome our new Strategic Partners ‘Westpac NZ’ and thank all Grant Thornton, KPMG, PwC, ANZ, ATEED, NZTE, MFaT, ENZ, Treasury, Unitec, Singapore Airlines, Pullman who have hosted and supported events throughout the year at various locations.
Under my leadership we organised the INZBC Business Summit. The event was extremely well marketed and attended. We had 350 plus high calibre CEO’s and Business heads from New Zealand, Australia and India in attendance along with political leaders and senior government stakeholders.
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to travel to India to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and GTECH group of companies from Kerala. The signing of this MOU between INZBC and CII is a major step in boosting trade, economic and commercial ties between the two countries. India is a premier market for the quality goods and services that our New Zealand produces. Equally India has talented pool of people who can contribute to New Zealand along with a Government that is open and inviting for business.
The MOU further strengthens the special relationship that New Zealand and India share. It urges and encourages people to people and industry to industry exchange of information.
I’m pleased with the progress that INZBC has made towards ensuring frequent and regular contact with its Indian counterpart the CII. I also acknowledge the work put in by the Executive Committee of the INZBC and our Indian counterparts towards strengthening our bilateral relations.
During my India visit I also had the opportunity to meet and greet Indian Industry leaders such as Shri Adi Godrej, Shri Madhu Kannan of TATA, Shri Anish Shah of Mahindra, Sidharth Birla – President of FICC, Sumit Mazumder – President Designate CII, Thomas Muthoot – Chairman Muthoot Fincorp and Sameer Munjal of Satyam/Hero Group. It was an absolute privilege to listen and talk to them about mutual cooperation.
The theme for 2015 will be ‘Growing with India: Inspire | Innovate | Grow’.
I am also pleased to announce that on 13 March 2015 Business Summit that INZBC is planning will play host to senior leaders of Indian Industry. Specifically Nandan Nilekan of Infosys and Unique Identification Authority and Rueben Abraham Dean of the world class Indian School of Business, Hyderabad will join us among a host of other industry, business and political leaders from across the globe.
I would like to thank the members of the Executive Committee – Robert Barker, Bhav Dhillon, Rick Ede, Matthew Findlay, Dinesh Naik, Pravin D’Lima, Kamal Ghose, Sameer Handa, Prince Kumar and Wenceslaus Anthony for their support, advices and hard work on ensuring better value for our current and future members. Our members and supporters are essential for the INZBC for continue its outstanding work in strategic areas of importance to New Zealand and India.
As someone said “the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement”; I am keen to engage with you and listen to your successes/roadblocks and work out how we can assist each other on this journey.