India’s corporate world is today enriched with presence of women in the board rooms, but more initiatives would be welcome. This was one of the notions coming from a meeting of a women-in-business delegation that came from India.
INZBC recently hosted an inward delegation of women business leaders from India from FICCI – FLO. FLO is the women wing of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. An all India forum for women, FLO has headquarters in New Delhi and 13 chapters set-up across India representing women entrepreneurs and professionals. Vinita Bimbhet, President FLO, commented, “India and New Zealand share a common historical connection and have been fellow travelers in their commitment to disarmament, global peace, ecological preservation.”
“We look forward, with this visit to your beautiful country, to take our relationship to a new level, open fresh avenues to promote co-operation in trade , investment, services and women economic empowerment between the two countries”, said Vinita, while her talk at the NZ parliament, where they were hosted by Dr. Parmjeet Parmar and INZBC.
Dr. Parmar gave a good overview of the women’s representation in politics and business in New Zealand and how more can be done to have gender parity in business and society. The gathering was also addressed by Celia Wade-Brown, Mayor of Wellington. The Mayor gave an overview to the delegation on the various business and economic opportunities that Wellington provides. The delegation was impressed by the breadth and depth of the information given by the Mayor.
The Indian High Commissioner, Mr. Sanjiv Kohli, also addressed the delegates. He spoke on the high point of the economic environment that India & New Zealand are experiencing today. He said, “This is a great time for both countries to partner together to forge good trade ties and women on both sides of the world, can help develop more harmonious and richer relations as women make stronger ties.”
INZBC’s head of Government relations reiterated that boardrooms in New Zealand too are working for greater gender parity and representation of women. He said, “INZBC and FICCI have had a long standing MOU for partnership and the FLO delegation in New Zealand will help boost these ties”. He further announced that INZBC will help in launching FLO in New Zealand, by working along with FICCI and the Indian High Commission.
The FLO delegation also visited the Massey University where the department heads gave an overview of the various studies and research being carried on in the field of business and migrants in NZ. Education being a very important sector between India-NZ trade, there were important discussions on the areas of cooperation and collaboration that can be worked out.
The all womens delegation also met a cross section of business leaders in wellington, at a networking event organized in association with Business New Zealand. The event saw a few kiwi-businesses presenting their case, from the sectors of film & television, software, jewellery and business intelligence.
Similar presentations were made by some Indian businesses to the Kiwi businesses. This speed networking event was appreciated by the FLO delegation.
INZBC has been working with the Indian High Commission for hosting business and political delegations from India, to promote closer ties for both countries. According to the treasurer, Bhav Dhillon, “these people to people and government to business interactions are the main elements for enhancing the trade ties between both the countries”.
FLO’s main objective is promoting economic empowerment & equal opportunity for women. Over the last 33 years FLO has been promoting entrepreneurship and professional excellence in women through various workshops, seminars, conferences, talks, training and capacity building programmes. The objective is to encourage and facilitate inclusion of women's talents, skills, experience and energies across all sectors and levels of economic activity.