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Sujata Rastogi
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Press Release - 08 November 2006

Investors in booming Indian market will get expert insights at forum

Business leaders looking to invest in the booming Indian market will get expert insights at a forum organised at the University of Bath.

The Bath India Economic Forum, on Wednesday 15 November, brings together business experts, academics and a leading diplomat to discuss the economic growth in India.

Places on the free forum are still available and can be booked using the Forum’s website (see Related Links).

Speakers include Mr Iain McCoo, Senior Vice President of the investment bank Lehman Brothers, which has a branch in Mumbai. He will talk about the challenges of setting up its financial services operation in India.

The Indian High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Mr Kamalesh Sharma, will talk about India’s role in the world economy.

Other speakers and panelists include:
• Dr Gareth Price, Head of Asia and India Project, Royal Institute for International Affairs
• Mr Asif Ahmad, Director for UK Trade and Investment, Asia-Pacific
• Mr Dinkar Jetley, Global Head of Trust & Securities Services at Deutsche Bank
• Ms Devyani Vaishampayan, Regional Head of Human Resources BG Group
• Dr Dibyesh Anand, Lecturer in International Politics, University of Bath

The University’s School of Management is organising the Forum and its Dean, Professor Andrew Pettigrew, will give the welcome speech. The Forum, believed to be the first of its kind in the West Country, is led by Sujata Rastogi, a graduate of the School of Management.

The speakers will cover issues such as the role of governments in India-UK commerce and differences between the Indian and Chinese economic models, as well as the potential challenges of the legal barriers and cultural differences that foreign investors face.

“Last year India attracted over £11 billion in foreign investment to help its booming economic development,” said Sam Manly, one of the Forum’s organisers, and an undergraduate at the School of Management.

“It’s not just that it’s a place where Western companies can outsource their call centres – India has well-educated graduates and experienced business people who make running whole business processes there an attractive prospect. India has enormous potential for growth over the next decade and beyond.

“Anyone thinking of developing their business in India, or with economic research interests there, would find the Forum helpful.”

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