Monday, 10 March 2014


With the endeavor to develop initiatives and enhance relations between India and Africa, Day 1 of 10th CII Conclave 2014 came to an end. The day was packed with enlightening sessions, fruitful discussions, and spark with the charisma of delegates from Asia and Africa. It was truly an excellent opportunity for the delegates and other participants to have an open discussion and boost their business linkages.

It seems an episode of yesterday when 1st Conclave was held on 1st March, 2005 and today is the day of 10th CII Exim Bank Conclave with prime focus on fortifying the relations between India and Africa. The venue for this event is Taj Palace, New Delhi, India. A glimpse of the past conclaves was provided by the Chair. Likewise, other committee members highlighted different issues pertaining to both the economies.

The main highlight of Day 1 was the gracious presence of Rt. Hon. Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, The Prime Minister, The Kingdom of Lesotho and Shri Anand Sharma, Hon’ble Minster of Commerce and Industry. An enlightening speech were was delivered by both the esteemed guests during the conference. Dr. Motsoache articulated that cooperation in education is the key to development in Africa and Conclave presents an outstanding platform to showcase their strengths and beneficial business opportunities accessible in Lesotho. Adding to him, Mr Anand Sharma while remembering the history made by both the economies when Shri Mahatma Gandhi went to South Africa as a barrister paid a tribute to Late Nelson Mandela and conveyed that he was truly a hero and inspiration for all of us who loved and had always fought for freedom.

Later on, several MoU’s were signed. To mention, MoU’s were signed between International Trade Centre & Confederation of Indian Industry, International Trade Centre & UK Department for International Development and EXIM Bank & Government of Republic of Congo.With this the first day ended on a successful note.

Looking forward to the next 2 fruitful days!!


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