BSICC, in partnership with UKTNCC, organised the UK Tamil Nadu & Puducherry Business Meet at Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London. This business meet was chaired by Mr Virendra Sharma MP( Southall, UK).
The audience included representatives from Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Members of House of Lords & House of Commons, representatives from other Indian states/ other countries and businessmen from India who are successful in UK. One of the notable attendees for the business meet was Mr.Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai, who was also the Chief Guest of the day.
The event started with a formal welcome by BSICC Patron Mr.Virendra Sharma MP, Ealing Southall. This was followed by a brief overview of UK Tamil Nadu & Puducherry Business Meet by Mr.Jacob Ravibalan, BSICC Vice Chair for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and Founder of UKTNCC. Mr.Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner based in Chennai, spoke about the historical relationship which UK and Tamil Nadu. Following this, Mr. Hasmukh Vora, President of Hindustan Chamber of Commerce, based out of Chennai, offered his perspective of pursuing business activities in Tamil Nadu & Puducherry.
Mr. Christie Cherian, who is the Chairman and Trustee of British Business Group, Chennai, spoke about how good an investment destination is Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Dr. R. Seetharaman who is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank in Qatar mentioned about some of the Opportunities for UK residents and Global Tamilians in the Gulf. Mr.David Happy, who was till recently the Vice President EU Affairs for Samsung Electronics, spoke about India UK collaborations and how the UK is a hugely effective springboard into the rest of the EU-27 for Indian companies and twice as big as the USA and a wealthy region. Mr. Velou Singara of UKTNCC spoke about various business opportunities in Puducherry for UK companies.
Mrs Kamala Sekar who was till recently the Head of Export Finance at UKTI spoke about the channels of support from UK public sector and BSICC/ UKTNCC. UKTNCC Founder Director Mr. Sundar Subbiah offered the strategy and roadmap for UKTNCC Mr. Jacob Ravibalan, BSICC, Vice Chair – Tamil Nadu and Founder of UKTNCC gave more details about the business meet ” The business meet was a huge success and we had participation of more than 150 delegates from from Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, United Kingdom and Middle East participating in the meet. Following the business meet, we are hopeful that few UK based companies will start exploring opportunities to invest in Tamil Nadu and Puducherrry