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CII team in London with new High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanshyam

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) named Mr Jim Bligh, Director Corporate Affairs, Tata Consultancy Services, as the new Chairperson to take over leadership of the CII India Business Forum (IBF) in the UK for 2019…reports Asian Lite News

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Mr Jim Bligh, Director Corporate Affairs, Tata Consultancy Services…

After two years of supporting CII-IBF UK as Chairperson, Dr David Landsman, Executive Director, Tata Ltd said: “It has been an honour to serve for two years as the Chairperson for CII-IBF UK, representing Indian companies in the UK and developing contacts across Europe.  I’ve enjoyed working with our members both on strengthening business contacts and engaging stakeholders on our policy priorities. There will be many exciting new opportunities in the coming years and I wish Jim every success in helping Indian business to make the most of them.  I look forward to continuing to support CII from the sidelines.”

Dr David Landsman was preceded by Mr. Prashant Jhawar, Chairman, Usha Martin as the Chair of CII UK IBF.

“I am delighted to be taking on this important role, especially given the challenge ahead around Brexit uncertainty,” said Mr Bligh. “The UK and India’s relationship is of critical economic and historical significance and I’m delighted to take on this role to champion our two nations’ special bond. Indian businesses invest billions in the UK economy, helping secure jobs and growth, while India represents a huge economic market for British firms. Despite the political uncertainty around Brexit, the CII and India Business Forum will play a key role in seizing opportunities for both nations.”

Mr Bligh is Director of Corporate Affairs for the UK and Ireland at Tata Consultancy Services, where he is responsible for public affairs and policy; stakeholder, academic, industry analyst and government relations; and the TCS award-winning event series the Spark Salon.

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CII team with the chief guest

Jim is a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. At the Institute, Jim is supporting work on artificial intelligence and the future of work, global supervision of the internet, and the ethical and practical implications for business of the fourth industrial revolution.

Jim joined TCS in 2015 from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), where he was head of policy for employment, skills, pensions, trade and public services reform. He has previously worked as head of corporate affairs at ManpowerGroup, the global recruitment business. Jim has degrees in English from Durham, where he was President of the Union, and Medieval and Renaissance Literature from Cambridge.

He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the executive committee of the Industry and Parliament Trust, and a member of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) London Council. TCS is a global top-four IT services and consultancy business, providing tech solutions to business problems in 46 markets across the world, including 18 countries in Europe. The TATA Group is among the largest foreign investors and employers in the UK. The diversity of their investments and operations makes them uniquely positioned to represent Indian businesses across a range of sectors.

The CII UK India Business Forum is an exclusive group of corporate members, primarily Indian companies with existing or planned operations in the United Kingdom. The CII UK IBF provides an avenue for senior representatives of UK or Europe-wide operations of Indian companies based in various regions across the UK to come together and represent India Inc.

They key objectives for CII UK IBF are:

  1. Build “Brand India”.
  2. Serve as a networking as well as knowledge-sharing platform for all Indian companies who are members of the IBF of the respective country.
  3. Identify regulatory issues impeding Indian companies from doing business effectively and make representations on their behalf to policy makers and position this platform to address collective issues of Indian Industries.
  4. Contribute to enhancing trade, investment and economic cooperation between India and the Forum’s country.

The Patron of the CII UK IBF is the High Commissioner of India. The new High Commissioner of India HE Mrs RuchiGhanshyam who announced the New Chair of the CII UK IBF. #

“I look forward to working closely with the CII and the Indian businesses in the UK extending my support wherever is necessary,” said the new High Commissioner. “Addressing the CII UK’s India Business Forum she spoke about the balance in the economic relationship and the two countries. She underlined the contribution of India Inc to UK’s economy and their appetite to enter UK regardless of uncertainty surrounding Brexit.”

CII-UK looks forward to developing a strong and relevant work plan for 2019, working with a number of stakeholders including governments, businesses and entrepreneurs, academia and think tanks, Media, and Diaspora, in furthering key business interests such as understanding the post-Brexit agenda, access to enhanced trade relations, institution building, global talent acquisition and nurturing and labour mobility, as well as supporting two-way sector and state/ regional delegations.

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