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Abu Dhabi to host India-UAE strategic conclave 

Trade Arabia , Nov 26, 2018

Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital, will host a major day-long conclave to discuss the economic relations between India and the UAE tomorrow (November 27).

The second edition of Economic Times India-UAE Strategic Conclave is held under the patronage and presence of Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Tolerance.

The conclave which will feature key discussion topics including ‘Fresh ideas for the strategic ties’, ‘Encouraging trade and long-term strategy for enhancing non-oil trade’ and ‘The India UAE Defence and Space Collaboration.’
The conclave, to be held at Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi, will have an exciting line-up of participating leadership which includes ministers, higher leaders from government organisations, mission offices, semi-government and commercial bodies, trade organisations, commerce, industry including businesses, investors, innovators, advisors and specialists.

The conclave will identify new rewarding sectors in order to widen the scope of bilateral investments. Key business leaders and senior government officials will come together to lay the blueprint for greater economic cooperation between the two countries and explore the economic gains through boosting both the countries’ status as major trade hubs and key gateways to regional and international markets.

Deepak Lamba, president, Times Strategic Solutions Limited, said: “We are glad to conduct the second edition of the conclave in Abu Dhabi this year. This will further enhance the insights from the inaugural edition by identifying key areas for more investment flows between the two nations.”

“This conference will enhance the connection between the governments and business communities of both countries to forge new partnerships and explore the possibilities of deeper cooperation in sectors of mutual interest,” he said.

“The conclave happens at a time when both the countries are seeking to increase innovation and entrepreneurship in sectors of mutual interest. Since India and UAE are two of the world’s largest and fastest growing emerging markets, the conclave will provide a platform to highlight investment potential in India and the UAE by creating awareness among investors about exciting opportunities,” he added.

Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance, will deliver his keynote speech at the Conclave, which will be inaugurated by Navdeep Suri, Indian Ambassador to the UAE.

The conclave will also feature Abdulla Al Saleh, undersecretary of Foreign Trade and Industry at the UAE Ministry of Economy, and Dr Matar Al Neyadi, undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy.

The line-up of thought-leaders to be featured in the conclave includes Dr Engineer Mohammed Alahbabi, director general of the UAE Space Agency; Sharafuddin Sharaf, chairman - UIBC and vice chairman of Sharaf Group; Abdulla Alshehi – managing director, chief consultant and founder of National Advisor Bureau Limited; Ankur Singh – chief executive officer (CEO) and vice-chairman of Dana Group of Companies; Dr BR Shetty, founder and chairman - NMC Healthcare; Rajiv Agarwal, CEO and managing director- Essar Ports; Cyrus Engineer, managing director - SP International Property Developers; and Dilip Chenoy, secretary general of FICCI.

Other senior leaders at the conclave include Gautam Sashittal - CEO of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC); Arvind Varchaswi, managing director- Sri Sri Tattva, Saurabh Kochar, co-founder of Foodpanda; M A Yussuf Ali, chairman and managing director - Lulu International Group; Captain BVJK Sharma, JMD and CEO of JSW Infrastructure Ltd; Ulugbek Yuldashev, CEO and founder of AWOK.com; Raza Siddiqui, CEO of Arabian Healthcare Group; and Sangita Reddy, executive director of Apollo Hospitals Group in India.

The conclave will also unveil two Coffee Table Books titled ‘The Economic Times Best Lifestyle Brands’ and ‘ET Best Realty Brands’, it said.

The inaugural edition of ET India-UAE Strategic Conclave laid the foundation of a very important platform for bilateral trade discussions between the two regional powerhouses and the second edition will take stock of the developments during the past year and deliberate on the future of this very important relationship, it stated.