AIMA held its 5th National Leadership Conclave (NLC) on 9th April 2019 on the theme ‘Now or Never: India’s Mission for the New Decade’ at New Delhi. Mr Sunil Kant Munjal Chairman, Hero Enterprise was the Co-Chairman of the Conclave. Mr Harshavardhan Neotia, President, AIMA and Chairman, Ambuja Neotia Group; informed the audience that MSMEs are the lifeline of the economy as they contribute towards the GDP, and more importantly, towards jobs.
“It is possible to achieve higher economic growth briefly by pumping capital into more productive machines. The best solution to make jobs more accessible is to make entrepreneurship less painful. It's important to leave some room for the small enterprises to grow," said Neotia.
Mr Sanjay Kirloskar, Senior Vice President, AIMA and Chairman & Managing Director, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd., addressed the opening session. He spoke about the potential performance of the nation vis-a-vis digitisation, education and healthcare In her welcome address, Ms Rekha Sethi, DG, AIMA, familiarised the audience with the day's agenda.
On the occasion, the AIMA-Dr. J S Juneja Award for Creativity and Innovation for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises was presented to Sundaram R, Managing Director and CEO, Aerospace Engineers Private Limited. In addition, AIMA-KPMG report on 'Social and Economic Impact of Digital Transformation in India' was also released.
In a special session, Rajat Gupta, Management Expert, Author and Former Managing Director, McKinsey & Co, shared his life, experiences and learning.
Some of the other speakers who attended the conclave included Mr Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever Limited; Mr Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation; Mr Sanjiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Finserv; Mr TN Ninan, Chairman, Business Standard Pvt Ltd; Mr V K Bajaj, Director, Today's Chanakya; Mr TK Arun, Editor Opinion, The Economic Times; Mr Sunil Jain, Managing Editor, Financial Express; Mr Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & CEO, Paytm; Mr Aditya Ghosh, CEO, India and South Asia, OYO Hotels & Homes; Mr Vikram Chandra, Founder, Editorji Technologies; Mr Nayantara Rai, Chief of Bureau, ET Now; Mr Patu Keswani, Chairman and Managing Director, Lemon Tree Hotels Limited; Mr Kewal Handa, Non Executive Chairman, Union Bank of India; Mr Nikhil Sawhney, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Triveni Turbine Ltd; Mr Akshay Bhalla, Partner, COO Markets and Strategy, KPMG in India; Mr Rajdeep Sardesai, Consulting Editor, India Today Group; Ms Syna Dehnugara, Features Editor, CNBC-TV18; Mr Vineet Agarwal, Managing Director, Transport Corporation of India Ltd; Ms Bindu Subramaniam, Singer, Song-writer, Educator and Co-Founder SaPa in Schools; Mr Vedant Kanoi, Founder & CEO, Foodcloud and Mr Anubhav Nath, Director, Ojas Art