Mr Harsh Pati Singhania, President, AIMA and Vice Chairman & Managing Director, JK Paper addressing the closing plenary session
AIMA was a co-organiser of the Horasis Asia Meeting held virtually on 30 November 2020 organised by Horasis: The Global Visions Community annually. 400 of the foremost business and political leaders from Asia and the world gathered to discuss the profound economic, political and social disruptions caused by COVID-19 and other forces. Delegates interacted with key political and business leaders to jointly develop solutions for dealing with the current crisis and to shape a durable economic system for Asia’s post-COVID future. Over several sessions built around COVID related fallout and recovery; delegates discussed how to travel the path through Asia’s big transitions and how to adopt innovation to build a resilient Asia.
Speaking at the Closing Plenary on ‘Shaping the Asian Century Post-COVID’, Programme Co-Chair, Mr Harsh Pati Singhania, President, AIMA and Vice Chairman, JK Paper affirmed that India will keep a watchful stance on ASEAN nations’ recently agreed new accord – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and will join when it is clear there is a level playing field. “Globalisation as we have seen before, will go through a change which will be led by Asia; and this new model of globalisation will have to balance the country’s interest along with global interest”, he added. The session was chaired by Mr Pranjal Sharma, Economic Analyst, Advisor and Writer & Author-India Automated.
The annual Horasis Asia Meeting is Asia’s premier gathering of the region’s most senior leaders from business and government. The location of the meeting rotates annually and recently has been held in Bangkok, Thailand (2016), Kolkata, India (2017) and Binh Duong New City, Vietnam (2018, 2019). Now, within the COVID epidemic, the meeting has turned to a digital delivery, but its focus remains upon Asia – to present a systemic view of activities affecting the drivers of Asia’s economic success and how Asian businesses interact regionally as well as globally.
Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, The Hero Enterprise addressing a plenary session
AIMA was one of the co-organisers of the 12th Horasis India Meeting held virtually for the first time on 22nd June 2020. With a gathering of over 400 of senior thought leaders from across the globe as speakers, the Horasis India Meeting took an in-depth look at both the short-term and longer-term impact on the Indian economy. AIMA contributed to the discussions with a high profile delegation of speakers.
Addressing a Plenary Session on ‘Deepening India’s Transformation’, Mr Sanjay Kirloskar, President, AIMA and Chairman, Kirloskar Brothers shared with the audience that India has a massive opportunity in this pandemic and needs to focus on strategies to recommence on its journey of transformation. “Investors want to see more stability in the long term. Currently, people are investing in India, and that is a positive signal” he opined.
Mr Harsh Pati Singhania, Sr Vice President, AIMA and Vice Chairman, and Managing Director, JK Paper spoke about how the reverse migration has affected the economy in especially the manufacturing sector, but the sector needs to re-think and evaluate ideas where technology like artificial intelligence, data analytics play an important role. Mr CK Ranganathan, Vice President, AIMA and Founder & Chairman, Cavinkare, while speaking at a discussion on ‘Industry Delivering Solutions Locally and Globally’ said, “The FMCG sector is coming back to normal and should return to an earlier situation similar to what it was in January 2020, by the beginning of the third quarter.”
Some of the other speakers from AIMA included Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, The Hero Enterprise; Mr TV Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education; Ms Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals; Mr Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman, Ambuja Neotia Group; Mr Rajive Kaul, Chairman, NICCO Group; Mr Kewal Handa, Chairman, Union Bank of India; Mr Hemant Kanoria, Chairman, Srei Infrastructure Finance Limited; Mr Pramod Bhasin, Founder, and Chairman, ClixCapital; Mr Ganesh Natrajan, Chairman, 5F World; Mr Richard Rekhy, Member of the Board, KPMG, UAE; Mr Vijay Thadani, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, NIIT; Mr Akhil Bansal, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, KPMG India; Mr R Mukundan, Managing Director, Tata Chemicals; Mr Suman Bose, Principal and Co-founder, GoFar Advisory and Investments; Mr Vineet Agarwal, Managing Director, TCI Group; Mr Pranjal Sharma, Contributing Editor, BusinessWorld; Mr Darshan Rathod, Cofounder, Acumen M&A Advisors LLP and Mr Kartik Sharma, Director, Agnitio.
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