TIL anchors Tata group participation in CII-EXIM BANK Africa Conclave
March 27, 2014
Tata International (TIL) anchored the Tata group’s participation in the 10th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership during March 9-11, 2014 at the Taj Palace, New Delhi. The Conclave drew large African and Indian participation and was supported by the Government of India. TIL MD Mr Noel N Tata, also Chairman of the CII Africa Committee, steered industry participation through topical deliberations and focused panel discussions. This year the Partner Country was Lesotho and the Focus Country was the Republic of Congo.
A CII-McKinsey Report on “Joining hands to unlock Africa’s potential – A new Indian industry-led approach to Africa” and an EXIM Bank of India report on ‘Enhancing India’s trade with SADC’ were released at the event. This was followed by a media meet jointly addressed by Mr Tata and Mr Rajat Gupta of McKinsey.
Among several exhibitors at the Shahjahan Hall, the Tata group stall was the centre of attention and created a lot of buzz. This year’s participants from the group included Tata Sons, Tata Chemicals, Tata Projects, Tata Motors, Tata Consulting Engineers, Tata Communications besides TIL. The stall endeavoured to showcase the unique story of the Tata group and key achievements of the Tata companies in Africa.
TIL’s Stryder bicycles made its foray into the Conclave exhibitors’ space and drew a lot of footfalls and enquiries. Additionally, a Nano Twist was parked in the hotel foyer to be viewed by the African delegates. Other exhibitors and sponsors included Kirloskar Brothers, Mahindra, Shapoorji Pallonji and Co, WAPCOS, Barclays, JCB, etc.
One of the parallel sessions highlighted successful public-private-partnership (PPP) models and experience sharing from the Tata group. This session had participants from TCS, Tata Power and Tata Motors and was moderated by Ms Janaki Chaudhry, Head – Strategy and Business Development, TIL.
The Conclave aims at promoting partnership at three levels, namely Government, Institutional and Enterprise by:
- Increasing outreach of information on Indian enterprise in the identified sectors to Africa
- Increasing interaction between the Indian industry and Africa to address specific opportunities
- Discussing possibilities for Indian participation on long-term projects
- Building upon the momentum gathered with the launch of the ‘India Africa Forum Summit’ and taking ahead the actionable agenda put forward during the deliberation