BY MAHADEV DESAI
Atlanta, GA: The US based Global Indian Business Council (GIBC) launched GIBC-India at a gala dinner organized in an elegant environment at the club house facilities of Infocity, Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 10,2015 on the eve of Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2015, along with the launch also of InfoCity’s 1947 Technology Innovation. Later, the Offices of GIBC-India was inaugurated at the Abhishree Corporate Park, Ambli-Bopal Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on February 13,2015.
Suvas Barot welcomed more than 250 participants from Global Business community from Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, UK, USA and more.
Dr. Mahesh Mehta, President of GIBC ,USA while briefly introducing GIBC stated that following the 2014 election and appointment of Shri Narendra Modi as Prime Minister of India, Global Indian Business Council (GIBC) was formed in USA to promote global investment into India.
GIBC is anticipating great opportunities for industries to join the growth of India. The appeal of the Prime Minister is “Make In India”. Over the past two decades Global Indian Community has taken a big leap forward in establishing successful business and industrial enterprises in many countries. GIBC will like to work with these enterprises to go to India with synergistic technologies and /or investments in becoming partners in the growth of India.
GIBC intends to become instrumental in helping these enterprises in finding right partners, contacting policy makers or working with bureaucratic machinery.
Dhiru Shah, President-Elect of GIBC explained in brief the mission and objectives of GIBC. He mentioned that GIBC envisions people of India working along with the people of USA and the world to facilitate global economic development with particular emphasis on India, and access business, trade and commerce opportunities and resources. He stated in the short run, GIBC would concentrate in bringing investment in manufacturing and other fields into India from USA. But in the long-term GIBC will work with several economically developed as well as developing countries to encourage to and fro development of business, trade and industry across the globe.
Further, elaborating the objectives and activities of GIBC, Shah stated that what India needs today is generation of employment on a large scale in order to bring down the high level of unemployment and underemployment and thereby reduce the poverty amongst a large section of the Indian society. This is the main goal of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He explained that it is the small scale and medium scale businesses and industries that generate most employment everywhere in the world. Therefore, GIBC will try to engage such small and medium scale industries in USA and other parts of the world that may be looking for opportunities to expand on a global basis.
GIBC shall focus on the following sectors.
- Health care
- Infrastructure Development
- Renewable Energy
- Oil and Gas
- Water and Sanitation
- Education and skill Development
In order to educate the American and other foreign companies about the Indian investment opportunities, regulations, taxation and other economic data, Shah informed that GIBC will conduct seminars on a regular basis and also disseminate such information through its web site and regular news letters. GIBC will also join hands with other chambers of commerce worldwide in furtherance of the main objective of bringing investment in the vital sectors of the Indian economy.
The inauguration of GIBC-India Office ceremony on February 13,2015 was graced by the presence of Surendrabhai Patel, MP and former AUD Chairman; Dr. Mahesh Mehta, Anjlee Pandya, Urvish Kantharia, Gaurav Parmar, Kalpesh Parmar and Himanshu Parmar. Besides, several leading representatives of business and industry also attended the event. Dr. Mahesh Mehta, President, GIBC, USA extended a warm welcome to all and talked briefly about the mission and objectives of GIBC, India. Following his address, the two priests conducted the inaugural ceremony of the Office with Vedic chants and lighting of the ceremonial diva.