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The FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum 2010

Press release June 7, 2010 Culture

The FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum is a dynamic global platform that has grown in stature, depth and numbers over the years. Today, Colombo saw the best of entertainment and business come together for the forum. It has provided the industry with a forum that discussed a diverse spread of business, bilateral economic and political issues.

Anupam Kher on Day 2 of IIFA in Colombo

The FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum 2010 in Colombo brought together business leaders, policy makers and dignitaries from around the world to deliberate on key industry verticals. FICCI and IIFA created a conducive environment for development of joint initiatives between business leaders across the two countries. Veteran actor, Anupam Kher was today honoured with the CNBC IIFA Global Leadership Award for his contribution to the arts beyond borders and especially his efforts to share his craft with the next generation of actors. Sri Lanka’s Ranjith Page and Mahesh Amalean were also awarded with the CNBC-IIFA Global Leadership award by the Sri Lankan President, Mr. Rajapaksa on the occasion.

IIFA’s journey across the world and the FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum have been catalysts for increased Indian investments in the countries where IIFA has been showcased thereby delivering both short term and long term benefits to the host country’s economy. The forum was initiated in 2005 to strengthen business ties between India and its significant trade and investment partners. In the past, the forum has been organized in Amsterdam, Dubai, Yorkshire and Bangkok and has been addressed by senior policy makers and industrial & financial strategists.

This year, the 6th edition of the FICCI – IIFA Global Business Forum focused on various strategies to explore and boost business opportunities between India and Sri Lanka, with this year’s theme being “India – Sri Lanka Partnership: The Way forward”. Some of the key speakers at the forum included H E Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka, Ms Kumari Selja, Hon’ble Union Minister for Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Tourism,  Mr Ashok K Kantha, High Commissioner  of India in Sri Lanka,   Ms Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson & Mg. Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group,  Mr Basil Rajapaksa, Hon’ble Minister for Economic Development and Tourism, Government of Sri Lanka,  Mr Namal Rajapaksa Hon. M.P.,  Dr Shashi Tharoor, Hon. M.P. and   Mr Nivard Cabraal, Governor, Central Bank.