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ISB hosts the first edition of Deccan Dialogue in Hyderabad

May 6, 2018, Hyderabad: Indian School of Business (ISB), in partnership with Ministry of External Affairs, organised the maiden edition of Deccan Dialogue here today focusing on the theme ‘Economic Diplomacy for Development’. 
Inaugurating the conference, General (Dr) V K Singh (Retd), Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India, stated that through economic diplomacy instruments we must take advantage of India’s demographic dividend and enable global movement of people, which will cater to the manpower needs of the countries with aging populations. He also opined that “economic diplomacy can strengthen the manufacturing sector, which is the most stable part of any economy”.
K T Rama Rao, Hon’ble Minister for Industries & Commerce, IT&C, MA&UD, Government of Telangana, in his special address talked about the need for economic diplomacy to create more jobs. “The governments across the world are facing the biggest challenge of creating more jobs and which can be addressed through economic diplomacy. MEA must undertake a Resource Mapping Exercise tapping the strengths of various states and market it accordingly in various economic diplomacy platforms”.
In his address, Srini Raju, Member, Executive Board, ISB opined that India has a very vibrant software Industry segment but unfortunately a week electronic industry segment. “It is like whatever we earn from America, we give it to China”.
Professor Rajendra Srivastava, Dean, Indian School of Business, in his welcome address, emphasised that India is capable of taking a leadership position in the global data management. “The e-governance systems in India leapfrogged multifold and has helped the digital development to be more democratic”.
Some of the other prominent speakers at the Dialogue were:
DIPLOMATS: Vinod K Jacob, IFS, Joint Secretary (Economic Diplomacy and States Division), Ministry of External Affairs; Ambassador T P Sreenivasan, Former Permanent Representative of India to the UN; Jennifer Daubeny, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada, South India; Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan (Retd.), Director, National Maritime Foundation; Dr Adnan Altay Altinors, Consul General, Consulate General of Turkey, Hyderabad;Katherine B Hadda, Consul General, US Consulate General, Hyderabad; Lee Hai Kwang, Minister, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, New Delhi; Andrew Fleming, Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission, Hyderabad; among others.
GOVERNMENT: V K Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway; Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Industries & Commerce & IT&C, Government of Telangana; B V Papa Rao, IAS (Retd.), Advisor, Policy & Institutional Development, Government of Telangana; J Krishna Kishore, IRS, CEO, Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board; among others.
INDUSTRY: Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Limited; Dr B V R Mohan Reddy, Executive Chairman, Cyient and Honorary Consul General of Germany, Hyderabad; S Sivakumar, Head, Agri and IT Business, ITC Ltd.; Anuj Kothari, Chairman, Young Indians; among others.
Around 500 delegates representing industry, government and the academia actively participated in the maiden edition of Deccan Dialogue.
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