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Posted February11, 2011

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Consul general to visit Laurier for discussion on doing business with India

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University is hosting a public panel discussion on “Doing Business With India” featuring Preeti Saran, Consul General for India, and two business leaders Feb. 15 in the Senate and Board Chamber from 10 a.m. to noon.

In her discussion Saran will provide an overall picture of this South Asian country. Other speakers include Rana Sarkar, president and CEO of the Canada India Business Council, and Arvind Vijh, director of Deloitte’s India Services Group. Sarkar will talk about the do’s and don’ts of doing business in India, while Vijh will discuss Deloitte’s experience in this growing economy.

“In the business world, there is a lot of interest in India because it is experiencing high levels of GDP growth,” said Mitali De, a business professor in Laurier’s School of Business & Economics and the event organizer. “People who have an interest but don’t know the entire landscape of India will get a better understanding of this South Asian economy.”

India’s government is predicting its economy will expand by 8.6 per cent in the current fiscal year to March 31 – it’s highest rate in three years. Growth is being driven by gains in manufacturing, construction, finance, real estate and business services, according to India’s Central Statistical Organisation.

Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Max Blouw recently attended a conference in New Delhi as part of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. The event focused on enhancing the academic and research relationship between Canada and India, and creating opportunities for institutional partnership building.

The Feb. 15 Laurier event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.

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