The Inaugural ceremony of the International Conference on “Indo African Businesses-Strategic Perspective” was conducted online on 24th January 2022. The conference is being hosted by The Department of MBA at KLS Gogte Institute of Technology, Belagavi in association with Wolkite University, Ethiopia; African Studies Association of India (ASA) & Centre for African Studies (JNU), New Delhi.
Addressing the gathering Chief Guest, Shri. V.Muraleedharan, Union Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tour of Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa from 23 to 27 July 2018 reiterates the growing importance of Africa for India and will go a long way towards revitalizing relations with the continent. He emphasized that India is keen on building a development partnership with Africa that is unique, encourages free and open trade, empowers people, equips the youth, enhances mutual security and encourages reform of the global order. He stated that there were “limitless possibilities” of cooperation in various sectors such as infrastructure, small scale industry and solar power.
Guest of Honour, Dr. Faris Delil Yesuf, President, Wolkite University, Ethiopia said that education and business are the avenues, that India and Africa have been exploring in the past few decades. He applauded the efforts taken by the Department of MBA at KLS Gogte Institute of Technology, Belagavi for creating a forum for mutual dialogue and bringing in deliberations for the next two days of the virtual conference related to India-Africa cooperation on techno economic capacity building, skill development, trade relations with respect to export and import and several others aspects of the Indo-African Pact.
Key note Speaker, Dr. Ajay Kumar Dubey, Chairperson, Center for African Studies, JNU, New Delhi said that historically, India has been a part of Africa’s movement of self-rule, growth story, development and capacity building which are marked by mutual respect and affection at the grass-roots level. Indian diasporas have been instrumental in the developmental journey of the continent for over four-to-five generations. He emphasized on the ten guiding principles laid down by the honorable Prime Minister
Shri. Chaitanya Kulkarni, Founder, CCARE_CGK Constructions and Real Estates Pvt. Ltd. Belagavi in his address said that conferences of such nature help in building business and education ties of the highest order. He said that CGK Constructions and Real Estate Private Limited Belagavi, (C-Care) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) to build 6000 homes with an investment of about Rs. 1500 crores at Kigali, Rwanda (East Africa). Opportunities of such nature help in strengthening the relationships between two countries he added.
Shri. Pramod Kathavi, Chairman, Governing Council, KLS Gogte Institute of Technology, Belagavi in his presidential remarks opined that this conference shall provide an opportunity for knowledge sharing and help to develop mutually beneficial relationship for collaborations in future.
Dr. Jayant K. Kittur, Principal, KLS GIT in his welcome address opined that it has become imperative for all entrepreneurs to expand their business scope to the global level. At this strategic inflection point, countries are striving hard to find business allies to strengthen their economy. One such natural ally to India is African continent.
Dr. Krishna Shekhar Lal Das, Dean MBA, KLS GIT gave the conference overview and said that the forum shall witness a participation of 200 delegates and more than 35 papers related to the theme from seven countries around the world.
Dr. Prasad Kulkarni proposed the Vote of Thanks. Dr. Vanishree Hundekar compeered
Dr.Jyoti Talreja, Dr.Prasad Kulkarni and Prof.Ameet Chate were the conveners for the event.