Exploring new opportunities
The two-day Pakistan-India Management Summit, ‘Leadership for New Economic Realities’ concluded in Lahore recently. The conference aimed to explore and benefit from the opportunity to move forward for the betterment of the people of both the countries. Aman ki Asha and Nutshell Forum jointly organized the summit which invited top corporate and business leaders from Pakistan and India to attend.
In his keynote address, D. Shivakumar, Senior Vice President of All India Management Association said, “With a combined population of some 1.5 billion, the Pakistan- India trade bloc can be the largest common market in the world.”
Subodh Bhargava, Chairman, Tata Communication, also spoke of the need for people to participate in such initiatives that lead to greater growth. Amin Hashwani, President of Pakistan Management Association and Chairperson of the conference said, “In this interdependent world, we will either sail through together or go into oblivion separately. The people of this region are living at a unique point in human history when technology and knowledge is available to solve all their problems. It is up to the people of this region to choose the path they want.”
Over 600 delegates gathered in Lahore who saw the revised Indo- Pak visa regime as a major step forward between the two countries. The delegates included Subodh Bhargava, Chairman Tata Communications & Wartsila, India; Deepak Kapoor, Chairman Price Waterhouse Coopers India; Avinash Vashistha, Chairman and Managing Director Accenture India; Sudharshan Jain, Managing Director, Abbott Healthcare India; Sanjeev Bikhchandani, President TiE Delhi and Member Global Board of Trustees, TiE Global; D. Shivakumar, Managing Director India & SVP Middle East Africa, Nokia, and Senior Vice President All India Management Association.
Shuja Nawaz, Director of the South Asia Centre at the Atlantic Council in Washington, appreciated the Aman ki Asha initiative. He said, “Let the business- to- business contact go on; perhaps there could even be a grand trunk road connection linking Kabul, Lahore, Delhi and Dhaka.”
Deepak Kapoor, Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers in India, said, “If Pakistan and India don’t act, then the rest of the world will outstrip them. There’s a need to continue dialogue and improve people- to- people contact since interdependence is essential to our shared progress.” According to Kapoor, the environment of hope and trust should encourage political leaders on both sides to facilitate bilateral trade.
Speaking on transformational leadership from emerging markets, Nadeem Naqvi, Managing Director, Karachi Stock Exchange, said, “Dynamic managers are able to communicate their vision to each and every employee of the organization. Once they believe in their own vision, they become a role model for all employees.” While citing examples of transformational management, he mentioned the late Agha Hasan Abedi who founded the Bank of Commerce and Credit International ( BCCI). Naqvi appreciated the Aman Ki Asha initiative and said similar events will reinforce ties between india and Pakistan.
Yousaf Jamshed, Project Director, Nutshell Forum, addressed the last session of the Summit entitled “New Horizons for Leadership & Strategies.” Panellists included Atif Bajwa, President and CEO, Bank Alfalah; P. Dawarka Nath, Group Director, Human Capital Max India Ltd Group; Sohail Wajahat H. Siddiqui, Chairman, Board of Management, Pakistan State Oil; Susil Baveja, Member, Group Management Board and Group Director Corporate HRDCM Shriram Consolidated; Khurram Rahat, Managing Group Director, Pakistan, Afghanistan & Bangladesh, Teradata; Syed Noman Hasan, CEO, Lucky Cement, and Sarim Sheikh, President and CEO, General Electric Company, Pakistan.
Azhar Abbas, Managing Director, Geo News; Muhammad Azfar Ahsan, CEO, Nutshell Forum, and Amin Hashwani, President, Management Association of Pakistan, attended the closing ceremony. In his closing address, Subodh Bhargava, Chairman Tata Communications & Wartsila India Limited, said that partnership between both the countries should not be limited to a corporate- to- corporate level but must operate simultaneously on government- to- government and people- to- people levels. “We have to be proactive. We have to have faith, confidence and must trust each other. Both our countries have common traditions and could work together to become global leaders.”