Ex­plor­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties

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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.”

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