Tamil con­fer­ence to fo­cus on links

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD - KARINDA JAG­MO­HAN

A HIS­TOR­I­CAL cul­tural event at the Dur­ban In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre will see busi­ness en­trepreneurs and aca­demics en­gage at a con­fer­ence with a Tamil ethos.

The fourth World Tamil Eco­nomic Con­fer­ence is to take place from Novem­ber 16 to 18.

The fo­rum will fol­low the same tra­jec­tory as pre­vi­ous con­fer­ences held in Chennai and Dubai.

Ac­cord­ing to the chair­man of the In­ter­na­tional Re­cep­tion Com­mit­tee and for­mer ethek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity speaker, Lo­gie Naidoo, the or­gan­is­ers de­cided to bring the con­fer­ence to Dur­ban to show­case the city’s beauty and rich cul­tural her­itage.

Naidoo said: “The pur­pose of the con­fer­ence is to pro­mote eco­nomic links be­tween In­dia and South Africa, par­tic­u­larly Kwazulu-na­tal and South In­dia.”

The con­fer­ence is hosted by the World Tamil Eco­nomic Foun­da­tion and the Madras De­vel­op­ment So­ci­ety. It will be sup­ported by busi­ness­men, lead­ing aca­demics and pro­fes­sion­als from var­i­ous fields in the Tamil di­as­pora.

Naidoo said del­e­gates from In­dia, the US, Europe, Aus­tralia and Africa would par­tic­i­pate at the net­work­ing, eco­nomic and re­search sem­i­nars.

The open­ing cer­e­mony would in­clude a glit­ter­ing per­for­mance by world-renowned Bharatanatyam artist Chitra Viswes­varan.

The con­fer­ence will end with a gala and awards din­ner, where re­cip­i­ents from par­tic­i­pat­ing con­ti­nents would re­ceive the pres­ti­gious “Crown Jewel of World Tamils” award.

“The con­fer­ence is open to ev­ery­one, and it’s purely a get­to­gether to dis­cuss eco­nomic mat­ters – it does not deal with any of the so­cio-po­lit­i­cal is­sues,” said Naidoo.

Regis­ter for the con­fer­ence on­line at www. eco­nomic­confer­ence.in

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