The Telegraph
Sunday , January 19 , 2014
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CII mulls partners for event

Calcutta, Jan. 18: The US, UK and Japan could be the partner countries for the planned international event to commemorate 120 years of the Confederation of India Indian Industry to be held in Calcutta next year.

Director-general Chandrajit Banerjee, president designate Ajay Shriram and vice- president Sumit Mazumdar were among the CII members who met Bengal finance and industries minister Amit Mitra at state secretariat Nabanna today to hold preliminary discussions on the event.

The Bengal government will be partner to the event, while Sanjiv Goenka, chairman of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, will spearhead the show as its chairman.

Among the topics of deliberation today was the role of the state and the countries that could partner the event. Accordingly, Mitra has proposed the names of the three countries to the delegation.

CII president Kris Gopalakrishnan yesterday announced the plan at the CII’s national council meet held here. Chandrajit Banerjee had pointed out that the international event would be “very big on the scale of the partnership summit”. Sanjiv Goenka yesterday said the date would be finalised later in consultation with the state. “Lots of planning has to be done before we decide on it.”

The CII in its original form was set up in Calcutta in 1895 before it shifted to Delhi in the 1970s. There will be a series of events next year, and the Calcutta event will be part of them.