Press release: CEO Panel Debates in Stockholm and Gothenburg on Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi's new 'Make in India' campaign

Press release: CEO Panel Debates in Stockholm and Gothenburg on Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi's new 'Make in India' campaign

CEO Panel Debates in Stockholm and Gothenburg on Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi's new 'Make in India' campaign

The Prime Minister of India launched a campaign on 25th September asking Indian and foreign companies to 'Make in India' and thereby take full advantage of the 3 Ds - Democracy which creates the right environment for unleashing of entrepreneurship, Demographic Dividend of the pool of young and skilled manpower and the Demand created by the exponentially growing Indian market. It is the first time that such a campaign has been personally launched by the Head of the Government in the presence of the CEOs of leading domestic and foreign companies active in India. The goal of the initiative is to make India the next global manufacturing hub.

Many Swedish companies are aware of the opportunities that India offers and about 170 are already present in India, including most of the large MNCs. They, as well as other Swedish entrepreneurs and businesses which are looking towards emerging markets are interested in knowing more about what this campaign means. Therefore, to give more information about the campaign, the Embassy of India and Sweden India Business Council (SIBC) in collaboration with Business Sweden and Business Region Gothenburg are organizing two CEO Panel Debates in the coming weeks: on 6th November in Stockholm and on 11th November in Gothenburg.

Ambassador Harrison will be giving the Keynote address to present the thinking behind the campaign, the steps taken already and the plans for the future. A short film of highlights of the launch ceremony in New Delhi will be shown. In the panel discussion which follows, the following present and former CEOs of Swedish companies that are manufacturing in India will share the experiences and perspectives:

  • Mr. Håkan Kingstedt, Chairman, SIBC and former CEO, Sandvik India,

  • Mr. Anders Grundströmmer, Senior Vice- President, Scania and President Scania India In Stockholm)

  • Mr. Rakesh Makhija, President SKF Industrial Market, Strategic Industries and Former President Asia and Managing Director India (in Gothenburg); and

  • Mr. Niklas Pihl , CEO Phil Consulting Services and former Managing Director Cavotech Pvt Ltd India.

A free-for-all discussion will follow, moderated by Ms. Anna Liberg, Trade Comissioner who heads Business Sweden office in India.

Thereafter, plans for India Unlimited's annual India+Sweden Week which will be held in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö from 23-30 May 2015 will be announced. The main theme of the business conferences which will be organized during this week is 'Make in India - Grow with India'.

The event in Stockholm, for which already over 100 participants have registered, will conclude with a mingle with an Indian flavour.

Media is cordially invited to the debates. The details of the venue and timing are :

In Stockholm at Indiska Headquarters, Malmvägen 1-3, 115 41 Stockholm from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
In Gothenburg at Business Region Göteborg, Norra Hamsgatan 14, Göteborg from 7:45 AM to 10:00 AM

RSVP may be sent to Josef Wigren at commercial[at]indianembassy[dot]se. He may also be contacted for any other details including interviews with the speakers, some of whom have come from India specially for this event.