New York, Mar 28 (PTI) A conference on India’s growth engine and to analyse its economic, financial and business components will be held at the prestigious Columbia Business School here next month.

Prominent business and political leaders, entrepreneurs from India and the US and leading academicians will attend the day-long conference on April 7.

The South Asia Business Association (SABA) at Columbia Business School will host the 14th Annual India Business Conference with the theme of ‘India: Unlocking the Growth Engine.’ The conference will bring together influential and insightful voices from India and the US to discuss India’s growth story, “dissect its economic, financial and business components, probe its sustainability, debate its strengths and weaknesses, and discuss strategies to enable businesses tap and harness its power,” the conference’s organisers said.

Among those expected to address the conference are former Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid, Columbia University professor and former Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya, Member of Parliament and Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy among others.

Co-President Uma Kollareddy, who is leading the SABA organising team, said in a statement that this year’s conference comes at a crucial time in the Indian business environment given the recent major changes in the economic landscape of India in the form of digitisation, implementation of GST, demonetisation, “providing an impetus to digital payments, instituting the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, and Aadhaar’s support for financial inclusion.” “Each of these macro factors has had a significant impact on the business environment by themselves and together, they create a historic moment in India’s business climate fuelling entrepreneurship in several sectors,” Kollareddy said.

Ibrahim Ali Khan, Co-President, South Asia Association at the School of International and Public Affairs said the Indian economy is attracting the attention of global business powerhouses and on the other hand, new businesses are emerging across the country with innovative propositions and business models aiming to harness the domestic potential.

“This conference will provide an opportunity to connect global business leaders with their Indian counterparts and promote dialogue aimed at decoding the nuances of the complex Indian environment” in the country, Khan said.

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