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Business Secretary Vince Cable will be among the speakers at a three-day conference in Belfast

Business Secretary Vince Cable will be among the speakers at a three-day conference in Belfast

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Business Secretary Vince Cable will be among the speakers at a three-day conference in Belfast

Fresh business links between Northern Ireland and India are set to be formed during a three-day conference in Belfast next month.

Around 300 delegates from the sub-continent and Asia have been invited to the multi-venue event in the city.

They will be joined by representatives from the Northern Ireland business community.

The Horasis Global India Business Meeting is being hosted by Belfast City Council with the support of the Stormont Executive's business support agency Invest NI. Venues for the June 23-24 conference include City Hall, Titanic Belfast and Queen's University.

Among speakers expected to address the conference are Anand Sharma, the minister of commerce and industry for the government of India and Vince Cable, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The 2013 Indian Business Leaders of the Year will also be announced at the conference celebrating entrepreneurs who have been building and leading successful global Indian firms.

Alderman Christopher Stalford, chairman of Belfast City Council's Development Committee, said: "We are delighted this forum is taking place in Northern Ireland and in Belfast. India is one of the emerging global market opportunities - one of the few economies that is growing in the current climate.

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"Belfast already has strong links with India through local companies doing business there and Indian companies also setting up operations here, and so the potential for further development is huge. It is vital that Belfast does everything in its power to capitalise upon the opportunities which the Indian market affords us and this event places us in the perfect position to do so."

Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest Northern Ireland, said: "This event will provide a unique opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland to a highly influential audience of Indian business leaders."

Among the Indian and Asian firms that are attending the conference are Moser Baer, Tata Communications, Mahindra Satyam, Max India Foundation, Mesco Steel, MitKat Services, Scomi International in Malaysia, Export-Import Bank of India, Jalan Group, Hero MotoCorp, Kiran Energy, Bombay Stock Exchange, Premier's Tea, Jai Corp, Luxor Group and ChrysCapital.


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