Horasis India Meeting – 2016


Impressions from the 2015 meeting

  • We are accelerating our efforts to diversify the economy and develop the manufacturing sector

    Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Railways, India

  • The Canton of Bern epitomizes the close partnership between India and Switzerland that can be traced back for decades

    Hans-Jürg Käser, President and State Councillor, Canton of Bern, Switzerland

  • South Africa and India want trade relations to be accelerated

    Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, South Africa

  • We should hold on to hope and united, work together for a just and better world

    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,

  • Narendra Modi’s iconic style of leadership has come as a breath of fresh air for Indians

    Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, India

  • We need more and better reforms to boost the economy’

    Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India

  • India is going in the right direction

    Edmond Alphandéry, Former French Minister of Economy, France

  • India is a big country and the task – both for government and business - is huge

    William Meaney, Chief Executive Officer, Iron Mountain, USA

Cascais, Portugal, 3-4 July 2016

Horasis convened the 2016 Horasis India Meeting on 3-4 July in Cascais, Portugal, co-hosted by the Portuguese Government, the City of Cascais and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The Horasis India Meeting gathered a host of decision makers from business and government to discuss India’s role in the global economy and to shape the country’s future direction. The event was open to the Chief Executive Officers of India’s and the world’s leading companies. Download the report and visit the photo gallery.


It has been a tradition to welcome a senior Union Minister to the Horasis India Meeting: this year, Gen. V K Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, India and Manuel Caldeira Cabral, Minister of Economy, Portugal discussed how their two nations looked forward to forging closer links through cultural exchanges and through investment. Manuel Caldeira Cabral, Minister of Economy, Portugal, talked about the building blocks for Europe’s and India’s shared future.


Naushad Forbes, President, CII; Co-Chairman, Forbes Marshall Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises


The Modi government grows from strength to strength since its election in 2014. Over the two years in office Prime Minister Narendra Modi has nurtured overseas leader’s support and has pressed his own regional state leaders to implement changes and instigated many parliamentary Acts designed to promote Indian development. A major facet noted by the delegates of the Horasis India Meeting is India’s continued rapid growth as shown in its GDP figures – now it is the world’s fastest growing economy. Reflecting on India’s continued rise, Subhash Desai, Minister of Industy, Maharashtra, described Mumbai as the world’s emerging financial hub.


Announcing the 2016 Indian Business Leaders of the Year, Horasis – together with our strategic partner KPMG – celebrated three outstanding entrepreneurs who have been building successful Indian firms: Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman´, Bharti Enterprises; Arunachalam Muruganantham, Chairman, Jayaashree Industries and Ronnie Screwvala, Founder, Unilazer Ventures.


The Indian Business Leaders of the Year Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva and Indian External Affairs Minister VK Singh


The co-chairs were:


Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India
Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industries, India
Eduardo Catroga, Chairman, EDP, Portugal
Naushad Forbes, President, CII; Director, Forbes Marshall, India
Sunil Godhwani, Chairman, Religare Enterprises, India
Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice-Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise, India
Rajive Kaul, Past President AIMA; Chairman, Nicco Group, India
Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, India
Sunil Kant Munjal, Jt Managing Director, Hero MotoCorp, India
Deepak Premnarayen, President, IMC; Chairman, ICS Group, India
Fredrik Ragmark, Chief Executive Officer, Medicover, Sweden
José Maria Ricciardi, Chief Executive Officer, Haitong Bank, Portugal
Ronnie Screwvala, Founder, Unilazer Ventures, India
Ajay Shriram, Chairman, DCM Shriram, India
Gunjan Sinha, Chairman, MetricStream, USA