14 August 2012

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) reopens office in New Delhi, India

14 August 2012 - Britain's largest business organisation, the Confederation of British Industry, has re-opened its office in New Delhi to support its members in market, as well as forge and deepen their business links with India.

The CBI India office will give UK businesses valuable insights into what is happening in the Indian market and act as a key enabler for doing business in the country.

The New Delhi office will be headed by Policy Director, Shehla Raza Hasan. She will be supported by Mark Runacres, the CBI’s India Adviser, who has kept the CBI flag flying in India over the last three years. 

Prior to joining the CBI, Ms Hasan had been leading inward investment work for UK Trade & Investment for Eastern and North Eastern India at the British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata. She started her career as a corporate news reporter in Business Standard, one of India’s leading business dailies. She then spent four years working at the Indian Chamber of Commerce and had a brief stint as Consulting Editor, EEPC Ltd. 

Commenting on her appointment, Ms Hasan said: “I am honoured to be part of the CBI’s important international footprint. There is a huge potential between the UK and India to do business and our task is to prise open these opportunities and deepen the bilateral economic relationship.” 

CBI Deputy Director-General, Neil Bentley said: “Shehla’s invaluable knowledge and insight of India’s business landscape will help the CBI continue to support UK firms in one of the world’s fastest growing economies.” 

Topics at the top of CBI India's agenda include the Indian regulatory environment, international trade and investment, education & skills, climate change-related business opportunities and private public sector partnerships. The CBI is also focussed on greater economic liberalisation of sectors such as retail, banking and financial and professional services. 

The office in New Delhi will primarily represent the interests of British business in India, but will also engage with internationally-focussed Indian businesses. Furthermore, it will support CBI member companies and senior representatives of the CBI on their visits to India, either independently or in conjunction with the UK Government or broader business delegations.

CBI India will liaise closely with the British High Commission, UK India Business Council, the British Business Groups in Delhi, Mumbai and elsewhere in India, counterpart organisations and specifically the CII and FICCI, as well as organisations representing the interests of international businesses in India. 

Source: CBI