Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, addressed the 16th Asian Corporate Conference organised by the Asia Society in Mumbai on 18 March.
He urged Indian professionals to secure an edge in a competitive global market. He also mentioned the companies and countries that made good use of Indian talent benefited and remained competitive. Graduating out of Y2K, the Indian information technology industry offered a range of services that have found a growing market worldwide. Indian enterprise and talent are driving global business in a wide range of sectors across the world. He also paid due credits to East and South-East Asian neighbours for shaping India's thought processes on globalisation and the means to deal with it. He viewed India's destiny is inter-linked with that of Asia and more so South East Asia. Today the East Asian Community of nations has overtaken Europe and the Americas as the largest bloc among trading partners of India. He also praised the Mumbai residents for their potentials, connectivity and the advantage of the location to become the financial capital of Asia. He positively vested his hopes on Asia Society as a catalyst in this process.