The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce organized its 9th Indo-American Corporate Excellence Awards at Hotel Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai, on July 1, 2013. Celebrities like Prabhu Deva, Poonam Dhillon, Gulshan Gorver were present at the Awards Ceremony.
The primary objectives of the program are to :
- Recognize the best US Companies in India and vice versa
- and to celebrate the 237th American Independence Day
Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Prithviraj Chavan, who has a Masters Degree from University of California, Berkeley, was the Chief Guest. The Guests of Honor were Shri Dilip Walse-Patil and US Consul General Peter Haas. A number of prominent companies participated in the awards program this year across 13 categories such as CSR, financial services, FMCG, gems and jewelry, innovation, manufacturing, media and entertainment, SME, technology and communications, and other services. Awards were also presented to the Overall Best Company, Best NGO, and Best Woman Corporate Leader.
The jury comprised names like Peter Haas, Nadir Godrej, Nimesh Kampani, Harsh Mariwala, Dr K K Nohria and many others. The event, which was covered extensively in print, electronic and digital media, also saw the attendance of over 500 VIPs from all walks of life such as Finance, legal, IT, Manufacturing Marketing, Consultancies and pharmaceuticals among others.
The 9th I-ACE awards 2013 is IACC's flagship event and serves as an excellent platform for business networking and an interaction with the who's who of the Indian and American business world. The awards program was intended to inspire companies in various sectors which are already doing outstanding work to raise the bar and contribute to enhanced economical and industrial growth.
Chief Minister Shri Prithviraj Chavan extended his heartfelt congratulations to the Award Winners, US Consulate, The American Embassy in Delhi and all of its people on behalf of Maharashtra and India as a whole. Shri Chavan proudly mentioned that the US and India share very warm relations with one another and have several things in common apart from being the world’s largest democracies. Chief Minister Chavan said, “If we work together I’m sure it will help both the economies to get out of the current situations, to move forward, continue growing at the usual rates. India has been growing at a very substantial rate of growth of 8-9 percent, we want to get back to that level very soon and I’m sure working together will allow us to do that”. Shri Chavan commented that he is sure that India would be able to sustain economic growth at the usual 8-9 percent once the situation improves. The CM also commented that, “We have had a live dialogue with the US Government. Last year I met the Secretary of Commerce, last week I had a delegation from homeland security working very closely together in protecting Mumbai, Maharashtra and they had very useful consultations in Delhi as well.” Shri Chavan in his closing note expressed that “there is a bright future ahead as long as both India and US walk the path together”.
Consul General Haas in his speech informed that they are working on defence co-operation and enhance security for India and the US and that he was very happy to see all of the companies from India, which have invested in the US and the US companies, which have invested here in India, being recognized and awarded. Mr. Haas said: “I think it is wonderful that hundreds of thousands of Americans can say proudly that they work for Indian companies and hundreds of thousands of Indian can say proudly that they work for American companies”.
Commenting on the event, Nanik Rupani, Regional President, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) said: "Our main aim is to promote trade and commerce between India and the United States and at the same time make our cultural bilateral ties stronger." He also mentioned that special emphasis will be laid upon education, which is a key for the progress of any nation.
IACC works closely with the US Embassy and Consulate to expand the multi-faceted relations between India and US. In keeping with tradition, the US consulate had endorsed the program with several of the senior officials who were in attendance.
The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is committed to promoting trade, commerce and business relations between India and the United States and is the only bilateral Chamber at the forefront of facilitating stronger business ties between two of the world's largest economies.
Mr. Nanik Rupani, Regional President, IACC –WIC, welcoming the guests at the I-ACE Awards 2013
Mr. Rupani presenting an appreciation memento to Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Prithvi Raj Chavan for gracing the ceremony as the Chief Guest
Mr. Rupani presenting an appreciation memento to Shri Dilip Walse-Patil, Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Honour US Assembly for attending the program as a Guest of Honour
Mr. Rupani presenting an appreciation memento to Guest of Honour US Consul General Peter Haas for gracing the awards program
CM Shri Chavan presented the award trophy to Mr. Sandip Sen (3rd from left), Global CEO of Aegis Limited for the Overall Best Indian Company in the US and Best Indian Company in the US in Innovation. Also present on the stage (from left to right) are Mr. SM Gupta, Global Chief People Officer, Aegis Limited, Mr. CM Sharma, Global Chief Finance Officer, Aegis Limited, Mr. Rupani and Ms. Rajyalakshmi Rao, Chairman, 9th I-ACE Awards 2013
CM Shri Chavan extended his heartfelt congratulations to the Award Winners in his closing note at the program
Guests interacting during the event
Celebrity Guest Prabhu Deva and the actor Girish Kumar from the upcoming movie Ramaiya vastavaiya being honoured with flower bouquets at the Awards Ceremony