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Commonwealth Study Conference team visits Kerala's Technopark
Mar 21, 2007 - 4:48:11 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, March 21 - A Commonwealth Study Conference team visited the Technopark campus here to study the impact of industry on people and their living environment in the area of IT, tourism and healthcare.

The 15-member delegation Tuesday held discussions on Technopark's development plans, the modus-operandi adopted in issues related to its developmental activities and also reviewed various policies related to the development of the park vis-a-vis competition.

The 10th Commonwealth Study Conference 2007 theme - 'Working together for inclusive growth and development' - hopes to bring together young achievers and future decision makers in industry and government from different parts of the world.

The project include visits to leading global business institutions, top ranking government and educational institutions, social entrepreneurs, healthcare facilities, giving a wide perspective of the changing and growing times in India.

The visit was under the aegis of the Confederation of Indian Industry - and comprised Juliet Kabonesa, MP from Uganda, Anthony Segako, from the Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority, and Tanzania Education Authority IT manager Elizabeth Mkoba, besides trade union, industry and NGO representatives from Canada, Australia and Britain.

The delegation, headed by CII executive officer Lakshmi Sampath, later visited the premises of Infosys and US Technology in the campus. The delegation will also visit Munnar and Kochi.

The Commonwealth Study Conference was initiated by the Duke of Edinburgh at Oxford University in Britain in 1956 as a means of examining the human aspects of industrial issues in Commonwealth nations.

It aims at balancing short-term and long-term goals of nations by analysing the role of the corporate sector and NGOs in creating sustainable models of development and addressing issues of cultural diversity.

Over the years, the conference has been held in Canada in 1962, 1980 and 1998, Britain in 1974 and 1992 and Australia in 1968, jointly between Australia and India in 1986, Australia and New Zealand in 2003 and now the 10th conference jointly between India, Singapore and Malaysia.

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