Global Investors' Summit in Indore: No Hindi-English glitch this time

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Oct 02, 2014 21:12 IST

The Madhya Pradesh government has put all things in place to make sure that its two-day Global Investors’ Summit in Indore doesn't get marred by language barrier as it did in 2012.

This time, the government has made special arrangements for translating Hindi into English to help foreign dignitaries.

As many as 500 foreign delegates will attend the summit which begins on October 8 this year. These include 21 ambassadors, and officials from 26 participating countries.

Talking about the 2012 experience, an official from Consulate General of Canada, who is in Indore for the summit, told HT, "We faced a lot of problems in interpreting the language."

Keeping the language issue in mind, the government has published brochures in English and kept an English-speaking team ready to take care of the guests and bridge the Hindi-English communication gap.

Even the police personnel who are well versed in English will escort the visiting foreign dignitaries.

The October 2012 investors’ summit was 'global' only in name as its flavour was overwhelmingly domestic. It was attended by delegates from 15 countries. But, most of them went away without committing anything and it was mainly the domestic investors who dominated the show.

The same is true for other global investors’ meet being held in the state since 2007.

In 2012, even though big shots from the Indian corporate world took part, it was only minor officials from the foreign embassies who graced the occasion and only one foreign delegate addressed the gathering.

Madhya Pradesh has received an overwhelming response for the forthcoming Global Investors' Summit with 3,245 delegates sending their confirmation. The government has planned 36 sectoral presentations with focus on different sectors. The presentations will also highlight policies of the government in different sectors such as IT, textile, tourism and food processing. Besides, seven countries will also make presentation and talk about the investment potential in their countries.

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