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OBE for Indian woman entrepreneur

Supriya Banerji, senior director of CII, is honoured with the Officer of the Order of the British Empire title.

india Updated: Sep 27, 2006 16:14 IST

With the award of the prestigious "Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)" to Supriya Banerji, Senior Director of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the British Government has recognized once again, the contribution of the Indian Industry in furthering the Indo - British ties.

With this honour, all four Queens' Honours (of the Order of the British Empire) have been received by India Inc.

Earlier, Dr Jamshed Irani, Past President, CII and Director, Tata Sons, and the then Co-Chairman of the Indo-British Partnership Initiative was awarded the Knight of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Her Majesty the Queen during her visit to India in October 1997; Mr Tarun Das, Chief Mentor, CII received the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), in May 1998 and Ms Rama Naidu, Director, CII, received the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the same year.

These awards were in recognition of the pioneering work done for furthering Indo-British ties.

Supriya has headed CII's UK Office for close to eight years. She has also served as Head of the CII Southern Region, and the International Division of CII.

As head of the UK Office of CII, and later as head of CII's International Work, Supriya Banerji led multiple initiatives, which helped improve Indo-British business linkages.

Of particular importance were her roles in putting together the institutional structure to Indo-British Partnership, institutionalizing formal collaborative ventures such as the Warwick Manufacturing Group, (Warwick University) & Indian Industry, the Commonwealth Business Council, the Asia House amongst others.

The CII's UK office today is its oldest overseas operation, which CII opened 25 years ago, recognizing the importance of trade ties with Britain. An innovative vehicle for increasing trade and investments was the Indo - British Partnership (IBP) initiative, unique at that time with its focus on a specific country, set up in 1993.

The first target set in 1993 of doubling the trade between India and UK was surpassed by the efforts put in by the IBP. CII was nominated the Secretariat for the IBP by the Government of India.

First Published: Sep 27, 2006 16:14 IST