Anirban Sarkar on how India will help rebuild war-torn Arab nations
He shares his thoughts on rebuilding the conflict affected countries as a part of his national mission of rebuilding terrorism struck Arab states with Nadeem Inamdar.Updated: Sep 18, 2017 15:20 IST
Anirban Sarkar, the newly appointed president of India Arab Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (IACCIA), is a result oriented businessman with a global vision of achieving the ₹10 billion international trade with 22 Arab nations. Sarkar, is currently the managing director (MD) of Deccan Water Treatment Private Limited, Pune and is successfully running a flourishing business in sewage water treatment in Pune, Mumbai and other cities.
He shares his thoughts on rebuilding the conflict affected countries as a part of his national mission of rebuilding terrorism struck Arab states with Nadeem Inamdar.
How does it feel to be elected the president of IACCIA?
It is a great honour for me to have been appointed to one of the most important chambers of international trade and commerce of the Arab world by the Arab League. I will live up to the expectations of the Chambers and bring in the desired level of transformation in the workings of the chambers based on inculcating the spirit of professionalism, delivery and performance. I believe in bringing about a complete change in the manner the business dealings are conducted and will ensure India leads the Arab world in terms of business to business, people to people and cultural ties.
What are your immediate work priorities?
The major challenge before the chambers is to rebuild the war torn states of Iraq, Syria and Yemen.We are well prepared for this work and are engaging all the major Indian companies to invest in rebuilding the essential infrastructure in terms of road construction , building bridges , constructing an efficient network of clean and pure drinking water supply infrastructure system , making affordable residential housing for all , construction of state of the art global hospitals and school education infrastructure. Creation of robust national health infrastructure and strengthening exchange of defence equipments and manufacturing sector between India and the Arab work will also be on top of our agenda.
How are you planning to implement the infrastructure development in the war-torn states?
Our focus is on building the emergency projects like rebuilding bridges, roads, water, wastewater, municipal services and livelihoods which will transform the lives of the citizens and set the Indian companies on the global growth trajectory. Water is another important sector of growth and reconstruction in these countries and we will start the construction of integrated water infrastructure projects which will rehabilitate water and waste water systems including the construction of water purification plants, water treatment units, water and wastewater distribution networks.
What’s your take on the multilateral trade with Arab nations?
It is an important league for India and the Chamber expects to achieve a trade target of upto 10 billion USD in the next five years and the chambers will surge ahead with the motto of national development through promotion of active international trade with the Gulf nations and generate robust revenue for the companies.