Mr GM Rao, Group Chairman, GMR Group, was awarded 'The Economic Times Most Inspiring Business Leader in Asia' by Honorable Prime Minister of Malaysia in a ceremony held in Malaysia last evening. The two day event titled ‘The Economic Times Asian Business Leaders Conclave’ was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 29 and 30, 2017.
The second edition of the event with the theme ‘Taking Asia to the Globe’, saw participation from Entrepreneurs, Business owners, Policy makers and Senior Government authorities across Asia. The discussions pondered upon ways to successfully assert Asia's position as the torchbearer for the global economy.
The conference emphasised that for Asia to become and sustain as a true super power, strong collaboration and trust is required amongst all the Asian countries. Leadership discussions amongst the top Asian companies threw light on what is expected of the business fraternity and the governments at large for cementing Asia’s position as the hub for doing business.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr GM Rao said,
“I accept this award in all humility on behalf of the GMR Group and our beloved nation. If one goes through the Asian history, one would find that some 1000 years back, India played a major role in contributing to Asia’s GDP and along with another neighboring nation to the World GDP. Most of the Asian countries were quite advanced as they collaborated well and lived like one country. In fact, Asian countries have given phenomenal gifts to the world in the form of spirituality, science, astronomy, yoga, mathematics and much more. As a diversified global infrastructure conglomerate, the GMR Group is constantly working on Nation Building initiatives.”
He added, “Asian companies should learn from western multinationals on how successfully they run generations after generations. Asians are tremendous entrepreneurs, and we can create big multinationals if we have a strong ‘Family Governance’. It is critical for the long term sustainable economic development of the country.”
The conclave’s key highlight was the address by the Honorable Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak. He described Malaysia as India's gateway to ASEAN and beyond. The conclave also saw the presence of Honorable Ministers of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and High Commissioner of Philippines.
About GMR Infrastructure Limited
GMR Group is a leading global infrastructure conglomerate with interests in Airport, Energy, Transportation and Urban Infrastructure. The group has fifteen power generation projects of which ten are operational and five are under development and construction stages. Besides, it has seven operating road assets and a double rail track line between Mughalsarai-New Bhaupur (Kanpur) of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor is under development.
GMR Group’s airport portfolio comprises of India's busiest Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad and the new Greenfield Airport at Mopa, Goa which is still under development. Overseas, GMR Group along with its partner Megawide construction is developing and operating Mactan Cebu airport in Philippines and has won the rights to develop and operate the greenfield airport at Heraklion, Crete, Greece in partnership with GEK Terna. The Group is also developing two Special Investment Regions at Krishnagiri and Kakinada and India's largest Smart Airport City near Hyderabad International Airport.
GMR Group, through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, carries out community-based development initiatives at 27 locations in India and Nepal in the areas of education; health, hygiene and sanitation; empowerment and livelihoods; and community development.
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