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Conference Program Schedule (Tentative)

15.11.2017 Wednesday
10:00 am – 5:30 pm Registration at Hotel Hilton, Durban
16.11.2017 Thursday
8:00 am – 9.00 am Spot Registration at International Convention Centre,Durban
9:00 am – 11:30 am Inaugural, Ceremony

His Excellency Moses Veerasamy Nagamoottoo,Hon’ble Prime Minister of Guyana


His Majesty, King Goodwill Zwelithini Kabhekuzulu, King of the Zulu Nation Will inaugurate the Confernece

His Excellency Paramasivam Pillay Vyapoory,Vice president of Mauritius

will preside

Her Excellency Ms. Ruchira Kamboj, High Commissioner of India to South Africa.

Will Deliver the Key Note Address

Hon’ble Willies Mchunu,Premier of Kwazula-Natal, South Africa.

Hon’ble V.Narayanaswamy, Chief Minister of Puducherry, India.

Will Deliver Special Address


Hon’ble Yogida Sawmynaden, Minister for Communications, Mauritius

Hon’ble Dato M.Saravanan, Minister for Youth and Sports, Malaysia

Hon’ble M.C.Sampath, Minister for Industries Government of Tamil Nadu

Hon’ble K.Pandiarajan, Minister, Tamil Development Government of Tamil Nadu.

Dr. P.Narayana, Minister for Local Administration Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Ms. Bhuma Akhila Priya, Minister for Tourism Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Mr.Ravi Pillay, Minister for Housing Kwazula – Natal, South Africa.

Hon’ble Ms. Zandile Gumede, Mayor of Durban City South Africa.

Mr. R.Karikal Valavan, I.A.S., Principal Secretary, Municipal Admn and Urban Development, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, India

Dr.S.Vikram, Consul General of India, Durban

11:30 am – 11:45 pm Tea / Coffee Break
Session – 1 11:45 am – 1:00 pm Global Situation & Economic Opportunities


Mr. K.Pandiarajan, Hon’ble Minister for Tamil Development,Govt.of Tamil Nadu, India

Tan Sri K.K. Eswaran, President, Malaysian Indian Chamber of Commerce, Malaysia

Mr. R. Veeramani, President, Chemical Allied Products Export Promotion Council Ministry of Commerce & Industries, New Delhi, India

Dr. Palani G. Periasamy, President, South Indian Sugar Mil Owners Association, Tamilnadu Chairman, Hotel Le-Royal Meridian, Chennai, India

Mr. R. Ravindran, Former Member of Parliament, Singapore

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
Session – 2 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Emerging Business Opportunities,Start-up Projects, Innovative Projects, Commercial Sports for Economic Development.


His Excellency Paramasivam Pillay Vyapoory, Vice president of Mauritius

Tan Sri M. Kayveas, Former Minister, Malaysia

Mr. Akbar Khan, Human Resources Specialist, Chennai, India

Dr. Ashok Kumar, Director, Kavincare Pvt. Ltd., Chennai, India

Datuk B. Sahadevan, Managing Director, NLFC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Session – 3 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm Business Communication & Professional Ethics Through Tamil Language, Classical Literature, Art and Culture Through Economic Development


Mr. K.Pandiarajan, Hon’ble Minister for Tamil Development,Govt.of Tamil Nadu, India

Prof. Ulaga Nayagi Palani, Principal, Annai Velankannai Arts & Science College for Women, Chennai, India

Prof. T. Vasanthal, Professor, Ethiraj College, Chennai, India

Prof. Kasturi Raja, Principal, Bakthavachalam College of Arts & Science for Women, Chennai, India

Dr. M.Paramasivam, University of Putra, Malaysia.

Mr. Chinnappan, Tamil Scholar, Durban.

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Tea / Coffee Break
Session – 4 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm Investment and Business opportunities in South Africa & African Continent


Hon’ble Willies Machunu, Premier of Kwazula – Natal, South Africa

Hon’ble Ms Zandile Gumede, Mayor of Durban City, Durban, South Africa

Mr. Vivian Reddy, Business Leader, South Africa

Mr. Logie Naidoo, Former Dy. Mayor, Durban, South Africa

Mr. Ishwar Ram Lutchman, President, GOPIO- Durban, South Africa.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Free Time
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Cultural programme

Sponsored by Indian Council for Cultural Relations Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India

Followed by Dinner – Dinner Hosted by Tan Sri M.Kayveas

17.11.2017 Friday
Session – 5 9:00 am – 10:15 am Poverty Alleviation Through Corporate Social Responsibility For Economic Development.

Special Guest MEC

Hon. Sihle Zikalala, Min. of Economic Development / Tourism KZN, Chairman ANC KZN


Dr. V.R.S. Sampath, Convener, World Tamils Economic Conference, Chennai, India

Mr. V.N.Subramaniyam, Senior Advocate, New Delhi , India.

Ms. Shamla Moodly, South Africa

Mr. P.Venkatesan, Advocate, New Delhi, India

Mr. V.Ramu, Advocate, Chennai, India

Session – 6 10:15 am – 11:30 am Education, Research , Training Sports and Employment Opportunities.


Dr. G. Viswanathan, Chancellor – VIT University, Vellore, India

Prof. Ratna Natarajan, Educational Administrator, India

Mr. T. Chandroo, Educational Entrepreneur, Singapore

Mr. Pregy Pillay, Training Provider, CEO of SA Institute of Commerce and Technology – South Africa

Ms. Krishnaveni Kannan, Maha learning Centre, Chennai, India

11:30 am – 11:45 am Tea / Coffee Break
Session – 7 11:45 am – 1:00 pm Opportunities in Health Care projects and Medical Tourism


Ms. Bumika Akila Priya, Hon’ble Tourism Minister,Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, India

Dr. Janakiraman, Medical Practitioner, U.S.A.

Dr. Palaniappa Shanmugaraj, Consultant, Urological Surgeon, London

Mr. John Joseph, Medical Equipment’s – U.S.A.

Dr. V.M. Venkatesh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer – Medical Solution, Malaysia

Dr. S.N.Sugumar, Professor of Economics, Vels University, Chennai, India

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
Session – 8 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Economic Development in Agriculture, Agro products, Agri related Industries, Farming & Rural Development.


Mr. Ravi Pillay, Minister for Housing, South Africa

Mr. S. Alagri, Former M.P. India

Mr. Krishna Manoharan, Agro Economist, India

Dr. Mariyan Theresa, Academician, India

Mr. Sasi Kumar, Country Director, C.R.I. Pumps, South Africa

Session – 9 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm Opportunities for Information Technology, Web & Knowledge Based Communications, Mass Media and Print Media for Economic Development


Hon’ble Yogida Sawmynaden, Minister for Communications, Mauritius.

Mr. B.M.Arumugam, Visiting Professor, Plymouth University, U.K.

Kalaimamani Ms.Divya Kasthuri, Clasical Dancer, London, U.K.

Ms. Mala Letchumanan, Lotus Radio, Durban , South Africa

Mr. Siva Moopanar, U.S.A.

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Tea / Coffee Break
Session – 10 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm Funding & Financial Assistance for Projects through Financial Institutions, Banks & Venture Capital


Prof. Bala Balendra, Former Deputy Mayor, Auburn city, Australia General Manager – Bank of Baroda , South Africa

Dr. R. Seetharaman, Chief Executive Officer, Doha Bank, Qatar

Mr. Manoj Kumar Jha, Acting Chief Executive, Bank of Baroda South Africa Country Operation

Mr. Rajen Pillay, Financial Consultant, South Africa

Mr. A.T.Krishnakumar, Financial Consultant, Chennai, India

6:15 pm – 7:00 pm Free Time
7.00 pm – 8.00 pm Cultural Programme

Sponsored By Department of Art & Culture Govt. of Tamil Nadu

Followed By Dinner – Dinner Hosted by Mayor of Durban City

18.11.2017 Saturday
Session – 11 9:00 am – 10:15 am Opportunities in Imports and Exports, Trading, Retail Business & Hospitality Industry for Economic Development


Dr. V.G.Santhosam, Chairman, VGP Group of Companies, Chennai, India

Mr. Ibrahim Patel, President, Minerva Chamber of Commerce,Durban, South Africa

Prof. S.Balasubramaniam, Former Member, Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission

Mr. Ravibarathi, Social Economist, India

Mr. S.P. Sankar, Chennai.

Dr. Visagan, Indonesia.

Session – 12 10:15 am – 11:30 am Law & Economic Development


Justice T.N. Valllinayagam, Former Judge – Karnataka High Court,Karnataka

Mr. Mohan Parasaran, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Mr. Roger Latchuman, Chief Executive Officer Verify BEE Compliance Pvt. Ltd.,

Dr. A. Thiyagarajan, Senior Advocate, Madras High Court, India.

11:30 am – 11:45 am Tea / Coffee Break
Session – 13 11:45 am – 01:15 pm Community Net-Working Through Chambers of Commerce, Professional Associations, Temple Committees and Community Organizations.


Dato M. Saravanan, Minister, Govt. of Malaysia

Dr. V.R.S. Sampath, Convener- World Tamils Economic Conference, Chennai, India

Mr.Chozha Nachiar Rajasekhar, President, Tamil Chamber of Commerce, Chennai, India.

Mr. Karthigesan Moothusamy, Business Leader, South Africa.

Mr. Jacob Ravibalan, President, World Tamils Organization, London, U.k.

Mr. S. Velpari, Kualalumpur.

Mr. Thirunalkarasu, Singapore.

01:15 pm – 02:00 pm Lunch
Session – 14 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Economic Development for Women Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship


Ms. Cllr Fawzia Peer, Deputy Mayor – Durban, South Africa

Dr. A.Swaminathan, Former Director, Distant Education,University of Madrass, Chennai

Ms. Jayanthi Mala Suresh, Business Leader – Dubai, U.A.E.

Ms. Alfonsa, Principal, Women’s College, Chennai, India

Mrs. Roger Latchuman, South Africa.

Session – 15 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm Business & Investment Opportunities in India, Tamil Nadu & other Indian States


Dr. S. Vikram, Consul General of India – Durban , India.

Mr. N.Narayanasamy, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Puducherry, India.

Mr. M.C.Sampath, Hon’ble Industries Minister,Govt. of Tamil Nadu, India.

Dr. G.Viswanathan, Chancellor, VIT University, Vellore, India.

Dr. P.Narayana, Hon’ble Minister for Municipal Administration,Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, India.

Mr.V.P.Sivakolundu, Deputy Speaker of Puducherry, India

Mr. Atuylya Misra I.A.S, Principal Secretary, Gov. of Tamil Nadu

Mr. R. Karikalvalavan I.A.S, Principal Secretary, Department of Municipal Administration, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, India

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Tea / Coffee Break
Session – 16 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Concluding Ceremony & Award Distribution

International Awards & Conferment of Title by:

His Excellency Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory Vice-President of Mauritius.

Her Excellency Ms. Ruchira Kamboj High Commissioner of India to South Africa.

Mr.Ravi Pillay, Minister for Housing, Kwazula – Natal, South Africa.

6.30 pm – 7.00 pm Free time
From 7.00 pm onwards

Cultural programme

Followed by Dinner – Dinner Hosted by Mr. Roger Latchuman