Global leaders come calling to Bangalore

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BANGALORE: The growing prominence of Bangalore on the global business map can be judged from the fact that a rash of world leaders are on a tour of IT companies in Bangalore this week.


The CII Partnership Summit 2007 that took off today witnessed the participation of 750 foreign delegates from 26 countries. Portuguese President Anibal Antonio Cavaco Silva inaugurated the CII Partnership summit.

Another powerful European leader Gordon Brown, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, who is tipped to become the next British Prime Minister after Tony Blair today, inaugurated the Wipro International Conference Center in Bangalore. He later joined the CII partnership summit.

Peter Medgyessy, former Prime Minister of Hungary, Pascal Lamy, director general, World Trade Organization and Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, Canada, Engr Falah Fahad Mohammad Ai-Hajri, Minister of trade and Industry, Kuwait, Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion, Government of Sri Lanka, Alejandro Ferreiro, Minister of Economy, Chile, Luliu Winkler, Minister Delegate for Commerce, Romania, Jim Sutton, Roving Ambassador for Trade, New Zealand, Francois Loos, Minister Delegate for Industry, France. Delegates from Japan, Zambia, Singapore, Brussels also attended the conference.

On Tuesday, Portuguese President Silva also inaugurated the "retail Learning Center" at Wipro. Companies like TCS and Wipro have established their presence in Portugal. Wipro, in particular has strong ties with the Iberian country since it bought over Portuguese retail software major Enabler last year. Wipro announced yesterday that it would set up a retail center of excellence in Portugal.

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