Dubai – MENA Herald: Indian Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Mr. Nitin Gadkari, has been invited to inaugurate the 2nd edition of the UAE India Economic Forum (UIEF), while the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr. M.J. Akbar will deliver a keynote speech on day two of the highly anticipated gathering.

The two-day conference is hosted by the Consulate General of India, Dubai along with Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East and produced by UMS Conferences with the support of UAE’s Ministry of Economy.

The focus of this year’s forum will be investment opportunities in India’s infrastructural projects with the event’s sessions shedding light on sectors that offer attractive investment opportunities, including infrastructure, ports and railways, tourism and hospitality, healthcare, agriculture and food security.

The line-up of speaker includes H.E Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq); H.E. Jamal Al Jarwan, Secretary General, UAE International Investors Council; D K Sen, Senior Executive Vice-President (Infrastructure), Larsen & Toubro, India; Dr. Brian Etemad, CEO, Tamleek Real Estate; Dr. Ankur Dana, CEO, Dana Group of Companies; Pascal Gauvin, CEO, Intercontinental Hotels Group, UAE; Guy Hutchinson, COO, Rotana Group of Hotels, UAE and Rajesh Mehta, Chairman, Rajesh Exports, among others.

UIEF has emerged as a definitive networking and knowledge-sharing platform for major investors and government leaders from the UAE and India. The 2016 edition is scheduled to take place on the 19 – 20 October at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, and is supported by the UAE’s Ministry of Economy, UAE International Investors Council, Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Invest India and Abu Dhabi Global Market.

The first edition of the forum last year was inaugurated by Mr. Arun Jaitley, India’s Finance Minister – bringing together a number of prominent figures from the UAE and India’s business community and government entities under one platform and generating tremendous value for participants from across industries.