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India Club welcomes Dr. Amit Mitra, Finance Minister of WB (and ex-Secy-Gen, FICCI)

INDIA CLUB, Singapore is delighted to welcome Dr. Amit Mitra, Minister of Finance, Commerce & Industries of West Bengal to talk about, “The New Bengal: Restoring Economic Vitality".

Dr Amit Mitra has been Finance Minister of West Bengal since 2011, after a distinguished career as a Professor of Economics at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, following a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University, MA from Delhi School of Economics, and BA (Hons) from Presidency College, Calcutta. During his college years, Dr. Mitra was a debating champion, and at Franklin & Marshall College he received the Sears-Roebuck Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1990. Both his parents, Haridas and Bela Mitra, were stalwart members in India of the Azad Hind Fauj (founded in Singapore 81 years ago by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose), and his father was sentenced to death by the British for treason against the empire (later commuted to a life sentence upon Gandhiji’s intervention).

In the past three years, Dr. Mitra has been engaged in reviving Investment in West Bengal to restore its economic vitality – and has been given additional charge of the Commerce & Industries ministry, in addition to his initial role as Minister of Finance. During his years with FICCI, he played a vital role in engaging with the world on India’s economic liberalization, and received national honours from the governments of Japan and Italy – as well as a Padma Shri from the Government of India. He serves on the Executive Council of the Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi (India’s leading think tank).

Venue: Grand Copthorne Hotel
Date: Thursday, August 21st 2014
Time: 6:30pm (registration begins at 6:15pm)
Entry: Free for India Club members; $30 for non-members (including talk and light refreshments)
RSVP: office@indiaclub.org.sg or call/SMS 8518 5774

Look forward to seeing you there.

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