A turf war has broken out among leading industry bodies ahead of Barack Obama's visit. Usually, the three leading business chambers - the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) - co-host the business interaction with the visiting head of state. But then Obama is not just another visiting foreign leader.
Top industrialists have stepped up lobbying for an invite to his address in Mumbai to corporate honchos on Nov 6, which is being co-organised by the US-India Business Council (USIBC), CII and FICCI.
With mega trade and investment deals in the offing, it appears that the industry bodies are caught in a game of one-upmanship. The powers-that-be of CII and FICCI have apparently decided to keep the
Assocham, the oldest business chamber formed in 1920, out of the show. They want to corner all the glory, resented an Assocham member.
Image: FOCUS 2010 Organising Committee Chairperson Sujata Dev lights the traditional lamp at the inauguration of 4th Global Summit on Entertainment and Media (Animation- Broadcasting- Gaming) organised by ASSOCHAM, in Chennai. ASSOCHAM Secretary General D S Rawat (R), Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Srinivasan K Swamy (2nd R), Southern Region Council Chairman Ravindra Sannareddy (3rd R) and Film Federation President L Suresh (L) are also seen.