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3rd Meeting of Indo-UK Task Force on Corporate Governance Conclude

A two-day meeting of the Indo-UK Task Force on Corporate Governance concluded here today. The Task Force was constituted in 2006 to promote bilateral collaboration between India and UK in areas of mutual interest in corporate matters, including corporate regulation and governance. UK was represented at this 3rd meeting of the Task Force by eight- member British delegation, led by Mr Geoffrey Stanley Dart, Director, Corporate Law and Governance, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform(BERR), Government of UK; while the Indian side was led by Shri Anurag Goel, Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.

The discussions held by the Group covered various areas including the Limited Liability Partnership Bill, Private versus Public Enforcement of Good Governance in context of Shareholder Activism; and Practical aspects of IFRS implementation. The Task Force also discussed sharing of experience on economic crises and the role of various regulatory and professional institutions in meeting emerging challenges. Specific areas of discussions also on increasing Institution-to-Institution and business-to-business contacts between entities in UK and India. UK agreed to share its experiences on functioning of insolvency practitioners, their licensing, and forming joint intelligence committees. Insolvency Practitioners Association(IPA), UK will help the Society of Insolvency Practitioners in India by hand holding, training of trainers, joint projects and sensitization of creditors.

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The Task Force also emphasized the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility , i.e. CSR, and Corporate Governance in business value creation and sustainability. It was decided to take up a joint Research Project on “CSR as a contributory factor to sound business strategy”. The research will be funded by the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs(IICA). ICSI and CASS Business School also agreed to work together on research, training and networking on CSR and corporate governance areas. ICSI would organize an international conference in UK in April 2009. Company Secretaries from India would participate and study UK systems and capacity building particularly in context of small and medium practitioners.

In addition to ICSI, ICAI, ICWAI, it was also agreed to expand regulator-to-regulator contact in field of Competition and Insolvency. IICA & NFCG would contribute as think tanks and knowledge managers in various initiatives. In pursuance of B2B contacts between the corporate of the two sides, Networking of Indian and UK firms will be facilitated for sharing of experiences, draw out best practices, improve standards, promote member to member contact.

Source: PIB Website

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