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5th China India Forum (2016) - Jaipur, India . 4th China India Forum (2014) - Mumbai, India . 7th Convention (2010) - Perth, Western Australia
6th Convention (2009) - Jo'burg, South Africa . 5th Convention (2008) - Zug, Switzerland . 4th Convention (2007) - New Delhi, India
3rd Convention (2005) - Dubai, UAE . 2nd Convention (2004) - Mumbai, India . 1st Convention (2003)- Beijing, China
  Sixth Convention ( Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA) :
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The 6th Convention of International Business Linkage Forum (IBLF) was held on June 18th & 19th 2009 in Sandton Sun Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Forum had participation and presentations from governments namely – Canton Of Zug, Switzerland, Dutch Trade Board, South Africa and Western Australian Trade Office and participation of member from 14 countries.

Mr. Iqbal M. Sharma – Deputy Director General, the dti was also the President of 6th IBLF convention. Mr. Rajiv Podar – Chairman IBLF, HE R. K. Bhatia – High Commissioner Of India in South Africa was the Guest of Honour & HE Thandi Tobias Pokolo Deputy Minister, Trade and Industry South Africa were amongst the dignitaries present on the Inauguration.

CEO and high Level Management from leading companies made presentations of Opportunities in Mining, Power, Hospitality and Tourism sector. A special breakfast meeting with HE Mr. Firoz Cachalia, the Honorable minister of Economic Development of Gauteng Province was amongst the highlight of the forum.

The event was covered and televised by Media Partner CNBC Africa. The one on ones saw fruitful negotiations and exchange of several opportunities amongst delegates.

The convention was a huge success and the summing up by Mr. Iqbal M. Sharma, Deputy Director General of the dti said he would like to see IBLF host the next 9 conventions (one in each province) in South Africa.



Venue: Sandton Sun Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg

Time Programme Speaker
 18th June 09
08.30 - 09.00 Registration and Refreshments
09.00 - 10.30 Opening & Welcome
  1. Mr. I. M. Sharma, Deputy Director General, the dti – President IBLF
  2. Mr. R. Podar – MD, Podar Enterprise & Chairman IBLF
  3. HE R. K. Bhatia – High Commissioner Of India in South Africa – Guest of Honour
  4. HE Thandi Tobias Pokolo Deputy Minister, Trade and Industry South Africa
  5. Mr. S. Joshi – Executive Director, IBLF
10.30 - 11.00 Tea Break
11.30 - 13.00 Plenary Session I
Opportunities & Challenges – Mining
Session Chairman: Mr. A. Mngomezulu – CEO, Mintek


  1. Mr. Ali Bagash – MD, Bagash Trading Est
  2. Mr. A. Malinga – Strategic Business Unit Head, IDC
  3. Mr. N. Baartje – Manager, Mining Economics and Strategy, Mintek
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
13.30 - 15.00 Plenary session II
Opportunities & Challenges – Hospitality & Tourism
Session Chairman: Mr. A. Manzoni – CEO, Wesgro


  1. Mr. M. Tatalias – CEO, Southern African Tourism Services Association
  2. Mr. E. Khosa –  National Chairman, Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa
  3. Mr. K. Abdul-Karim – MD, Pam Golding Tourism and Consulting
  4. Mr. H. Farooqui – CEO, CII Holdings (Pty) Ltd
15.30 - 15.45 Tea Break
15.45 - 17.15 Plenary session III
Opportunities & Challenges – Power
Session Chairman: Col. S. P. Wahi – Former Chairman, Oil & National Gas Corporation (Government of India Enterprise)


  1. Mr. A. Etzinger – General Manager (Business Strategy and Integration), ESKOM
  2. Mr. Kaimal – Director, B2B Network Ventures
19.00 onwards Gala Dinner
19th June 09
09.00 - 10.30 Government Presentations Session Chairman: Mr. S. Jaffer – Chief Director, TISA


  1. South Africa
  2. Canton of ZUG, Switzerland
  3. Dutch Trade Board
  4. Western Australian Trade Office
10.30 - 11.00 Tea Break
11.00 - 12.20 Corporate Presentations Session Chairman: Mr. S. Jaffer – Chief Director, TISA


  1. Pan China Construction Group Co. Ltd &
    Sino Podar Trade India Ltd (Infrastructure, Investment & Development)
  2. Madhucom Granites Ltd
12.20 - 12 .30 Concluding Remarks and Sum up – Mr. Iqbal M. Sharma, Deputy Director General, the dti
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 onwards One on One  



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