Mumbai witnessed a galore of industry leaders under one roof to discuss association’s growth opportunities and concerns

by · August 27, 2012

The 2nd edition of India Association Congress was held successfully on 24th -25thAugust 2012 at Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai, India. The two day program witnessed panel discussion on various subjects like Role of Association in nation Building, future directions for India’s Associations Sector, fostering great connection with member and Stakeholders engagement & role of events, opportunities and challenges for international associations, recruitment and retention for associations, etc. 

Some of the eminent industry leaders including Prashant Saha, Managing Director, CIMGLobal; Dr. K R Gangadharan, President of the International Federation on Ageing; Dr Ashok K Gupta, Padma Shri Award winner & a renowned reconstructive Plastic Surgeon & Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, Chairman, India Center Foundation et al graced the occasion with their presence.

Commenting on the occasion, Prasant Saha, Managing Director, CIMGLobal advised the Associations, “Communication plays a major role in building and and sustaining an Association. Also, it is important to realize that this is a time to move forward and clarify each doubt at the first in order to have a fruitful result. IAC advices to adapt upcoming technology as your right hand power at every step to ensure accurate result within specified time limit. For better representation bring in new blood as it has more potential and an urge to rise and catch up the sky if in case they miss to do so they will still be among the stars.”

The IAC 2012 witnessed industry veterans addressing the issues of concern related to an association like: lack of capability to innovate in terms of program delivery role of association in nation building, a decline in membership, and a lack of capability to innovate in terms of program delivery, etc.

Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, Chairman, India Center Foundation, compared the old world functioning to today as he said, “Associations are pillars of democracy. The world is a confused place today. Definitions we have created are all artificial and systems we have in place have been created some 250 years ago. At that time, aspirations were very limited and natural resources were unlimited. Today, aspirations are unlimited and natural resources are limited.”

He further said, “India cannot ‘cut and paste’ the same models as is being used in other parts of the world. We have to understand the limitations and advantages of India and create a new model that maps our aspirations to resources available. The point of nation building is to address what kind of nation we want to build.”

Dr. Ashok Gupta (Padma Shri), Association of Plastic Surgeons of India cleared the myth around nation building. He said, “Many people believe Nation Building is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Although Tata’s and Birla’s have been emphasizing about CSR since long, but CSR in India is still at a very nascent stage. Companies & Associations need to understand that a construction of healthy population leads to healthy nation.”

Martin Sirk, CEO, International Congress and Convention Association, The Netherlands said “Twenty years ago meetings were entirely different. Like mobile phones were very expensive then and lacked complex functions. But today, people use smart phones to share information which is not being provided by meeting organizers but by third parties”

The event was successful in creating the most important platform for decision makers of various associations &Non-profit Organizations to network and share best practices to identify new products and revenue streams and incorporate them into a successful business plan.

Alfons Westgeest, Kellen Company, said, “Associations have difficulties in areas such as, maintaining a high caliber work force because of increased competition for highly competent workers. Also, an increased mobility of today’s work force along with the maintaining the pool of truly motivated, experienced and professional staff is also a big challenge.

With the huge response garnered in the second edition of IAC 2012, this extravagant event for knowledge and enjoyment will soon come back next year on a much bigger scale!! Till then, please do go through our website for more information: www.indiaassociationcongress.com

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