Venture into India where opportunities are aplenty! This was the common call by both speakers, Mr Krishna Veerapan, Project Management Consultant at Bandar Iskandar Johor Bahru & Principal Mediator at Singapore International Mediation Institute and Mr Vikas Goel, Vice President of Investment at Agrud Advisors during the Eye on Asia programme on 4 September 2018.
The session kicked off with Krishna who shared his experiences in managing a container yard and warehouse project in Bombay. Establishing a good relationship with the project team was key to his success and the first thing he did was to spend time and effort engaging with the managers and engineers at the site. For those considering project management work in India, he emphasised the importance of monitoring its progress and the need to ensure that the standards are met. He further suggested that contractors and authorities may be best managed by the locals as they will be more familiar with the processes in India. Finally, Krishna encouraged the audience to venture into India where there are many business and investment opportunities in high demand areas like cold storage facilities, factories and hotels.
The second speaker, Vikas gave an overview of the industries in India where opportunities are aplenty for companies to bring in innovative solutions for sectors such as agricultural and rural development, renewable energy and financial technology. While he highlighted several challenges for conducting businesses in India like the highly competitive environment and stiff price competition, Vikas shared that Singapore companies could also consider tapping the labour supply in India for production work as the Singapore office manages the other aspects of the businesses.
This is one of the talks under the Eye on Asia programme series for everyone including young Singaporeans who want to explore opportunities in the region and beyond.
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
7.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Level 5, Possibility Room
National Library Building
In recent years, bilateral trade between Singapore and India has grown, presenting many economic opportunities for Singapore in India. Join us for an informative evening with a local Project Management Consultant, Krishna Veerapan and Vikas Goel, an engineer, entrepreneur and investor from India as they share their views on working and doing business in India.
About the Speakers
Krishna Veerapan, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, United Kingdom. He managed many international projects in countries like India, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Krishna’s first visit to India as an Engineer was to observe how the entrance tower of temples were constructed and later, the Implementation of container yard, warehouse and cold rooms. He is currently a Project Management Consultant involved in a project at Bandar Iskandar Johor Bahru. He is also a Principal Mediator at Singapore International Mediation Institute.
Vikas Goel is an engineer, entrepreneur and investor who has more than 10 years of industry experience in Oil & Gas and Private Equity and has worked across the geographies including India, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and South America.
He is also a part of Indian Institute of Technology Alumni Association Singapore and was actively involved on events such as PBD ASEAN India aim to identify global entrepreneurs with a commercially viable solution who want to leverage on their innovative business solutions (be it product, service or processes) to solve for India’s priority sectors.
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