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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 23.04.2013

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 42nd International Federation for Training and Development Organization (IFTDO) World Conference and Exhibition at a function today (April 23, 2013). He also presented the IFTDO Global HRD Awards.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the Conference on the theme "Capability Building for Cutting Edge Organizations in New Business Order” has been organized at an appropriate time as the world is still to recover from the combined impact of the 2008 financial crisis and the recent Euro zone crisis. He said that experience sharing through such conferences is a good way of accomplishing IFTDO’s vision of being a unique resource to the HRD profession working globally for the betterment of society and life. He said that at a time when the global economy is trying to emerge from the financial crisis, a paradigm shift in the way global businesses are run can be important contributors to growth. The theme of this Conference is very relevant from the point of view of finding answers to our growth problems, he added.

The President said that we in India would like to see our industry compete successfully with the best in the world. He stated that skilled manpower and availability of a competent cadre of management professionals would play a key role in this strategy. He said that in order to achieve its national goal of inclusive growth, India also needs to develop capabilities of our social sector to ensure efficient delivery of services with equity and social justice. We want to ensure that the fruits of development reach each and every citizen of the country, especially those at the margins of society and the base of the pyramid, he added. He expressed the hope that this Conference would provide a significant impetus to field of human resource development within India.

The President called upon the IFTDO and Indian Society for Training & Development to continue to play the role of a catalyst in policy formulation and execution of human resource interventions to improve personal and organizational effectiveness.

This release issued at 1930 hrs