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January 20, 2014

India has expressed an interest and there are a number of advantages if it were to apply for membership. You don't have to be a member-state for the EBRD to invest but becoming a member would make it natural for the management here to put more effort into our engagement with the Indian Government and companies.

Sir Suma Chakrabarti
President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

There are many good-quality midcap companies worth investing in. Till about 2000, FIIs used to invest in less than top 50 companies, now they are investing in over 100 companies.

Mr Saurabh Mukherjea
CEO (Institutional Equities), Ambit Capital

"India occupies an amazing position in the global education map. Our MBA students take global study trips and India is very popular. There is also enormous faculty interest in India."

Mr Glenn Hubbard
Dean, Columbia Business School

"We applaud the Indian government for taking on the challenge of providing broadband connectivity to 250,000 gram panchayats across the country."

Mr Jeff White
President - India & SAARC, Cisco Systems

"We are looking to use India as a source, not just to make great product but also to make manufacturing equipment that we will use to produce our products in other countries."

Mr Daniel P Myers
Executive Vice President (global integrated supply chain), Mondelez International

"We are enormously excited about India and its long-term growth potential, which is one of the reasons why we made it into a separate division."

Mr David Novak
CEO, YUM! Brands

"Our long-term growth story in India is intact... Since 2008, we have more than doubled our sales in India. I believe the global megatrends mobility, urbanisation, water and agriculture will be the drivers for growth"

Axel C Heitmann
Chairman, Lanxess

"We welcome India's recent economic reforms as steps in the right direction...I have no doubt that future reform will strengthen trade and investment ties as well as benefit India's domestic industry."

Ms Nancy J Powell
US Ambassador to India

It's an important country. The level of absorption of smartphone is moving significantly. You have the biggest middle class in the world with about 150 million people

Mr Michel Combes
Global CEO, Alcatel-Lucent

...we believe there is tremendous potential… The underlying strengths of India remain. It is the largest producer of milk in the world; it is one of the top three producers of wheat in the world and has the largest growing middle class.

Mr Paul D Conway
Vice-Chairman, Cargill

We are in India for the long run, and getting the production right is the key.

Mr Toru Hasegawa
Corporate Vice President for Africa, The Middle East And India, Nissan

India is probably the most competitive country in the world for the automotive industry.

Mr Vincent Cobee
Corporate Vice-President, Datsun Business Unit, Nissan Motor Company

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