India and Scotland form link

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The Commonwealth Business Club of India (CBCI) has entered into a partnership with BusinessClub Scotland (BCS) in an agreement that is set to explore business and economic opportunities between the host nations of the next two editions of the Commonwealth Games.

CBCI is a joint initiative of the organising committee of New Delhi's 2010 Commonwealth Games and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). The initiative has been backed by the Scottish Government and leading business organisations, who aim to maximise opportunities from next year's Commonwealth Games and Glasgow's staging of the 2014 event, along with other major events in the coming years. Delhi 2010's joint director general, Tribhuvan Shanker Darbari, said: "The Games have a positive economic impact and will stoke joint aspirations to build on existing trading links between India and Scotland. Both CBCI and BCS recognise the potential benefits of co–operating and exchanging information on mutually important matters. Together, both organisations will host relevant trade delegations, facilitate networking events for Indian and Scottish business. These will focus on strengthening trade ties in key verticals namely: power, oil and gas, transport, education and tourism. "The Commonwealth Games Impact Study indicates that the host country's gross domestic product (GDP) was affected at every event in past decade. The 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester created an impact of nearly $3. 4bn, whilst Melbourne 2006 created an impact of $1. 6bn on the GDP of Australia. It is estimated that the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi would result in an overall economic impact on India over the period from 2008–12 of approximately $4. 5bn. BusinessClub Scotland programme director, Jane Gotts, added: "Working in partnership with the Delhi 2010 Organising Committee, our businesses have the chance to find out first–hand about procurement opportunities that exist in Delhi and to build new international networks. Previous host cities such as Manchester and Melbourne have delivered massive economic benefits and the same will happen in Delhi–and in Glasgow in 2014. "About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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