As a prelude to the 4th edition of Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF 2020), scheduled to be held from May 16 to 20 in Angamaly, a curtain raiser event was organized by FICCI in association with the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) the organizers of the 4th Global Ayurveda Festival, at the SushmaSwarajBhawan in New Delhi on March 5.
The 4th edition of Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF 2020), is scheduled to be held from May 16 to 20. The vision for this global event is to tap Global Markets, Research & Medical Tourism Potential, have focussed sessions on African, ASEAN & European Nations, address Ayurveda and Child Health and Tap Global Market Place, Research and Medical Tourism Potential.
PiyushGoyal, Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, ShripadYessoNaik, Union Minister of State for AYUSH, and V Muraleedharan, Union Minister of State for External Affairs, held interactions with the delegates including diplomats and industry chieftains at the curtain raiser event, Sangita Reddy, Chairperson- FICCI, T S Tirumurti, Secretary-Economic Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, also addressed the gathering. Ambassadors and diplomats from over 50 countries attended this event along with industry, academia and media.
Speaking at the gathering, PiyushGoyal, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, said, the curtain raiser event held at the SushmaSwarajBhawan is a tribute to the late SmtSushmaSwaraj, the visionary behind the Ministry of Ayush. It is to her credit that she revitalised the idea of Ayurveda which was long forgotten, Goyal said.
Adding that it is the holistic vision of Prime Minister Modi to promote various forms of traditional healthcare system, the Minister said Global Ayurveda Festival will be a step forward towards this effort of promoting Ayurveda. The real rich offering of Ayurveda is that all should remain happy and healthy. Without innovation in Ayurveda we cannot get global recognition, he added.
Speaking at the GAF 2020 curtain raiser event, ShripadYessoNaik, Union Minister of State for AYUSH, said that his ministry has signed 22 federal level MoUs for cooperation in the field of traditional medicine.
V Muraleedharan, Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, pointed out that Ayurveda can play an important role in curing the diseases rising out of modern lifestyle and that there is a need for global mainstreaming. International cooperation is significant here and to push this further experts have been deputed in Indian missions abroad to promote it internationally, he added.
TS Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations), Ministry of External Affairs, who spoke at the forum, said the Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF) has played a considerable role in being a bridge between Ayurveda and the global fraternity and in opening new opportunities for businesses in this sector. This year an expected participation of 5000 delegates from over 50 countries is expected, he said.
Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Union Ministry of AYUSH said that Ayurveda is undergoing a transformational evolution and in the next 5 years we will witness a global resurgence of Ayurveda.
Dr Sangita Reddy, President, FICCI, opined that Ayurveda has evolved, become contemporary and will be introduced to the world through the Global Ayurveda Festival. Ayurveda will soon no longer be alternative healthcare, but will be mainstream healthcare, she said adding that Ayurveda and Yoga are not just health initiatives but happiness initiatives.
Dr GGGangadharan, President, CISSA & Secretary General, Global Ayurveda Festival 2020, said thathealthcare in India is unique and the country stands as one of the largest healthcare providers in the world. Adding that Ayurveda has been underutilised and that it can play a greater role in lifestyle related chronic diseases, he said that GAF 2020 will galvanise Ayurveda sector with a focus on Ayurveda Medical Tourism.
At the heart of GAF is the idea of promotion of ‘authentic’ Ayurveda across the world and foster meaningful collaborations between modern and traditional sciences for effectively taking on the unique health challenges of the
The Global Ayurveda Festival will have several more entities from various ministries including AYUSH, Commerce and Industry, MSME, Tourism, External Affairs etc., which will take the event to a higher plane. The Festival looks towards putting in place an International Cooperation Conclave so as to tap the potential of the global market place, research initiatives and medical tourism opportunities.
The GAF 2020 will have three major components – an International Seminar, a Global Ayurveda Exhibition and an International Cooperation Conclave. Serious efforts will be initiated for the integration of Indian Ayurveda with the ASEAN, African and European counterparts in the Festival.
The Global Ayurveda Festival 2020 will witness presence of the best among the international Ayurveda fraternity, who would converge in Angamaly to learn, experience, collaborate, progress and expand. GAF 202 is being lined up as an event that would meet the needs of all - from students to scientists, from practitioners to policy makers and from educationalists to entrepreneurs.
Ayurveda Exhibition at GAF will have exhibits like drugs, technologies, products and services in medical tourism, medicinal plants, research etc. Planned as a truly global festival, GAF 2020 will be a platform to coordinate the efforts of all committed members from various countries to place Ayurveda as a global system of medicine.
Ayurveda Medical Association of India (AMAI), Ayurveda Hospital Management Association, Ayurveda Medicine Manufacturers Organisation of India, Ayurveda Drugs Manufacturers Association are some of the other partners of the event.
IBS Software, a worldwide leader of SaaS solutions to the aviation industry, has announced a contract with Japan Airlines (JAL) for the implementation of iCargo, a comprehensive cargo sales, inventory and reservations system that manages air cargo operations and movement globally and powered with business capabilities that are tailored for the unique Japanese Air Cargo market.
JAL will replace multiple legacy systems with IBS’s iCargo Terminal Operations solution for Japan, the workhorse that will manage the entire operations process covering the import, export, transfers, warehouse operations and airports operations across the network. Along with significant savings in legacy system maintenance costs, JAL will also benefit from major efficiency improvements through the iCargo solution. iCargo is the industry leader in Japan and the only non-Japanese system in this market today that has full Japanese Customs NACCS reporting capabilities. The real time availability of operational information through iCargo also helps generate actionable intelligence to understand the overall utilization of assets and thereby improve operational efficiencies.
iCargo is an integrated solution that supports the end-to-end business functions such as cargo reservations, rating, manifesting, import & export operations, warehouse management, revenue accounting, air mail handling and revenue management of cargo carrying airlines and ground handlers. iCargo follows the air cargo industry best practices and is fully compliant with global industry standards and initiatives such as Cargo iQ, C-XML, OneRecord, e-AWB and e-Freight in general.
IBS offers enterprise class availability of the iCargo business solution to all its customers with the solution hosted in IBS’s data centres around the world. Deployed globally with many of the world’s leading airlines and ground handlers, 5 of the top 15 global cargo airlines have deployed iCargo to manage their air cargo business.
“JAL is an iconic name in the airline industry and we are proud to welcome them to the iCargo community. Their aim is to drive efficiency improvements and iCargo, the leader and IT platform of choice for airlines especially in the Japanese market, will help their transformation into digital freight” said Ashok Rajan, Senior Vice-President & Head, Cargo & Logistics Solution Business, IBS Software0
ITB India 2021 will be held on 7 – 9 April 2021 in Mumbai
The ITB India organisers have announced to postpone ITB India 2020, originally scheduled to be held on 15 – 17 April at Bombay Exhibition Centre. ITB India 2021 will be held on 7 – 9 April at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.
Due to the rapid spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), there is much uncertainty in the region and around the world. The recent developments continue to be challenging and the following months are very hard to foresee at this stage.
To ensure the safety of ITB India’s exhibitors, buyers and visitors, the organisers decided to postpone ITB India 2020, and in a responsible way allow all participants to make necessary arrangements in a timely manner.
The ITB India organisers will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide further updates based on official assessments of the overall risk situation.
ITB India participants can reach the organising team best by sending queries with regards to ITB India directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TMA’s two-day meet TRIMA 2020 begins
Adapting to rapid advances transforming diverse domains is inevitable to keep the competitive edge in businesses when the world is on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Hon’ble Governor of Kerala Shri Arif Mohammad Khan today said while inaugurating the two-day annual management conventionof Trivandrum Management Association (TMA), TRIMA 2020, here.
Lauding TMA for choosing‘Work in a Changing World- A Vision for Kerala’ as the theme of its annual flagship conclave, the Governor said it was important to tap the possibilities offered by the changes by adopting strategies such as re-skilling and multi-skilling the workforce.
“Today’s annual convention rightly focuses on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on our business scenario. The age of Industry 4.0, is marked by automation through Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, promising higher productivity, increased efficiencies, safety, and convenience,” the Governor said.
While the Fourth Industrial Revolution will make 75 million jobs obsolete by the year 2022, it is also projected to create 133 million new jobs, according to a recent World Economic Forum (WEF) report, the Governor noted.
“Moving into the era of Industry 4.0 makes it necessary to build competitive advantage by understanding the impact of new Technological changes and to adapt new business models. Business houses also need to apprise governments about the active role to be played by the State, as a creator and regulator of innovation,” he said.
Qualities such as team work, empathy, curiosity, creativity, Innovation, critical thinking, lifelong learning, social intelligence and emotional intelligence are essential for everyone today, he noted Quoting the ideal that ‘by mutuality and cooperation, all shall achieve the highest welfare’, he said an atmosphere of cooperation between the decision makers and the workforce is of utmost importance in today’s work atmosphere.
Dr MI Sahadulla, Chairman TRIMA 2020, said disruptive changes are taking place not only in technology but also in cultural, healthcare and other vital domains. The conclave will take stock the preparedness of Kerala to move forward in this context. Mr Hemant Nerurkar, Director, Adani Enterprises Ltd, made a broad overview of profound changes impacting the ecosystem and ways to cope with them in his key-note address. Mr Rajesh Jha, TMA president, welcomed the gathering and TMA secretary Mr Mahesh LS proposed a vote of thanks. More than 200 delegates, including doyens of industry, business leaders, management experts, policy-makers, administrators and startup promoters are participating in the deliberations at the meet.
The Governor also presented the awards announced by TMA. While Embright Infotech received TMA-Adani Startup award KEF Holdings was presented TMA-Terumo Penpol CSR award.
The premier management forum affiliated to All India Management Association (AIMA) also awarded Mr. Ritto Rexy and Ms. Najla Nazar of Institute of Management in Kerala the TMA-KIMS Award for best paper presentation 2020 on "EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IN THE ORGANISATION.” Mr. Jain Richard & Ms. Midhuna Chandran of St. Xavier’s college of Engineering, (MBA Dept.) received the second prize in the category.0
Kerala has been adjudged India’s Best Wellness Destination by leading tourism magazine Outlook Traveller for the year 2020, in a robust validation of the state’s authentic Ayurveda and other traditional systems of holistic healing.
The award was presented by former parliamentarian, columnist and author Shri Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, who was the Chief Guest, at an impressive function in New Delhi on Saturday evening. The award was received by Tourism Information Officer P K Sooraj.
Kerala was also in the final round of awards for best tourism state and best wedding destination. The other tourist attractions of the state that made in it the final round were Jatayu Earth Centre, the world’s largest bird sculpture based on a unique combination of mythology, technology, culture, adventure and leisure, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (both in the category of Best Tourist Attraction), Niramaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady (Best Hill Resort) and Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom (Best Heritage Hotel).
The award winners who were asked about the favourite destination by the host replied Kerala as their favourite destination, which also was a welcome recognition for Kerala at the event.
“Ayurveda has always been the USP of Kerala Tourism, bringing in tourists from all parts of the globe. In addition, the state provides a range of other relaxing therapies that rejuvenate people tired of monotonous city life,” said Kerala Tourism Minister Shri Kadakampally Surendran. “The Outlook Traveller Award is a huge recognition that will further bolster the state’s reputation as a destination for holistic healing.”
The Outlook Traveller Awards are considered the benchmark of quality in the travel and tourism industry and felicitate the best each year. With 25 categories, the awards take a 360⁰ view of the tourism sector and have attracted leading names associated with the travel and tourism industry. They include tour operators, influencers, writers, designers, artists, travel tech disruptors, hoteliers, foreign and state tourism boards, ambassadors and government officials.
This year the awards were a spectacle of engrossing speakers, a stellar jury, engaging panel discussions and a magical evening.0