Newly-appointed President of Indo-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (IACCIA) is a result-oriented business tycoon with a global vision of achieving Rs 10 billion international trade with 22 Arab nations comprising Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, UAE, Palestine, Mauritania and others. Sarkar is currently Managing Director of Deccan Water Treatment Private Limited, Pune and is successfully running a flourishing business in sewage water treatment in Pune, Mumbai and other cities. He shares his thoughts on rebuilding the conflict-affected countries like Iraq, Syria and Yemen as part of his national mission of rebuilding terrorism-struck states and boosting multilateral international trade ties with the Arab world.
What is your reaction on being appointed as President of IACCIA?
Sarkar: It is a great honour for me to have been appointed to one of the most important chambers of international trade and commerce of the Arab world by the Arab League. I will live up to the expectations of the Chambers and bring in the desired level of transformation in the workings of the chambers based on inculcating the spirit of professionalism, delivery and performance. I believe in bringing about a complete change in the manner the business dealings are conducted and will ensure India leads the Arab world in terms of business to business, people to people and cultural ties.
What are your immediate work priorities?
Sarkar: The major challenge before the chambers is to rebuild the war-torn states of Iraq, Syria and Yemen. We are well-prepared for this work and are engaging all major Indian companies to invest in rebuilding the essential infrastructure in terms of road construction, building bridges, constructing efficient network of clean and pure drinking water supply infrastructure system, making affordable residential housing for all, construction of state-of-the-art global hospitals and school education infrastructure. Creation of robust national health infrastructure and strengthening exchange of defence equipment and manufacturing sector between India and the Arab countries will also be on top of our agenda.
What would be your focus in infrastructure development in war-torn states?
Sarkar: Our focus is on building the emergency projects like rebuilding bridges, roads, water and wastewater municipal services and livelihoods which will transform the lives of the citizens and set the Indian companies on the global growth trajectory. Water is another important sector of growth and reconstruction in these countries and we will start construction of integrated water infrastructure projects, which will rehabilitate water and waste water systems including construction of water purification plants, water treatment units, water and wastewater distribution networks and wastewater and stormwater pump stations.
Once completed, the water supply system will be upgraded and improved, meeting the citizens’ demand for drinking water in the municipalities, towns and villages down to the small hamlet.
How will you boost multilateral trade with Arab nations?
Sarkar: It is an important league for India and the Chamber expects to achieve a trade target of up to 10 billion USD in next five years and the chambers will surge ahead with the motto of national development through promotion of active international trade with the Gulf nations and generate robust revenue for the companies. A 10-member delegation of leading industrial houses of the country will be attending the international 125th session of the Council of Federation of Arab Chambers in the Jordanian capital of Amman on September 27 under my guidance.
What is your academic profile and what are your hobbies?
Sarkar: I am an engineering graduate from the College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP). I topped the academics in 1987. I did my schooling from St Vincent's School and stood in the merit list in 1983. Earlier, I was in St Joseph's School in Pune in 1981 where I stood in the merit list. Later in 1989, I went to Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies for further studies where I was a ranker. I am passionate about reading, playing soccer, karate, nature and travelling. I am also an independent director on the board of L&T company and also on board of Sriram Constructions. I have ventured into the solar power sector and was conferred with Rashtriya Udyog Ratna Award for outstanding performance in the field of water treatment and effluent recycling.
What is the function of the Indo-Arab Chamber of Commerce?
Sarkar: Established in 1980, under The Companies' Act, 1956, Indo-Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industries provides a dynamic link for promotion of commercial and economic relations between India and the Arab world. It is an active forum for Indian businessmen who have close contacts with the Arab world. The Chamber constantly strives to identify new areas of mutual co-operation and ensures the smooth flow of trade, investments, joint ventures and technology.
What are your contributions to the police department?
Sarkar: We are secure because of the police force. Today the world is full of conflicts and tensions and in many nations, security has taken a beating. In India we are secure because of the police and because of their alertness we sleep peacefully in our houses. The police must always be honoured with dignity and respect by society. We have contributed whatever we can for the development activities at Deccan, Yerawada, Chandan Nagar and Shivajinagar police stations. We have helped the Pune traffic branch in the implementation of its people-friendly initiative called e-Challan. We will support all the public centred initiatives of the police department so that citizens can avail the best of the facilities at the police stations.