The Emerging Markets Symposium (EMS) will receive support from the C&C Alpha Group (CCAG) for a further four years from 2015, it has been announced.
As the founding sponsor of the EMS, the CCAG has supported the Symposium for the last five years (since 2008).
During this time the annual event has developed a significant reputation as an academic initiative of Green Templeton College (GTC).The new phase of support - representing a further commitment of £600,000 - ensures the continuation of the annual Symposium until 2018.
The donation was announced at EMS 5 which took place at Egrove Park in Oxford between 9 and 12 January 2014 and which was attended by Bhanu Choudhrie, C&C Alpha executive director and chief executive officer Cherian Thomas. The theme was Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition in Emerging Markets.
The EMS brings together influential leaders in a dedicated forum to systematically address issues of human welfare that are critical in emerging market countries.
It aims to enhance public understanding of those issues and to promote the implementation of its recommendations through changes in public and private sector policies and practises.
This mission is consistent with GTC's objective of promoting understanding of the issues of managing human welfare in the modern world as well as its commitment to the flow of ideas across traditional disciplinary and professional boundaries.
Symposia take the form of extended conversations under the Chatham House Rule. Conclusions are actively disseminated and participants advocate their implementation.
Participation is by invitation and limited to 50 individuals, most of whom hold (or have previously held) senior positions in government, corporations, the voluntary sector, multilateral organisations and academia. A core group of participants is joined each year by scholars and practitioners in relevant fields.
Symposia to date have focused on: health and healthcare (2009); urbanisation, health and human security (2011), tertiary education (2012) and gender inequality (2013).
The EMS is headed by a steering group chaired by His Excellency Shaukat Aziz, former Prime Minister of Pakistan. Its patron is Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of Oxford University.
Professor Sir David Watson, Principal of GTC, said: "In a relatively short space of time, the EMS has become recognised around the world as a valuable contribution to the contemporary human welfare agenda. It represents the 'convening power' of Oxford University and the College at its very best."
Commenting on the CCAG support, Ian Scott, GTC Associate Fellow and Executive Director of the EMS, added: "The support of EMS's main sponsor, the C&C Alpha Group, and their commitment to the ongoing programme has been critical to the Symposium's success and impact over the last five years and we are looking forward to even greater success in the future with their continuing support."
Bhanu Choudhrie, C&C Alpha executive director, said after the meeting: "We are delighted to support the EMS 2014 on a subject very close to our hearts - Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition in emerging markets.
"This completes five years of the EMS and long may it continue. It was a great pleasure to see many academics and other experts in attendance and I believe that some serious steps forward were made."
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