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The India Association Conference returned to Chennai, India, for round three in August. The first conference in 2011 sparked the objective, “It is only through greater collaboration, associations can scale great heights.”

The two-day event attracted a wide variety of participation from various trade companies including FICCI, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Bombay Chamber of Commerce, and Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce.

“The congress is the foundation that will hold the building, i.e. the industry together while creating and implementing the best practices for the society at large,” said Mr. Prasant Saha, chairman, IAC 2013.

Setting the bar very high after the tremendous outcome of its first two conferences, IAC 2013 moved one step ahead in its third round by creating a greater platform for civil, professional and trade societies, and associations to come together.

Covering various topics and challenges through interactive panel discussions, the conference focused on areas like importance of leadership, staffing issues, membership retention, global standardization and importance of education.

Aiming to bring association members to discuss challenges in their field, IAC organized ‘Exclusive Roundtables’ on specific subject like agriculture, IEEE, industry, CVB, transport research and medical research. The goal was to achieve a method to manage the same with collective thought process.

IAC 2013 marked the launch of the Association Network (AN), a membership-based organization for associations, association executives and industry partners. Collectively bringing all members into a strong network, the organization allows leaders and staff to share ideas, ways to develop and manage the association, discuss issues, trends and success through talks, regional symposiums, and annual conferences.

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