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Title : AGM and Seminar on Economic and Structural Reforms in India
Topic : Mr. Das, the brain behind demonetisation in India and a highly acclaimed economist and finance professional who has been at the helm of affairs at various positions in the Finance Ministry, Government of India will unravel interesting details about the reforms in India
Date & Day : 16-09-2017 to 16-09-2017
Time : 17:00
Venue : Ritz Carlton Hotel, Manama
Faculty : Mr. Shakti Kanta Das, Economic Affairs Secretary (Retd.), Government of India
CPE Hrs. : 3
Registration Fees: NIL
Registration Date: 29-08-2017 To 12-09-2017
Description :

Dear Esteemed Members,


Please find the details of 19th AGM and CPE Event scheduled on 16 September 2017 (Saturday)




Event / Topic


5.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Registration & Networking


5.30 pm – 7.00 pm

Annual General Meeting Year 2016-17(Only for paid BCICAI members of 2016-17)


7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Economic and Structural Reforms in India

Mr. Shaktikanta Das, IAS


Dinnerand distribution of AGM gifts (only for paid members of 2016-17)


Hotel Ritz Carlton, Manama, Bahrain

CPE Hours

3 hours (Applied for)



All members are requested to register for the seminar through the mobile app or the website. Registrations will close on 12 Sep., 2017.


Please note that the fees payment counters for the year 2017-18 will be opened before the dinner. Members are requested to take this opportunity to pay their membership fees for the year 2017-18.


Please find the profile of the speaker below:


Mr. Shaktikanta Das


Shri Shaktikanta Das joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1980 and was allotted to the Tamil Nadu cadre.  He held important positions in the areas of finance, taxation, industries, investment and infrastructure, both in the Central and State Governments. 


On his superannuation, Shri Das recently retired from service after a distinguished career of 37 years.


​Shri Das was associated with many key initiatives during his career.  As Industries Secretary, Tamil Nadu, he played a major role in transforming Chennai into a manufacturing hub, especially in automobiles and electronics hardware.  During his tenure, the State attracted large number of investments from both India and abroad, including many from several global majors.


​In Government of India, Shri Das has served in the Ministry of Finance for 9 long years in various capacities.  He was associated with the preparation of as many as 8 Union Budgets.


As Revenue Secretary, he played an important role in breaking the stalemate between the Centre and the States on GST, paving the way for amendment to the Constitution of India.


He negotiated the Agreement with the Swiss authorities by which the Swiss Government, for  the first time, agreed to share information relating to HSBC bank accounts. Shri Das  played an important role in renegotiating the Tax Treaty between India and Mauritius.  He spearheaded various tax reforms like resolving the retrospective taxation issue, reduction of corporate tax, enactment of the Laws relating to benami transactions and black money held as foreign assets by Indians, etc.  


​As Secretary, Economic Affairs, Shri Das played a very crucial role in key reform measures like FDI liberalisation, ADHAAR legislation, reforms in fertiliser, kerosene and LPG subsidies, enactment of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy law, preparation of Laws to regulate Ponzi schemes and to resolve stressed financial firms including banks, amendment to the RBI Act for inflation targeting, etc. It was in his tenure that important budget reforms like merger of the railway budget with the general budget, abolition of the plan and non plan classifications and advancement of the date of budget presentation were undertaken.


Shri Shaktikanta Das literally became the face of Government of India during demonetisation and played a very key role in its planning and implementation. He has initiated important measures for for promoting digital transactions in India.

Shri Das served as India's Alternate Governor in the World Bank, ADB,NDB and AIIB. He represented India in international fora like the IMF, G20, BRICS, SAARC etc. 


Registration for this event is closed now.