TAMPA - The International Indian Film Academy got down to business - the economic kind - on Thursday during a forum to promote ties between the United States and India.
About 250 people gathered at the Tampa Convention Center to discuss ways to strengthen the countries' business relationship.
"The United States and India are the largest functioning democracies in the world, and it's important we lead the way," said Bharat Desai, chairman and cofounder of Syntel Inc., an information technology firm.
The forum, which continues Friday, helped kicked off the IIFA events, which culminate Saturday with an awards show at Raymond James Stadium. The Bollywood film academy is recognized globally for promoting business opportunities, trade relations and cinema between India and the IIFA's host countries, organizers said.
This is the first time in the event's 15-year history that it has been held in the United States. An estimated 30,000 visitors are expected to attend.