In an event that underscored the achievements of the Tamil expatriate community, the New York Tamil Sangam, said to be the oldest of its kind in the United States, conferred an award for business excellence on R. Seetharaman, Group CEO of Doha Bank, at a glittering function this week.

Recognising Mr. Seetharaman’s achievements in the global banking sector, in particular the Gulf region, the Sangam’s award citation also emphasised his philanthropic work for the benefit of people in Tamil Nadu, said Prakash Swamy, Secretary of the Tamil Sangam.

Presenting the award, Kanchana Poola, former president of the Sangam, said that Mr. Seetharaman’s vision of promoting U.S.-Qatari trade was commendable and he was also credited with Doha Bank’s transformation into the “best performing bank in the Middle East region over the last six years”.

At the event, Mr. Seetharaman invited Non-Resident Indians to invest and do business in Qatar which he described “the most happening place in the world” and a progressive country with numerous opportunities for foreign investors.

He also noted that the second World Tamil Economic Conference would be held in Doha in February 2011 and called upon NRI Tamil entrepreneurs to attend the conclave to learn more about the initiatives for start-up businesses that the Government of Qatar offered.