The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and the Indian Achievers Forum hosted a one-day meeting in New York at the Indian Consulate on November 3, 2022. Business delegations from both countries discussed possible future collaborations. High profile speakers addressed the conference and recognized high performers in several areas of business.
Around 100 people took part in the hybrid in-person and online meeting “Investissement & Business Délégation 2022”.
India Trade Delegation is in USA for 8 days. He arrived in New York from Miami and was due to travel to Atlanta to meet his American counterparts.
Among the distinguished guests at the event were former US Ambassadors to India Frank G. Wisner who delivered the inaugural address in the morning, and Kenneth I. Juster who addressed the afternoon session. India’s Consul General in New York, Randhir Jaiswal, was the chief guest. He praised the organizers for bringing the companies together and the need for more and stronger collaborations.
About 25 people received trophies and certificates for their achievements in different fields, including Padma Shri recipient, Dr. Sudhir Parikh, President of Parikh Worldwide Media/ITV Gold, and Ambassadors Wisner and Juster, as well as chefs from India and the US Several young people were among the winners. The awards were presented to many winners by the Ambassadors and Consul General Jaiswal.
Ambassador Wisner, in his speech, spoke about the existing and growing bilateral relationship between India and the United States, and dwelt on his time in India as Ambassador and the changes that have occurred. The central goal of global stability and pressure from China will bring the United States and India closer together. This must be taken care of carefully.
In the mid-1990s, the relationship between the United States and India was primarily about trade and commerce, and those numbers will continue to grow. Like all gardens, the commercial relationship has also been strained. There have been difficulties in resolving trade policies — particularly on protectionism versus open markets, Wisner said. There was still work to be done, but the value systems of the two countries are at the heart of the relationship, he stressed.
Ambassador Juster recognized several of the people at the event who had worked with him in the past. He called the changes in US-India relations in 21 years “incredible” and the number of military exercises the two countries have conducted, as well as the health and climate sectors. What is extraordinary is how far the relationship has come and it is a relationship where the two countries discuss the problems that arise.
The glue that holds countries together is not just those of trade and commerce, but the Indo-American community that lives in that country, said IACC Honorary Life Member Juster.
Kapil Kaul, Past National President of the IACC, welcomed the guests. He noted that the value of trade between the two nations has increased significantly, especially during the pandemic, when US investment has increased in India. Even in 2000, India and the United States came together to solve the world’s problems, and this cooperation has continued until today to solve the vaccine needs in the world.
Harish Chandra, Chairman, Indian Achievers Forum delivered the vote of thanks at the end of the event. Chandra told News India Times that the meetings have helped representatives of small and medium enterprises to meet potential partners in the United States.
The leaders of the IACC, Dr. Lalit Bhasin, National President; Pankaj Bohra, Executive Vice-President, and A. Sekhar, Co-Executive Vice-President, informed the assembly of the role played by the organization and thanked those present.
Guests also heard a pre-recorded speech by US Ambassador to Montenegro, Judy Rising Reinke, who has served in India for 3 years and focused on trade issues. “I’m proud of the many connections that have been made,” Reinke said in the video. She applauded the work of the IACC and the members of the delegation.
Speakers for the afternoon session included John McCaslin, Craig and Meeryung Hall, Jennifer Heemstra, Jonathan Ward, and virtual attendees George and Lee-Alison Sibley.
Kevin Kishor Kaul, founding chairman of the US Global Business Forum (USGBF) also spoke at the event.
A B2B session took place during which the participating organizations gave presentations on their activities and objectives.
Wisner stressed that the bilateral relationship is on the strongest footing it has ever been between the two democracies.
George Sibley of the State Department who spent 7 years in India, addressed the rally virtually joined by his wife. Both underlined the importance of cultural and commercial ties between the two democracies.