Past Events

AmCham Eastern Chapter Signature Event 2015 – “World Vision 2030: Empowering 3 Billion” – Address by Bharat Ratna Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam– 11 April 2022

KOLKATA, 11th April, 2015: The Eastern Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in India organised its Signature Event 2015 at Hyatt Regency Kolkata which saw corporate leaders, bureaucrats, diplomats and dignitaries from various walks of life come together to listen to an address by Former President of India Bharat Ratna Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam.


Dr. Kalam enthralled an audience of over 200 Members and guests on his “World Vision 2030: Empowering 3 Billion”, he showcased his vision for various profiles of nations in the year 2030, changing paradigm of global challenges and the required efforts for empowering the 3 Billion people who would be in the rural areas. He highlighted the effort needed to bridge the gap between the urban and the rural sectors and its critical role in global development. He mentioned that it is only when nations start working on the common enemies of illiteracy, poor health care etc, that their tendency to focus on national, regional and global peace with better mutual trust is enabled. The global challenges take various manifestations based on the local dynamics which are interconnected with various factors. Dr. Kalam’s address and his vision were lauded by all present. The address was followed by an interaction with the members and guests present.


Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is recognised as the “People’s President” due to his efforts to increase his interaction with the common people during the period of his Presidency. A scientist of global standards, Dr. Kalam had risen from humble beginnings to occupy the highest office in the nation. As the father of India’s nuclear program, he had shown exemplary knowledge and skills.


Mr. Suranjan Bhanja, Chairman, AMCHAM Eastern Chapter, said “This is a historical moment for us when Bharat Ratna Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has chosen to address our members. Dr. Kalam is a visionary and his brilliant speech will not only enthuse all of us but encourage to internalise and practice his suggestions. His address not only reflects the depth of his vision but also his inherent interest in global development.” Regional Director, Amada Kidwai did the introductions and Mr. Dinesh Agarwal, Vice Chairman Amcham Eastern Region gave the closing note and vote of thanks.