American Chamber of Commerce in India
Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India
Briefing on the Future of the Bilateral Relationship with Deputy Chief of Mission Edgard Kagan, U.S. Embassy – 04 November 2020
Deputy Chief of Mission Kagan gave an overview of the outcomes of the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue emphasizing the progress in the relationship over the last 5 years. He talked about security being the overarching driver of the dialogue, agreements that have been signed, trade and economic challenges due to the pandemic. DCM Kagan shared about the importance and commitment of both countries to a free and open Indo-Pacific as well as the strides in defense cooperation.
The Q&A portion of the session included discussion on a gamut of topics including agriculture, cyber security, data challenges, the Indo-Pacific Business Summit, free trade agreement status, COVID cooperation, pharma, medical devices and space collaboration. Ms. Kaku Nakhate, Vice Chairperson, AMCHAM and President & Country Head (India), Bank of America N.A. helped to moderate the discussion and thanked DCM Kagan for the candid insights. AMCHAM’s National Executive Board Members, Mr. William L. Blair, Vice President and Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India, Mr. Gulshan Kumar Sachdev, Managing Director, Quaker Chemical India Limited and Ms. Aileen Nandi, Minister for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy, attended the session.