Winning Against COVID-19 Roadshow in partnership with USAID

AMCHAM, in partnership with USAID/India organized the Winning Against COVID-19 Roadshow on October 26th. The objective of the roadshow was to mobilize private sector resources and capabilities to scale up vaccination initiatives in India. USAID has been partnering with the Government of India for nearly 70 years to address a range of public health and other development challenges, and shares India’s philosophy to engage the private sector as a partner in this journey. To accelerate the pace of vaccinations, 20 major corporations in AMCHAM’s network with a strong commitment towards the cause were recruited to participate.

In her welcome remarks, Ms. Sangita Patel, Director, Health Office USAID/India, mentioned that USAID has been very closely working with national and state governments, corporations, business associations and civil society organizations to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination efforts by supporting innovative demand and delivery options for some of the most vulnerable and hard to reach populations. Mr. Abhishek Gopalka, Managing Director and Partner, BCG and Mr. Salil Gupte, Chairman, AMCHAM and President, Boeing India, talked about India’s vaccination journey and the role corporates have.

Opportunities for the private sector were presented by the following:

    • Mr. Shiv Kumar, Co-Founder, Catalyst Group, Chief Integrator, COVID Action Collab spoke on VaxNow vaccine camps focused on vulnerable population groups. This initiative will leverage corporate social responsibility funds to support on-ground civil society organizations, to improve access to vaccines to rural and most vulnerable populations.
    • Dr. Sanjay Kapur, Managing Director, JSI India spoke on vaccinations via mobile vans. Mobile vaccinations will leverage mobile units and medical staff from private players, and vaccines from government sources to increase vaccine access for last mile populations.
    • Dr. Brian Wahl, Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health spoke on demand generation across the nation via a multimodal media campaign including social media and grassroots to address hesitancies by leveraging private sector capabilities across media and customer behavior insights.

The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Arvind Kumar, Senior Advisor, Strategic Partnerships, USAID/India with panelists Ms. Remya Mohan, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Govt. of Gujarat, Mr. Ankur Malhotra, Chairman – COVID-19 Disaster Relief Management Task Force, AMCHAM, Head Corporate Affairs, CSR, Hewlett Packard Enterprise India and Dr. Raj Shankar Ghosh, Senior Adviser, Vaccine Delivery & Infectious Diseases, BMGF.

This was the first in a series of roadshows to engage the private sector to mitigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar roadshows would be organized in the coming months, focused on additional pandemic resilience efforts. The event was attended by 50 plus participants.

Resources shared during the roadshow include:

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

National Executive Board Meeting

The second meeting of AMCHAM’s National Executive Board for 2021-2022 was held on October 25th virtually. Mr. Salil Anil Gupte, Chairman, AMCHAM and President, Boeing India chaired the meeting. The board was briefed on AMCHAM’s Defense Delegation to Washington DC. Ambassador Arun K. Singh, Member, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India, addressed board members and fielded questions on the importance of the U.S.-India partnership, history of CAATSA, and possibility of a waiver for India, among other topics.

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

Virtual Workshop on Capacity Building on Cyber Recovery and Resilience

On the occasion of cyber security awareness month, AMCHAM India, in association with the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), Government of India, organized a virtual workshop on ‘Capacity Building on Cyber Recovery and Resilience’ on October 22nd. Lt General (Dr.) Rajesh Pant, National Cyber Security Coordinator, Prime Minister’s Office, Government of India, gave the inaugural address and interacted with members. The workshop was aligned to discuss critical cyber security issues and various aspects of cyber recovery and resilience, which included security automation, end point security, critical infra workshop/simulation, resilient supply chain and many more. Mr. Amrit Singh Deo, Co-Chairman – Cyber Security Committee, AMCHAM and Senior Managing Director, Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting, Mr. Ripu Bajwa, Co-Chairman – Cyber Security Committee, AMCHAM and Director & General Manager, Dell Technologies, India and other global cyber security experts from FTI and Dell presented two workshops on cyber recovery and resilience.

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

Interactive Session with Dr. P. Anbalagan, Chief Executive Officer, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Government of Maharashtra

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Interactive Session with Dr. P. Anbalagan, Chief Executive Officer, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Government of Maharashtra – 21 October 2021

On October 21st, AMCHAM organized an exclusive interactive session for members with senior officials of the Government of Maharashtra virtually. The session aimed to be a follow-up to the interaction with senior officials of the Maharashtra state government at the 29th AGM of AMCHAM India. The session commenced with opening remarks by Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director – Western Region, AMCHAM. This was followed by welcome remarks by Ms. Kaku Nakhate, Vice Chair, AMCHAM and President and Country Head (India), Bank of America, N.A. and remarks by Mr. Chandrakant Nayak, CEO & Country President, Dow India, Dow Chemical International Private Limited, that set the stage for the interaction.

Through his keynote address, supported by a presentation, Dr. P. Anbalagan, Chief Executive Officer, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Government of Maharashtra highlighted the Maharashtra-U.S. economic synergies. He stated that Maharashtra is the industrial and socio-economic powerhouse of India and highlighted indicators such as the state’s highest GSDP, FDI, employable talent, etc. He highlighted ongoing infrastructure projects and statistics of industry sectoral performance across conventional and emerging sectors. He addressed trade and investment relations with the U.S. and spoke of Maharashtra-U.S. trade relations. Dr. Anbalagan concluded by highlighting Maharashtra’s robust policy ecosystem and key reforms launched for Magnetic Maharashtra 2.0.

In the interactive Q&A session members express their appreciation of the leadership and dynamic support of the MIDC in ease of doing business in the state. They also shared their operational issues/challenges for which Dr. Anbalagan and senior state officials present provided appropriate resolutions to the concerns posed. The event concluded with closing remarks and a vote of thanks by Mr. Abhijit Ghorpade, General Manager Marketing & Public Relations, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Government of Maharashtra.

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

Conclusion of Defense Delegation to Washington DC 2021

AMCHAM concluded the defense delegation to Washington DC led by AMCHAM’s Chairman, Mr. Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India, along with Mr. William Blair, Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM India and Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India, on October 20th in a virtual meeting with Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL). The main purpose of the delegation was to inform and sensitize U.S. policymakers on defense related challenges impacting the U.S.-India relationship. The delegation interacted with many of the important players in the economic and strategic partnership and other key decision-makers.

The main topics of discussions with government officials during the series of meetings included:

    • Indo Pacific strategy and cooperation
    • U.S.- India joint maritime exercises, export opportunities and advantage of interoperability
    • Mobilizing the Quad
    • CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) – awareness of the dynamics and possibility of waiver for India

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

Nuances of Indian Tax Filing for U.S. Citizens in India – What You Need to Know

AMCHAM, as part of its initiatives for the American League, hosted a virtual session on ‘Nuances of Indian Tax Filing for U.S. Citizens in India – What You Need to Know,’ in partnership with expert speakers from PwC on October 14th. The session targeted U.S. citizens living in India to understand basic income tax provisions for working in India with sources of income in/outside of India. The session covered important topics and updates on Indian tax filings including residential status, deemed residency and taxability in India, overview of key taxation provisions under various heads of income – salaries, rental income, capital gains and income from other sources, claim from double taxation relief/income exclusions, exemptions and deductions available, reporting of assets and liabilities, including foreign assets, type of income tax return forms applicable, timelines, interest and penalties for belated and non-filing and key practical challenges due to the pandemic. This was followed by Q&A and information sharing on the American League with attendees. The speakers from PwC India included: Mr. Kunal Wadhwa, Partner, Mr. Ravi Jain, Subject Matter Expert and Mr. Vikas Narang, Subject Matter Expert. The session was attended by over 100 U.S. citizens.

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.