Meeting with World Bank 22nd June 2016

Ms. Madhvi Kataria, Deputy ED, AMCHAM, and Mr. Ankur Malhotra, Vice President – Government Relations and Public Policy, Accenture Services Pvt. Ltd., met with Mr. Sebastian Saez, Lead Economist, Trade & Competitiveness, and Mr. Shihab Ansari Azhar, Operations Officer, South Asia of World Bank, in their office on 22nd June 2016 to discuss a possible joint event on ‘Ease of Doing Business’ some time in September 2016 with DIPP and World Bank.

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.

Meeting with Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways 21st June 2016

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Meeting with Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways – 21st June 2016

Mr. Pratyush Kumar, Chairman, AmCham, and President, Boeing India, accompanied by Ms. Madhvi Kataria, Deputy Executive Director, AmCham, called on Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, in his office on 21st June 2016.

Mr. Pratyush Kumar complimented the Minister for the ongoing reforms in various sectors of the economy and invited him to address the session on ‘Ease of Doing Business’ which was being planned by AmCham with World Bank and DIPP.

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.

Breakfast Meeting on Chennai Smart City Infrastructure 17th June 2016

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Breakfast Meeting on Chennai Smart City Infrastructure  – 17th June 2016

Recognizing the need for businesses to share in the task of making Chennai a better place to live and work, AmCham organized a meeting on 17th June, 2016 with Mr. Raj Cherubal, Chief Resilience Officer for Chennai. Over 40 representatives from member companies participated in the discussion.

Mr. Raj Cherubal made a presentation on the civic conditions prevalent in Chennai and compared it with that of several cities of similar area and demographics in Asia and Latin America. He stated that Clean Chennai is a Corporation of Chennai initiative to catalyze a city-wide shift in citizens’ attitudes towards solid waste – ownership, treatment, and management.

He engaged with member companies to enlist the active support of all stakeholders – ragpickers, residents, commercial establishments, institutions and others – to manage waste in an ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable manner.

The simple one line message he conveyed is: ‘Do not litter. Put waste where it belongs. In the right bins and at the right time.’

Mr. Raj Cherubal exhorted AmCham companies to work with the Clean Chennai movement to:

Progress in the fight against garbage
Create awareness on best waste management practices in Chennai
Reduce waste – will help save both the planet and money
Turn organic waste into something useful – like compost, biogas, or electricity
Set up a biogas facility on campus to fuel the campus kitchen
Reuse waste – donate, sell used furniture, furnishing, clothes, electronics and other accessories
Recycle waste – contact competent recyclers, making less waste go to landfills or dumpsites

Member companies expressed their support to the Clean Chennai movement as part of their CSR campaign.

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.

Panel Discussion on Doing Business in Karnataka & U.S. – India Trade 16th June 2016

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Panel Discussion on Doing Business in Karnataka & U.S. – India Trade – 16th June 2016

On 16th June 2016, AmCham’s Karnataka Chapter organized a session on doing business in Karnataka and U.S. – India trade to coincide with the national executive board meeting. The chief guest and keynote speaker was Hon’ble Minister Mr. R.V. Deshpande, Minister for Large & Medium Scale Industries and Tourism, Government of Karnataka.

Other eminent speakers for the evening were by Dr. Pradip K. Dutta, Chairman – Karnataka Chapter, AmCham and Corporate Vice President & Managing Director Synopsys (India) Private Limited, Mr. Pratyush Kumar Chairman, AmCham, and President, Boeing India, and Mr. John M. McCaslin, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy.

Mr. Philip Fracassa, Executive Vice President & CFO Timken, spoke on American companies manufacturing in Karnataka and across India. Mr. Munesh Makhija, Vice President, GE India Technology Centre & CTO-GE South Asia, spoke about infrastructure innovation for India. The session ended with closing remarks by Mr. Phillip A. Min, U.S. Consul General in Chennai. The event was attended by NEB members, industry leaders, bureaucrats and members of the local chapter.

Some of the key takeaways from the session were:

• U.S. investment has risen, especially in Karnataka, and is visible in areas such as: e-commerce, travel and tourism, defense, aerospace and clean energy

• About 300 U.S. companies have invested in Karnataka and set up their operations there due to it being a “progressive industrialized state”

• There is active participation from the AmCham Karnataka Chapter with the Government of Karnataka to get meaningful action on the ground to succeed in reaching the target of $500 billion bilateral trade

• There is need for sustainable technologies to address the government’s goals of clean power and accessible, affordable healthcare

• Bengaluru has carved out a reputation for being the world’s leading IT hub, with its robust pipeline of talent from various engineering colleges, it makes sense that all major domestic and global IT companies are based in this city

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.

HR Committee Meeting 14th June 2016

The AmCham HR Committee met on 14th June 2016 in Mumbai for the first committee meeting under the new leadership of Mr. DP Singh, Chairman, AmCham HR Committee and VP – HR (India/South Asia), IBM India, and Mr. Sameer Mathur, Co-Chair, AmCham HR Committee and SVP – HR, Citibank. The committee discussed at length some of the latest challenges American companies face in India and took some important decisions on new subcommittees to be formed and issues to be addressed as per the following:

1. Digitization of HR – Companies that agreed to part of the core group were Microsoft, IBM, Textron, KPMG and J&J
a. SMAC (social, mobile, analytics, cloud)
b. Future of work (FOW)

i. Human capital analytics (HCA)
ii. Candidate intelligence
iii. Talent bin
iv. Gamification

2. Labor Reforms – Companies that agreed to be a part of the core group were KPMG, Microsoft and J&J
a. Government role
b. Contingent staff
c. Health and safety

3. Fraud – Companies that agreed to be a part of the core group were IBM, Citibank, Morgan Stanley and Turner
a. Employee related fraud
b. How to handle fraudulent situations
c. Fear of destroying careers
d. Performance and tolerance levels
e. Data privacy
f. Technologies involved

The meeting concluded with an engaging discussion for which the committee mutually decided to address the question- can we influence the HR environment to make considerable changes to U.S. MNC’s operating in 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.

Tamil Nadu Chapter Executive Committee Meeting with U.S. Consul General 14th June 2016

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Tamil Nadu Chapter Executive Committee Meeting with U.S. Consul General -14th June 2016

The U.S. Consul General, Philip Min, and John Fleming, Principal Commercial Officer, met with the Tamil Nadu Chapter Executive Committee on 14th June at the residence of the Consul General. The U.S. Consulate decided to engage more closely with AmCham so that AmCham could be a strategic partner to access the state government and Chief Minister. It was decided that AmCham would identify key people that have access to the Chief Minister and invite them to AmCham events.

The Consulate and AmCham would also work jointly to showcase the CSR activities of member companies. It was discussed that Cognizant would take the lead in organizing a CSR workshop for AmCham members and large MNC’s. It was also discussed that visiting overseas CEOs should meet with officers at the Consulate and join meetings with the state government. The Consul General mentioned that he would interact with the diplomatic corps in Chennai, as a working group, to exchange information and improve access to government. Lastly, Ford mentioned that they would lend expertise to assist smaller companies to establish in 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.