Securing Digital India – 19 December 2017
AMCHAM’s Cyber Security Committee, in partnership with Dell, organized a roundtable on ‘Securing Digital India’ with key stakeholders, decision makers and industry leaders.
Mr. Arijit Sen, Co-Chairman – Cyber Security Committee, and Director – Global Government Relations & Public Policy, Dell, gave opening remarks. This was followed by remarks by Mr. Robert Garverick, Minister Counselor Economic Affairs and Environment, Science and Technology, U.S. Embassy, Mr. Sanjay Kumar Verma, Additional Secretary (Cyber Diplomacy), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Mr. Pratyush Kumar, Chairman, AMCHAM India, President, Boeing India, Dr. C. S. Mohapatra, Adviser
(Financial Stability) and Secretary of Financial Stability & Development Council (FSDC), Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India and Mr. Ravinder P. Singh, Director Strategic & Mega Business, Dell EMC.
The second session included experts Mr. Rakesh Kharwal, Country Manager – Security Business, IBM India, Mr. Subrata Bagchi, Senior Managing Director, Protiviti India and Dr. C. S. Mohapatra Adviser (Financial Stability) and Secretary of Financial Stability & Development Council (FSDC), Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India.
Annual Christmas Ball 2017 – 16th December 2017
AMCHAM organized its annual Christmas Ball on 16th December 2017 in New Delhi. Mr. Pratyush Kumar, Chairman, AMCHAM and President, Boeing India, along with Ms. Ranjana Khanna, Director General CEO, AMCHAM, welcomed participants and wished everyone happy holidays. U.S. Embassy officials, Indian government officials, AMCHAM members, along with their spouses, attended the fun filled evening.
The Christmas Ball was made possible by the following sponsors:
Platinum sponsors – Azure Power, Boeing, Cisco, Herbalife, Lockheed Martin, Metlife
Gold sponsors – Cognizant, Corning, Dell, Goodyear, Jacobs, Textron, Tupperware
Silver sponsors – Coca-Cola India, General Motors, Pepsico
Bronze sponsors – Amazon, D.E.Shaw
Supporting partners – American Airlines, Baxter, Kohinoor, VLCC
Evening partners – Jack Daniels (Brown Forman)
Meeting with Mr. Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister – 14th December 2017
A one-to-one meeting between AMCHAM – AdvaMed member Medtronic and Mr. Nripendra Misra was organized on December 14th, 2017. Mr. James Southwick,Vice President, Global Government Affairs met with the Principal Secretary as a follow up to AMCHAM-AdvaMed delegation meeting in October. The discussion included a presentation on the ‘Global Medical Devices Industry Footprint in India’ survey data to the Principal Secretary and how to make quality medical technologies affordable to all. Mr. Misra also requested the association to reach out to its members to consider investing in manufacturing facilities in India and requested suggestions on achieving universal healthcare and access to primary care for the Indian population. AdvaMed-AMCHAM offered to work with its members and prepare a position paper for consideration by the Principal Secretary in coming weeks.
Energy Cooperation Program (ECP) Meeting – 14th December 2017
An Energy Cooperation Program (ECP) meeting was held on 14th December 2017 in New Delhi. Ms. Madhvi Kataria, Deputy Director General, AMCHAM, welcomed members and Mr. Rajendra Shrivastav, Chairman – Energy Cooperation Program, AMCHAM and Country Manager (India), AES India Pvt. Ltd. gave the opening remarks.
From USTDA, Ms. Alissa Lee, Country Manager, South Asia and Ms. Mehnaz Ansari, Country Representative – South Asia, joined the meeting over a call and updated members on the U.S. Gas Infrastructure Exports Initiative and Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program (SCCP) workshops planned in 2018. Ms. Dinah McDougall, Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy, shared details on the upcoming Smart Grid & Energy Storage Trade Mission planned for March 2018.
The other topics of discussion included key trade issues affecting energy companies in India, Clean Energy Task Force and upcoming Energy Dialogue 2018. It was decided during the meeting that AMCHAM would create a document which would include opportunities and challenges of all ECP member companies to be shared with the Commercial Affairs Section and Department of Energy Affairs, U.S. Embassy.
CSR Session – Reaching Your Impact – 12th December 2017
AMCHAM’s Karnataka Chapter, organized a CSR session entitled ‘Reaching Your Impact’ in association with ChildFund India on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017. The Embassy Group sponsored the event at the Hilton Golf Links. Ms. Shaina Ganapathy, Head of Corporate Outreach, Embassy Group, welcomed participants from leading U.S. companies based in Bangalore. Mr. Atul Ujagar, Country Director, Nike India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan and Executive Committee Member – Karnataka Chapter, AMCHAM Karnataka, gave the opening remarks with a brief on AMCHAM and Nike’s CSR activities. The keynote speaker was Dr. Manoj Chakravarti, COO, Centre for Corporate Governance & Citizenship, IIMB, and he spoke about the CSR law and its implementation, successes and challenges.
This was followed by a panel discussion that deliberated on some critical areas such as sharing learnings and expertise on CSR accounting, assessments and reporting, challenges and opportunities with CSR, CSR policy vs. key sustainable development goals, models for collaborations, and employee engagement. The panellists included Mr. Biren Ghose, Country Head, Technicolor, Mr. Dushyant Singh, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Co., Mr. Santosh Abraham, VP, NASSCOM Foundation, Mr. Venkatesh Valluri, Chairman, Valluri Technology Accelerators & Valluri Change Foundation and Ms. Neelam Makhijani, Country Director/CEO, ChildFund India. Mr. Raju Shahani, Managing Director, Christel House India, moderated the panel. This was followed by an interactive session with the audience. Ms. Makhijani wrapped up the session and said that AMCHAM could collaborate with NGOs and corporates to tackle some of the challenges facing the implementation of the CSR law.