Interaction with Dr. David Warner, Consular Chief, U.S. Consulate General Kolkata 30th September 2020

A welcome for Dr. David Warner, Consular Chief, U.S. Consulate Kolkata, was organized by AMCHAM’s Eastern Region on September 30th through Webex. Mr. Gulshan Sachdev, Chairman – Eastern Region, AMCHAM and Managing Director Quaker Chemical India, began the session with welcoming Dr. David Warner to Kolkata and members present. He gave a brief of what AMCHAM India does in the Eastern Region and invited Dr. David Warner to give his address. Dr. David Warner has a PhD in Organization Systems from Fielding Graduate University. He is a retired Naval Officer and served as an Assistant Naval Attache and Navy Program Officer at the Embassy in New Delhi. His current portfolio includes all Consular services in various countries and diverse capacities.

Dr. Warner gave a brief on the current visa situation and mentioned that visas are currently being processed only for those who already had them earlier via the interview waiver program. There are no physical presence issue of visas, unless it is an emergency and the emergency has to be mentioned to enable it to be considered. There was Q&A portion in which members asked Dr. Warner any questions on visas and his initial experience in Kolkata. The meeting concluded with thanks to Dr. Warner for spending a considerable amount of time in answering queries and AMCHAM wished him best for his tenure in the City of Joy.

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.

U.S. India Travel & Tourism Working Group Interaction with the U.S. Consulate on Visa Services Updates 30th September 2020

The AMCHAM U.S.-India Travel & Tourism Working Group held an interactive session on U.S. visa services updates on September 30th for AMCHAM members across India. As the country begins to emerge from the lockdown mandated because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this was a necessary session with the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates about the visa services being offered for business travel. The session covered the latest visa updates and useful information for companies who need to plan travel to the United States. The speakers were Mr. Morgan Parker, Consul General, U.S. Embassy, who spoke about non-immigrant visa services and Mr. Rob Batchelder, Consular Chief, U.S. Consulate General Mumbai, who spoke to members about the immigrant visa services. The session was chaired by Ms. Sheema Vohra, Chairperson – U.S.-India Travel & Tourism Working Group, AMCHAM and Managing Director – India, Brand USA.

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.

Karnataka Chapter Executive Committee Meeting 30th September 2020

AMCHAM’s Karnataka Chapter held an Executive Committee meeting over Webex on September 30th. The focus areas of the meeting included how the Karnataka Chapter could engage members, increase member base, engagement with the Government of Karnataka and U.S. Embassy. In addition, measures to expand AMCHAM’s awareness and engagement with potential member companies was discussed. There was a conversation on the best way forward with the Golf Tournament 2020.

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.

U.S. Government Bimonthly Briefing 25th September 2020

On September 25th, AMCHAM’s Honorary National Executive Board Members from the U.S. Embassy, Ms. Aileen Nandi, Minister Counselor Commercial Affairs and Mr. Thomas Carnegie, Minister Counselor for Economics, Trade, and Information Technology, Acting, updated members on the current U.S.-India trade and economic relationship. They also shared updates on key U.S.-India dialogues. They addressed questions raised and advised members on challenges and issues being faced on sectors ranging from manufacturing, logistics, medical devices, supply-chain, healthcare, etc.

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.

U.S. Immigration Update: Navigating Through Challenging Times in partnership with Fragomen

AMCHAM’s Northern Region Council Executive Committee had its first meeting for 2020-21 on September 11th. The meeting was chaired by Mr. William Blair, Chairman – Northern Region, AMCHAM and Vice President and Chief Executive Lockheed Martin India Private Limited. The committee was briefed by Wg Cdr Rajiv Anand on the status of actionable points from the previous meeting. Members extensively discussed the aspect and importance of interaction with states in north India and the format of Joint Working Groups being proposed for the same.Discussions also centered around how AMCHAM can be supportive of the national initiative of Atmanirbhar Bharat by engaging at the right levels and be active partners in this direction. This would also capture and recognize the relevance and significance of U.S. FDI in economic revival within states. Members offered to support state initiatives with data and work that has already been accomplished. The council would summarize decisions taken during the meeting and prepare an action plan accordingly.

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.

Coffee with Edgard – A Motivational Talk with Mr. Edgard Kagan, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in conversation with Mr. Salil Gupte, Chairman, AMCHAM

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Coffee with Edgard – A Motivational Talk with Mr. Edgard Kagan, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in conversation with Mr. Salil Gupte, Chairman, AMCHAM – 18 September 2020

On September 18th, AMCHAM hosted a motivational session with Mr. Edgard Kagan, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in conversation with Mr. Salil Gupte, Chairman, AMCHAM and President, Boeing India. DCM Kagan discussed wide-ranging topics that included his family, career path and India experiences both in Mumbai and Delhi. He also discussed leadership characteristics that have proved to be essential during these uncertain COVID times. He shared how the U.S. mission was engaging with Indian government stakeholders, the story behind the arrangement of the repatriation flights, logistics challenges and many other highlights. He discussed best practices that a leader should embody and demonstrate to have a happy and mentally sound staff in an organization. An overarching takeaway — the need to protect and encourage a team to perform to the best of their abilities would be vital for continued success.

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.