Meeting with Mr. Drew Schufletowski, Minister Counselor for Economic, Environment, Science and Technology Affairs, U.S. Embassy on U.S. Investment in West Bengal and North East

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Meeting with Mr. Drew Schufletowski, Minister Counselor for Economic, Environment, Science and Technology Affairs, U.S. Embassy on U.S. Investment in West Bengal and North East – 17th August 2022

On August 17th in Kolkata, AMCHAM’s Eastern Region held an interactive session on the ease of doing business and U.S. investment in West Bengal and North East with Mr. Drew Schufletowski, Honorary National Executive Board Member, AMCHAM and Minister Counselor for Economic, Environment, Science and Technology Affairs, U.S. Embassy. The briefing was led by Mr. Debashish Biswas, Partner Consulting (Strategy & Business Design), Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu India LLP. Representatives from American companies such as Data-Core Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd., B S R & Co. LLP, Lexmark International, M.N Dastur & Co. Pvt. Ltd., and Fi-Tex Pvt. Ltd., participated.

 

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By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India 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 with Ms. Carey Arun, Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Consulate Chennai

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Karnataka Chapter Executive Committee Meeting with Ms. Carey Arun, Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Consulate Chennai – 11th August 2022

On August 11th, AMCHAM’s Karnataka Chapter hosted an interaction with members of the Karnataka Chapter Executive Committee in Bengaluru with Ms. Carey Arun, Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Consulate Chennai. Ms. Carey Arun will take over officially in early September 2022 post the departure of Mr. Manoj Desai. Executive Committee members Mr. Ravi Krishnan, Chief Administrative Officer, Goldman Sachs and Mr. Amit Sharma, Managing Partner, Global Delivery, IBM Consulting, Vice President & General Manager – Operations, WW GBS – Cloud Appl Innovation & Global Delivery, IBM shared insights on behalf of U.S. companies doing business in Karnataka. Ms. Manjushree Phooken, Sr. Commercial Specialist & Director, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Consulate Chennai and Ms. Payal Satish, Regional Director – Karnataka Chapter, AMCHAM, also joined the interaction.

 

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India 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.

Door Knock Debriefing

On August 10th, the door knock delegates that went to Washington DC for AMCHAM’s annual door knock held on June 12th – 17th gathered for a debriefing virtually under the leadership of Mr. Atul Dhawan, Chairman, AMCHAM and Chairperson/Partner, Deloitte South Asia. During the door knock, a total of 33 meetings took place with USG offices, law makers, think tanks and thought leaders focussed on sensitizing U.S. policy-makers and law-makers on issues impacting U.S. business in India. Delegates brainstormed on how to carry the momentum forward. Some of the topics discussed included IPEF, skilling initiatives, clean energy focus, the CAATSA waiver and future cross sector interactions with the Government of India, among others. View a full summary of Door Knock 2022 HERE.

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India 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.

Defense Committee Meeting

On August 10th, AMCHAM’s Defense Committee members met for the first time fully in-person since 2020 at the Boeing office in New Delhi. The leadership, Mr. William L. Blair, Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Vice President and Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India, Mr. Ravi Nirgudkar, Co-Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Managing Director India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, BAE Systems India Services (Pvt.) Limited, Mr. Surendra Ahuja, Co-Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Managing Director, Boeing Defense India, Mr. Gaurav Mehndiratta, Co-Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Partner and Head – Aerospace & Defence, KPMG India and the immediate past Chairman of AMCHAM, Mr. Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India joined the meeting, along with a dozen other members.

From the U.S. Embassy, CAPT Michael Farmer, Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) joined the deliberations. Ms. Udaya Arun, Director – Aerospace & Defense, AMCHAM expressed delight with the presence of members in person and opened the meeting with a re-capitulation of her discussion with the DefExpo organizers and the clarity sought on the re-scheduled DefExpo 2022 in the context of foreign participation. Members also shared their views and reservations on the success of the rescheduled event, but confirmed that they would be present to show a united front, even if not in large numbers. AMCHAM’s potential plans at DefExpo were also deliberated. More interactions with thought leaders and think tanks were explored.

 

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India 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.

Thought Leadership Series: The Global Perspective and Navigating New Geopolitical Realities with Mr. Brad Staples, Global CEO, APCO Worldwide

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Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India

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Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India

Thought Leadership Series: The Global Perspective and Navigating New Geopolitical Realities with Mr. Brad Staples, Global CEO, APCO Worldwide – 05 August 2022

On August 5th, AMCHAM’s Western Region organized a breakfast session on ‘The Global Perspective and Navigating New Geopolitical Realities’ with Mr. Brad Staples, Global CEO, APCO Worldwide as part of the Western Region Thought Leadership Series. The session commenced with brief opening remarks by Ms. Winnie Lobo, Programme Assistant, AMCHAM. This was followed by a welcome address by Ms. Kaku Nakhate, National Executive Board Member, AMCHAM and President & Country Head (India), Bank of America, N.A. Through her address, Ms. Nakhate welcomed participants, introduced the speaker, Mr. Brad Staples, and set the stage for the session.

In an interactive dialogue, Mr. Staples shared a global perspective on the impact of geopolitical factors affecting governments, businesses, and the common man. He spoke of the effects of the widening wealth gap, climate change, inflation and how COVID has caused destabilization of governments in Latin America, the EU, Middle East and Asia. He also touched upon the conflict and unrest with Russia-Ukraine, U.S.-China and the implications for India. He stated that geopolitics and international business were intertwined like never before in a new era of ‘multi-stakeholderism.’ He encouraged leaders of multinational organizations to take a cautious stand on their global alliances, ESG and diversity practices.

An interactive Q&A followed. The session concluded with closing remarks and vote of thanks by Mr. Anand Vijay Jha, Managing Director, Government Relations, Blackstone Advisors India Pvt. Ltd. On behalf of AMCHAM, Mr. Jha expressed his gratitude to Mr. Staples and APCO Worldwide for the engaging and valuable insights and thanked members for their participation.

 

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India 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.

Western Region Committee Meeting

A meeting of AMCHAM’s Western Region Committee was held virtually on August 4th. The meeting commenced with brief opening remarks by Mr. Ambuj Saksaria, Regional Director – Western Region, AMCHAM who shared an overview of the past and forthcoming initiatives of the region. As part of the agenda, committee members shared their insights and inputs to plan the western region signature event, a welcome reception for the incoming U.S. Consul General Mumbai and an initiative to increase the footprint of membership in Pune.

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India 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.