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

American Chamber of Commerce in India
Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India

American Chamber of Commerce in India
Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India

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.

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Discussion on the Future of IT in West Bengal with Mr. Rajeev Kumar, IPS, Principal Secretary Information Technology & Electronics and e-Governance

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Discussion on the Future of IT in West Bengal with Mr. Rajeev Kumar, IPS, Principal Secretary Information Technology & Electronics and e-Governance– 22 September 2021

On September 22nd, AMCHAM’s Eastern Region organized a virtual session on the future of IT in West Bengal with chief guest Mr. Rajeev Kumar, IPS, Principal Secretary Information Technology and Electronics, Government of West Bengal. Mr. Kumar spoke about what the government was doing to upgrade the existing infrastructure across the state to enable the smaller cities and towns to have access to the digital transformation that is taking place. He discussed the importance of IT as a key component in U.S.-India trade relations, as well as a key provider of employment opportunities. He said that the sector has emerged as one of the prime drivers of the economy, with close to 10% contribution to the state’s GDP. He spoke about internet highways, connectivity in bandwidth, and the internet landing station. He highlighted the Silicon Valley hub that has been set up by the government. He discussed the new data policy that the West Bengal government had introduced which he said allows for mandatory time-bound permissions. He said that the government would like feedback from companies on their issues and requirement and suggestions on what the government can do to improve the infrastructure for the IT sector. The panellists spoke about digital education, work from home, and how to create infrastructure for smaller cities since employees are now preferring to work from their smaller hometowns than moving to big cities. They spoke about the professional talent shortage in IT and other industries, not only in India but across the world. This shortage was also impacting operations in West Bengal.

Ms. Amada Kidwai, Regional Director – Eastern Region, AMCHAM gave the introductions, Mr. Gulshan Sachdev, Chairman – Eastern Region, AMCHAM gave the welcome remarks, Mr. Joydeep Datta Gupta, Vice Chairman – Eastern Region, AMCHAM moderated the session and gave the concluding remarks and vote of thanks. The panelists were Mr. Surajit Banerjee, Managing Director, Fi-Tex, Ms. Kasturi Bhattacharjee, CEO, Data Core Systems, Mr. Sajid Hussain, AVP & Kolkata Centre Head, Cognizant, and Mr. Amitava Guha Thakurta, Technical Head Digital Transformation Officer, Cisco Systems (India) Private Limited.

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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.