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

Roundtable Meeting with the Hon’ble Minister of Commerce, Industries & Employment Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia and Senior Representatives of the Government of Madhya Pradesh– 17th February 2016

The roundtable with the Minister of Commerce, Industries & Employment Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia and senior representatives of the Government of Madhya Pradesh, the last of the 3 sessions organized by AmCham India in partnership with Consulate General of United States in Mumbai, USIBC and EY (knowledge partner of the ‘Make in India’ event) commenced with CG Tom Vajda’s opening remarks ushering in the open discussion between the GoMP and American companies. This was followed by welcome remarks and introductions by Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director- Western Region, AmCham India, and Mr. Brandon Banner,

Sr. Manager, Policy Advocacy, USIBC.

Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia began her address by acknowledging the opportunity to present the state of Madhya Pradesh to the American stakeholders present at the roundtable. Smt. Scindia dwelled on her experience in the state of Madhya Pradesh by stating the four strong L’s- leadership, labour, location and landmass, that make Madhya Pradesh a land of amplified business opportunities thus converging social and economic benefits. A presentation on investment opportunities in Madhya Pradesh titled ‘Madhya Pradesh – Heart of Incredible India’ was shared by Principal Secretary – Department of Commerce, Industry and Employment, GoMP Mr. Mohammed Suleman, which brought to light the geographical, financial, economical and judicial strengths of the state. Mr. Suleman also focused on the 4 main sectors for business in Madhya Pradesh: food processing sector, IT and ITeS, electronic hardware, manufacturing, urban development and renewable energy. The presentation concluded with Mr. Suleman stating that Madhya Pradesh offers ‘simplified solutions and amplifies opportunities.’

This was followed by a Q&A session moderated by Mr. Sukanti Ghosh, Co-Chair AmCham Western Region Committee, and Managing Director, APCO Worldwide India Pvt. Ltd., which was a time of experience sharing, solutions to business queries and presentation of ideas by both industry representatives and the state.

An exchange of contacts between the GoMP representatives and members of American companies brought the Q&A session to a close, with Mr. Ghosh thanking the participants for an engaging session.

CG Tom Vajda shared the vote of thanks with a hope of this meeting being a beginning of an ongoing dialogue. He also welcomed members to approach the U.S. Consulate, AmCham and USIBC as mediums to reach the government.


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