Roundtable with the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis and Senior Representatives of the Government of Maharashtra – 16th February 2016
The roundtable with the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis and senior representatives of the Government of Maharashtra was well attended by member representatives of American companies across diverse industrial sectors. The session began with Consul General Tom Vajda welcoming the room on behalf of the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai. Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director- Western Region, AmCham India, made brief remarks on AmCham’s 500 active members engaged in smart city efforts and ‘Make in India.’ Mr. Brandon Banner, Sr. Manager, Policy Advocacy, USIBC, also shared his remarks on the keen interests of USIBC members in facilitating business in the State of Maharashtra.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, began his address by thanking the U.S. Consulate, AmCham, and USIBC for making this initiative take fruit. He stated that the Government of Maharashtra engages dynamically and progressively across the industry. Mr. Fadnavis shared his fervor toward the smart city initiatives in Maharashtra, the state government’s plans for the MMRDA region — making it a powerhouse with efficient infrastructure that is integrated with a great backbone, the IT system. In the dialogue on smart cities and infrastructure, members were given a brief synopsis on CIDCO projects under the smart city initiative with a highlight on four focus sectors for any smart city, building basic infrastructure, urban mobility, strong IT backbone, solid waste/liquid waste management and water supply.
Mr. Sukanti Ghosh, Co-Chair AmCham Western Region Committee, and Managing Director, APCO Worldwide India Pvt. Ltd., moderated the roundtable and called upon leaders of American companies to take the opportunity to share their experiences as well as pose queries to the Hon’ble Chief Minister and representatives of the Government of Maharashtra. The session was truly an interactive and engaging session between business and government.
The roundtable concluded with Consul General Tom Vajda sharing a vote of thanks and stated his confidence that this meeting will act as a stimulant to a bright commercial relationship.