AMCHAM’s Infrastructure and Smart Cities Committee met in Gurgaon on 12th July under the chairmanship of Mr. Arun Kumar Jain, Managing Director, Fluor Daniel India and co-chairmanship of Mr. Pawan Gupta, Vice President, AECOM. The meeting took place at the Fluor Daniel office and was attended by many company representatives who participated whole heartedly and chalked out a future plan of action to target at least five states with their designated smart cities. The meeting also came up with five sub-committees so that members can focus on their area of interest and target work for smart cities accordingly. Members of the committee also pointed out difficulties they face in the bidding process where government officials do not follow due process owing to various reasons. Mr. Patrick Santillo, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy, expressed pleasure in witnessing such participation by American companies in coming together and forming a task force to combat bidding for smart city projects in India. He said the embassy would help in any way it can. His colleague Ms. Renie Subin, Commercial Specialist, U.S. Embassy, echoed that sentiment. The committee adjourned with a decision to meet again once the representations for projects were sent from the AMCHAM secretariat to the relevant government offices.
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