American Chamber of Commerce in India
Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India
Welcome Charge D’Affaires and AMCHAM’s Honorary President, Ambassador Daniel B. Smith and Interaction with National Executive Board – 03 June 2021
AMCHAM’s National Executive Board welcomed Charge D’Affaires, U.S. Embassy and AMCHAM’s Honorary President, Ambassador Daniel B. Smith and interacted with him virtually on June 3rd. The session began with welcome remarks and an introduction of CDA Ambassador Smith by Ms. Ranjana Khanna, Director General CEO, AMCHAM. Mr. Salil Gupte, Chairman, AMCHAM and President, Boeing India, provided an overview of AMCHAM and discussed some of the ways member companies have been supporting their communities during the pandemic. CDA Ambassador Smith shared his global experience, highlighted the U.S. government contributions to India during the pandemic and emphasized the importance of vaccines.
AMCHAM’s Office Bearers, Ms. Kaku Nakhate, Vice Chair, AMCHAM and President & Country Head (India), Bank of America N.A., Mr. Sanjay Koul, Vice Chair, AMCHAM and Chairman & Managing Director, Timken India Limited and Mr. Atul Dhawan, Honorary Secretary & Treasurer, AMCHAM and Chairperson, Deloitte South Asia, shared their thoughts, then all National Executive Board members introduced themselves, mentioned their company’s CSR initiatives and voiced sector specific updates. Some of the topics discussed included supply chain resilience, renewable financing, the devastating gravity of COVID on the workforce, state government relationships, growing U.S.-India defense ties, Indo-Pacific, medical infrastructure and some ease of doing business challenges, among others. Members acknowledged the phenomenal support of the U.S. Embassy during this time, especially Honorary National Executive Board Members, Ms. Aileen Nandi, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs and Mr. Thomas Carnegie, Minister Counselor for Economics, Trade, and Information Technology, Acting. The insightful interaction concluded with a vote of thanks from AMCHAM.