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Meeting with Ms. MaryKay Carlson, Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy

27th April 2017

AMCHAM members met with Ms. MaryKay Carlson, Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy during her visit to Hyderabad…

Meeting with Beth Urbanas, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

25th April 2017

Ms. Beth Urbanas, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Americas at the Office of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), participated in a roundtable discussion with AMCHAM members to discuss energy access…

Medical Devices Committee Meeting

21st April 2017

The AMCHAM Medical Devices Committee met under the Chairmanship of Mr. Prabal Chakraborty on 21st April 2017 in New Delhi to discuss the agenda to be taken up by the committee in the year 2017-18….

Breakfast Meeting: Smart Business Infrastructure – Authorised Economic Operator, Customs & Central Excise

20th April 2017

AMCHAM’s breakfast meeting on ‘Smart Business Infrastructure – Authorised Economic Operator, Customs & Central Excise’ was held on Thursday, 20th April 2017 at Hotel Westin Velachery in Chennai. Mr. Aubrey Daniels, Regional Director – Tamil Nadu Chapter, AMCHAM chaired the meeting…

Technology & Innovation Towards a Futuristic Value Chain 2025 Conference 

19th April 2017

AMCHAM India’s Supply Chain and Logistic Committee and Manufacturing Committee organized it’s annual conference on ‘Technology & Innovation – Value Chain 2025’ on Wednesday, 19th April 2017 in Mumbai…

Presentation by U.S. Consular Section Chief, Shelly Dittmar, on Business and Work Visas

19th April 2017

Ms. Shelly Dittmer, Consular Section Chief, U.S. Consulate Kolkata, and Ms. Shoshauna Clark, Visa Chief/Non-Immigrant Visas, had an interactive session with members of AMCHAM’s Eastern Region on the recent trends in the U.S. visa processing system…

Roundtable with Assistant USTR for South and Central Asia, Mr. Mark Linscott

19th April 2017

AMCHAM hosted a breakfast roundtable for Mr. Mark Linscott, Assistant USTR for South and Central Asia, U.S. Trade Representative, during his inaugural trip to India on 19th April at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. The meeting was focussed on the U.S. – India economic relationship and future engagement on bilateral and multilateral trade policy…

Meeting with Senator Coons (D-DE) and Senator Merkley (D-OR)

18th April 2017

AMCHAM members met with for a closeddoor roundtable with Senator Christopher Andrew “Chris” Coons, United States Senator from Delaware (Democrat)…

Meeting with DG (Acquisition), Ministry of Defense

11th April 2017

AMCHAM Defense Core team members engaged with DG (Acquisition) Ms. Smita Nagaraj on Tuesday, 11th April 2017. Discussion points revolved around strategic partners, DDP issues, offset issues and others. The team is currently preparing recommendations for submission to her office. Please reach out to udaya@amchamindia.com for more information.

HR Committee’s Future of Work Conference 2017

10th April 2017

As a prelude to the conference, there were two webinars conducted on the future of work, a live twitter chat and a white paper competition held by AMCHAM. Many teams from member companies participated in this competition with two teams emerging as winners, both teams showcased a millennial’s perspective on the future of work. This conference was planned to be the first ever signature event of the HR Committee…

Open House: An Interactive Evening with Mr. Subhash R. Desai, Minister – Industries & Mining, Government of Maharashtra and Mr. Apurva Chandra, Principal Secretary – Industries, Government of Maharashtra

7th April 2017

AMCHAM India, in partnership with the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, organized an ‘Open House: An Interactive Evening with Mr. Subhash Desai, Minister Industries & Mining, Government of Maharashtra and Mr. Apurva Chandra, Principal Secretary – Industries, Government of Maharashtra’ on Friday, 7th April 2017 in Mumbai…

Breakfast meeting: Topic: Smart Infrastructure – Smart Corporate Offices and Energy Neutral Buildings

30th March 2017

AMCHAM’s Tamil Nadu Chapter organized a breakfast meeting on energy neutral buildings and smart corporate offices on 30th March, 2017 at Hotel Westin Velachery in Chennai. The meeting was chaired by Mr. R. Ramkumar…

Western Region Committee Meeting

29th March 2017

AMCHAM’s Western Region Committee meeting was held on Wednesday, 29th March 2017 at the Bank of America office in Mumbai. The meeting, which was well attended, commenced with welcome remarks by Mr. Mahesh Krishnamurti, Co-Chair – WRC, AMCHAM and opening remarks by Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director – Western Region, AMCHAM. As part of the agenda a presentation of AMCHAM’s Supply Chain & Logistics Committee (SCL) was made Mr. Milind Tailor, Co-Chair – SCL Committee, AMCHAM and Head of Indirect Procurement & Electronic Security Asia Pacific, Diebold Systems Pvt. Ltd. The main focus of the WRC meeting was to discuss the forthcoming AMCHAM Open House and the Western Region Signature Event ‘India: 2017 and Beyond.’ Members were updated on the newly elected WRC Committee members w.e.f. 4th May 2017 (post AMCHAM India’s 25th AGM). The WRC meeting concluded with brief remarks by Ms. Surabhi Wahal.

Aviation Core Committee Meeting

29th March 2017

The core group of AMCHAM’s Aviation Committee met on 29th March and decided to map the member capabilities into the top 7 priority issues that needed to be taken up for discussion and the top priority states that could be engaged with, to take forward the committee’s agenda.

Agriculture & Food Processing Committee Meeting

29th March 2017

AMCHAM’s Agriculture & Food Processing Committee meeting took place on 29th March. The committee discussed the document they are preparing on agriculture and food processing and how to expand the scope to make it more inclusive.

Defense Committee Meeting

24th March 2017

On 24th March, AMCHAM’s Defense Committee held a meeting. The members discussed recommendations that the group could submit to DIPP on ease of doing business and the challenges being faced. The future engagements planned with the Ministry of Defence officials was also discussed.

HR Core Committee Meeting

24th March 2017

On 24th March 2017, the HR Core Committee met to discuss the details of the Future of Work Conference 2017. The conference is going to be held in the second week of April. The committee deliberated on the requirements for the event and created a checklist. A detailed agenda was finalized and coordinators were assigned to each session based on the design created by Mr. Sarthak Raychaudhuri, VP HR, Asia South, Whirlpool. This meeting was chaired by Mr. DP Singh, VP – HR (India/South Asia), IBM and co-chaired by Mr. Sameer Mathur, SVP-HR, Citibank N.A.

Meeting with Dr. Amit Mitra, Minister for Departments of Finance and Industry, Commerce and Enterprises, Government of West Bengal

22nd March 2017

AMCHAM’s National Executive Board, led by Pratyush Kumar, Chairman, AMCHAM, had a closed-door meeting with Dr. Amit Mitra, Minister for Departments of Finance and Industry, Commerce and Enterprises, Government of West Bengal…

Networking Reception Dinner

22nd March 2017

The U.S. Consul General to Kolkata, Mr. Craig Hall, hosted a networking dinner reception for members of the AMCHAM National Executive Board (NEB) who were in Kolkata for the board meeting, members of AMCHAM’s Eastern Region and representatives of American companies, not yet members…

National Executive Board Meeting

22nd March 2017

A meeting of AMCHAM’s National Executive Board was held on 22nd March 2017 in Kolkata under the chairmanship of Mr. Pratyush Kumar, President, Boeing India. The meeting was hosted by Mr. K. P. Sengupta, Chairman…

ImPact 50-50 India: CSR Enabling Socio-Economic Transformation in 100 Districts in India

22nd March 2017

AMCHAM, in partnership with Habitat For Humanity India, organized ‘ImPact 50-50 India: CSR Enabling Socio-Economic Transformation in 100 Districts in India’ in Mumbai on Wednesday, 22nd March 2017…

A Tour of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust Followed By An Interactive Meeting with Mr. Anil Diggikar, Chairman, JNPT

21st March 2017

AMCHAM India, in partnership with the Consulate General of the United States, Mumbai, organized a site visit to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and interactive sessions with Chairman JNPT and Commissioners of Customs JNPT…

Meeting with Mr. James Schillenger, Secretary of Commerce, State of Indiana, U.S.

16th March 2017

Mr. James Schillenger, Secretary of Commerce, State of Indiana, U.S. and his team met with the AMCHAM members in Hyderabad at The Westin…

Interaction with Mr. Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, GOI, on Manufacturing

16th March 2017

AMCHAM’s Manufacturing Committee met with Mr. Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, GOI, on 16th March in New Delhi. Ms. Ranjana Khanna, Director General CEO, AMCHAM, welcomed members…

Panel Discussion on Breaking the Glass Ceiling with Chief Guest, Ms. Usha Uthap, in honor of International Women’s Day

15th March 2017

AMCHAM’s Eastern Region, in association with Hyatt Regency Kolkata, organized a chat session for members and guests to celebrate Women’s Day. The event was graced by eminent personalities from all walks of life who shared their experience in their journey to success through a panel discussion…

AMCHAM and USIBC Roundtable with Senior Executives from the Business Executives for National Security (BENS) Delegation

15th March 2017

AMCHAM hosted the delegation from Business Executives for National Security (BENS), jointly with USIBC, for a roundtable. BENS is an impactful group of C suite executives who have a strong interest in U.S. National Security and can provide government leaders within the U.S. National Security Enterprise their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities inherent in the key strategic relationships of the United States and associated international partners. They wanted to gain an understanding of India’s business environment and perspectives on the security issues shaping U.S.-India relations. Mr. Pratyush Kumar, Chairman, AMCHAM India, led the discussions and invited fellow AMCHAM members to participate and share comments on India’s counter-terrorism initiatives, the impact of India being designated as America’s Major Defense Partner and government policies (tax and investment regulations, ‘ease of doing business’, etc.) that promote / hinder economic development and FDI in the defense sector.

Review on the L1 Blanket Visa Procedures with Mr. Peter Theis, U.S. Consular Officer

14th March 2017

The Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate, hosted a review of L1 blanket visa procedures at the American Center in Kolkata…

Tamil Nadu Chapter Executive Committee Meeting

11th March 2017

A meeting of the Tamil Nadu Chapter Executive Committee was held on 11th March 2017 at the Madras Club, under the leadership of Mr. R. Ramkumar as the Chairman…

Interactive Session on ‘Impact of GST on e-Commerce and Services Sector’

9th March 2017

AMCHAM and KPMG organized an interactive session on ‘Impact of GST on e-Commerce and Services Sector’ on 9th March 2017 at the KPMG office in Gurgaon…

Meeting with Mr. Joseph M. Pomper, Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, U.S. Embassy, New Delhi

8th March 2017

A select group of six AMCHAM members led by the Tamil Nadu Chapter Chairman, R. Ramkumar, met with Mr. Joseph Pomper, Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, U.S. Embassy Mr. Charles Louma D’Overstreet, Chief of Consular Services and Vice Consul Nathan Leonard at the Taj Coromandel on 8th March 2017, to exchange notes on the recent developments on the U.S. visa situation…

Hyderabad Executive Committee Meeting

7th March 2017

AMCHAM’s Hyderabad Chapter Executive Committee met at the office of Invesco on 7th March 2017 to bid farewell for some of the board members who are moving on or have stepped down from their current positions. Wonderful experiences and memories with AMCHAM were shared. There was also a brainstorming session for board meetings, the annual event – AMCHAM Sports, Annual Day and the interaction they shared with members at large.

Session on “U.S. Immigration: Understanding Impact for India Outbound” in association with Deloitte

6th March 2017

AMCHAM, association with Deloitte, held a half-day seminar on “U.S. Immigration: Understanding the Impact for India Outbound” on 6th March 2017, at the Leela Palace in Bangalore.  A presentation on immigration fundamentals…

Annual Day 2017

23rd February 2017

AMCHAM Hyderabad’s Annual Day was held on 23rd February, 2017.  The Consul General of the US Consulate Hyderabad was the chief guest for the event. Dr. Kiranmai Pendyala, Chairperson – Hyderabad Chapter…

Breakfast Meeting on Policy Initiatives by the Tamil Nadu Government to Promote Industrial Development

23rd February 2017

A breakfast meeting on the ease of doing business in Tamil Nadu was held on 23rd February in Chennai. The guest speaker was Mr. Vikram Kapur IAS, Principal Secretary to Government, Industries Department…

Breakfast Meeting with U.S. Congressional Delegation led by Representative Bob Goodlatte, Chairman, U.S. House Judiciary Committee

23rd February 2017

A high-level U.S. Congressional delegation visiting Bangalore met up with the top management of U.S. companies at an exclusive breakfast meeting on 23rd February. This important group of U.S. lawmakers was led by the Chairman…

Presentation on Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value

22nd February 2017

The U.S. Trade Development Agency (USTDA) plans to launch their Global Procurement Initiative (GPI) in India shortly. As a precursor to this launch, AMCHAM India, in partnership with the Consulate General of the United States…

Presentation on ‘The Dynamics of the Global Tax Environment’ in Partnership with Knowledge Partner EY

15th February 2017

AMCHAM, in partnership with knowledge partner EY, organized a breakfast session on ‘The Dynamics of the Global Tax Environment’ on Wednesday, 15th February 2017 in Mumbai…

Western Region Committee Meeting

15th February 2017

A meeting by concall of AMCHAM’s Western Region Committee (WRC) was held. Mr. Mahesh Krishnamurti, Co-Chair, AMCHAM WRC, welcomed the members present…

Meeting with Mr. Ashok Kumar Gupta, Secretary Defence Production, Ministry of Defence

15th February 2017

AMCHAM’s Defense Committee met with Secretary, Defence Production, Mr. Ashok Kumar Gupta, at the Ministry of Defence Chalet at Yelahanka Air Show Grounds at Aero India 2017. The committee shared AMCHAM’s recommendations on the ease of doing business in defence and how it could be relaxed a bit for the benefit of OEM’s. The secretary was very open to suggestions and after a lengthy discussion advised his team to continue this engagement with AMCHAM and take this forward.

Meeting with Mr. R.V. Deshpande, Minister for Large & Medium Industries & Infrastructure Development

15th February 2017

AMCHAM members met with Mr. R V Deshpande, Minister of Commerce & Industries, Mr. Gaurav Gupta, IAS, Commissioner for Industrial Development, GoK and Mr. D.V. Prasad, I.A.S, Additional Chief Secretary to Karnataka Govt. for Commerce & Industry, on the sidelines of Aero India 2017…

AMCHAM and USIBC Joint Reception for Defense and Aerospace Industry at Aero India 2017

13th February 2017

AMCHAM and USIBC co-hosted a U.S. defense and aerospace industry reception on 13th February on the occasion of Aero India 2017 in Bangalore…

Roundtable with U.S. Government Defense Officials at Aero India 2017

13th February 2017

AMCHAM and USIBC co-hosted the U.S. Government Defense officials for a roundtable on the occasion of Aero India 2017 in Bangalore. Ms. Beth McCormick, Director, DTSA, was the leader…

Future of Work Webinar in association with IBM

10th February 2017

The HR Committee hosted a webinar in association with IBM on the future of work. The webinar began with Mr. D. P. Singh, Chairman – HR Committee, AMCHAM and Vice President and Head, HR, IBM India, as the keynote speaker…

ICT Committee Meeting

10th February 2017

A meeting of AMCHAM’s ICT Committee was held under the chairmanship of Mr. Amit Sharma, Executive Vice President and President Asia, ATC India…

Meeting with Mr. Patrick Santillo, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy

9th February 2017

A meeting was held on 9th February 2017 at the United States Consulate in Chennai to brief Mr. Patrick Santillo, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy, on the business environment in Tamil Nadu. The participants were Mr. Ramkumar Ramamoorthy, Chairman – Tamil Nadu Chapter, AMCHAM, Mr. John Fleming…

CSR Roundtable Session on Child Protection in India with ChildFund International’s Global Leadership

9th February 2017

The AMCHAM CSR Committee had a session with ChildFund International’s global leadership, hosted at the Fluor Daniel office in Gurgaon. Mr. Arun Kumar Jain, Managing Director, Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd. and National Executive Board Member of AMCHAM, made opening remarks…

Breakfast meeting on Impact of Union Budget on the Manufacturing and Technology sectors

8th February 2017

AMCHAM’s Tamil Nadu Chapter organized a breakfast meet with the topic for discussion being the impact of the budget on manufacturing and technology for MNC’s” on Wednesday, 8th February 2017 at the Westin, Chennai…

Exclusive Rountable on ‘Budget 2017 – Impact Analysis’ with Knowledge Partner EY

2nd February 2017

AMCHAM India, in partnership with knowledge partner EY, organised a roundtable on ‘Budget 2017- Impact Analysis’ in Mumbai. The session was held with the objective of decoding the proposals made in budget 2017…

On the Spot Analysis of the Union Budget

1st February 2017

AMCHAM Eastern Region organized its annual ‘On the Spot Analysis of the Union Budget’ — a live viewing of the budget, in association with EY…

Supply Chain and Logistics Committee Meeting

24th January 2017

Mr. Srinivasan Sarangapani, Chairperson, AMCHAM Supply Chain and Logistics Committee, welcomed members to the first meeting of the year on 24th January at the Diebold Systems office in Mumbai. An overview of all events and achievements in 2016 was followed by a discussion on planned and prospective events in Q1 of 2017…

Defense Committee Meeting

24th January 2017

AMCHAM’s monthly Defense Committee meeting took place on 24th January. Members had great deliberations over the existing and projected defense projects “Make in India” programs. The team also discussed recommendations on “Make in India,” ease of doing business and related tax aspects. The team is working on finalizing the recommendations to be submitted to government officials.

Session on GST with Ernst & Young

24th January 2017

AMCHAM Hyderabad organized a session on GST at Westin Mindspace on 24th January. Siddhartha Jain from Ernst & Young led the session and encouraged the participants to make it as interactive as possible…

Transfer Pricing: Alternate Dispute Resolution Forums

23rd January 2017

The Transfer Pricing (TP) Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum was held in Chennai. The event brought together a forum of PwC tax partners and directors for sessions, dialogues and panel discussions to discuss TP disputes and various dispute…

HR Committee Meeting

23rd January 2017

The fourth meeting of the HR Committee was held on 23rd January 2017 in New Delhi under the leadership of Mr. D.P. Singh, Chairman – HR Committee and VP – HR (India/South Asia), IBM India and Mr. Sameer Mathur, Co-Chair and Senior VP – HR, Citibank India. The committee deliberated on possible topics of interest and events for the next quarter…

Meeting with Office of Defense Cooperation Officials

20th January 2017

AMCHAM’s Defense Committee hosted a meeting with the newly commissioned officers at the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), U.S. Embassy — Major Neil S Prakash (Army Programs) and Captain Vinamra Pandey (Air Force Programs). The AMCHAM team briefed the officers on the Defense Committee achievements and plan of action for the current year while the ODC briefed AMCHAM about the vision and goals for 2017. Some information on Aero India 2017 was also shared.

Bengal Global Business Summit 2017

19th – 21st January 2017

AMCHAM India and its Eastern Region supported the Government of West Bengal to attract U.S. investors to do business in the state. As a prelude, AMCHAM had jointly organized a road show for the West Bengal government in New Delhi also. There were 27 countries who participated in the third edition of the Bengal Global Business Summit…

Eastern Region Committee Meeting

19th January 2017

A meeting of AMCHAM’s Eastern Region Committee (ER) and members was held on Thursday 19th January at the Data Core Systems office. The meeting was primarily held to nominate the ER Chairman, Vice Chairman and nominee to the National Executive Board.  AMCHAM’s Director General CEO, Ms. Ranjana Khanna…

Interactive Panel Discussion on Digital Transformation

13th January 2017

AMCHAM Eastern Region organized a panel discussion on digital transformation at the Hyatt Regency Kolkata. Ms. Amada Kidwai, Regional Director – Eastern Region, AMCHAM introduced the panelists. Mr. K.P. Sengupta, Chairman AMCHAM ER, gave the welcome address. Mr. Amit Malik, AMCHAM Executive Committee (EC) member…

Western Region Committee Meeting

13th January 2017

A meeting of AMCHAM’s Western Region Committee (WRC) was held on Friday, 13th January 2017 at the Bank of America office in Mumbai. Mr. Mahesh Krishnamurti, Co-Chair, AMCHAM WRC, welcomed members on the occasion. This was followed by an update on the regional initiatives in the year 2016…

Roundtable with the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Vijay Rupani and Senior Officials of the Government of Gujarat on the Occasion of Vibrant Gujarat 2017

11th January 2017

On the occasion of Vibrant Gujarat 2017, AMCHAM India in partnership with the U.S. Consulate, Mumbai and the U.S. India Business Council, met with the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Vijay Rupani and key officials of the Government of Gujarat at Mahatma Mandir on Wednesday, 11th January 2017. The roundtable meeting saw a sizeable and diverse representation…

National Executive Board Meeting

10th January 2017

A meeting of the National Executive Board of AMCHAM was held on 10th January 2017 in Ahmedabad to coincide with the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit…

Roundtable Discussion on GST

19th December 2016

The AMCHAM Eastern Region and their knowledge partner, EY, hosted a roundtable discussion on GST at TCG office in Kolkata.

Interactive Session with Richard Pearson, Business Development Officer for Asia at the Export-Import Bank of the United States

16th December 2016

An interactive session was hosted by AMCHAM Eastern Region with Mr. Richard Pearson, Asia Officer for the Export Import Bank of the U.S. on 16th December in Kolkata. He was accompanied by Mr. Jonathan Ward and Mr. Arup Mitra from the U.S. Commercial Service in Kolkata. Mr. Pearson explained in detail the functioning of the bank and said that the bank stands as a guarantor for lenders who take an exposure on the borrower. There was a lively question and answer session and Mr. Pearson very clearly answered the questions raised.

Defense Committee Meeting

16th December 2016

AMCHAM’s Defense Committee members met on 16th December in New Delhi to finalize the documents on the “ease of doing business” in defense and “Make in India” in defense. The committee decided to quickly submit to the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri, Ministry of Defence, its recommendations on the strategic partner chapter of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). The committee also felt that it should leverage the very active AMCHAM Tax & Tariff Committee platform to submit issues relating to GST and customs to the Ministry of Finance.

Karnataka Chapter Members Dinner

11th December 2016

AMCHAM’s Karnataka Chapter celebrated the chamber’s 25th anniversary with a dinner for CEOs of top U.S. companies on 11th December at the Ritz Carlton Ballroom. Heads of GE, Northern Trust, 3M, Saggezza, PwC…

Annual Christmas Ball 2016

10th December 2016

AMCHAM organized its Annual Christmas Ball on 10th December 2016 in New Delhi. Ms. MaryKay L. Carlson, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, was the chief guest. The other senior Indian and U.S. Government officials who attended the Christmas Ball included Mr. Arun K. Singh…

Briefing Session of AMCHAM – AdvaMed Members with Mr. Patrick Santillo, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy

9th December 2016

A group of members from AMCHAM Medical Devices Committee and the AdvaMed India Working Group met with Mr. Patrick Santillo, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy and his staff on 9th December. Industry briefed him on the regulatory environment for medical devices in India and the challenges faced by the industry. Members also took the opportunity to highlight some of the other broad issues of the industry like pricing, protectionist policy and increase of import duty to Mr. Santillo…..

Panel Discussion on the Impact of Demonetization on U.S. Investment

9th December 2016

A panel discussion on the Impact of demonetization on U.S. investment was held on 9th December in Kolkata. The panelists were Mr. Roopen Roy, Ex – MD, Deloitte Touche, Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee, Ex – Senior MD, Duncan Group, Mr. Pallab Gupta, Head Taxation, ITC and Professor Alok Ray of IIM Kolkata. The panelists discussed various issues that has arisen from demonetization and the impact on the economy, the benefits of the country moving towards a “less cash” economy, the short and long term impact on growth and taxation. Mr. Joyeep Dutta Gupta acted as the moderator. The question and answer session was lively. The meeting was well attended.

India Smart Cities Technical Workshop

8th December 2016

On 8th December, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, in partnership with the Government of India, the U.S.-India CEO Forum, U.S.-India Business Council, Confederation of Indian Industries, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and AMCHAM, completed the U.S.-India Smart Cities Technical Workshop, fulfilling a commitment made during the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue in August 2016. The interactive workshop brought together over 150 U.S. and Indian business executives, Indian officials from federal, state and municipal levels, and officials from the U.S. government and the government of the District of Columbia. The day long program was held as a practical and technical workshop that included content-rich plenary sessions and interactive discussions through six roundtable sessions….

Roundtable Breakfast Session on ‘GST Implementation – Understanding Its Impact On Business’

7th December 2016

AMCHAM India, in partnership with Deloitte, organised a roundtable breakfast session on ‘GST Implementation – Understanding Its Impact on Business’ on Wednesday, 7th December 2016 in Mumbai. The session’s objective was to provide an insight into the recent developments on GST in India, their expected impact on industry and the need to encourage readiness by organisations to align with the expected changes….

Meeting with Government of Haryana Aviation Officials

30th November 2016

AMCHAM’s Aviation Committee members met with officials from the Government of Haryana on 30th November. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Mahavir Singh, IAS, Principal Secretary, Haryana Aviation Government and Palash Roy Chowdhury, Country Manager Pratt & Whitney, UTC Company…

Partnering For Change: Gender Equality & Technology

29th November 2016

On the occasion of International Women’s Human Rights Day on 29th November and the “16 Days of Global Activism Against GBV”, AMCHAM India, in partnership with USAID organized an event on ‘Partnering for Change: Gender Equality & Technology’ on Tuesday, 29th November 2016 in Mumbai. The event was a part of an ongoing series of events…

Direct Line Webinar on Smart Cities Projects and Investments in Western India

29th November 2016

The Direct Line Webinar on ‘Smart Cities Projects and Investments in Western India,’ an initiative of the U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai, was supported by AMCHAM India and saw an interesting attendance of company representatives from India as well as U.S. on Tuesday, 29th November 2016…

HR Breakfast Meeting with Ms. Susan Schmit, SVP HR, Rockwell Automation

29th November 2016

AMCHAM organized a talk by Ms. Susan Schmitt, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Rockwell Automation, on 29th November 2016 in New Delhi. She made a presentation on ‘Global Business Scenario and Emerging Role of HR’…

 

Eastern Region Executive Committee Meeting

25th November 2016

AMCHAM’s Eastern Region held an executive committee meeting on 25th November chaired by Mr. K.P. Sengupta, Chairman – Eastern Region, AMCHAM.

 

Mr. Sengupta informed the EC that he would be seeking clarification on points related to the process of election for EC membership from the Delhi Secretariat. He informed members that the date for the NEB meeting had not been finalized. He would also be speaking to the Delhi Secretariat for clarification on meetings to be scheduled.

 

Mr. Debdas Sen, Vice Chairman – Eastern Region, AMCHAM, updated members on the USIBC delegation to Kolkata for the BGBS 2017 meet. Forthcoming events were discussed and finalized. Mr. Ranjan Nandi, Vice President and Managing Director India Operation Richard Design Services, Inc. (RDS) was inducted to the executive committee as there was a vacancy due to the departure of Ms. Britta Lieck-Milde.

Western Region Committee Meeting

23rd November 2016

AMCHAM’s Western Region Committee Concall Meeting was held on Wednesday, 23rd November. The meeting commenced with a welcome by Mr. Mahesh Krishnamurti, Co-Chair AMCHAM WRC and Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director – Western Region, AMCHAM India.

 

As part of the agenda, committee members discussed and reported on (1) review of recently concluded events in the WR (2) scheduled and proposed forthcoming events (3) ideating on topical/industry focussed events for the year 2016-2017 (4) leveraging on membership network to have a larger outreach and footprint in the WR. Surabhi concluded the concall meeting with closing remarks and thanked all members for their active participation as well as their valuable contributions.

Meeting with Ms. Marykay Carlson, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy

23rd November 2016

Ms. Ranjana Khanna and Ms. Madhvi Kataria called on Ms. MaryKay Carlson, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, in her office on 23rd November 2016. Mr. Patrick Santillo, Minister Counselor for Commercial…

Meeting with Mr. Bharat Lal, Resident Commissioner, Gujarat

23rd November 2016

Ms. Ranjana Khanna, Director General, AMCHAM and Ms. Madhvi Kataria, Deputy Executive Director, AMCHAM, met with Mr. Bharat Lal, Resident Commissioner, Government of Gujarat, on 23rd November 2016, in his office, to discuss AMCHAM’s participation in Vibrant Gujarat. Mr. Bharat Lal gave the detailed program from 9th to 11th January 2017. He requested AMCHAM members to register on vibrantgujarat.com for participation.

Defense Committee Meeting

18th November 2016

AMCHAM Defense Committee members discussed the action items that emerged from the last interaction with Ambassador Verma two weeks ago and it was decided to take action immediately by providing a white paper of the requested documents. The committee also decided to come up with focused agenda items for taking up with the Ministry of Defense officials and resume the interactions with the officials on a quarterly basis.

Defense Closed Door Interactive Session with VADM Joseph Rixey, Director, DSCA

18th November 2016

AMCHAM Defense Committee members met with VADM Joseph Rixey, Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency at New Delhi. VADM Rixey was in Delhi for the Defense Procurement and Production Group (DPPG) meetings with his counterpart Ms. Smita Nagaraj, Director General (Acquisitions), Ministry of Defense, Government of India…

AMCHAM & U.S. Embassy CSR Photo Exhibition “American Business Making a Difference”

17th – 25th November 2016

AMCHAM, in association with the U.S. Embassy, celebrated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Week from 17th – 25th November 2016 with the first ever photo exhibition “American Businesses Making a Difference” at the American Center in New Delhi. The initiative of AMCHAM’s CSR Committee aimed to generate a greater appreciation for the contribution and impact of American business to community development…

Pre-Budget Meeting for Union Budget 2017-18 with Chairman, CBDT

15th November 2016

AMCHAM, along with the European Business Group (EBG) was invited for a pre-budget discussion with the Chairman, CBDT, on 15th November 2016. From AMCHAM, the delegation was led by Mr. Amarjeet Singh, Chairman, AMCHAM’s Tax and Tariff Committee and Partner and Head of Tax – North India, KPMG, and was represented by Mr. Rohinton Sidhwa, Partner, International Taxation, Deloitte Haskins…

Ease of Doing Business In India’ : An Interactive Meeting with Mr. Sanjay Sethi, CEO, Maharashtra Industrial Develeopment Corporation (MIDC)

15th November 2016

Under the overarching theme of ease of doing business in India, AMCHAM India, in partnership with the Consulate General of the United States, Mumbai, organized a session on Ease of Doing Business in India: An Interactive Meeting with Mr. Sanjay Sethi, CEO, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) on Tuesday, 15th November 2016 at the U.S. Consulate, Mumbai…

Tax, Tariff and Regulatory Affairs Committee Meeting

11th November 2016

A meeting of AMCHAM’s Tax, Tariff and Regulatory Affairs Committee, under the chairmanship of Mr. Amarjeet Singh, Partner and Head of Tax – North India, KPMG, was held on 11th November 2016 in Gurgaon. Ms. Neeru Ahuja, Co-Chairperso…

Northern Region Council Executive Committee Meeting

10th November 2016

A meeting of the Executive Committee of AMCHAM’s Northern Region Council, under the chairmanship of Mr. Rustom J. Desai, Managing Director, Corning India and Optical Communications, was held on 10th November 2016 in Gurgaon. The capability deck prepared, on the basis of 29 responses received from members of the Northern Region Council, was approved by the Executive Committee. It was hoped that other members would also respond to make the document truly reflective. Mr. George N. Sibley, Minister Counselor for Economic, Environment, Science and Technology Affairs, U.S. Embassy, spoke on the U.S. Presidential elections. Mr. Rameesh Kailasam, Deputy Managing Director, APCO Worldwide India Pvt. Ltd. spoke about NITI Aayog and shared his experience of dealing with NITI Aayog and learning about NITI Aayog’s priorities and challenges.

CSR Committee Session on Understanding the Companies Act with the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs

9th November 2016

The AMCHAM CSR Committee hosted a session on understanding the companies act with the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs at the Cisco office in Gurgaon. Mr. Harish Krishnan, Chairman – CSR Committee, AMCHAM and Executive Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Engagement, India & SAARC, Cisco Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd.  made opening remarks…

Meeting with Industries Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu

8th November 2016

An AMCHAM team led by Mr. R. Ramkumar, Chairman – Tamil Nadu Chapter, AMCHAM, Mr. A. Viswanathan, Vice Chairman – Tamil Nadu Chapter, AMCHAM and Aubrey Daniels, Regional Director – Tamil Nadu Chapter, AMCHAM, met with Mr. Vikram Kapur, Principal Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu, Industries Department on Tuesday, 8th November at the TN Govt. Secretariat, Fort St. George, Chennai…

Meeting with Scott Sindelar, Minister Counselor, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Embassy

3rd November 2016

Madhvi Kataria, Deputy Executive Director, AMCHAM, and Udaya Arun, Program Manager – Aerospace & Defense, AMCHAM, called upon Scott Sindelar, Minister Counselor, U.S. Department of Agriculture…

Breakfast Interactive Session on “Ease of Doing Business in West Bengal” Chief Guest Dr. Krishna Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary

28th October 2016

AMCHAM’s Eastern Region organized a breakfast interactive session on West Bengal: A State Where “Ease of Doing Business” is a Reality. The chief guest was Dr. Krishna Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Commerce and Industries, and Public Enterprise & Industrial Reconstruction Department, Government of West Bengal, who was accompanied by his commerce team comprising of Mr. Surendra…

 

Defense Committee Meeting

28th October 2016

AMCHAM’s Defense Committee members met to discuss the past activities of the committee. The members decided to nominate Michael Koch, Vice President, Boeing India as the new Co-Chairman of the committee for the position left vacant when Dennis Swanson moved to another role. Members were also informed of the upcoming U.S. government delegations planned. They were advised about the AMCHAM/USIBC joint events to be hosted during Aero India 2017. The members decided to convene again during the first week of November to discuss how the committee could align its agenda with that of the Government of India. It was also decided to continue with the regular monthly meetings to refresh the agenda and action items on a consistent basis.

Defense Committee Interactive Session with Ambassador Verma

28th October 2016

AMCHAM’s Defense Committee members met with Ambassador Richard Verma to discuss current defense issues…

Roundtable with Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan

22nd October 2016

AMCHAM, in partnership with the Consulate General of the United States, Mumbai, and USIBC, organized a roundtable interaction with the Honb’le Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The roundtable was held on the occasion of ‘Invest Madhya Pradesh…

Meeting with U.S. Department of Agriculture Acting Under Secretary/Deputy Under Secretary Ms. Alexis Taylor

19th October 2016

AMCHAM’s Agriculture and Food Processing Committee members met with Acting Under Secretary/Deputy Under Secretary, Ms. Alexis Taylor, U.S. Department of Agriculture, on 19th October ahead of the Trade Policy Forum…

Eastern Region Executive Committee Meeting

13th October 2016

AMCHAM’s Eastern Region Executive Committee meeting was held on 13th October. Mr. K.P. Sengupta, Chairman, updated members on the NEB meeting held in Hyderabad in September.  Mr. Debdas Sen, Vice Chairman, updated members on the meeting held with the Principal Secretary, IT Mr. Talleen Kumar. Forthcoming events and the membership drive was also discussed.

Smart City Group Interaction with Bhopal Smart City Limited, (BSCL)

7th October 2016

AMCHAM’s Infrastructure and Smart Cities Committee made an outreach visit to Bhopal on October 7th and met Mr. Chandramauli Shukla, CEO, Bhopal Smart City Limited and their Strategic Adviser, Mr. Animesh Parihar, to discuss and evaluate the progress of Bhopal smart city master plan. During the open interaction, many suggestion…

Northern Region Council Executive Committee Meeting

5th October 2016

A meeting of the Executive Committee of AMCHAM’s Northern Region Council, under the chairmanship of Mr. Rustom Desai, Managing Director, Corning India and Optical Communications, Corning India, was held on 5th October 2016 in Gurgaon. Members reviewed the progress about the preparation of a capability deck of NRC members and discussed activities to be conducted. A presentation on “GST – Going Forward” was made by Mr. Atul Gupta, Senior Director – Indirect Tax, Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP.

Interactive session with Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Mr. Patrick Santillo

4th October 2016

Mr. Patrick Santillo, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S Embassy in Delhi had an interactive session with members of AMCHAM’s Eastern Region.  Mr. Craig Hall, the U.S. Consul General in Kolkata, and Mr. Jonathan Ward, the Commercial Service Officer accompanied him. The purpose of the session was for Mr. Santill…

Manufacturing Committee Meeting

3th October 2016

The second meeting of AMCHAM’s Manufacturing Committee for the year 2016-17 under the chairmanship of Mr. Rampraveen Swaminathan, President & Managing Director, International Paper India Pvt. Ltd. and co-chairmanship of Mr. Sanjay Koul, Chairman & Managing Director, Timken India Limited…

 

Smart Business Infrastructure – Make in India: Predix, the Engine of Modern Manufacturing

29th September 2016

This breakfast meeting was held in Chennai, featuring guest speaker Mr. Vivek Mehrotra, Director, Regional Engagement – Predix & Apps (APAC), GE India and chaired by Mr. Ashwin Ravindranath, Partner EY India and Member of the Executive Committee…

CSR in India: Working Toward Fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals in India – Moving the Agenda from the Global to National and Local Level

29th September 2016

AMCHAM, in partnership with the Consulate General of the United States, Mumbai, organized ‘CSR in India: Working Toward Fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals in India – Moving the Agenda from the Global to National and Local Level’ in Mumbai…

Western Region Committee Meeting

28th September 2016

AMCHAM’s Western Region Committee meeting was held at the EY India office in Mumbai. The meeting, which was well attended, commenced with a welcome by Mr. Mahesh Krishnamurti…

ICT Committee Interaction with Ms. Angela Simpson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce

26th September 2016

Members of AMCHAM’s ICT Committee met with Ms. Angela Simpson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce…

HR Committee Meeting

22nd September 2016

The third meeting of AMCHAM’s HR Committee was held on 22nd September 2016 in Bangalore at the IBM office, under the leadership of Mr. DP Singh, Chairman – HR Committee and VP – HR (India/South Asia), IBM India and Mr. Sameer Mathur…

Interactive Session with USTDA and FCS on Outcomes from the U.S. – India Strategic & Commercial Dialogue and Smart City Updates

22nd September 2016

AMCHAM’s Infrastructure and Smart Cities Committee held an interactive session with USTDA Country Representative, Ms. Mehnaz Ansari, on 22nd September in New Delhi. The interaction brought up significant outcomes from the recently held…

Meeting with Dr. Krishan Gupta IAS, Dr Krishna Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary Commerce & Industry Department and Public Enterprise & Industrial Reconstruction Department, Government of West Bengal

22nd September 2016

Mr. K.P. Sengupta, Chairman – Eastern Region, AMCHAM and Amada Kidwai, Regional Director – ER, AMCHAM met Dr. Krishna Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary Commerce & Industry Department and Public Enterprise & Industrial Reconstruction Department, Government of West Bengal, on 22nd September. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the Chairman of the Eastern Region and to invite the Principal Secretary to interact with members of AMCHAM ER on ease of doing business in West Bengal. Dr. Gupta also highlight the upcoming Bengal Global Business Summit which will be held on 20-21 January 2016. He requested AMCHAM to bring a U.S. delegation to the session.

The Changing Landscape of Global Immigration by Fragomen Worldwide and AMCHAM

21st September 2016

On the 21st September 2016, AMCHAM, along with Fragomen Worldwide, organized a conference on “The Changing Landscape of Global Immigration.” The gathering was addressed by Saju James, Partner Fragomen India, who welcomed the guests…

Invitation to a Meeting with Mr. Talleen Kumar, IAS, Principal Secretary Departments of Information Technology & Electronics, Government of West Bengal 

20th September 2016

Mr. Talleen Kumar, IAS, Principal Secretary Departments of Information Technology & Electronics, Government of West Bengal invited AMCHAM to attend a meeting on 20th September. Representatives from the IT industry and various IT committees from different chambers in the city attended. The purpose of the meeting was to update those present on the work in progress on the upcoming Bengal Global Business Summit 2017 and the role that the IT department would play. He requested those present for suggestions on how to attract IT companies to invest in the state. AMCHAM was represented by Amada Kidwai, Regional Director – Eastern Region.

National Executive Board Meeting

16th September 2016

The third meeting of the National Executive Board of AMCHAM for the year 2016-17, under the chairmanship of Mr. Pratyush Kumar, President, Boeing India, was held on 16th September 2016 in Hyderabad…

4th AMCHAM Healthcare Conference

16th September 2016

The overall objective of the conference, as outlined by one of the key speakers, was to be a catalyst for change in the Indian healthcare ecosystem. In the same context, the theme of conference was ‘Harmonization of Indian Healthcare Within the Global Ecosystem.’ There were three panels, global harmonization, healthcare…

Breakfast Meeting – Smart Business Infrastructure – Mergers, Acquisitions, Valuations & Other Business Services

15th September 2016

A breakfast meeting was held in Chennai featuring guest speakers Mr. Piyush Patnaik, Vice President, Duff and Phelps and Mr. N. Santosh, Director, Duff and Phelps. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Aubrey Daniels, Regional Director – Tamil Nadu Chapter, AMCHAM

Meeting with Mr. K.T. Rama Rao, Minister, Telangana Government

15th September 2016

On the eve of AMCHAM’s National Executive Board meeting, members of the Board and members of the Hyderabad Executive Committee met with Mr. K.T. Rama Rao…

 

 

Farewell Reception for John McCaslin, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy

13th September 2016

AMCHAM hosted a farewell reception for John McCaslin, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy and welcomed his successor Patrick Santillo on 13th September, 2016 in New Delhi. John has completed his 3-year post in New Delhi…

Breakfast Interactive Session on the Concept of Green Cities and their Economic Impact in West Bengal

9th September 2016

AMCHAM Eastern Region organized a breakfast interactive session on the “Concept of Green Cities and their Economic Impact in West Bengal.”  The chief guest was Mr. Debashis Sen, IAS, Principal Secretary Urban Development, GOWB and Chairman WBHIDCO Ltd…

Agriculture and Food Processing Committee Meeting

8th September 2016

The first meeting of AMCHAM’s Agriculture and Food Processing Committee was held at the office of E.I. DuPont, in Gurgaon, on 8th September. The committee decided that since the main areas of focus in the agriculture and food processing sector include pre-harvest production/agriculture, post-harvest area, food processing and reaching out to consumers and agriculture and food infrastructure, the committee should align its agenda along these lines. The committee decided that they had to also focus on brand improvement, policy advocacy issues and state-level engagements. The committee meeting took place under the chairmanship of Mr. Ram Mudholkar, President, E.I. DuPont India Pvt. Ltd. and Co-Chairman, Siraj Chaudhary, Chairman, Cargill India Pvt. Ltd.

Breakfast Roundtable with the U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, Alaina Teplitz

8th September 2016

AMCHAM met with Ambassador Alaina Teplitz, U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, on 8th September in New Delhi. Ambassador Teplitz was accompanied by Andrea Goodman, Chief of Political and Economic Affairs, U.S Embassy, Kathmandu…

Breakfast Meeting : Smart Infrastructure – “Promise and Pitfalls of State-Led Economic Reform

7th September 2016

A breakfast meeting featuring guest speaker Dr. Sarah Watson, Associate Fellow, Wadhwani Chair in US India Policy Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C…

Technology & Innovation in Supply Chain – Plant visit to the State of the Art Coca Cola Plant in Wada

7th September 2016

Under the overarching theme of technology and innovation, AMCHAM India’s Supply Chain and Logistics (SCL) Committee organised its pilot project of a plant visit to the Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. facility in Wada, Maharashtra…

Interactive Session with Dr. Parthasarathi Shome on GST Roll Out

6th September 2016

With the passage of the GST constitutional bill in Parliament in August, India is at the cusp of finally implementing one of the biggest tax reforms in the post-Independence era. Various Indian states have ratified the GST constitutional amendment bill and therefore the Government of India is confident of getting 15 states to ratify the bill within the next few weeks…

Debriefing Session with U.S. Ambassador and Joint Secretary, MEA

6th September 2016

AMCHAM organized a debriefing session post the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue with U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma and Joint Secretary, MEA, Mr. Munu Mahawar…

Eastern Region Executive Committee Meeting

5th September 2016

Mr. K.P. Sengupta, Chairman – Eastern Region, AMCHAM, at the EC meeting held on September 5, 2016 updated members on the meeting he had with the CM of Jharkhand at the Jharkhand investors meeting held in Kolkata. Forthcoming events were discussed.  He emphasized the importance of the membership drive and asked members to assist in this important drive.

AMCHAM supports the 8th edition of the CLO Chief Learning Officers Summit

1st – 2nd September 2016

AMCHAM supported the 8th edition of the CLO Chief Learning Officers Summit, held from 1st – 2nd September, offered a unique platform for aspiring young leaders and entrepreneurs to not only sharpen their skills but it was also an opportunity to learn from some of the luminaries in the industry today…

Aviation Committee Meeting with U.S. Special Representative for Environment and Water Resources, Ambassador Jennifer A. Haverkamp

1st September 2016

AMCHAM’s Aviation Committee members met with Ambassador Haverkamp, Special Representative for Environment and Water Resources, U.S. Department of State, on 1st September in New Delhi, to discuss a global market-based measure…

Meeting with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, Ms. Tina Kaidanow

31st August 2016

The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, Tina Kaidanow, met with key AMCHAM defense industry leaders on 31st August in New Delhi. Members discussed the revised Indian Defense Procurement Policy (DPP), issues on offsets and FDI policy, licensing issues and the challenges working in India. The PDAS was also informed of the recommendations that AMCHAM recently made to the ministry on defense aspects, including the DPP.

Breakfast Session on ‘Demystifying GST’

31st August 2016

AMCHAM’s Supply Chain and Logistics Committee, in association with knowledge partner EY India, organized a breakfast session on ‘Demystifying GST’ on Wednesday, 31st August 2016, in Mumbai…

Delegation of Medical Devices Committee to Colombo, Sri Lanka

29th – 30th August 2016

Mr. Prabal Chakraborty, Chairman, AMCHAM Medical Devices Committee and VP and Managing Director, Boston Scientific, led a delegation from AMCHAM’s Medical Devices Committee to Colombo, Sri Lanka on 29-30th August, 2016.  The purpose of this delegation was to explore business opportunities in the healthcare sector in Sri Lanka…

Clean Energy Investment Roundtable with U.S. Deputy Secretary, Energy, Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

29th August 2016

AMCHAM organized clean energy investment roundtable with U.S. Deputy Secretary, Energy, Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, who was part of the U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, visiting India for the second U.S. – India Strategic…

Meeting with Mr. Deepak Bagla, Managing Director & CEO, Invest India

26th August 2016

Mr. Pratyush Kumar, Chairman, AMCHAM India and President, Boeing India and Ms. Madhvi Kataria, Deputy Executive Director, AMCHAM, met with Mr. Deepak Bagla, Managing Director & CEO, Invest India, on 26th August 2016, in his office, to discuss how AMCHAM and Invest India could work together to resolve issues faced by American companies doing business in India as well as to jointly organize programs to increase business relations between the two countries.

Meeting with U.S. Secretary of Air Force, Ms.Deborah Lee James

26th August 2016

AMCHAM Defense Committee members met with the Hon’ble Deborah Lee James, Secretary, U.S. Air Force, on 26th August in New Delhi. The Secretary mentioned that the U.S. Air Force was optimistic about the future of co-developing and co-producing defence systems with India and excited about their part of the Defence Technology Trade Initiative (DTTI). The interaction was very timely as she met with Secretary of the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, Government of India, Mr. Ashok Kumar Gupta, immediately after this meeting and mentioned she would carry information from the interaction. She was accompanied by Heidi Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, International Affairs.

AMCHAM-KPMG-Deloitte Conference Call on GST – Road Ahead for Industry

23rd August 2016

AMCHAM, along with KPMG and Deloitte, organized a conference call on “GST – Road Ahead for Industry” on 23rd August 2016. The speakers were…

Aviation Committee Meeting

22nd August 2016

AMCHAM’s Aviation Committee met to discuss points that could be submitted to the ministry on the NCAP 2016. Since the topics require immense time and discussion, the committee decided to conduct a day long workshop at the UTC office. It would be beneficial to create working groups and brainstorm to develop recommendations for submission. An opportunity for an upcoming meeting with the policy officers of the Haryana government was also confirmed for the end of August.

Breakfast Meeting: Smart Infrastructure – The Transport Network: Chennai Metro Rail

19th August 2016

A breakfast meeting was held on 19th August with Mr. Pankaj Kumar Bansal, IAS, Managing Director, Chennai Metro Rail, as the guest speaker. Mr. Bansal began his presentation by giving a geographical description and demographics of Chennai. He said that Chennai is the fourth-largest city in India generating about 11 million trips in a day, of which about 6 million…

Meeting with Mr. Munu Mahawar, Joint Secretary (Americas), Ministry of External Affairs

18th August 2016

Mr. Pratyush Kumar, Chairman, AMCHAM and President, Boeing India, and Ms. Madhvi Kataria, Deputy Executive Director, AMCHAM, called on Mr. Munu Mahawar, Joint Secretary (Americas), Ministry of External Affairs, on 18th August 2016 in his office and discussed U.S.-India relations ahead of the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue to be held on 30th and 31st August in New Delhi.

Smart City Overview of Madhya Pradesh (Conference Call)

10th August 2016

A teleconference call was organized on 10th August with Mr. NSN Murty, Executive Director & Smart Cities Leader at PwC, to discuss and understand the smart city programs for the state of Madhya Pradesh. The focus was on the three designated smart cities Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur. Mr. Murty gave a detailed walk through of the smart city visions, the special purpose vehicle (SPVs), the funding mechanisms and private sector participation models for the three cities. He highlighted the priority developmental projects and proposed pan-city initiatives that are under various roll out stages. A larger outreach plan for AMCHAM member companies with each SPV was discussed as well. Companies that participated included Honeywell, 3M, UL, UTC, Trimble, OshKosh, Xylem, Ch2M, Louis Berger, HP, Motorola Solutions, Ingersoll Rand and IBM.

4th AMCHAM Healthcare Steering Committee Meetings

8th August 2016

The committee members met on 14th July at the office of Eli Global India and again on 8th August at the office of Medium Consulting to discuss…

Interactive Session on “Foreign Direct Investment – Taking the Agenda Forward”

3rd August 2016

On 3rd August, an interactive session was organized on “Foreign Direct Investment- Taking the Agenda Forward” in association with BBG, EBG and knowledge partners Deloitte & KPMG. The keynote address was delivered by Mr. Ramesh Abhishek…

Manufacturing Committee Meeting

3rd August 2016

The first meeting of AMCHAM’s Manufacturing Committee for the year 2016-17 under the chairmanship of Mr. Rampraveen Swaminathan, President & Managing Director, International Paper India Pvt. Ltd…

HR Committee Meeting

29th July 2016

The second meeting of the AMCHAM HR Committee for the year 2016-17 was held on 29th July 2016 in Gurgaon at the IBM office under the leadership of Mr. DP Singh, Chairman – HR Committee, AMCHAM…

Meeting with Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs, Mr. Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo

29th July 2016

AMCHAM members met with the Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs (DNSA) and Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama, Mr. Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, the Special Assistant to the President on International Economic Affairs…

Deloitte Session on Understanding the ‘Extended Enterprise’ Managing Third Party Corruption Risks

29th July 2016

AMCHAM Karnataka Chapter partnered with Deloitte for an interactive session on understanding the “extended enterprise.” The speakers included Sumit Makhija, Partner – Forensic Financial Advisory, Deloitte India and Rama Prasad, VP & MD, Esterline India…

Breakfast Meeting: Smart Business Infrastructure – The Legal Framework

28th July 2016

The ‘Make in India’ campaign, along with the government’s intention to ease the pain of doing business in India, has increased the competition between states to attract investment, hence, the Tamil Nadu Chapter Executive Committee felt the need to provide members with a better understanding of the complexity of the legal system in the country…

Breakfast Session with Protiviti – FCPA Face Off

27th July 2016

The AMCHAM FCPA breakfast session with Protiviti, took place on 27th July, 2016 in Gurgaon. The session began with a presentation entitled “Going Beyond the Headlines…

 

Interactive Session with Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

27th July 2016

AMCHAM Karnataka hosted an interactive session over dinner with Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. The USTR team also included Dawn M. Shackleford, Deputy Assistant USTR, and Conor Harrington, IPR Director, USTR…

Meeting with U.S. Under Secretary of Defense (AT&L), Mr. Frank Kendall

27th July 2016

Ambassador Richard Verma, Under Secretary Frank Kendall and Keith Webster, Director, Department of Defense met key participants from U.S. and Indian industry and discussed successful Defense Trade & Technology Initiatives (DTTI), transfer of technology and other issues. Mr. S Radhakrishnan, Director, DRDO was also present and made observations.

Interactive Session on Investment Opportunities in West Bengal

25th July 2016

AMCHAM, in association with the Government of West Bengal, organized an interactive session on investment opportunities in West Bengal on 25th July in New Delhi. The objective of this interaction was to explore opportunities and identify solutions for transforming the state of West Bengal into a world class business and commercial destination…

Interactive Luncheon Session with Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

25th July 2016

AMCHAM and USIBC co-hosted an interactive session with Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, at ACSA, U.S. Embassy, New Delhi. The USTR team also included Dawn Shackleford, Deputy Assistant USTR, and Conor Harrington, IPR Director, USTR.

Farewell for U.S. Consul General Michael Mullins

18th July 2016

AMCHAM Hyderabad organized a farewell for Michael Mullins, Consul General, U.S. Consulate Hyderabad at Westin Mindspace, Hyderabad…

CSR Committee Meeting

15th July 2016

AMCHAM’s CSR Committee Meeting took place in Gurgaon on 15th July under the new leadership of Mr. Harish Krishnan, Executive Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Engagements, India & SAARC, Cisco…

 

Interactive Breakfast Session on “The West Bengal Transport Policy and Investment Opportunity.”

15th July 2016

AMCHAM Eastern Region organized an Eastern Region members meeting hosted by Mr. K.P. Sengupta, Chairman ER.  The purpose of the meeting was to explain to members the role of AMCHAM both in the Eastern Region, the national level, including the secretariat, and the benefits that are derived from membership and to get members views and opinions on the road map that should be followed by the ER which would be in line with the national agenda…

Western Region Committee Meeting

12th July 2016

The second meeting of AMCHAM’s Western Region Committee for the year 2016-17 was held on 12th July 2016 via conference call. The meeting commenced with a welcome by Mr. Mahesh Krishnamurti, Co-Chair, Western Region Committee, AMCHAM and Managing Director, Resources Global…

Eastern Region Members Meeting

8th July 2016

AMCHAM Eastern Region organized an Eastern Region members meeting hosted by Mr. K.P. Sengupta, Chairman ER.  The purpose of the meeting was to explain to members the role of AMCHAM both in the Eastern Region, the national level, including the secretariat, and the benefits that are derived from membership and to get members views and opinions on the road map that should be followed by the ER which would be in line with the national agenda…

Breakfast Meeting on ‘Make in India: CEOs Speak on the Business Environment in India’

7th July 2016

Mr. Sivaram Yadavalli, Director – Strategy from PwC India made a presentation to members on 7th July 2016. The presentation was based on the PwC Survey Report – ‘CEO Speak on Manufacturing in India and Business Sentiment.’

AMCHAM and GIPC Interactive Session on India’s National IPR Policy – A View From Global Innovators

7th July 2016

A diverse group of industry, academic and government experts gathered to share their views on the prospects of the innovative environment in India in the wake of the National IPR Policy. The panellists highlighted the ability of strong IP protections to drive innovation and the need for an action-oriented approach towards the policy…

FCPA Meeting with Ernst & Young

5th July 2016

AMCHAM organized a session on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) with Ernst & Young on 5th July 2016.   The session was held at the office of Ernst & Young in iLabs, Hitech City, Hyderabad…

Meeting with Mr. Bratya Basu, Hon’ble Minister in Charge of Information & Technology & Electronic Department, Government West Bengal

30th June 2016

Mr. Bratya Basu, Hon’ble Minister in charge of Information & Technology & Electronic Department, Government West Bengal, had a meeting with AMCHAM Eastern Region members. The purpose of the meeting was for the Minister to understand from the American IT companies what was required to make West Bengal a leading investment destination and if the organizations were facing any difficulty working in the state…

Meeting with Visitors from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

30th June 2016

AMCHAM members met with delegates from the U.S. China Commission (USCC) on June 30th in New Delhi. The delegation was led by Chairman, Dennis Shea (Sen. Mitch McConnell’s representative) and Vice Chairman Carolyn Bartholomew (Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s representative). Other delegates included Commissioner Peter Brookes, Commissioner Katherine Tobin, Policy Analyst Kristien Bergerson and Policy Analyst Katherine Koleski…

4th AMCHAM Healthcare Conference Steering Committee Meeting

29th June 2016

The committee met at the office of Phenomenex India and finalized the sessions and the panellists for the conference.  After a lot of brainstorming, it was decided that the three sessions being looked into should be global harmonization, innovation and technology and skill development.  These sessions will work around the main theme of “Harmonization of Healthcare within the Ecosystem.”

Smart City Core Committee Meeting

28th June 2016

The Smart City Core Committee held a meeting at the UTC office in Gurgaon. The meeting was chaired by the committee chair Mr. Jaijit Bhattacharya, Partner, KPMG, Infrastructure & Government Advisory Services, to discuss the outcome of the Prime Minister’s 25th June announcement of smart city mission implementation and launch of several smart city projects. Discussion points included the smart city visions shared via video link by the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan. A calendar of smart city engagements was finalized and circulated to all committee members.

Interactive Breakfast Meeting with Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, Joseph M. Pomper

23rd June 2016

Today’s business travel – both domestic and international is on the increase as more and more business travelers take to the skies for business meetings. In the past, international business travel was restricted to senior management personnel, but now even junior executives have international business assignments that bring greater global mobility in the workforce. Obtaining a visa has therefore become a vital necessity to facilitate business across borders…

Meeting with World Bank

22nd June 2016

Ms. Madhvi Kataria, Deputy ED, AMCHAM, and Mr. Ankur Malhotra, Vice President – Government Relations and Public Policy, Accenture Services Pvt. Ltd., met with Mr. Sebastian Saez, Lead Economist, Trade & Competitiveness, and Mr. Shihab Ansari Azhar, Operations Officer, South Asia of World Bank, in their office on 22nd June 2016 to discuss a possible joint event on ‘Ease of Doing Business’ some time in September 2016 with DIPP and World Bank.

Roundtable with Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra & Senior Representatives of the Government of Maharashtra

22nd June 2016

To promote U.S. investment in the state, in line with Chief Minister’s Make in Maharashtra initiative, AMCHAM India, in partnership with the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, hosted an exclusive roundtable with the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis…

Meeting with Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways

21st June 2016

Mr. Pratyush Kumar, Chairman, AMCHAM, and President, Boeing India, accompanied by Ms. Madhvi Kataria, Deputy Executive Director, AMCHAM, called on Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister…

Breakfast Meeting on Chennai Smart City Infrastructure 

17th June 2016

Recognizing the need for businesses to share in the task of making Chennai a better place to live and work, AMCHAM organized a meeting on 17th June, 2016 with Mr. Raj Cherubal, Chief Resilience Officer for Chennai.  Over 40 representatives from member companies participated in the discussion…

Panel Discussion on Doing Business in Karnataka & U.S. – India Trade

16th June 2016

AMCHAM’s Karnataka Chapter organized a session on doing business in Karnataka and U.S. – India trade to coincide with the national executive board meeting. The chief guest and keynote speaker was Hon’ble Minister Mr. R.V. Deshpande, Minister for Large & Medium Scale Industries and Tourism, Government of Karnataka…

The Progress of Pride – Film Screening of “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine” and an evening of interaction with advocates of LGBT rights

14th June 2016

AMCHAM, as supporting partner to the  U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai, hosted an event entitled: The Progress of Pride – Film Screening of “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine” and an evening of interaction with advocates of LGBT rights…

Tamil Nadu Chapter Executive Committee Meeting with U.S. Consul General

14th June 2016

The U.S. Consul General, Philip Min, and John Fleming, Principal Commercial Officer, met with the Tamil Nadu Chapter Executive Committee on 14th June at the residence of the Consul General. The U.S. Consulate decided to engage more closely with AMCHAM so that AMCHAM could be a strategic partner to access the state government and Chief Minister. It was decided that AMCHAM would identify key people that have access to the Chief Minister…

HR Committee Meeting

14th June 2016

The AMCHAM HR Committee met on 14th June 2016 in Mumbai for the first committee meeting under the new leadership of Mr. DP Singh, Chairman, AMCHAM HR Committee and VP – HR (India/South Asia), IBM India, and Mr. Sameer Mathur, Co-Chair, AMCHAM HR Committee and SVP – HR, Citibank…

AMCHAM Hyderabad Executive Committee Meeting

13th June 2016

The AMCHAM Hyderabad Executive Committee met at the office of AMD on 13th June.   Ms. Sandya updated the excom on the events for the year that have been planned so far. The members suggested some of the topics that we could consider viz FDI etc. The sports event was discussed at length and will be conducted from September to December this year.

Breakfast Interactive Session on “Future of IT in West Bengal”

10th June 2016

AMCHAM Eastern Region organized a breakfast interactive session on “Future of IT in West Bengal.”  Mr. Talleen Kumar, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Information Technology & Electronics, Government…

Roundtable on ‘Investing in India – What’s in store after the Mauritius Treaty Change’

9th June 2016

AMCHAM India in association with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP organized a Roundtable on ‘Investing in India – What’s in Store After the Mauritius Treaty Change’, Mumbai.

An informative and interactive presentation by Mr. Rajesh Gandhi, Partner, Deloitte brought forth the impact of the Mauritius Treaty on investment in shares & other securities, the key provisions of the amendments to the treaty, the spill over effect on India’s treaties with Singapore & other countries and the effect of GAAR on investments going forward.

The engaging session brought in perspectives as well as experiences of the participants.

AMCHAM Medical Devices Committee Meeting

6th June 2016

The AMCHAM Medical Devices Committee met for its quarterly meeting under the Chairmanship of Mr. Prabal Chakraborty, Chairman, AMCHAM Medical Devices Committee and VP and Managing Director, BSCI at Boston Scientific Office in Gurgaon.

Members from other companies who attended the meeting included participation of representatives from BD India, 3M, Abbott, GE, St. Jude Medical, CR Bard and Zimmer. From AMCHAM Secretariat, Mr. Gaurav Mendiratta joined the meeting. The committee members discussed on the following agenda items during the meeting: update from Bangladesh visit, planning of delegation to Sri Lanka, updates from meeting with Dr. Reddy, CDSCO and drafting of proposal for LBS Academy.

Annual Door Knock Delegation to Washington D.C.

5th – 8th June 2016

The annual AMCHAM India Door Knock Delegation to Washington DC was led by AMCHAM’s Chairman, Mr. Pratyush Kumar, President, Boeing India, from 5th – 8th June, to coincide with Prime Minister Modi’s visit to DC. The main purpose of the door knock was to inform and sensitize U.S. policy-makers on issues impacting U.S. investments in India…

Talk on Competition Law and Policy

2nd June 2016

On 2nd June 2016, AMCHAM organized an interactive session with Dr. Salinger, Ms. Jacqueline J. and Mr. Arthur S. Bahr, Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at the Boston University and a Senior Academic Adviser to Charles River Associates, and Mr. Dhanendra Kumar, former Chairman, Competition Commission of India, on Competition Law and Policy in New Delhi…

AMCHAM Defense Committee Meeting with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

1st June 2016

AMCHAM Defense Committee members met with Senator Ben Cardin (the Democratic Senator from Maryland) and his team members and apprised him of overall business environment for U.S. defense companies in India and the current challenges they encounter. The Senator was also brought up to date on the suggested reforms that would be conducive for the companies