Interactive Discussion over High Tea with Mr. Thomas L. Vajda, Consul General, US Consulate Mumbai on 14th October 2014

To commemorate the introduction of the new Consul General of the Consulate of the United States in Mumbai; Amcham India in partnership with The Consulate of the United States in Mumbai and J W MARRIOTT held an Interactive Discussion over High Tea with Mr. Thomas L. Vajda, Consul General, US Consulate in Mumbai on Tuesday, 14th October 2014 at the J W Marriott, Juhu, Mumbai. The event commenced with an introduction & welcome from Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director – Western Region, Amcham India, she invited Mr. Vivek Kudva, Managing Director, India and CEEMEA, Franklin Templeton Asset Management (India) Pvt. Ltd. to introduce the new US Consul General and share a few opening remarks to launch the engaging discussion on several key issues hampering the operational functions of American companies in India. CG Vajda expressed his openness to help advocate and build bridges with the respective governments and also expressed keen interest in personally promoting CSR activities and participation in field visits/ events/ etc., followed by Mr. Sukanti Ghosh, Managing Director, APCO Worldwide who addressed the CG & participants with a few success stories on APCO Worldwide partnership with PM Modi and his team in Gujarat. There was a healthy discussion on US-India Technology Summit, FDAs, several taxes on goods, Renewable energy and also in addition to all this he mentioned there will continue to be high level visits of US Officials to India in the coming months.

Mr.Rajan Ghotgalkar, Managing Director, Principal PNB Asset Management Company Pvt. Ltd. concluded the event with a brief recap of the invigorating discussion with his closing remarks & vote of thanks to the Consul General Mr. Thomas L. Vajda and his team and especially the dynamic participation of the Amcham India members at the event.