Meeting with  Mr. Arun M. Kumar, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets & Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service

AmCham Karnataka Chapter met with Mr. Arun Kumar, Assistant Secretary of U.S. Department of Commerce, and his team on 20th May 2016. AmCham was represented by Dr. Pradip K Dutta, Corporate Vice President, Synopsys, Ravi Gautham, Sr VP & Head, Northern Trust Bank, Paresh Shah, Sr. VP & GM Syniverse, Amit Sharma, VP & GM Operations, IBM India & South Asia.

The discussion revolved around:

  • 15 years of AmCham’s focus in Karnataka
  • Presence/dominance of aerospace and aviation in the state
  • Road map and direction to get from $109 to $500 billion in trade
  • S.-India Strategic & Commercial Dialogue would focus on ease of doing business, single window clearances, GST and labour laws, among others
  • AmCham was positive that GST will go through in the next 12 months
  • IPR policy is a welcomed step in the right direction
  • Corruption has reduced at government levels however exists within the lower rank officers