Networking Reception with Trade Winds Delegation headed by Assistant Secretary, Mr. Ian Steff, U.S. Department of Commerce


AMCHAM’s Eastern Region hosted a networking reception for the Trade Winds 2019 delegation on May 10th, 2019 at the Bengal Club in Kolkata. The delegation was led by Mr. Ian Steff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, Performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets, and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, gave the keynote address. The other members of the delegation included Mr. Jim Golsen, Executive Director for Asia, Mr. Greg Taevs, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy in India and Mr. Jonathan Goldberg, India Desk Officer and Mr. Bradley McKinney, Chief of Staff. Consul General Patti Hoffman, U.S. Consulate General Kolkata, accompanied the delegation. Representatives of American companies who were part of the delegation were also present.


In his address, Assistant Secretary Steff said Indian and American industry leaders have a rich history of successful collaboration when it comes to innovation, manufacturing, services and investment. He talked about taking the bilateral relationship to the next level at the Select USA investment summit and welcomed current and future investors from Kolkata and east India to take part at the event in Washington DC. He mentioned that he was very pleased to meet and interact with members of AMCHAM’s Eastern Region covering a diverse range of issues.


Consul General Hoffman said this was a very special week for the U.S.-India bilateral trade relationship. The U.S. Consulate General welcomed representatives from six U.S. companies to Kolkata to explore business opportunities in east India. She mentioned various sessions that the Trade Winds delegation attended.


Mr. Gulshan Sachdev, National Executive Board Member, AMCHAM, in his welcome remarks, said Trade Winds was the largest annual U.S. government-led trade mission in 2019 to India and in its 11th edition to discover business opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region. The Trade Winds program was an Indo-Pacific focused business forum consisting of regional and industry specific conference sessions as well as pre-arranged consultations with U.S. Diplomats representing commercial markets throughout the region. He said that this would help investors customize an optimum business matching schedule throughout the region. He highlighted AMCHAM India’s goals and objectives in India and the Eastern Region. Ms. Amada Kidwai, Regional Director – Eastern Region, AMCHAM, introduced the delegation to members, gave the vote of thanks and opened the floor for a Q&A session.