Meeting with Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel

December 15, 2014 at Gandhinagar
AmCham met with the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel, and senior officials of the State Government on 15th December in Gandhinagar…

Amcham Annual Christmas Ball – 2014

13th December 2014
Amcham members enjoyed a fun-filled evening of dinner and dancing at the ITC Maurya…

Consortium on Infrastructure Collaboration Platform (ICP)

3rd December 2014
The first meeting of the Infrastructure Consortium was held on 3rd December 2014 at the Fluor Daniel office in Gurgaon. Some of the key highlights from the meeting include:

Kolkata December 2, 2014 – Meeting with Mr. Satish Chandra Tewary, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Information and Technology Department, Government of West Bengal

December 2, 2014
Representatives of AMCHAM Eastern Chapter had called on Mr. S. C. Tewary, Additional Chief Secretary, IT, Government of West Bengal on the 2nd of December, 2014 to discuss the areas of cooperation in augmenting the efforts of the Department of IT in promoting West Bengal as a key global hub for animation content production and training

BREAKFAST INTERACTIVE SESSION On The Future of IT and ITeS in India – with an emphasis on Eastern India at The Bengal Club, Room Monday,

November 24, 2014
On Monday November 24, 2014, Amcham Eastern Chapter organised a breakfast interactive session on The Future of IT and ITeS in India – with an emphasis on Eastern India. Mr. Satish Tewary, Principal Secretary, Department of IT was the Chief Guest .

November 17, 2014 — Meeting with Education Commission of West Bengal

November 17, 2014
AMCHAM Eastern Region was invited by the Education Commission of West Bengal to participate in an Industry meeting to share its observations on the gaps in knowledge, skills and technical knowhow among the students of West Bengal. They had asked for recommendations from the Industry on modifying the education system to ensure that students become employable not only in West Bengal but across the country/world.

7th Amcham India Amateur Invitational Golf Tournament – November 8, 2014 – Gurgaon

November 8, 2014
7th Amcham Amateur Invitational Golf Tournament took place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Golden Greens Golf Club, Gurgaon. This full day event included golf, lunch and prize distribution over a cocktail reception.

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

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,

AMCHAM – Timken Invitational Golf Tournament 2014 and Prize distribution dinner with the U.S. Ambassador on 18th October 2014, Bangalore

18th October 2014

Amcham India ‘The CLO Chief Learning Officers Summit India’ – 9th & 10th Oct 2014 – Mumbai

9th & 10th Oct 2014
The CLO Chief Learning Officers Summit India was supported by Amcham India and was held on the 9th & 10th of October. The Summit which is being held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Worli, Mumbai offered a unique platform to participate in engaging discussions with a special focus on Organizational Learning issues,

Synopsis: Door Knock to Washington D.C. Tuesday 7th October – Friday 10th October 2014

10th October 2014

Briefing with Ambassador Tim Roemer, Senior Director & Strategic Counselor, Global Political Strategies, APCO Worldwide (former US Ambassador to India).

Annual Get-together hosted by Minister of Commerce & Industry – Dr. Amit Mitra

October 18, 2014
On Saturday October 18, The Minister for Commerce & Industry hosted the annual get-together for Heads of Industry, Diplomatic Missions, Honorary Consuls, Business Chambers, Ministers, Secretaries of Departments and members of the Art and Entertainment community,

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

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,

All Chambers Breakfast Meeting for Promoting Better Infrastructure in Eastern India

October 13, 2014
On October 13, 2014, Amcham Eastern Region and its IT/ITeSSub Committee organized an All Chamber Breakfast meeting to discuss promotion of better infrastructure in Eastern India, and specifically how the establishment of a Cable Landing Station (CLS) in the Eastern region would be beneficial for the growth of Eastern India.

Conversation on Competition

24th September
On 24th September Amcham’s pharma and medical devices committee members participated in an informal discussion on competition policies and practices hosted by the U.S. Embassy at the American Center

USTR meeting on 18th September

18th September 2014
On 18th September 2104, Amcham held an open forum with the Deputy USTR. Over the last couple months USTR has visited India to discuss trade barriers and lay the groundwork for the Trade Policy Forum which is scheduled later this year in New Delhi.

Dinner with AMCHAM National ExeComm members

September 11th
The American Chamber of Commerce, Karnataka Chapter held an exclusive dinner for the AMCHAM National ExeComm members, CEOs of other U.S. companies, U.S. Consulate officials and Government of Karnataka Bureaucrats on September 11th at the Ritz Carlton Ballroom.

Meeting with Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr. Siddaramaiah

September 11th 2014
The meeting with the Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr. K. Siddaramaiah, and the AMCHAM National ExeComm took place at the Vidhana Soudha on September 11, 2014. Heads of top U.S. companies such as Yahoo, Goldman Sachs, Exxonmobil, HP, IBM, Textron, Morgan Stanley, AMAZON,

Seminar on “CSR – The Blue Horizon of Community Development” Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Bengal Club

September 5, 2014
Amcham Eastern Region and it’s HR & CSR Subcommittee organized a seminar on “CSR – The Blue Horizon of Community Development.” With new regulations under the modified Indian Companies Act emphasising on CSR activities and making some initiatives mandatory, there has been some confusion and misunderstandings about the actual provisions

Discussions organized by Amcham on the Post Election Scenario -28 August 2014, New Delhi

28 August 2014
Amcham, in collaboration with the European Business Group (EBG) and the British Business Group (BBG), hosted a panel discussion to cover the post-election scenario in India.
In a very animated and lively discussion, panelists shared their insights on “100 Days – The Story So Far”.

Amcham breakfast meeting of CTO’s, CIO’s and Project Delivery Heads, 28 August, 2014 – Chennai on ‘Enterprise Risk covering key aspects of Information Technology related risks and respective challenges’

28 August 2014.
Amcham Tamil Nadu chapter & Deloitte held a meeting of CTOs, CIOs & Project managers on ‘Enterprise Risk covering key aspects of Information Technology related risks and respective challenges ‘ on 28 August 2014.

Anti-Corruption Informational tele-conferencing Series Benchmarking and Disseminating Best Practices, 20 August 2014

20 August 2014
Mr. Gregory Shultz (Managing Director, The Compliance Table) and Mr. Michael Harrington (Senior Managing Investigator – Mintz Group) spoke about “Third Party Due Diligence- Integrating in-house technology and outside services providers”. The various points covered in their presentation were:

Interactive Session – U.S. Congressional Delegation

19 August 2014
On 19 August 2014, a Congressional Delegation from the U.S. visited India to become better informed on the scope and potential for U.S.-India economic cooperation, strengths & weaknesses and how to bolster the relationship by influencing U.S. legislation.

AMCHAM-EY Human Capital Forum 2014, 7 August 2014, Bangalore

7 August 2014

The AMCHAM-EY Human Capital Forum was held on 7 August. The panellists were :
• Mr Ajay Tripathy, Executive Director – Human Resources, Global Apps & BPO, Dell India Pvt. Ltd.
• Dr. Narindra Bachlaus, Chief Executive Officer, ExxonMobil Company India Pvt. Ltd.

Meeting with Mr. Rakesh Garg, Telecom Secretary, GOI – 1 August 2014, New Delhi

1 August 2014
Mr. Amit Sharma, Chairman, Amcham’s ICT Committee, and Executive Vice President, President Asia, ATC Tower Company of India Pvt. Ltd., accompanied by the Co-Chairmen of the Committee,

Interactive Session with U.S. Secretary of Commerce -31 July 2014, New Delhi

31 July 2014
The U.S. team led by Commerce Secretary Pritzker laid great emphasis on infrastructure projects and the role expected from high technology companies from the U.S. The U.S. Government has offered financing of pilot projects in the energy sector, specially relating to energy efficiency, smart grid and smart city projects.

Amcham meeting with Mr. Daniel Poneman, Deputy Energy Secretary and his delegation 29 July 2014 – Bangalore

29 July 2014
Mr. Daniel Poneman, Deputy Energy Secretary and his high-level delegation met with Amcham companies at Bangalore on 29 July. Mr. George Sibley, Acting Counsel General, Chennai Consulate; Mr. Samuel Rothenberg, Political/Economic Officer; Ms. Ariadne BenAissa, U.S. Department of Energy and other Consular staff were present.

An Interactive Session on ‘The World of Corporate Intelligence: Fact and Fiction’, 18 July 2014 – Mumbai

18 July 2014
On 18 July, Amcham Mumbai in partnership with FTI Consulting, organised a presentation followed by an interactive session on ‘The World of Corporate Intelligence: Fact and Fiction’. There were presentations by Mr. Stuart Witchell

Impact Analysis of Union Budget 2014 presented by Deloitte, 18 July 2014, Chennai

18 July 2014
A session was held by Amcham and Deloitte on ‘Impact analysis of the key budget proposals from a direct and indirect tax perspective and Impact of the changes on business environment & foreign investments’ on 18 July at the Deloitte office

A session by Amcham Tamil Nadu chapter on ‘Analysis of the Union Budget 2014 presented by KPMG’ on 11 July 2014 – Chennai

11 July 2014
A session was held by Amcham and KPMG on Analysis of the Union Budget 2014. The presenters from KPMG Chennai were Mr. M G Ramachandran, Executive Director who presented on Corporate and International Taxation, Mr. Roopesh Rao, Director, who presented on Transfer Pricing & APA and Mr. Srinath, Senior Advisor, who presented on the salient features in the Budget with respect to Indirect Taxation.

Amcham event ‘Budget Connect’ , 11 July 2014 – Hyderabad

11 July 2014
Mr. Jayesh Sanghvi, Partner, Ernst & Young welcomed the gathering, while thanking Amcham for being part of this session. Jayesh spoke on the Budget Backdrop – Key Policy Announcements, Direct Tax Proposals, Indirect Tax Proposals. He presented a macro view of the Key Performance Indicators. Under the Key Policy Announcements,

Amcham Hyderabad meeting with USTR representatives on 10 July 2014 – Hyderabad

10 July 2014
Amcham Hyderabad Board Members had a luncheon meeting with Mr Mike Delany, the Assistant U S Trade Representative for South Asia and Ms Dawn Shackleford, the Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative to India. Topic on issues faced by American Companies in India across various sectors – such as IT

Farewell for Mr Richard Craig, FSC Officer U.S. Consulate & Presentation on Socio-Economic impact of US Investment in India by Dr. Saon Ray. 30 June, 2014 –Kolkata

30 June, 2014
Amcham Eastern Region Chapter organized a gathering to bid farewell to Mr Richard Craig – FSC Officer U S Consulate. Mr. Suranjan Bhanja, Chairman Amcham Eastern Chapter, gave the welcome remarks and spoke of Richard’s assignments in Kolkata. He also spoke of Richard’s contribution towards the growth and establishment of Amcham. The group wished him the very best for his future assignments.

Meeting of Amcham’s Tax, Tariff and Regulatory Affairs Committee, 26 June 2014 – New Delhi

26 June 2014
The First Meeting of Amcham’s Tax, Tariff and Regulatory Affairs Committee for the year 2014-15 was held on 26th June 2014 at the office of Ernst & Young LLP, Gurgaon. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Sudhir Kapadia, Chairman of the Committee; and Partner & National Tax Leader, Ernst & Young LLP.

Meeting with H.E. Mr. Mohamed Naseer, High Commissioner of Maldives

Mr. Sanjeev Gupta, Managing Director – Corporate Relations; Accenture Services Pvt. Ltd.; and Ms Madhvi Kataria, Deputy Executive Director, Amcham, called on H.E. Mr. Mohamed Naseer, High Commissioner of Maldives, on 25th June 2014. He was accompanied by Ms Aminath Shabeena, Counsellor.

Avenues 2014: ET-Amcham Industry Government Interface, 25 June 2014, New Delhi

25 June 2014
With the announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the USA, the Economic Times and AMCHAM India held a special Industry-Government Interface (“Avenues 2014”) before the next Union Budget is presented to the Indian Parliament. Industry will support Government in taking US-India economic relations to a new high and achieving the $500 billion mark in bilateral trade.

Meeting with USITC officials – 24 June 2014 –New Delhi

24 June 2014
Amcham held an open forum (hosted by Deloitte in Gurgaon) on 24th June with USITC delegates to discuss trade barriers to U.S. companies in India.

Meeting with Mr Nicholas Manring – Consular Chief , US Consulate Chennai – 24 June 2014, Bangalore

24 June 2014
There was a breakfast meeting of Amahcm member companies with the Consular Chief, U.S. Consulate Chennai, Mr. Nicholas Manring on 24 June 2014, on his last visit to Bangalore before he left India.

Interactive Breakfast Session on Companies Act 2013, 20 June 2014 – Kolkata

20 June 2014

Amcham Kolkata chapter organized a breakfast session in association with Ernst & Young LLP (EY) on ‘Companies Act, 2013’ on 20 June 2014. The Chairman of Amcham Eastern Region, Mr Suranjan Bhanja, opened the session and introduced the speakers – Mr Kamal Agarwal, Partner, S R Batliboi and Mr Sudipta Das, Partner, Sustainability Practice, EY.

Anti-Corruption Informational Series teleconference – 18 June 2014, Delhi

18 June 2014

The Anti-Corruption Informational Series Teleconference was conducted on the 18th of June. Mr. Arpinder Singh (E&Y-National leader of Fraud, Investigation and Dispute) spoke about the “FCPA Investigation Lifecycle”.

One-on-One meetings with the Deputy Consular Chief of Chennai Consulate – 16-17 June 2014 – Bangalore

16-17 June 2014

Mr. Michael Cathey, Deputy Consular Chief of the Chennai Consulate, held one-on-one meetings on 16-17 June 2014, with the travel / finance heads of Amcham member companies, to assist and consult with them on visa challenges.

Amcham representation at the 25th meeting of the Core Committee on Industry in West Bengal, 16 June 2014, Kolkata

16 June 2014

Mr. Suranjan Bhanja, Chairman AMCHAM Eastern Chapter, represented AMCHAM at the 25th meeting of the Core Committee on Industry which was chaired by the Hon’ble CM of West Bengal Ms. Mamata Banerjee.

Farewell dinner for Consulate officials on 16 June 2014, Bangalore

16 June 2014

Amcham Karnataka held a farewell dinner on 16 June 2014, for Consul General Ms Jennifer McIntyre, Commercial Counsel Mr James Golsen and Deputy Consular Chief Mr Michael Cathey. Dr. Narindra Bachlaus, CEO, Exxonmobil India, and member of Amcham’s National Executive Board, welcomed the attendees and thanked the Consulate for their great support. Ms McIntyre, Mr Golsen and Mr Cathey reiterated the close relationship Amcham and the Consulate share.

Interactive session with Dr Parthasarathi Shome, Chairman TARC on 13 June 2014, Bangalore

16 June 2014

The Amcham Karnataka Chapter, in association with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), held an interactive session with Dr. Parthasarathi Shome, Chairman Tax Administration Reforms Commission – Government of India, on June 13, 2014 at Bangalore. Dr. Shome has also been a former Advisor to the Finance Ministry and is a renowned expert on tax policy issues having extensively dealt with tax policies in India and overseas jurisdictions.

Interactive Session with US Consular Officers, 12 June 2014 – Hyderabad

12 June 2014

Amcham Hyderabad organized an Interactive session for its members with the US Consular Officers on 12 June, 2014.

Ms. Martha Haas, Chief of Consular Services and Mr Naveed Malik addressed the group on Visas and Ms Ruth Boettcher on American Citizen Services. Ruth also spoke on the importance of ACS and the various services it provides.

Meeting with new U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i., Ambassador Kathleen Stephens – 11th June 2014

11th June 2014
The new U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i., Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, addressed members of Amcham’s National Executive Board and Chairmen / Co-Chairmen of Sectoral Committees on 11th June 2014 at Gurgaon. Ambassador Stephens said that there was great opportunity for business between U.S.

Session on ‘Understanding Companies Act 2013’ – 10 June 2014 – Hyderabad

June 10, 2014
Amcham Hyderabad organized a session on ‘Understanding the Companies Act 2013’, with Ernst & Young on June 10, 2014.
Mr Kiranmai Pendyala, Vice Chairman of Aamcham Hyderabad welcomed the gathering. The topics covered at this session were Accounts, Audit, Related Party Transaction, Governance, Role of CFO, CSR.
Ms. Martha Haas, Chief of Consular Services and Mr Naveed Malik addressed the group on Visas and Ms Ruth Boettcher on American Citizen Services. Ruth also spoke on the importance of ACS and the various services it provides.

Amcham & Rotary Bangalore organised blood donation camps and promoted Rotary Bangalore’s Stem Cell Registry India (SCRI) initiative. April – June 2014 – Bangalore

April – June 2014.
ince there is an urgent need of blood during the summer months, AMCHAM and Rotary Bangalore are conducting blood donation camps between April and June 2014 at the premises of Amcham member companies.
There is also a critical need for matching donors for life-saving, blood stem cell transplants for the growing numbers of terminally ill patients of blood disorders like Leukemia, Lymphoma, Sickle Cell Anemia.

Meeting on June 6, 2014 at WBIDC Office with Dr. Krishna Gupta M.D. and Mr. Sayeed Ahmen Baba Principal Secretary, Department of Fisheries

June 6, 2014
The first Industry-Fisheries Investment Meet was held at WBIDC Office on June 6, 2014. The meeting was chaired by WBIDC Managing Director, Dr. Krishna Gupta and Mr. Sayeed Ahmed Baba Principal Secretary, Department of Fisheries. Amcham was represented by Mr. Dinesh Agarwal, Vice Chairman, Amcham Eastern Chapter and Amada Kidwai, Regional Director, Amcham Eastern Chapter.

A Step by Step Walking Tour of the US Visa Processing System 6 June 2014, Mumbai

6 June 2014
Amcham India in partnership with the US Consulate in Mumbai organised a US Visa Walking tour exclusive for Amcham members on 6 June 2014 in Mumbai. The programme commenced with a networking opportunity over tea and refreshments. Mr. Aaron M. Hellman, Visa Chief of the Consular Section warmly welcomed all the participants. Aaron shared some insightful figures on the number of Indians travelling to the US for business, education and personal travel

Meeting of the Amcham Healthcare group with Secretary Health & Family Welfare – Mr Lov Verma on 06 June 2014

6 June 2014
A delegation of the Amcham Healthcare group met with the Secretary Health & Family Welfare –Mr Lov Verma. The group was led by Mr Prabal Chakraborty, Chairman Amcham Medical Devices Committee. The group spoke about the Drugs & Cosmetics Act Amendment and also voiced their concerns on some issues facing the medical devices & pharmaceuticals sector in India.

Meeting with Mr. Rajiv Takru, Secretary (Revenue), GOI, 06 June 2014 – New Delhi

06 June 2014
Amcham submitted its Pre-Budget Memorandum to Mr. Rajiv Takru, Secretary (Revenue), Ministry of Finance, Government of India, on 6th June 2014. A presentation on direct taxes was made by Mr. Rahul K. Mitra, Partner – Tax & Regulatory Services (Transfer Pricing), PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited, and on indirect taxes by Mr. Abhishek Jain, Partner – Indirect Tax Services, Ernst & Young LLP.
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Meeting of the Amcham Medical Devices team with the Director General DRI Mr Najib Shah, 05 June 2014.

05 June 2014
A seven member delegation from AMCHAM medical technology group met Mr. Najib Shah, DG DRI and colleagues to voice their concerns regarding issues faced in course of ongoing investigations on the US medical technology companies. It was a very cordial interaction and DG-DRI gave a patient hearing to the delegates. Industry members were assured that these concerns will be addressed and stated that their view with regard to classification will be communicated to CBEC to issue a clarification on the ongoing classification issue. Amcham will provide a note supporting the basis for classifications to DG DRI.

Meeting of the Amcham Medical Devices team with the Director General DRI Mr Najib Shah, 05 June 2014.

05 June 2014
A seven member delegation from AMCHAM medical technology group met Mr. Najib Shah, DG DRI and colleagues to voice their concerns regarding issues faced in course of ongoing investigations on the US medical technology companies. It was a very cordial interaction and DG-DRI gave a patient hearing to the delegates. Industry members were assured that these concerns will be addressed and stated that their view with regard to classification will be communicated to CBEC to issue a clarification on the ongoing classification issue. Amcham will provide a note supporting the basis for classifications to DG DRI.

IPR Interactive Session – 4 June, 2014 – New Delhi

4 June, 2014
Amcham’s IPR Committee conducted an interactive session in collaboration with USPTO and Caterpillar in order to address important IPR issues and challenges faced by U.S. Companies in India. The IPR Committee Meeting took place on the June 4, 2014 in New Delhi.

Meeting of Amcham Defence Equipment Committee – 3rd June 2014

3rd June 2014
The meeting was chaired by Mr Pritam Bhavnani, President Honeywell HGR. The discussions revolved around the final notes documented at JS(DOMW) office, inputs to the MoD on their “MoD Notification 9(42)/2013/OFFSETS”, Defense Committees’ forthcoming meetings with decision makers in New Government, Amcham US Aerospace & Defense leave behind and potential webinar by KPMG/Amcham on proposed changes in FDI.

CSR – Time to walk the talk, 3 June 2014 – Bangalore

3rd June 2014
On 3 June 2014, The Amcham Karnataka Chapter, in association with Social Venture Partners India held a session on “CSR – Time to Walk the Talk,” with a special focus on the new CSR rules in the first year of their implementation.
There are many business & professional leaders in India, who want to see a greater social impact through their organisation’s CSR activities; higher social consciousness & participation from their employees.

Amcham’s Supply Chain & Logistics Committee Meeting , 30 May 2014, New Delhi

30 May 2014
On 30 May 2014, under the chairmanship of Mr. Neil Basu, members of Amcham’s SCL Committee met to discuss and create a calendar of events and committee meetings for the SCL committee for the year 2014-2015. The meeting was held at the office of E. I. DuPont India Private Limited in Delhi. On the occasion Mr. Nikhil Kush, South Asia Supply Chain Leader, E. I. DuPont India Private Limited, was announced as the co-chair of the committee.

Amcham meeting with Honeywell team, April 9, 2014 – New Delhi

April 9, 2014
Mr Ajay Singha, Executive Director and Ms Udaya Arun, Program Manager, met with the team from Honeywell India – Mr Anant Maheshwari, President & CEO, Mr Balaji Ekambaram, Senior Director and Mr Ashwini Chanan, Director, Government Relations. The meeting was to apprise the team on the activities undertaken by the Homeland Security Committee during the past couple of years.

CSCMP India 2014 Conference on Supply Chain Transformation – Managing change in a Global Economy, April 4-5 April 2014 – Mumbai

4-5 April 2014
On April 4-5, 2014 CSCMP India organised the CSCMP 2014 India Conference with the key theme of ‘Supply Chain Transformation: Managing Change in a Global Economy’. This one-of-a-kind conference was supported by Amcham India and it offered a unique opportunity to participate in discussions on contemporary supply chain issues as well as explore the challenges and opportunities that exist in world class supply chain. Delegates at the conference were from across all industry and Government. A special pricing was extended to members of Amcham India.

Meeting of the Amcham Homeland Security Core Committee, April 4, 2014 – New Delhi

April 4, 2014
Amcham Core Committee had a meeting with PadmaShri Mr D. R Kaarthikeyan, Former Director, Central Bureau of Investigation, Rtn M.S. Upadhye, Head of Security Delhi Metro and Capt. B.N. Yadav, Head of Security , Indian Institute of Technology, to discuss possible synergies with Amcham on the Homeland Security sector.

Symposium in ‘Corporate Social Responsibility, bringing the stakeholders together’, April 3, 2014 – Kolkata

April 3, 2014
A Symposium on “Corporate Social Responsibility – Bringing the Stakeholders Together” hosted by U.S. Consulate – Kolkata and USAID in association with Bengal Chamber of Commerce and supported by Amcham Eastern Chapter, was organized on April 3, 2014.

Amcham HR Committee Meeting April 2, 2014, Mumbai

April 2, 2014
The AMCHAM HR Committee Meeting for the year 2014-15 was held on 2nd April 2014 in Mumbai. Ms. Anuranjita Kumar, Chairman, Amcham HR Committee, chaired the meeting.
Ms. Camille Richardson, Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Commercial Service, commenced the meeting with her inaugural address on ‘Opportunities to collaborate with the US Consulate’

Blood donation camp by Amcham Eastern Region at Kolkata – March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014
Leading US companies under the aegis of Amcham Eastern Chapter, organised a blood donation camp, as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, in collaboration with the Indian Red Cross Society and in association with Hyatt Regency and Pepisco Holdings. The Camp was held at Hotel Hyatt Regency.

Meeting of Amcham and FICCI sub-committee on offsets – March 27, 2014 – New Delhi

March 27, 2014
Industry representatives from U.S. and India discussed common roadblocks in the current Defense offsets and spoke about the way forward.

Meeting of Amcham’s Sub-Committee on Offsets, March 26, 2014 – New Delhi

March 26, 2014
The committee leads – Mr Arijt Ghosh, Honeywell; Mr Gaurav Mehndiratta, KPMG; Mr Ankur Kanaglekar and Mr George White, Boeing and Ms Udaya Arun, Amcham, met to identify and discuss the high impact key action points to focus on future discussions between the AMCHAM – FICCI sub-committee on offsets.

Meeting of Amcham’s Manufacturing Committee with Mr. C V Shankar- IAS, Principal Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu, Industries Department, March 25, 2014 – Chennai

March 25, 2014
Mr. C V Shankar IAS., Principal Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu, Industries Department recently met Amcham’s Manufacturing Committee on 25th March 2014. The meeting was lead by Mr. Rustom Desai, Managing Director- Corning India and Chairman-Amcham Manufacturing Committee. The discussions focused on

Seminar on Women Attrition in the Urban Organised Sector March 20, 2014 at Mumbai

March 20, 2014
Amcham India, in partnership with the Consulate General of the United States, Mumbai and the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized a seminar on “Attrition of Women in Urban Organised Sector” on March 20, 2014 at the Consulate General of the United States, Mumbai. The US Consul General Mr. Peter Haas gave the opening address which was followed by the welcome address by Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director – Western Region, Amcham India.

Rang Barsey – A get together on Holi – March 17, 2014 – Mumbai

March 17, 2014
‘Rang Barsey’ , a get-together on the occasion of the festival of Holi was organised on March 17, 2014, for the members of the Amcham Western Region and attended by special invitees alongwith their spouses.

Meeting of Amcham Defense Equipment Committee – 14 March 2014

14 March 2014
‘Amcham Defense Equipment Committee met for the update on the meeting with Dr. Sihag and also the ensuing meeting of KPMG with DOMW in order to seek inputs on offset related issues of AMCHAM members.

Meeting of the Amcham India Medical Devices team with the Director General DGDA, Bangladesh, 12 March 2014

12 March 2014
Amcham India Medical Devices team met with the Director General DGDA, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The team reiterated their concerns and their support in drafting of the regulations in Bangladesh.

AMCHAM HOSTED USTDA DIRECTOR Ms LEOCADIA ZAK AND U.S. INDUSTRY PARTICIPANTS FOR AN EXCULSIVE ROUNDTABLE ON THE OCCASION ON INDIA AVIATION 2014 – March 12, 2014

12 March 2014
Amcham and USIBC jointly hosted an exclusive Interactive Roundtable for the U.S. Aviation companies at India Aviation 2014 and welcomed USTDA Director Ms Leocadia Zak and other embassy officials to seek their guidance and also offer suggestions for consideration on the recent FAA directive to DGCA and had focused discussion on matters of MRO, low cost airports, flight safety etc.

E.C.P interaction with Secretary Moniz at U.S India Energy Dialogue, March 11, 2014, New Delhi

11 March 2014
The U.S.-India Energy Dialogue met in New Delhi on March 5-11, 2014. India and the United States reaffirmed strong commitment to collaborate on energy and promote greater technological and business innovation, scientific cooperation, research, development and deployment of environmentally-friendly technologies and products, open trade, and sound regulatory frameworks to deliver energy solutions for sustainable growth

Meeting of the Amcham India Medical Devices team with the DGDA Bangladesh officials, 11 March 2014

11 March 2014
Amcham India Medical Devices team met with the officials from Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) – Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh at their office in Dhaka. The delegation spoke about many issues relating to the Medical Devices industry in Bangladesh and offered our support to the DGDA in drafting of the Regulations.

Amcham India Business Delegation to Sri Lanka – March 6 & 7, 2014

March 6 & 7, 2014
A 19-member Amcham delegation visited Sri Lanka on the 6th and 7th of March 2014. The visit was coordinated by Amcham Sri Lanka and the U.S. Embassy in Colombo.

Meeting of Amcham Civil Aviation Committee with Mr Ashok Lavasa, Secretary Civil Aviation – Government of India – 6 March 2014

6 March 2014
Meeting of Amcham Civil Aviation Core Committee members with Mr Ashok Lavasa, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, took place on 6 March 2014. This was an introductory meeting with Secretary Lavasa and he was briefed on the advocacy work done by the committee in the past and also apprised of the workshops conducted by Amcham during the past year at the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Meeting of Amcham Defense Committee – 6 March 2014

6 March 2014
Meeting of Amcham Defense Committee with Dr. Asha Ram Sihag, DG (Acquisition), Ministry of Defence, Joint Secretaries (Air, Land, Navy) and Joint Secretary (DOMW) to introduce him to the Chamber and the advocacy undertaken by the committee.

Meeting of Amcham Civil Aviation Committee – 5 March 2014

5 March 2014
The Amcham Civil Aviation Committee met to discuss the way forward for the year 2014 under the Chairmanship of Mr. Palash Roy Chowdhury, Managing Director, Pratt & Whitney and to discuss Amcham’s Role at INDIA AVIATION 2014 – Amcham/USIBC interactive session on 12th March, and Site visit on MRO/ Manufacturing on sidelines of India Aviation.

Session on Energy Efficiency

Amcham Hyderabad organized a session on Energy Efficiency at hotel Westin on March 6, 2014. Mr Gaurav Bansal, Energy Policy Analyst of NRDC India Initiative, introduced Dr. David B Goldstein, the Co-Director of NRDC’s energy program in San Francisco and the speaker at the event.

Amcham Hyderabad Chapter Annual Day

February 28, 2014.
The Amcham Hyderabad Chapter Annual Day 2014 kicked off on February 28, 2014, at Hotel Westin on a grand note. The program began with a devotional dance by Ms Preeti Tatambotla of S&P Capital IQ. Ms Bhavya Gopalkrishnan of D E Shaw India was the Emcee for the evening.

Amcham India visit to Kolkata for National Executive Board Meeting and other meetings – February 25, 2014

February 25, 2014
Amcham India delegation led by Mr. Lowell Paddock, Chairman, Amcham India and President and Managing Director, General Motors India Pvt. Ltd., along with members of the National Executive Board and Sectoral Committee Chairmen called on Dr. Amit Mitra, Minister-in-Charge, Department of Finance; Excise, of Commerce & Industries, of Public Enterprises, Industrial Reconstruction, Government of West Bengal, on 25th February 2014.

Meeting of Amcham Defense Equipment Committee – 24 February 2014

24 February 2014
Meeting of Amcham Defense Equipment committee was held on 24 February 2014, to prepare for the meeting with DG Acquisition, report-out on DefExpo, and review the Amcham document on “Addressing Key Challenges : U.S.-India Economic Engagement”

Panel Discussion on ‘E Commerce & The Tax Implications For Your Supply Chain ‘ – An Initiative of Amcham’s Supply Chain & Logistics Committee & Tax & Tariff Committee , February 21, 2014 – Mumbai

February 21, 2014
Amcham India’s Supply Chain & Logistics Committee in collaboration with the Amcham Tax & Tariff Committee, organized a Panel Discussion on “E-Commerce and the Tax Implications for your Supply Chain” on February 21, 2014 at the office of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. ”

CSR Water Symposium, February 19, 2014, Hyderabad

February 19, 2014,
The CSR Water Symposium was organized by Amcham in support with USAID, US Consulate Hyderabad and Unlimited India and was sponsored by International Paper. The Symposium was held at Westin Mind space and was attended by over 70 delegates.

The Anti-Corruption Committee tele-conference , February 19, 2014, New Delhi

February 19, 2014,
The Anti-corruption Committee’s tele-conference, is part of the “Anti Corruption Informational Series” and the purpose is to share information amongst Amcham member companies, to get practical insights on market access and compliance strategies. The Guest Speaker for the telecon on February 19, 2014 was Ms. Priyanka Sharma, Partner, Dua Associates. Priyanka presented on India’s Anti-Bribery Legislative Landscape .

Panel discussion on Elections – Risks and Rewards for Business, February 19, 2014 at New Delhi

February 19, 2014,
The American Chamber of Commerce in India, British Business Group (BBG) and European Business Group (EBG) jointly organized a Presentation cum Panel discussion on “Elections – Risks and Rewards for Business” on February 19, 2014 at The Metropolitan Hotel, New Delhi. Eminent panelists were Mr. Anil Padmanabhan-renowned Journalist,

Meeting of the Anti-Corruption & FCPA Compliance Committee, February 18, 2014, New Delhi

February 18, 2014,
The Amcham Anti -corruption & FCPA Compliance committee met on February 18, 2014. Mr. Anand Dayal, Chairman- Amcham Anti-Corruption & FCPA Compliance Committee Meeting, chaired the meeting.

Meeting of the Executive Committee of Amcham’s Tamil Nadu Chapter , February 8, 2014, Chennai

February 18, 2014,
Amcham Tamil Nadu Chapter’s Executive Committee met on February 8, 2014. The topics discussed included a Mega CSR event; Meeting on Transport Infrastructure in Chennai involving the Railway, Mass Rapid Transport System,

Seminar on Changing trends of Insurance in India , February 6, 2014, Kolkata

February 6, 2014,
Amcham’s Eastern Region, HR Sub Committee hosted a seminar on “Changing trends of Insurance in India’ on February 06, 2014. The event was sponsored by Lexmark International (India) Pvt. Ltd. and their Global Insurance partner Almondz.

Roundtable interaction organized by Amcham & USIBC with US Government officials – February 6, 2014, New Delhi

February 6, 2014,
On the occasion of Defexpo 2014, AMCHAM & USIBC jointly organized a Roundtable Discussion over breakfast on 06 February 2014, with the visiting US Government Officials for Defexpo 2014 at New Delhi.

ECP members meet with India Smart Grid Forum, ISGF – February 6, 2014 , New Delhi

February 6, 2014,
Members of ECP had an interaction on 06 February 2014, with India Smart Grid Forum President Mr. Reji Pillai on ways of engagement for U.S companies in the 14 pilot projects that are in execution mode.

EEBDG working group meeting with Ms Meredydd Evans, PNNL, US Department of Energy – February 6, 2014 , New Delhi

February 6, 2014,
Members of the Energy Efficiency & Building Design working Group (EEBDG)of ECP had a discussion with Ms Meredydd Evans, Senior Staff Scientist at Pacific Northwestern National Laboratory (PNNL), on February 06, 2014, to develop content for a training module as part of the groups’ capacity building efforts.

Interactive session of the Amcham Aviation Committee with US officials – February 5, 2014 , New Delhi

February 5, 2014,
With the recent downgrade of DGCA to Category II by FAA and its implications on the US Aviation sector in India, AMCHAM organized an interactive session over breakfast on February 05, 2014, for the Aviation Committee members with the FAA, U.S.

Sharing Best Practices – Visit of Amcham member companies to the Caterpillar Plant at Tiruvallur on January 30, 2014, organised by Amcham Tamil Nadu Chapter

January 30, 2014
Amcham Tamil Nadu Chapter organized a visit to the Catterpillar Plant at Tiruvallur, with the objective of facilitating for the Amcham members, to observe firsthand, the innovations and best practices in the Caterpillar manufacturing plant and to take a tour of the facilities.

Roundtable Discussion on “Transfer Pricing – Recent Controversies & Updates” – January 30, 2014 at Mumbai

January 30, 2014
On January 30, 2014, Amcham Western Region in partnership with Ernst & Young LLP, organised a Roundtable Discussion on ‘Transfer Pricing – Recent Controversies and Updates’ . The well attended meeting saw insightful presentations from and engaging discussions with EY experts Mr Vijay Iyer, Tax Partner and National Leader – Transfer Pricing Services, EY, Mr E Miller Williams, Jr. Principal, Transfer Pricing and Mr Ameet Kapoor, Executive Director – Transfer Pricing Services, EY. Mr Rohan Vaziralli, Country Manager, ELCA India presented the Vote of Thanks

An interaction with the US Consulate on Visa procedures on January 29, 2014

January 30, 2014
As part of the Consulate’s ongoing efforts to ease travel to the United States, Mr. Eric Swinn, Vice Consul, US Consulate General Chennai, and Ms. Vidya Selvam, BEP representative, met with AMCHAM companies in Bangalore for informal one-on-one meetings to address any questions related to visa matters at the U.S. Commercial Services office.

Amcham India – Thomson Reuters event on Tax Technology Risk Management Tuesday, 28th January, 2014 – Hotel Imperial, New Delhi

28th January, 2014
Amcham in association with Thomson Reuters organized an interactive session on “Tax Technology Risk Management” on 28th January, 2014 at Hotel Imperial, New Delhi.
The event was attended by Tax Experts and CFO’s of American companies.

Workshop On the US Visa Process’- on January 27, 2014 at Nashik

January 27, 2014
On January 27, 2014, a Workshop was organised in Nashik (Maharashtra) on the US Visa Process with a special focus on B1/B2 & General Visa Category. The event was organised by VUSA (Visit USA), an organisation formed with the support of the U.S. Consulate General.

Amcham Karnataka Executive Committee meeting on January 24, 2014

January 24, 2014
AMCHAM Karnataka ExeComm Meeting was held between 8.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m. at J. W. Mariott, Vittal Mallya Road. In the meeting, events for the year were discussed.

A session on Global Mobility – January 24, 2014, Hyderabad

January 24, 2014
A session on Global Mobility was organized at the Deloitte Campus on January 24, 2014.
Mr. Scott Flicker spoke on the following topics:
• Program compliance management and governance
• Cost Control and Cost management of Global Mobility
• Enchancing the value of the Global Mobility function

Amcham meeting in Chennai on ‘Challenges of Operating Globally’, facilitated by PWC, Chennai , January 23, 2014

January 23, 2014
Think globally, act locally. In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, your ability to operate profitably in diverse geographic markets and to shift operations flexibly between countries may be essential to the success of your business. But operating globally generates a wide variety of practical, legal, HR and finance issues.

Interactive Session on FCPA on January 23, 2014, Hyderabad

January 23, 2014
An Interactive Session on FCPA was held on January 23, 2014, with Mr. Rajiv Khanna, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, USA and Mr. Sandeep Baldava, Ernst & Young LLP at C A India Campus, Hyderabad.

Roundtable discussions between Amcham ICT Committee US Ambassador Ms Nancy Powell– January 22, 2014 Roundtable Discussion on “Transfer Pricing – Recent Controversies & Updates” – January 30, 2014 at Mumbai

January 30, 2014
On January 30, 2014, Amcham Western Region in partnership with Ernst & Young LLP, organised a Roundtable Discussion on ‘Transfer Pricing – Recent Controversies and Updates’ . The well attended meeting saw insightful presentations from and engaging discussions with EY experts Mr Vijay Iyer, Tax Partner and National Leader – Transfer Pricing Services,

Meeting of Amcham Healthcare Committee members with US Ambassador Powell at the 3M India office on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014.
Ambassador Powell met the Healthcare Committee members to discuss the Medical Devices Bill and the impact it would on stakeholders. She did a brief tour of the 3M facility before the meeting started.

Meeting of Amcham’s Supply Chain & Logistics Committee on January 17, 2014 at Mumbai 

January 17, 2014
The Amcham SCL committee meeting was held on January 17, 2014, at the office of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. in Mumbai. The meeting was chaired by Mr Neil Basu, Chairperson of the Committee and Regional Executive Director, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals India Pvt. Ltd. Mr Prashant Deshpande

Security briefing by Mr Marlon J. Grullón, Regional Security Officer, American Consulate General, Chennai,
India on January 15, 2014 

January 15, 2014
Security briefing by Mr Marlon J. Grullón, Regional Security Officer, American Consulate General, Chennai, India, was held at the Ritz Carlton, Residency Road, to discuss security issues in the region and specific to AMCHAM companies.

Executive Committee meeting – January 15, 2014, Kolkata
India on January 15, 2014 

January 15, 2014
Meeting of Kolkata Chapter Executive Committee was held on January 15, 2014.

Amcham participation in The 24th Core committee meeting with Industry and Chamber heads, chaired by Chief Minister Ms Mamta Banerjee, January 13, 2014, Kolkata

January 13, 2014,
Amcham participated on January 13, 2014, in the 24th Core committee meeting, the Chief Minister of West Bengal Ms Mamta Banerjee had with Industry and Chamber heads. Various issues of relevance to the industry were discussed by the Chair.

Breakfast Interactive Session with Dr. Shamik Sural, Professor at IIT Kharagpur, January 10, 2014

January 10, 2014,
On January 10, 2014 AMCHAM Eastern India Chapter kickstarted it’s 2014 calendar with a breakfast meeting with Dr. Shamik Sural, Professor at IIT Kharagpur, at the Bengal Club

Meeting of the Amcham Aviation Committee, January 9, 2014

January 9, 2014,
The Committee met to discuss the way forward for the year 2014 under the Chairmanship of Mr. Palash Roy Chowdhury, Managing Director, Pratt & Whitney.

Interactive Meeting with Dr. Arvind Mayaram, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, January 9, 2014 , New Delhi

January 9, 2014,
The meeting with Dr Arvind Mayaram, Secretary – Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, focussed on Financial Services, Civil Aviation (MROs) Infrastructure, taxation and manufacturing.

AMCHAM participation at the interactive session “Vision for IT, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and e-Governance for Karnataka” organized by NASSCOM and the Department of Information Technology, Government of Karnataka
on January 08, 2014

January 08, 2014
AMCHAM participated at the interactive session “Vision for IT, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and e-Governance for Karnataka” organized by NASSCOM and the Department of Information Technology, Government of Karnataka, at the ITC Gardenia, Bangalore.