Defense Committee Meeting

21st February 2020

AMCHAM’s Defense Committee met on February 21st in New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Nik Khanna, Co-Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Managing Director, India, BAE Systems and Mr. Gaurav Mehndiratta, Co-Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Partner and Head – North India, Corporate & International Tax, KPMG India. From the U.S. Embassy, CAPT Daniel Fillion, Honorary USG Chair – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. Embassy, chaired the meeting. The deliberations began with a brief on the success of AMCHAM events at DefExpo 2020. Upcoming AMCHAM engagements and agendas with the Government of India, USG and other near term collaborations were also discussed.

Medical Technology Working Group Meeting

20th February 2020

AMCHAM’s Medical Technology Working group meeting was held on February 20th in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Ms. Meenakshi Nevatia, Chairperson – Healthcare Committee, AMCHAM and Managing Director, Stryker India. The meeting encompassed discussions on pricing, standards, Make in India and data protection, along with an update on the advocacy and regulatory landscape for medical devices. During the meeting members had an interactive session with Ms. Aileen Nandi, Honorary USG Chairperson – Healthcare Committee, AMHCAM and Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy. Members pointed out the current situation of the medtech industry along with a few issues based on pricing frame work, standards, Make in India and regulatory challenges. Members enquired about opportunities to provide comments on Section 301 and whether the U.S. government plans to engage to seek comments from members. Based on the issues discussed during the meeting, members decided to meet Indian government officials in the coming month along with a position paper. The meeting concluded with closing remarks by Ms. Meenakshi Nevatia and she thanked members for their valuable inputs.

Release of ‘India at $5 Trillion: Strengthening Opportunities, Removing Hurdles’

20th February 2020

On February 20th, AMCHAM and Observer Research Foundation (ORF) released the first study on U.S. industry before President Trump’s visit to India. The study ‘India at $5 Trillion: Strengthening Opportunities, Removing Hurdles’ was based on interactions with AMCHAM members and has examined the investment potential and market opportunities that India’s growth offers, opportunities for U.S. companies as a business partner in India’s growth and hurdles U.S. companies face while doing business in India…

Anti-Corruption & FCPA Compliance Core Committee Meeting

20th February 2020

On February 20th, the Anti-Corruption & FCPA Compliance Core Committee organized a meeting at the BAE Systems India (Services) Private Limited office in New Delhi. Ms. Komple Sharma, Manager, AMCHAM, welcomed participants. Opening remarks were given by Mr. Gaurav Ajmani, Chairman – Anti-Corruption & FCPA Compliance Committee, AMCHAM and Associate General Counsel: Business Conduct & Ethics, Amazon Seller Services (P) Ltd. The committee deliberated upon the two most common pain areas for any compliance manager – vendor compliance management and third party risks. They shared their respective industry risks and the need for continuous monitoring of third parties. Members brainstormed on various possible topics for future discussions under the ambit of the committee. The closing remarks and vote of thanks were given by Mr. Gaurav Ajmani.

Meeting with Congressman Ami Bera and Congressman George Holding

18th February 2020

On February 18th in New Delhi, Congressman Ami Bera, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Non-Proliferation and Democratic Co-Chair of the India Caucus in the U.S. Congress and Congressman George Holding, the Republican Co-Chair of the India Caucus, met with AMCHAM members in the defense and healthcare sectors during an AMCHAM-USIBC joint closed door roundtable. Members shared with the Congressmen their growing concerns in the sectors and sought support in getting the concerns heard through the right channels. Both lawmakers promised bipartisan support to growing ties between India and the U.S. in diverse areas including trade and commerce, defense and strategic affairs. They also shared positivity in the hopes of India and the U.S. sealing the much anticipated trade deal soon.

Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s Interactive Session on ‘Enabling Differently Abled Inclusion at Workplace

18th February 2020

On February 18th, AMCHAM organized an interactive session on ‘Enabling Differently Abled Inclusion at Workplace.’ The event was an initiative of the Differently Abled Chapter of AMCHAM’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The session commenced with Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director – Western Region, AMCHAM welcoming the panel speakers and participants. Mr. Ajay Maddali, Chapter Co-Leader, Differently Abled Chapter, D&I Committee, AMCHAM and Head of HR, Member of Diversity and Inclusion Council of Franklin Templeton, Franklin Templeton Asset Management (India) Pvt. Ltd. set the stage through his address…

Make in India – Manufacturing for the World

14th February 2020

AMCHAM, in partnership with Invest India, held ‘Make in India – Manufacturing for the World’ on February 14th in New Delhi. It was the signature event of AMCHAM’s Manufacturing Committee. Chief guest, Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Civil Aviation, Housing and Urban Affairs, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Government of India, gave the keynote address, in which he gave an overview of the widening and deepening cooperation between the U.S. and India across a vast number of areas such as counter-terrorism, homeland security, cybersecurity, science and technology, health, agriculture, etc. Minister Puri talked about growing urbanisation and construction activity citing that 100 smart cities were under development which included 5,151 projects, thus demonstrating the fast pace of development in smart cities. He mentioned that integration into the global value chains would require strategic decisions to be made and the scaling up of manufacturing to meet global demand. Overall, he expressed optimism on the growth of U.S – India economic relationship and a willingness to resolve issues impacting bilateral business…

Hyderabad Chapter Annual Day

12th February 2020

The Annual Day of the Hyderabad Chapter was held on February 12th at the Westin Mindspace, Hyderabad. The guest of honor was Consul General Joel Reifman, U.S. Consulate Hyderabad. The program began with lighting of the lamp by all the past Chairpersons of AMCHAM’s Hyderabad Chapter and the Consul General. Annual Day celebrated the companies that participated in Hyderabad Chapter Sports from September – December 2019. In between the prize distribution, employees of member companies performed for the gathering. A total of 17 companies received prizes for emerging as winners and runners in the 12 events at Hyderabad Chapter Sports 2019…

Supply Chain and Logistics Committee Meeting

11th February 2020

A meeting of AMCHAM’s Supply Chain and Logistics Committee 2019-2020 was held on February 11th in Mumbai. As part of the agenda, members appointed the committee’s office bearers 2020-2021 through consultation and consensus. Members also actively discussed the roadmap for the committee with a focus on activities and current subjects of interest to create engaging platforms of interaction during the next few months.

Supply Chain and Logistics Committee’s Knowledge Sharing Session on ‘Overview and Insights – GST – Recent Amendments’

11th February 2020

On February 11th, AMCHAM’s Supply Chain & Logistics Committee organized a knowledge sharing session on ‘Overview and Insights – GST – Recent Amendments.’ The session commenced with Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director – Western Region, AMCHAM, welcoming speakers and participants and introducing the expert speakers for the day. Through a brief address Mr. Jaideep Ghosh, Partner, KPMG in India, set the stage by sharing a glimpse of Budget 2020-2021 and its implications on the transport and logistics sector. Through a presentation made by expert speaker Mr. Koshal Agarwal, Chartered Accountant, insights were shared on the recent amendments in GST…

Interaction with Ms. Jatnna Garcia, American Citizen Services, U.S. Consulate Chennai

11th February 2020

On February 11th, AMCHAM’s Karnataka Chapter hosted an interaction for member companies with Ms. Jatnna Garcia, American Citizen Services, U.S. Consulate Chennai, for a focussed session on voter registration, safety registration and services provided by the U.S. Consulate for American citizens visiting and residing in India. The interaction was attended by member companies like IBM, IMA, MOOG, Shanti Bhavan, Ametek, Altair and others.

Western Region Committee Meeting

6th February 2020

A meeting of AMCHAM’s Western Region Committee 2019-2020 was held on February 6th in Mumbai. As part of the agenda, members appointed AMCHAM’s Western Region office bearers 2020-2021 through consultation and consensus. Members also actively discussed the roadmap for 2020 with a focus on building traction and increased participation among the Western Region membership.

Decoding the Union Budget 2020 with PwC

5th February 2020

AMCHAM’s Tamil Nadu Chapter held ‘Decoding the Union Budget 2020’ with experts from PwC on February 5th in Chennai. Mr. Rajan Aiyer, Chairman – Tamil Nadu Chapter, AMCHAM and Managing Director, Trimble, addressed members. This session focussed on examining the highlights of the Union Budget presented in parliament on February 1st. Direct and indirect tax implications and salient features that impact the economy in general and business of U.S. companies were presented and discussed. The session explored trends envisaged based on extreme analysis of the budget and sought how the changes proposed would impact business. The speakers from PwC included Mr. Sriram Seshadri, Partner, Corporate & International Tax and Mr. Sivarajan K, Partner, Indirect Tax . The session was attended by companies like Trimble, Kemin, DELL, Astroved and others.

CSR Impact on Communities

4th February 2020

The Eastern Region hosted an interactive session on ‘CSR Impact on Communities’ on February 4th. The speakers were Mr. Ambarish Dasgupta, Sr. Partner, Intueri Consulting, Mr. Subhasis Majumdar, Risk & Quality, Ethics, Information Protection and Digital Leader, PwC SDC, Mr. Jayant Kataria, HR Manager, Hyatt Regency Kolkata. Mr. Subrata Bagchi, Chairman – Eastern Region, AMCHAM and President, TCG Digital Solutions, in his welcome address said the CSR business approach contributes to sustainable development by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all stakeholders. It is how companies manage their business processes to produce an overall positive impact on society. It covers sustainability, social impact and ethics, and done correctly, should be about core business – how companies make their money – not just add-on extras such as philanthropy….

U.S. Industry Roundtable with U.S. Government Officials at DefExpo 2020

4th February 2020

On February 4th in Lucknow, a remarkable U.S. government delegation led by Ambassador Kenneth Juster comprising of Mr. Terence Emmert, Principal Deputy Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Advanced Capabilities (PD, DDRE (AC)), Department of Defense, MG Daniel McDaniel, Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Pacific (USARPAC), Australian Army and RDML Eileen Laubacher, Defense Attaché, U.S. Embassy, interacted with the U.S. industry participants. The ongoing dialogue between the U.S. and India in aerospace and defense sectors would likely open up new business opportunities. The sharing of information to further strengthen partnerships in the areas of development and co-production of high-end defense technology and equipment was discusses. U.S. and Indian companies have been collaborating in the co-production of C-130 transport aircraft, F-16 fighter planes, and Apache helicopters at joint facilities in Hyderabad. Companies were happy to share information with the U.S. government principals and sought their support on many points in implementation with the Indian government processes…

Defense Industry Reception with U.S. Government Officials at DefExpo 2020

4th February 2020

U.S. industry participants joined other industry participants at a reception in honor of the exhibitors and participants at DefExpo 2020. The guest of honor was Ambassador Kenneth Juster, U.S. Embassy. The welcome remarks were given by Mr. Salil Gupte, National Executive Board Member, AMCHAM and President, Boeing India followed by special remarks by RDML Eileen Laubacher, Defense Attaché, U.S. Embassy, while Mr. Phil Shaw, Director Business Development, Lockheed Martin International, gave the vote of thanks and opened up the reception to all the participants. The event, held on February 4th in Lucknow, was jointly hosted with USISPF and USIBC with support from partners like BAE Systems, Boeing, Honeywell, L3Harris, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Textron and Kallman Worldwide.

Visit to the IIT Madras Research

4th February 2020

On February 4th, AMCHAM’s Tamil Nadu Chapter visited the IIT Madras Research Park, which is India’s first university based research park housing a community of scientists, innovators and engineers working on R&D and commercialization of deep tech innovation. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and understand areas of collaboration.

Interaction with Dr. Neeraj Mittal, Managing Director & CEO, Tamil Nadu Guidance

4th February 2020

The Tamil Nadu Chapter hosted a breakfast for member companies on February 4th where Dr. Neeraj Mittal, MD & CEO, Tamil Nadu Guidance addressed the audience about the ease of doing business in Tamil Nadu and the launch of Biz Buddy, a business friendly grievance redressal portal for companies. The event was well attended with companies from Borg Warner, Deloitte, PSG Dover, Cognizant, Kemin and others.

Centre for High Technology (CHT) Roundtable on Energy & Petrochemicals

4th February 2020

AMCHAM organized a roundtable with the Centre for High Technology (CHT, MoP&NG) on energy and petrochemicals on February 4th in New Delhi under the leadership of Mr. Sunil Kumar, Joint Secretary Refinery, MoP&NG and Mr. K.K Jain, Executive Director, CHT. The purpose of the meeting was to enhance U.S.-India trade and technology collaboration in the energy sector. The CHT graciously hosted the leadership of AMCHAM’s Energy Committee: Ms. Preetha Nair, Chairperson – Energy Committee, AMCHAM and Head Asia, True North Venture Partners, Mr. Robert Garverick, Honorary USG Chair – Energy Committee, AMCHAM and Minister Counselor for Economic, Environment, Science and Technology Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Ms. Dinah McDougall, Honorary USG Chair – Energy Cooperation Program, AMCHAM and Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy, senior executives of American energy companies and senior U.S. government officials for a roundtable discussion with senior executives from National Oil Companies (NOCs). After the keynote address on priority areas and expectations by CHT, presentations were made by 11 U.S. companies on CO2 to chemicals/carbon capture and utilization, niche petrochemicals, refinery and petrochemical integration, bio-fuels, water management solutions, automation solutions, EPCM, etc. This was followed by Q&A where executives from NOCs sought clarifications from the presenters. The roundtable was concluded with a vote of thanks from the Joint Secretary and networking over light refreshments.

Karnataka Chapter CEO Breakfast Morning: Decoding the Union Budget 2020

3rd February 2020

AMCHAM’s Karnataka Chapter hosted a session on ‘Decoding the Union Budget 2020’ at Hyatt Centric MG Road, Bengaluru on February 3rd. Set in the background of India’s vision to be a $5 trillion economy, the session focussed on examining the highlights of the Union Budget 2020 presented by the Honourable Finance Minister of India on February 1st. The session covered direct and indirect tax proposals set forth as well as steps adopted by the government that impact the Indian economy in general. The session explored trends, challenges and opportunities that came out of the Union Budget 2020 and how these would impact the business environment. The speakers included Mr. E N Dwaraknath, Partner, PwC India, Mr. Rony Antony, Partner, PwC India and Mr. Keyur, Partner, PwC India.

Interactive Session on Decoding the Union Budget 2020-21 – Impact and Way Forward

3rd February 2020

On February 3rd, AMCHAM organized an interactive session on ‘Decoding the Union Budget 2020-21 – Impact and Way Forward.’ The session commenced with Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director – Western Region, AMCHAM welcoming participants and introducing the expert speakers for the day. Mr. Ravi Mahajan, Partner, EY India followed by setting a backdrop on the implication of the Budget 2020 through his remarks. Through an interactive discussion supported by a presentation, the speakers Mr. Sudhir Kapadia, National Tax Leader, EY India, Mr. Hitesh Sharma, Partner, International Tax and Tax Leader for Life Sciences, EY India and
Mr. Divyesh Lapsiwala, Partner, Indirect Tax Services, EY India shed their expert insight on the impact of the Union Budget 2020-2021 with a focus on direct tax proposals – measures to stimulate growth, rationalisation measures, ease of compliance, transfer pricing and the indirect tax proposals – customs and GST proposals. An engaging and interactive Q&A followed. The event concluded with closing remarks and a vote of thanks by Mr. Sampathkumar Chittibabu, Director, Par Formulations.

Taxation, Tariff & Regulatory Affairs Committee’s Webinar on Budget 2020

3rd February 2020

On February 3rd, AMCHAM’s Taxation, Tariff & Regulatory Affairs Committee, in association with PwC, conducted a webinar on the key aspects of Union Budget 2020. This webinar examined highlights of the Union Budget presented in Parliament on February 1st. Direct and indirect tax implications, as well as salient features that impact the economy in general and business of U.S. companies were discussed. The trends envisaged based on extensive analysis of the budget were explored to see they would impact business. Approximately 40 participants logged into the webinar. A variety of queries posted during the webinar were answered on the spot. The speakers included: Mr. Sandeep Chaufla, Chairman – Taxation, Tariff & Regulatory Affairs Committee, AMCHAM and Partner – Corporate and International Tax, PwC India, Ms. Anita Rastogi, Partner – Indirect Tax and GST , PwC India and Mr. Manish Sabharwal, Partner – Transfer Pricing, PwC India.

Union Budget Session with PwC

3rd February 2020

PricewaterhouseCoopers Kolkata hosted a seminar on the Union Budget 2020/21 at the Taj Bengal on February 3rd. Members of AMCHAM’s Eastern Region were invited to this session. The panelists at the tnaugural session were Mr. Sanjay Budhia, Industrialist, Managing Director, Patton India, Mr. Arnab Basu, Managing Partner East & Technology Consulting Leader, PwC India, Prof. Mrutyunjay Mohanty, IIM Kolkata, Mr. Bishwanath Jha, IRS Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Kolkata and Mr. Kaushik Mukherjee, Tax Partner, PWC and Executive Committee Member – Eastern Region, AMCHAM. The panelists gave their interpretation of the budget announcement viz-a-via its expectations, the finer details of the finance bill and how it impacts business…

Interactive Session with Mr. Gaurav Ajmani, Chairman – Anti-Corruption & FCPA Committee, AMCHAM and Associate General Counsel, Business Conduct & Ethics, Amazon Seller Services

31st January 2020

The Karnataka Chapter hosted an interactive session with Mr. Gaurav Ajmani, Chairman – Anti-Corruption & FCPA Committee, AMCHAM and Associate General Counsel, Business Conduct & Ethics, Amazon Seller Services on January 31st at the Amazon office in Bengaluru. The session focussed on vendor compliance management and third party risks which were a common problem area in effective compliance programs across sectors. The event was attended by AMCHAM member companies like HPE, KPMG, Thomson Reuters, IMA, Goldman Sachs and VF Corporation.

 

U.S. Government Bimonthly Briefing

30th January 2020

On January 30th, at the American Center in New Delhi, Honorary National Executive Board Members of AMCHAM, Ms. Aileen Nandi, Minister Counselor Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy and Mr. Robert Garverick, Minister Counselor EEST, U.S. Embassy, briefed members on the current state of U.S.-India bilateral relations. Possible VIP visits, Indo-Pacific strategy, impact of GST on member companies, the regulatory environment , trade negotiations, data protection and IPR challenges were topics discussed. Members were updated on the recent opening of the Development Finance Corporation (DFC), an independent agency of the U.S. Government that provides financing for private development projects. Members found the candid session beneficial and the next briefing was scheduled for March 26th.

HR Committee Meeting

30th January 2020

AMCHAM’s HR Committee met on January 30th in New Delhi with the Labour Code as the theme. Ms. Komple Sharma, Manager, AMCHAM, welcomed speakers and participants to the committee meeting. The opening remarks were delivered by Ms. Kavita Mathur, Co-Chairperson – HR Committee, AMCHAM and People & Culture Leader, Grant Thornton Advisory. It was followed by an interactive session and panel discussion on the Labour Code. The panellists were Dr. Anoop K Satpathy, Senior Faculty, V. V. Giri National Labour Institute and Mr. K.C Pandey, Consultant, Grant Thornton India LLP. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Akhil Chandna, Director, Tax, Grant Thornton India LLP. Dr Satpathy gave a detailed presentation on the key features of the Labour Code focusing on its background and key problem areas, wage policy reforms in wage code and its likely impact. He also touched upon the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, Code on Industrial Relations and Code on Social Security. It was followed by a discussion session. Ms. Kavita Mathur expressed her gratitude to the speakers and gave the closing remarks.

Signature Lecture Series: Breakfast Session with Mr. Brad Staples, Global CEO, APCO Worldwide

29th January 2020

On 29th January, as part of the Signature Lecture Series, AMCHAM organized a breakfast session on ‘Leadership Engagement at the Time of Unexpected Challenges’ with Mr. Brad Staples, Global CEO, APCO Worldwide. The session began with opening remarks by Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director – Western Region, AMCHAM India. This was followed by Mr. Sarthak Ranade, Vice Chairman – Western Region, AMCHAM and Managing Director – Janssen India, Johnson & Johnson Pvt. Ltd., who through his welcome address, set the stage and introduced the keynote speaker…

U.S.-India Travel & Tourism Working Group Meeting

28th January 2020

AMCHAM’s U.S.-India Travel & Tourism Working Group kicked off the year on January 28th in Bengaluru with an interaction on ‘Opportunities for BLeisure Tourism’ with members who have large numbers of outbound travel from India to the USA. The opportunities for incentive travel were also discussed. Attendees comprised of representatives from the U.S. Commercial Service, corporate members, tourism brands and travel services.

Karnataka Chapter CEO Breakfast Morning: Current State of CSR

28th January 2020

AMCHAM’s Karnataka Chapter hosted the monthly edition of the CEO breakfast mornings on the topic of ‘Current State of CSR.’ The focus of the breakfast morning was on CSR accounting, assessments and reporting as well as challenges faced by corporates in CSR. New opportunities in the CSR domain were shared with updates on the CSR policy and models for collaboration, impact and employee engagement. The session was moderated by Ms. Neelam Makhijani, Country Director & CEO, ChildFund India with Ms. Deepa Nagaraj, Global Head of Corporate Communications and Director Sparkle Innovation Ecosystem, Mphasis and Mr. Santhosh Jayaram, Partner and Head, Sustainability and CSR Advisory, KPMG in India. The event was attended by companies like IBM, First American, Shanti Bhavan, HPE, Christel House and others.

Energy Committee Meeting

22nd January 2020

A meeting of AMCHAM’s Energy Committee was held on January 22nd at the U.S. Embassy and was chaired by Ms. Preetha Nair, Chairperson – Energy Committee, AMCHAM and Head Asia, True North Venture Partners, Mr. Robert Garverick, Honorary USG Chair – Energy Committee, AMCHAM and Minister Counselor for Economic, Environment, Science and Technology Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Ms. Dinah McDougall, Honorary USG Chair – Energy Cooperation Program, AMCHAM and Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy. The committee deliberated on the agenda and preparation for the upcoming CHT roundtable on February 4th, advocacy for the development of static energy storage, the promotion of energy efficiency through engagement with USAID, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, cooling as a service, etc. It was felt that individual issues of members can be taken up through the fast track mechanism with DPIIT. Best practices in procurement and digital transformation were key areas of common interest to plan future activities.

Supply Chain & Logistics Committee’s Knowledge Sharing Session on ‘Maximizing RoI From Your IoT Investment – A Proven Approach’ with Mr. Veeresh Dharappanavar, Sr. Director Sales, Altizon Inc.

17th January 2020

On January 17th, AMCHAM’s Supply Chain & Logistics Committee organized a knowledge sharing session on ‘Maximizing RoI From Your IoT Investment – A Proven Approach’ via webex. The session began with opening remarks by Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director – Western Region, AMCHAM, who also shared an introduction to the session speaker, Mr. Veeresh Dharappanavar, Sr. Director Sales, Altizon Inc. Through his welcome address Mr. Kumar Kandaswami, Chairman – Supply Chain & Logistics Committee, AMCHAM and Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP, set the tone for the session…

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee’s LGBTQ Chapter Meeting

14th January 2020

A meeting of the LGBTQ Chapter of AMCHAM’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee was held on January 14th, 2020 in Mumbai. The meeting commenced with opening remarks by Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director – Western Region, AMCHAM, followed by a welcome address by Mr. Sudhir Jain, Chapter Leader – LGBTQ Chapter, D&I Committee, AMCHAM and Managing Director, Chief Risk Officer, Bank of America N.A. As part of the agenda members actively ideated on the forthcoming initiatives and participation at events (Queer Azadi Pride March, Out & Equal India Forum).

Delegation to Jamshedpur for Interaction with Consul General Patti Hoffman, U.S. Consulate Kolkata

14th January 2020

AMCHAM’s Eastern Region organized a meeting with U.S. Consul General Patti Hoffman in Jamshedpur at the Timken India facility on January 14th to understand investment opportunities in Jharkhand and the eastern region. The meeting was attended by AMCHAM member companies including: Deloitte, Houghton, HP, Hyatt, PwC, Quaker and Timken. Jharkhand’s economic environment with regards to steel, manufacturing, minerals, metals, IT and services industries were discussed. Members shared their plans and interactions with the Jharkhand government. The new state government’s initiatives regarding ease of doing business in Jharkhand were deliberated. Consul General Patti Hoffman was keen to understand how the Consulate can help industries to hold bilateral dialogues and any concerns that needed to be flagged to the state government. Investment opportunities in West Bengal and the north eastern belt of India were discussed.

Learning Opportunity for MBA Students from Montclair State University

13th January 2020

AMCHAM India, in association with KPMG in India, organized a learning opportunity for MBA students from Montclair State University, in Gurgaon on January 13th 2020. Mr. Anuj Vadhera and Mr. Debjit Ghosh of KPMG in India teamed up to conduct an exhilarating session. Participating students had a wonderful opportunity to learn from the speakers’ insights and experience on the subject of ‘International Business and Strategy in India,’ as well as associated opportunities and challenges. Students participated in discussions and interacted with the speakers on a variety of questions which included challenges faced by U.S. investors in India.

U.S. Government 2+2 Dialogue Debriefing

7th January 2020

On December 18, 2019, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met their American counterparts – Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, respectively, for the second U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. On January 7th in New Delhi, Mr. Robert Garverick, Minister Counselor EEST, U.S. Embassy and RDML Eileen Laubacher, Defense Attaché, U.S. Embassy, briefed AMCHAM members on the discussions and the current state of U.S.-India bilateral relations. Members found the session very useful…

Karnataka Chapter Executive Committee Meeting

6th January 2020

AMCHAM’s Karnataka Chapter Executive Committee meeting was held on January 6th, 2020 at the Nike Office in Bengaluru. The success of past events was reviewed and new events for calendar year 2020 were discussed, among other chapter priorities.

Tamil Nadu Executive Committee Meeting

4th January 2020

AMCHAM’s Tamil Nadu Chapter launched activities for the year 2020 with the first Executive Committee meeting in Chennai on January 4th to discuss key learnings of 2019 and activities for 2020. Key focus areas of the chapter included activities for member interaction and knowledge sharing with industry and government, new member induction into the chapter and other priorities.