SME Times News Bureau | 03 Oct, 2019
Governor of State of Indiana, USA Eric J Holcomb on Wednesday stressed upon the need to further
strengthen the existing India - US trade relations.
Speaking at the 'Indiana - India
Business Meet' organized by FICCI, Governor Eric said,
"We are working to strengthen our Government to Government relationships,
Business to Business relationships and most importantly, our People to People
relationships. The only and most effective way we can do that is to be present
here on the ground."
The Governor also invited Indian companies
to explore business opportunities by investing in the State of Indiana.
"We are here to seek new friendships, relationships and
partnerships," he added.
Highlighting the potential areas for
investment, Mr Eric said that Indiana government?s priority area is
infrastructure development and cited 6 R's (Roads, Railway, Runways, Rural
Hi-speed internet connectivity, Rivers) as potential sectors for investment.
"Our infrastructure program is built to connect the business globally and
we want to build infrastructure of the best standards," he added.
Commemorating 150th birth
anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Mr Eric reiterated that it was Gandhi who said,
"the future depends on what you do today." He further added that
"And really, that's why we are here today, with an eye on our future, both
for India and Indiana."
Eric was also presented with the '2019
Gandhi Global Leadership Awar' during the event.
T S Tirumurti, Secretary
(Economic Relations), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India said
that there is a new energy in India-US relations. "The visit of Prime
Minister Narendra Modi's visit to US in many ways is a culmination of hard work
everyone has done to make this relationship very vibrant," he said.
Jim Schellinger, Commerce
Secretary, State of Indiana, USA highlighted the business opportunities for
Indian companies in Indiana. "If you invest in Indiana, we will offer you
mountain of savings and ocean of opportunities," he added.
Ashwath Narayan C N, Deputy
Chief Minister of Karnataka said that the government of Karnataka is unwavering
in its commitment to further improve ease of doing business by ensuring an
environment that fosters industry, investment and opportunities. He further
added, "We will also renew the sister state agreement we have with the State
of Indiana, USA for cooperation in economic, educational, sports and cultural
Sangita Reddy, President-Elect
FICCI and Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals said, "We need to
diversify the areas of collaboration between India and Indiana and include
upcoming sectors like defence, media & entertainment, healthcare and
education," and added that skilling is one of the pet projects of Governor
of Indiana and this is our focus as well.
Elisha B Pulivarti, President
& CEO, US India SME Council highlighted the importance of SMEs in
developing the overall economy. "SMEs are the backbone that fuel the
engine of economic growth and job creation," he said.
Sudhakar Gande, Chairman, FICCI Karnataka State
Council & Board Member, AXISCADES Engineering Technologies Limited (ACETL)
said, "We should look at the areas of tomorrow for collaboration between
India and Indiana." He further invited companies to invest in upcoming
areas like bio-medical and electronics.