CII CEOs delegation visiting US

New Delhi, Sep 8 (IANS) A CII CEO delegation is visiting the US from September 8-10 as part of the industry chamber’s ongoing commitment to deepen the US-India economic partnership, a statement said here on Tuesday.

The delegation is led by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) president designate Naushad Forbes, who is a director at Forbes Marshall.

With this visit where the itinerary includes Washington, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, CII will seek to highlight the potential for engagement between the US and India in critical areas such as defence, infrastructure, clean energy, higher education, skills development as well as innovation and entrepreneurship cutting across various sectors.

“The CEOs mission seeks to convey to stakeholders in the US the definitive commitment of the Indian Industry towards this relationship and to find ways to chart a bold new path for deepening US-India partnership,” the statement said.

The delegation will hold preliminary consultations with key US stakeholders relating to the US-India Strategic Dialogue, the visits of several high level cabinet officials from India and finally the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US.

Forbes will be accompanied by CII director general Chandrajit Banerjee, Cadila Pharmaceuticals chairman & managing director Rajiv Modi, Hero Future Energies managing director Rahul Munjal, Hi-Tech Gears chairman Deep Kapuria, and Triveni Engineering and Industries vice chairman & managing director Tarun Sawhney.

In San Francisco, the CII delegation will hold a roundtable meeting with US investors and business leaders in partnership with US-India Business Council.

They will also be meeting entrepreneurial elites of the Silicon Valley in partnership with TiE. In Washington DC, the CII delegation will meet high level officials from government agencies such as USTR, department of commerce, and well as members of Congress.

CII will also organize a roundtable in partnership with The Atlantic Council, where the members of the delegation will give their perspectives on “Getting to $500 Billion in US-India Trade”. The industry body will be organizing a roundtable with National Academy of Sciences on “Manufacturing Innovation” as well, the statement added.

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