U.S. Deputy Commerce Secretary to lead delegation to India

Washington/New Delhi, Jan.21 (ANI): U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews today announced he will lead a delegation of 18 American companies on a Smart Cities Infrastructure Business Development Mission to India from February 8-12, 2016.

He will have stopovers in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai.

Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Lee Zak and Vice President of Global Business Development at the Export-Import Bank Ray Ellis will also participate in the mission.

The trade mission will help U.S. companies launch or increase their business in India, focusing on technologies, systems and services in the safety and security, intelligent transportation, water, wastewater, and power sectors.

This engagement will drive and enhance the sustainable growth of India’s infrastructure sector, while making India’s growing urban centers more attractive to business and providing a better quality of life for India’s citizens.

“By joining the global consensus agreed to in Paris last month, India made clear that it will be an important part of the world’s solution to a truly global problem. U.S. industry stands ready and able to help India make its cities more sustainable – an effort that will greatly benefit India’s economic growth and our world’s ability to address a changing climate,” Andrews said.

Nirav Shah, President of the Parker, Colorado based EI Technologies is one of the delegates who has experienced the problems affecting India’s cities first hand and is excited about the government’s plan to convert 100 cities into smart cities.

He said; “EI Technologies is interested in exploring ways to make India’s proposed smart cities even smarter. Our Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology can help city officials manage multiple aspects of urban governance like public works, fire, crime, elections, water supply, waste-water, electricity and gas supply and even disaster response systems in a seamless, smooth and cost effective manner.”

As part of Deputy Secretary Andrews’ Trade Mission, Shah will be meeting urban development experts and officials at all three levels of Indian urban governance – central, state and local.

The following companies will join Deputy Secretary Andrews on this trade mission:

• Alcoa Inc. – New York, N.Y.

• Aquatech International – Canonsburg, Pa.

• Black & Veatch Pvt. Ltd. – Overland Park, Kans.

• Convalt – New York, N.Y.

• Danaher Holding (DHR) – Washington, D.C.

• Ecolab/NALCO – St Paul, Minn.

• EI Technologies, LLC – Parker, Colo.

• MasterCard – Purchase, N.Y.

• Milbank Manufacturing – Kansas City, Mo.

• Opower, Inc. – Arlington, Va.

• Owenscorning India Private Limited – Toledo, Ohio

• Qualcomm – San Diego, Calif.

• S2 Global-OSI Solutions – Torrance, Calif.

• Silver Spring Networks, Inc. – Redwood City, Calif.

• Smart Cities Council – Redmond, Wash.

• Turner Project Management India Pvt. Ltd. – New York, N.Y.

• UL LLC – Northbrook, Ill.

• Xylem Inc. – Rye Brook, N.Y.

As the world’s third largest economy in the world in terms of purchasing power parity, India has the second largest population and is projected to add 500 million people to its urban population over the next four decades.

The Indian government has made infrastructure development a priority, along with a plan to develop 100 smart cities – developed urban areas that would create sustainable economic development and high quality of life through efficient and innovative energy, transportation, digital, social platforms.

To connect these proposed cities with existing air and sea ports, India needs infrastructure upgrades and technologies. (ANI)

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