Desi Talk – that’s all you need to know 8 BUSINESS December 3, 2021 IAICC Widens India Outreach, Launches Western Regional Headquarters In Mumbai I ndian American International Chamber of Com- merce (IAICC) officials headed by the CEO of IAICC, KV Kumar recently met with key Indian Government leaders, corporate officials, and US diplomats in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru in India, to discuss a number of critical issues that could benefit India and the United States. In New Delhi, a delegation comprising of Kumar, and the IAICC India Chairman, Anil Agarwal met with the Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari, and discussed aspects of the development of transpor- tation and highways sectors in the US and India. The delegation also met with the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Om Birla, Chairman of External Affairs Committee P.P. Chaudhary, and the Chief Protocol Officer of the Ministry of External Affairs, Nagesh Singh, and discussed strate- gies to enhance US-India relations in addition to working with other countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. IAICC also launched itsWestern Regional Headquar- ters at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai. Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO of BSE & Chair- man, IAICC Corporate Advisory Board inaugurated the headquarters and delivered the keynote speech at the BSE Boardroom. Kumar, Malav Dani, Chairman of the IAICCWestern Regional Headquarters, Chirag Puru- shotham, IAICC Executive Board Member & Chairman, IAICC South India Chapter, Harold Brayman from the US Consulate in Mumbai, Saurabh Shah, President of Indo- American Chamber of Commerce, and other business leaders were present during the launch. At the launch ceremony, Kumar thanked Chauhan and the BSE for the opportunity and expressed optimism that the launch will benefit India and the US. During his keynote address, Chauhan said that the two countries will re-establish the importance of democracy together. According to him, the next 30 years will be crucial from a wealth creation perspective for India and the rest of the world – for prosperity across society. “The people-to- people interactions are fundamental to our relationship, and opening Chambers like IAICC will only improve the interactions and collaborations between these two coun- tries,” he urged. Dani said that inaugurating the headquarters marks a momentous step forward in bringing the two nations, on a path of collaboration and cooperation. Dani felt that integrating the two cultures to create a more sustainable future for citizens of both countries would be well ap- preciated. “During my recent trip to India, IAICC officials and I met several important people in India. I have also invited them for the IAICC’s 30th anniversary celebrations next year. IAICC has been playing an important role in promoting trade relations between India and the US for nearly three decades. The launch of the IAICCWestern Regional Headquarters and our outreach in India is a key step towards continuing IAICC’s sincere commitment in furthering India-US relations,” Kumar told News India Times. In Bangalore, a delegation comprising of Kumar, and Purushotham called on the Governor of Karnataka, Ta- warchand Gehlot at the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru, to brief on IAICC’s activities. The Governor appreciated IAICC’s good work, pledged his support, and wished success for the Chamber’s future activities. Later, the delegation met with Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Executive Chair of Biocon, and briefed her about IAICC and its activities at her office in Bengaluru. After touring the Biocon facility in Bangalore, Kumar described it as the one of the best maintained state-of-the-art-facility he had ever seen. In New Delhi, Kumar met with Aileen Nandi, Minister/ Counselor for Commercial Affairs, and Thomas Carnegie, Minister/Counselor, Economics, Trade & Information Technology Policy from the US Embassy, and discussed US India trade and strategic relationships. During the meeting they agreed to work together to enhance the relationship between the two countries. Kumar was also interviewed by Doordarshan, Na- tional News Channel of India, where he spoke about a wide range of important issues relating to India and the US. During the interview, he touched upon many areas including trade, defense, exchange of technology in transportation & highways, artificial Intelligence, small businesses, effects of the pandemic and its impact on women and minority owned businesses, increasing influ- ence of the Indian diaspora in the US and so on. IAICC also partnered with The All India Association of Industries (AIAI) and TheWorld Trade Center (WTC), Mumbai and signed MoUs withWTC, and AIAI. About the MoUs, Kumar, observed, “IAICC is proud about this special partnership. We look forward to further our rela- tions through mutual exchange of trade delegations and by encouraging business cooperation among Small and Medium Enterprise members.” Photos: IAICC From Left, IAICC CEO, KV Kumar, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Om Birla, and IAICC India Chairman, Anil Agarwal in New Delhi. IAICC CEO, KV Kumar with the Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi. By T.Vishnudatta Jayaraman IAICC CEO, KV Kumar, and IAICC Executive Board Member, Chirag Purushotham with the Governor of Karnataka, Tawarchand Gehlot at the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru. From Left, Ashishkumar Chauhan, KV Kumar, Malav Dani, Harold Brayman, and Chirag Purushotham at the launch ceremony of the IAICC Western Regional Headquarters in Mumbai.