New Delhi: A high powered delegation of CEOs from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), led by Mr. Adi Godrej, President, CII and Chairman, Godrej Group will be visiting the United States from 11–14 June, 2012. The annual CEOs delegation comes at an opportune time, coinciding with the third U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, chaired by Ms. Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State and Mr. S. M. Krishna, Minister of External Affairs, Government of India, to be held on 13 June in Washington DC.
In recent months, all eyes have turned towards India as economic growth has slowed down and a number of domestic policy measures have caused significant concern among foreign investors, including in the United States. The CEOs delegation will, during their visit, re-affirm Indian businesses’ commitment to the U.S.-India bilateral economic and strategic partnership, while offering CII’s vision for kick starting the reforms agenda. Despite occasional hiccups, the business sentiment in both countries remains largely positive and the CEOs delegation will seek to revitalize collaboration with U.S. companies in sectors such as clean energy, defense, healthcare, infrastructure, agriculture cold chain and manufacturing.
In Washington DC, the delegation will participate in the CII-USIBC Economic Summit addressing the role and recommendations of industry in ensuring economic, national, energy and food security. They will also hold meetings with key officials in the US administration and on Capitol Hill. In an effort to forge stronger ties with US states, the delegation will travel to Ohio and Illinois, holding business interactions with JobsOhio, Ohio State University and Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
“US-India bilateral relationship has truly experienced a quantum jump in the past decade. Job creation and value addition have been the bedrock of the business partnerships between the two countries, but much remains to be done. The CEOs delegation will step up this engagement through state-to-state linkages, and re-affirm our commitment to our bilateral economic partnership,” Mr. Adi Godrej said.
Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII said, “The US is a critical country for India—not just in terms of business interests, but also from a strategic and civilizational standpoint. Through the CEOs mission to the United States, we hope to prove to the US business community and government that our commitment remains unwavering, even in a tough economic climate.”
The CII CEOs mission members include Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan, President - Designate, CII and Co-founder and Executive Co-chairman, Infosys Limited; Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII; Mr. S. Premkumar, Group Chief Executive Officer, Apollo Hospitals; Mr. Deep Kapuria, Chairman, CII MSME Council and Chairman, Hi-Tech Gears Limited; Mr. Rajan Navani, Managing Director, Jetline Group of Companies; Mr. R. Mukundan, Deputy Chairman, CII Western Region and Managing Director, Tata Chemicals Limited; Mr. Nikhil Sawhney, Director, Triveni Engineering; and Mr. Zubin Irani, Co-Chairman of CII National Committee on MNCs and Managing Director, United Technologies.