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Georgia and Gujarat: Building Relations

January 2005
Georgia and Gujarat: Building Relations

Georgia Indo American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) welcomed the visiting delegation from the state of Gujarat, which included Mrs. Anandiben Patel, Minister of Education; Anilbhai Patel, State Minister of Industries, and Arvind Agarwal, Industries Commissioner on November 30, 2004. The objective of this visit was to increase Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in the State of Gujarat. A dinner was hosted in their honor at the Palace Restaurant in Norcross, GA.

Anilbhai Patel and Arvind Agarwal talked about tremendous opportunities in the state of Gujarat in Agro & Marine, Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals, Engineering & Automobiles, emerging Technologies (Nanotechnologies, Biotech, and ITES), Tourism and Coastal Development, Energy, Gas & Petroleum, Ports and Port led development, etc. They also brought out an interesting fact that 80% of all the diamonds are processed in Gujarat!���Anandiben Patel described big progress being made in water resources, education (especially for women) and infrastructure development.

They also announced that Gujarat will host a summit on January 12 and 13, 2005, where Gujarat's economic capabilities and market potential will be displayed. The delegation is traveling throughout the US to promote Gujarat and the Summit. They are meeting with industry leaders and entrepreneurs engaged in the industries listed below:

Mr. Robb Pitts, the Fulton County Commissioner, a guest at the event addressed the group. He announced that Fulton County which is the largest County in the state of Georgia is in process of opening an office in Bangalore, India.

The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) announced its office bearers for the Year of 2005. Dr. Ash Thakker (CEO, Global Technology Connection, Inc.) is the new President. C.N. Madhusudan (CEO, NIIT USA), is the new Chairman and Terry Simmons, (Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP) is the President elect. The evening also saw the announcement of the new Board of Directors which included Ani Agnihotri, Krishnan Anand, Asif Jalil, CN Madhusudan and Aravind Swamy.

The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) represents the Indian Industry and Trade for Georgia and the Southeastern United States. As a private, non-profit member-based organization, its primary goal is to promote bilateral trade, investment and economic relations between the Southeastern United States (particularly the state of Georgia) and India. GIACC helped facilitate meetings between the delegation from Gujarat and corporations in Georgia.


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