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GIACC and Gwinnett Chamber sign Memorandum of Understanding

September 2021
GIACC and Gwinnett Chamber sign Memorandum of Understanding

On August 12, 2021, the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce (GCOC) formalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate and promote business opportunities between India and Gwinnett County.

GIACC protects, develops, encourages, promotes and fosters trade, business, financial or professional interests and commercial relations between India and the United States, specifically Georgia.

(L to R) Anita Ninan, Chair, GIACC; S.K. Raj, President, GIACC; Nick Massino, President & CEO, Gwinnett Chamber; and Tammy Shumate, Past Chair, Gwinnett Chamber.

“GIACC welcomes this opportunity to collaborate with Gwinnett Chamber to encourage networking, advocacy and business development for our memberships,” says Anita Ninan, 2021 Board Chair, GIACC. Gwinnett county is home to a significant percentage of the Indian diaspora and several Indian-owned businesses in greater Atlanta. GIACC hopes this MOU will further promote and foster business opportunities between India and the state of Georgia, which is the primary mission of GIACC. According to SK Raj, President, GIACC, “The partnership will benefit members from both organizations in promoting trade and commerce between Georgia and India.”

“This agreement is the Gwinnett Chamber’s fourth MOU this year. We are excited to continue growing our partnership opportunities and reach throughout the Metro Atlanta region,” said Gwinnett Chamber’s Past Chair, Tammy Shumate.

ATNew_2_9_21.jpg[Right] GIACC board members and guests with CGI Dr. Swati Kulkarni, Senator Sheikh Rahman as well as Tammy Shumate and Nick Massino of Gwinnett Chamber.

The Consul General of India in Atlanta, Dr. Swati Vijay Kulkarni, was in attendance and shared that over 30,000 Indian-Americans proudly call Gwinnett their home. State Senator Sheikh Rahman, also in attendance, noted that according to 2020 U.S. Census data released earlier that day, Georgia had experienced a 53 percent increase in the Asian American Pacific Islander population.

In addition to furthering collaboration, the agreement includes partnering on at least two events per year that will help connect members of both chambers; and supporting delegations and visits by businesspersons to both regions. GIACC has a seat on the Gwinnett Chamber’s Board of Directors which is currently filled by Pabs Raghava, CEO of Tours Limited and GIACC board member.

“We are lucky to have Pabs represent GIACC on our board. Earlier this year, both our chambers co-hosted a networking event at her residence, bringing together a small group of our board members and local elected officials. We look forward to more opportunities to cross collaborate and support our members,” said Nick Masino, President & CEO, Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett.

The signing of the MOU at the cusp of the celebration of India’s 75th Independence Day on August 15, 2021, bodes well for GIACC as it continues to plan events as also formalize partnerships and alliances that promote business in the Indo-US/Georgia/Gwinnett corridor.

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