GIACC jointly hosts a business delegation from India
Presentation of India-USA Yearbook 2013: Claus Boelter (Transatlantic Sales), Viren Mayani (President-Elect GIACC), Jorge Fernandez (Metro Atlanta Chamber), Consul General Ajit Kumar, Don Nay (US Commercial Office) and Dr. V. Venkatagiri (IndoUSABiz). (Photo: Kshitij Sarkar)
The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) and Atlanta's Office of International Affairs participated in a three-day event from July 24-26, 2013 to strengthen Atlanta’s global business identity and foster overseas business opportunities. A delegation of Indian companies specializing in electrical equipment and engineering goods met with local companies, discussed doing business in India, and attended networking events during their visit.
On July 24th at the Hilton Garden Inn, GIACC along with IndoUSABiz and the Federation of Indian Export Organizations jointly hosted the delegation. GIACC, an independent organization, has had a history of inviting and hosting niche industry experts to the USA for match-making with their US counterparts, to enable economic development between USA and India through the Georgia gateway. IndoUSAbiz is a Chennai-based initiative formed to propel Indo-US businesses through information, advisory, and hand-holding services, with focus on small and mid-sized companies.
Co-sponsors of this event were the Consulate General of India - Atlanta, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Buckhead Coalition, and the Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development. Organizers were Claus Boelter (GIACC board member and president of Transatlantic Sales USA) and Dr. V. Venkatagiri, founder of IndoUSABiz. Present were India’s Consul General Ajit Kumar; Vice Consul Ashok Kumar; newly appointed Director of International Affairs at the City of Atlanta, Ms. Claire Collobert Angelle; Protocol Officer Noah Downer from the Mayor’s Office; Jorge Fernandez of the Metro Atlanta Chamber; Donald Nay, Director of the US Export Assistance Center for the Southeast; and others.
The visiting delegation of Indian business included Rajesh Agarwal of Supreme & Co Pvt Ltd, Lalit Mohan Mathur of the The Wipe Hotwire India Thermal Equipments (P) Ltd, Narinder Singh of B.S. Agriculture Industries, director of the Kanada Impex Pvt Ltd. - Gujarat, and owner of the Supreme and Co Pvt Ltd - Kolkota. Mr. Rajesh Agarwal of Supreme did have a warehousing facility in Atlanta but the recent economic downturn made them part ways. Now that things are looking brighter, he is reconsidering the idea of warehousing in Atlanta again. The small delegation was ready to sign deals and partner with local businesses. All present were impressed by the diversity and strength of international business mentality shown by the business delegates. The event drew a small but potent crowd, and delegation members are hopeful that if not this time, their next visit will draw equally ready-to-do-business Georgian companies as well.
The event was also the release of the India USA Year Book 2013, known locally as Claus Boelter's "How-To Book." An impromptu dinner reception followed, facilitated by the Indian Consulate office.
Georgia today has one of the most vibrant and fastest growing Indian business communities in the country. The Atlanta metropolitan region is home to a vibrant Indian community with more than 74,000 residents. In addition, of the 42 Indian facilities operating in the state of Georgia, more than half are located in the Atlanta metropolitan region. These Indian-affiliated companies employ more than 2,150 Georgians.
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Further information on the delegation and on the India-USA Yearbook 2013
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