India-US World Affairs Institute Selected by U.S. Department of Commerce to Lead Certified Trade Mission to India

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The Certified Trade Mission will help American companies access India’s huge and growing market in high technology sectors, including aerospace, defense and homeland security; civil aviation; energy; higher education; information and communications technologies; and life sciences and food technology.

“America’s exports to India have been growing at up to 30 percent a year for over six years, faster than our exports to almost any other major country in the world,” said Dr. Vinod K. Jain, President & CEO of the India-US World Affairs Institute.

The India-US World Affairs Institute will lead a Certified Trade Mission to India in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce later this year. Scheduled for November 26 - December 3, 2011, the Mission will visit Hyderabad, Mumbai, and New Delhi. It will offer U.S. companies in several high technology sectors the opportunity to experience first-hand the substantial opportunities that exist in India. The Mission will focus on sectors such as aerospace, defense and homeland security; civil aviation; energy; higher education; information and communications technologies; and life sciences and food technology, among others.

The Institute has also been selected by the State of Maryland as their Official Partner for the first ever Gubernatorial Trade Delegation to India, to be led by Governor Martin O’Malley in late November. As the Official Partner, the Institute will facilitate business-to-business interactions with companies in India and offer complete logistics support for companies and educational institutions accompanying the Governor’s Trade Delegation.

The Certified Trade Mission is being supported by the U.S. Commercial Service with their Gold Key Matchmaking Service, under which eligible U.S. companies can receive pre-screened appointments with prospective agents, distributors, and strategic business partners in India. The Commercial Service will also facilitate networking receptions and business meetings with Indian companies and provide economic and business briefings to Mission delegates.

In addition, Mission delegates will attend seminars on topics such as “Doing Business in India” and “Working with the Government of India” and attend roundtables with the executives of American companies in India as well as of Indian companies. Some of these will be facilitated by the Institute’s Indian partner, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Highlighting the importance of the growing strategic partnership between the United States and India, Dr. Raj Davé, Chairman of the India-US World Affairs Institute, said, “America’s and India’s fortunes in the 21st century seem irrevocably tied together, and it is in the interests of both nations to continue working together in business, defense, homeland security, foreign affairs, and other spheres.” “It’s a role not just for governments, but for all of us in business, academia, and civil society to help facilitate and strengthen the strategic partnership.”

Individuals and organizations interested in participating in the Certified Trade Mission or the Governor’s Trade Delegation should contact the India-US World Affairs Institute at 301-651-2818 or visit http://www.india-us.org. Maryland companies can also apply to the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development for an ExportMD grant of up to $10,000 to help subsidize the cost of participating in the Governor's Trade Delegation to India.

About the India-US World Affairs Institute

Established in 2006, the India-US World Affairs Institute, Inc., is an autonomous, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization based in the Washington D.C. national capital region, and focused on promoting the interests of both India and the United States in global business and world affairs. The Institute offers its members and participants a unique opportunity to share affiliation with a dynamic institution at the intersection of society, global business, and world affairs. For more information about the Institute, visit http://www.india-US.org.

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