Building a Legacy for the Next 50: WASITRAC organizes US-India Trade Summit in Seattle, September 27-28, 2012

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1st Washington State Summit on US-India Trade and Commerce is scheduled to take place at the Seattle Center as part of the Next Fifty Celebration during September 27-28, 2012.

The first Washington State Summit on US-India Trade & Commerce is being organized by the Washington State and India Trade Relations Action Committee (WASITRAC) in collaboration with the Seattle Center Foundation, Consulate General of India in San Francisco, City of Seattle, Port of Seattle, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Foster School of Business and University of Washington with support of the U.S. Commercial Service, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Washington State Department of Commerce, Seattle Tourism and Convention Bureau, Washington Economic Development Commission and a host of sponsoring organizations.

Ambassador Isi A. Siddiqui, Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (Seattle), U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (Silicon Valley, CA) and Consul General of India Mr. N. Parthsarathi will be among the many dignitaries attending the first Washington State Summit on US-India Trade & Commerce, which will be held in Seattle, Washington, on September 27 and 28 at the Seattle Center, with the theme of “Building a Legacy for the Next 50 years”. “Vibrant Gujarat 2013 Road show” and other exhibits will be the highlight of this trade summit. High profile trade delegations from the Indian States of Gujarat, Odisha, Karnataka and Assam comprising of ministers, senior govt. officials and business leaders are also expected to participate in this summit.

The Summit is taking place during the Next Fifty, a six month long celebration (April – October) marking the 50th anniversary of the Seattle Center and Seattle’s First World Fair (1962-2012). The month of September has been designated as the month for Innovation & Economy. The Chief Minister of Orissa, Mr. Naveen Patnaik has been invited by the organizers to be the chief guest of this trade summit while Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma and Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh have been invited as the Keynote Speakers. The registration for the summit will be complimentary to current students of all business schools in the State of Washington.

Other confirmed distinguished speakers are Mr. Ravi Saxena, Additional Chief secretary for Science & Technology, State government of Gujarat and well known author, spiritual leader and philosopher Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy from India; Mr. Rogers Weed, Director for the Dept of Commerce for the state of Washington, Mr. Tay Yoshitani, CEO of the Port of Seattle, Provost Ana Marie Cauce of the University of Washington and Mr. Naveen Jain, Philanthropist and CEO/Founder of Intelius and Moon Express. Organizers have invited several dignitaries from India and USA as well as distinguished speakers, and expect 250+ delegates to participate in this US-India trade summit.

The summit will open with 3rd Annual Building Bridges Reception on the evening of September 27 where the organizers will honor Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy with the “Building Bridges across the Nations” award for his works on the arts, literature, music and spirituality. Dr. Satpathy was recently conferred with D. Litt. (Doctorate of Literature) by the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Tirupati and LL. D. (Doctorate of Law) by the Berhampur University in India. His latest book “Shri Guru Bhagavat” is has been published in India in both Oriya and English. This book contains invaluable aspects of human life like the greatness and uniqueness of Shri Guru, the different levels of Gurus, the Guru-disciple relationship and the importance of rendering services to the Guru and is written in the poetic meter (each line with nine letters in a couplet form) of the Bhagavat written by Shri Jagannath Das, the legendary Indian author of the 15th century.

Since 2004, Washington and New Delhi have been pursuing a “strategic partnership” based on shared values and apparently convergent geopolitical interests. Numerous economic, security, and global initiatives, including plans for civilian nuclear cooperation, is underway. This latter initiative, first launched in 2005, reversed three decades of U.S. nonproliferation policy. Also in 2005, the United States and India signed a ten-year defense framework agreement to expand bilateral security cooperation. The value of all bilateral trade quadrupled from 2001 to 2011 and continues to grow; significant two-way investment also flourishes. The influence of a large Indian-American community is reflected in Congress’s largest country-specific caucus. In 2010 United States and India signed an agreement of Framework for Cooperation on Trade and Investment. This agreement strengthens bilateral cooperation and seeks to build on recent rapid growth in US-India trade, which has more than doubled over the past few years. More than 100,000 Indian students are attending American universities.

The day long summit on September 28th will include inauguration, keynote addresses by dignitaries, informative workshops, one to one networking among participants, industry focused panels and company spotlights. The summit exhibits will highlight opportunities in the area of infrastructure development, technology and innovation, education, agriculture, chemicals & pharmaceuticals, life sciences, biotechnology, nanotechnology, automobiles, shipbuilding, tourism and convention. The summit will also have a special session on corporate social responsibility highlighting the role of businesses in building stronger and sustainable communities. The day long summit will end with the discourses by Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy (Guru Ji) on “Mystique India, Eastern Philosophy and Sai Revolution”.

Details of the information on Summit registration and program can be had at visit

Debadutta Dash
Co Chair, WASITRAC info(at)wasitrac(dot)org

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