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  Author Name : K Ramesh Babu Posted on : June-19-2010 Total Hits: 2017
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Over 200 U.S. and Indian business leaders greeted a visiting delegation of prominent Indian Parliamentarians, calling for renewed vigor in support of U.S.-India partnership. Twelve members of India's Parliament, representing both the ruling United Progressive Alliance as well as members of the opposition, met with senior business executives and thought leaders at the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC). USIBC President Ron Somers; Rajan Bharti Mittal, President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI); Dr. Amit Mitra, Director General, FICCI; and Ambassador John Negroponte, Vice Chairman of McLarty & Associates, offered observations - all supporting deeper collaboration in technology and innovation - touching all aspects of the two largest free-market democracies. 

"The last ten years have seen a remarkable transformation in the U.S.-India relationship," observed Ron Somers, citing India's expression of solidarity by India following 9/11 and U.S. cooperation with India following the attack on Mumbai on 26/11. "But we cannot rest on our laurels. The private sector must demonstrate leadership and exhort both our governments to do more, so that the true potential of our partnership can materialize."

The Members of Parliament, which included the Hon'ble Abishek Singhvi, Senior National Spokesperson for the India National Congress, committed to taking the bilateral relationship to the next level. Dr. Singvi spoke of India's remarkable economic growth and called upon the private sector to play an even greater role in helping propel India to the next level of development.  Delegation members spoke of the enormous challenges and opportunities the country faces - building world-class infrastructure, transforming the agricultural and rural economy, making India a world-class manufacturing hub, and utilizing technology to address very real and immediate security challenges.

"Only as full partners can the United States and India meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century," Ron Somers noted. "The United States and India must stand together to address regional, energy, and food security, fighting disease, as well as the scourge of terrorism, and providing the education and other tools for uplifting all our citizens.  The private sector is committed to playing a central role in these efforts."

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