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Catalyst. Bridge builder. Thought leader. Indiaspora performed many of its recurring roles at our second DIALOGUE meeting last month in Washington D.C.
And this time, we played a new part: Ground breaker.
“Mission 2022” breaks new ground for Indiaspora. As India prepares to celebrate its 75th birthday in 2022, Indiaspora committed to work for the next seven years to make the U.S.-India partnership the defining partnership of the 21st century.
Partnering with the Confederation of Indian Industry and also its “India @75” agenda laid out by visionary economist C.K. Prahalad, Mission 2022 envisions what India can become and the actions necessary to bring it to life. The project also dovetails with Prime Minister Modi’s goals to improve Indian job skills, education, urbanization and business prospects.
To ensure progress towards Mission 2022, Indiaspora will host biannual DIALOGUEs every six months, alternating between the U.S. and India. The original goal of the DIALOGUE meetings is to strengthen U.S.-India relations by assembling key leaders to define, discuss and prioritize the important issues that will shape the future of relations between the two countries.
Continuing the success of the first DIALOGUE held in conjunction with President Obama’s historic visit to India, the caliber of the Washington D.C. DIALOGUE participants was extraordinary. Richard Verma, U.S. Ambassador to India, and Arun Singh, Indian Ambassador to the U.S. were both in attendance, as was congressman Ami Berra and several secretaries in President Obama’s cabinet including Assistant Secretaries Nisha Biswal, Arun Kumar and Puneet Talwar. Other attendees included prominent businesspeople, think tank leaders, philanthropists, academics and members of government.
The enthusiasm of DIALOGUE participants proved their genuine commitment to the success of a strategic U.S.-India bilateral partnership. In-depth sessions on security, trade and implementation prompted expert input that will form the basis for white papers, OPEDs, bi-lateral forums and a plan of action in each area.
Later, Indiaspora and CII jointly hosted a reception for US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker as well as Indian Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman who both re-emphasized their determination to enhance the commercial dialogue between the two countries.
Thank you to all DIALOGUE participants and supporters for their commitment, time and insight. We look forward to the next DIALOGUE in early 2016.