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Indiaspora’s DIALOGUE – New Delhi was held on January 25, 2015 in conjunction with President Obama’s historic visit to India. The meeting gathered influential business leaders and national politicians in order to discuss bold, new ideas for shaping and strengthening bilateral relations.
Participants included a high profile, influential delegation of Indian American leaders and many of their counterparts from India. This private dialogue focused on commitments and activities targeted at fostering a strong India-US partnership. Based on a round table format, the talks were a prelude to a series of on-going meetings to be held over the next 24 months, the next of which will be held at the Indiaspora forum in May.
The audience was limited to 25 leaders with a commitment to the success of a strategic US – India partnership invested in ensuring mutually beneficial outcomes for the U.S. and India, including economic growth, job creation, cross-border investing and strengthening cultural and diaspora ties.
The Indiaspora U.S.-India Strategy Dialogue aimed to fulfill the organization’s three broad initiatives:
1. Enhance Visibility of Indian Americans – increase the stature and influence of the Indian American community
2. Impact Policy – create a platform to help shape successful U.S.-India partnerships, including strategic discussions with leaders in trade, education, immigration, healthcare and security.
3. Redefine Philanthropy – improve the U.S.-India philanthropic model to promote more effective ways to donate money, services and time.
Each session was chaired and moderated by a recognized leader in that field. Post the productive dialogues, working groups were formed to address various initiatives and the results will be shared at the follow-up session scheduled for May 2015 in Washington, DC at the Indiaspora Forum.
The group also watched the Republic Day Parade, heard President Obama’s speech at Siri Fort, and met with India’s dynamic new railway minister Suresh Prabhu.