MUMBAI - On February 8, WTC Mumbai welcomed a multi-sector delegation from the North Carolina business community led by the state’s Secretary of Commerce J. Keith Crisco. Secretary Crisco conducted a meeting, co-organized by the WTC and the All India Association of Industries (AIAI), in which he highlighted North Carolina’s commitment to promoting education, innovation, and growth in the high-tech industry. Secretary Crisco added, “India is an important trading partner as well as a growing source of direct investment in our state. We want to be an important economic partner with India.”
Vijay Kalantri, WTC Mumbai vice-chairman and president of AIAI, believes that the delegation’s visit is an important sign of the growing trade links between India and North Carolina, as well the United States as a whole. Mr. Kalantri added, “India is a thriving market for US exports,” citing statistics from the US Department of Commerce that indicated a 30.79% increase in bilateral trade between the US and India during the first 11 months of 2010 compared with the same period in 2009.
Following the meeting, the WTC hosted a formal welcome reception for the delegation from North Carolina. The reception was attended by over 50 special invitees comprised of government officials, diplomats, industrialists, and press and media representatives.
North Carolina Secretary of Commerce J. Keith Crisco (left) speaks with WTC Mumbai Vice-Chairman Vijay Kilantri (center), and US Consul General in Mumbai Paul Folmsbee (right) at the welcome reception held at WTC Mumbai
At the meeting are (l to r) Y.R. Warerkar, WTC Mumbai executive director; Vijay Kalantri, WTC Mumbai vice chairman & WTCA board director and president of AIAI; Rupa Naik, executive director of AIAI; J. Keith Crisco, secretary of commerce, government of North Carolina (USA); Jean Davis, director-international trade division, government of North Carolina; and Susan Fleetwood, director-business and industry development, government of North Carolina