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Pic 4Chicago: The Consulate General of India hosted an Executive Seminar on ”’Make in India Week” on Wednesday. The International Business Council, Illinois Chamber of Commerce were the host partners of the seminar.

Over hundred eminent business persons and entrepreneurs attended the event. These businessman and entrepreneurs are working in different sectors of economy in the US–Midwest, besides senior officials of the State of Illinois, World Business Chicago, Sister City International, Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO), The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, US-India Business Council (USIBC), US-India Chamber of Commerce and the Kellogg School of Management.

The main speakers at the event were Dr Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General of India; Mr Hardik Bhatt, Chief Information Officer, State of Illinois; Ms Amy Hariani, Director & Legal Policy Counsel, US-India Business Council, Mr Kishen Kavikondala, President, SK International, Mr Tom L Kelly, Director of Government Affairs, Clark Hill PLC, Ms Poonam Gupta-Krishnan, Founder of Iyka Enterprises and Mr Brad Perine, Vice President of Marketing, Esayfe.

Consul General Dr Ausaf Sayeed made a power presentation on “Make in India Week”. Through which he highlighted the robust health of Indian economy.  He pointed out that IMF in its World Economic Outlook (WEO) sees India as the world’s fastest growing economy in 2016-17 with GDP growth of 7.5%. India continues to be the

India has maintained its status as the Top Global Destination for FDI with 32% of investors termed India as the Most Attractive Market last year while other 60% placing it among the top 3 investment destinations.

He mentioned that investors consider India as one of the most open economies in the world allowing 100% FDI in most of the sectors of its economy.

He talked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of, ”Reform to Transform” which aims to make India the easiest and simplest place to do business by eliminating paperwork and easing out old cumbersome procedures.

The Consul General said that ”Make in India” is the premier initiative of Indian Government. It targets at transforming the Indian economy from the services-driven growth to intensive manufacturing driven growth. It will not only increase productivity but also will promote India as an international manufacturing hub.

He talked about the 30 key economic sectors where MNCs can set up the manufacturing base in India. He added that India’s manufacturing sector offers one trillion US dollars of economic opportunity.

He specifically mentioned the synergy between Indian states and those in the US Midwest. He said this synergy could be utilized to boost the manufacturing sectors in both countries. A promotional film on “Make in India” was also shown as part of the presentation.

Mr Hardik Bhatt, Chief Information Officer of the State of Illinois, asserted that Illinois is one of most important business partners of India. He said Illinois is the leader in the field education, global connection, and innovative ecosystem and it has a desire to collaborate with India in the initiative of developing the smart cities. He cited his recent useful interactions with high-level trade missions who had come from high Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Ms Amy Hariani, Director and Legal Policy Counsel, US-India Business Council (USIBC) commended Modi government. He said that the government made constant progress to deliver on its election promises of economic reforms.

He said the allowing FDI in several sector more freely, removal of red tape, the arrival of transparent tax environment and the intellectual property regime’s improvement have sent the message to all the investors that India is ready and open for serious business.

He said these efforts are also visible in India’s rise in the World Bank’s, ”Ease of Doing Business Index”. She added the US enterprises are also committed to the ”Make In India” program in many areas such as defense, health, power generation, media, entertainment, and technology and there is potential to do more.

Mr Tom Kelly, Director of Government Affairs in Clark Hill’s Washington DC office and Mr Kishen Kavikondala, President SK International held a joint presentation focused on introducing the American skilled training model to the Indian students.

Ms Poonam Gupta, Founder, and CEO of Iyka Enterprises, Inc, gave a presentation on simplifying technology for the manufacturing industry and customizable data management solutions to a specific, targeted market.

Mr Brad Perine, Vice President of Marketing of M/S Esayfe gave a presentation on software security applications to protect and secure sensitive data, while expressing their company’s interest in supporting the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

The Consulate General of India, Chicago has since mobilized four major business delegations — one each from the States of Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri to participate in “Make in India Week”, scheduled in Mumbai from February 13-18, 2016.

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Oli Assures Modi, Nepal’s Territory Won’t Be Used Against India’s Interests

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

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Gokhale said that Modi's two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations
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Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.

“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.

Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.

There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.

There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.

Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.

“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.

He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
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According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.

Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.

Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.

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He also held extensive discussions with Oli, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and other government officials to better bilateral ties after which he said: “All misunderstandings with Nepal are over.”

Modi also met leaders of opposition parties, starting with former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other members of the Nepali Congress.

He exchanged views on strengthening bilateral ties with former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”. (IANS)