In the wake of the pandemic decimating lives and businesses across the world and the United States, a delegation of Indian American International Chamber of Commerce, Inc.IAICC Executive Board Members, and the Consul General of India in Atlanta, recently met with the Governor of Mississippi (MS), Tate Reeves, Senator Cindy HydeSmith, Senator Roger Wicker, and other state officials. The objective of the meetings held in Mississippi was to offer assistance in the economic development of the State.
The delegation, that visited Mississippi from April 14-16, included IAICC President & CEO, KV Kumar, Consul General Dr. Swati Vijay Kulkarni, IAICC Vice Chairman & SE Regional Chair, Dr. N. Neelagaru, IAICC Executive Board Member and Chair of Forum on Women in Business & Leadership, Dr. Annapurna Bhat, SE Regional Vice Chair, Dr. Subrahmanya Bhat, IAICC MS Chapter Chairman, Jayanthilal (Jerry) Patel, IAICC MS Chapter President & Vice President of IAICC Forum on Women in Business and Leadership, Monica Harrigill, MS Chapter Vice Chairman Sumesh Arora, and IAICC Congressional Liaison, Larry Harvey.
On April 14th , the delegation visited Port Gibson to consider an economic development project. The delegation met the Claiborne County President, Mayor of Port Gibson City and the Executive Director of Claiborne County and discussed details of the project. On April 15th, the delegation met Mayor Dan Gibson of the City of Natchez, who presented the Key to Natchez to Mr. Kumar, and Dr. Kulkarni at a banquet hosted by Mayor Gibson. He also hosted a lunch in honor of the delegation.
On April 16th, during the meeting, Governor Reeves welcomed IAICC’s initiative to improve the economic situation in the State. Mr. Kumar appreciated the support of Governor Reeves for IAICC and said the Chamber’s partnership with Mississippi will not only benefit businesses across the State but also the adjoining States. Dr. Kulkarni told Governor Reeves that the delegation was very pleased with the meeting and hoped there will be a positive momentum in terms of economic development in Mississippi. She also said that she is looking forward to IAICC and the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to coordinate a plan for Governor Reeves to visit India soon.
The delegation had meetings with Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Mayor of the City of Brookhaven, Joe Cox, Commissioner Agriculture & Commerce, Andy Gipson, and Executive Director of MDA, John Rounsaville, and discussed a number of strategies to improve trade relations between Mississippi and India as well. T. VishnudattaJayaraman Communications Director Tel: (201) 615 3388 Email: [email protected] Website: www.iaicc.world
Indian American International Chamber of Commerce Promote and foster economic development of the United States of America, Republic of India together with the rest of the world for the benefit of all Promote and foster economic development of the United States of America, Republic of India together with the rest of the world for the benefit of all Dr. Kulkarni thanked Senator Hyde-Smith for hosting meetings and for the warm Southern hospitality. She further stressed that the MDA will take a positive decision to setup a Trade Office in India, similar to what South Carolina has done. This will definitely boost the bilateral trade and act as a win-win situation for both Mississippi and India.
The IAICC MS Chapter hosted a reception and dinner for Senator Roger Wicker, with attendance from the visiting delegation, state officials, and local business leaders. During his keynote speech, Senator Wicker praised the work of Mr. Kumar, Dr. Kulkarni, and the Indian American Community for their sincere efforts to improve on economic situation in Mississippi. Dr. Kulkarni praised Mr. Kumar’s work and said, “It has been my good luck to have a friend like you to advice and help in promoting India-US trade and investment ties through a sustainable platform of IAICC.” Mr. Kumar invited Governor Reeves, his cabinet members, Senator Hyde-Smith, Senator Wicker, Mayor Gibson, Mayor Cox, Commissioner Gipson, Executive Director Rounsaville, and business leaders to join the IAICC delegation to India and also invited them to join IAICC 30th Anniversary celebrations in the spring of 2022.