An US trade delegation (USA trade mission) led by former US envoy to India Mr. Robert Blachwill paid courtesy visit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today and had fruitful discussion on expanding the scope of American companies’ economic-industrial partnership and investment in Gujarat.
Mr. Robert Blachwill, who served as USA’s envoy to India during 2001 to 2003, has been a strong advocate of strengthening America’s relations with India. As an expert on US economy and foreign policy he also enjoys a high regard as a senior fellow of USA’s Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to the delegation’s visit, Mr. Robert Blachwill had 45-minute one-to-one discussion with Mr. Modi on various subjects including current national and international matters.
Mr. Robert Blachwill was accompanied by senior director of international development and government affairs of American company Mr. Daryl Bouwkamp and infrastructure consultant Mr. Rajendra Sinha. A presentation highlighting possibility of expanding partnership between Gujarat and America in various sectors of development was also displayed on the occasion.
American companies and trade corporations are impressed by how rapidly and consistently Gujarat achieved economic success after devastating earthquake a decade back. US companies are eager to partner Gujarat in the newly emerging fields such as manufacturing, solar and renewable energy, coastal development, urban infrastructure, solid waste management agro processing and dairy industries and environment technology. Mr. Robert Blachwill positively responded to the Chief Minister’s invitation to participate in Vibrant Gujarat Agro High-tech Global Summit scheduled on coming Sep 9-10, and expressed keenness in taking part in Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit-2015 with a delegation.
Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister K. Kailasnathan, Additional Chief Secretary A. Sahu, Principal Secretary J. Pandiyan and Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister A.K.Sharma was also present during the meet.