Indo-Asia connectivity for shared prosperity

USIBC Supports Indo-Asia Connectivity for Shared Prosperity Conference: Private Sector Engagement and Opportunities

Private Sector Engagement and Opportunities

U.S. Consulate General Kolkata, in partnership with the U.S.-India Business Council, India-based Consumer United Trust Society (CUTS) and the East-West Center, will host the “Indo-Asia Connectivity for Shared Prosperity” conference in Kolkata December 14–15. Strong private sector participation is crucial to achieving the conference goals of increasing trade across South and Southeast Asia and strengthening regional integration through expanded commercial ties between South Asia and the United States. Accordingly, CUTS is pleased to invite key business leaders from the United States and the region to participate in both the Connectivity Conference and the associated Bay of Bengal Business Forum, organized by the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service.

Meet U.S. Ambassadors: Business leaders will have opportunities to engage directly with high-level U.S. government officials, including U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma and other U.S. regional ambassadors, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, and SelectUSA Executive Director Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally. The conference schedule format provides time for discussions between the ambassadors and private sector participants focused on the current business climate, growth opportunities, and the role of the U.S. private sector in driving regional economic expansion.

Attend Conference: Industry participants will take part in sessions in one of four tracks: maritime and waterways connectivity; energy cooperation between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal; cross-border trade and investment; and the Bay of Bengal business forum. The first three sessions welcome participants from the private sector who can share their practical first-hand experience and expert knowledge to identify next steps in increasing regional connectivity. The fourth session, the Bay of Bengal Business Forum, will present an opportunity for business leaders and economic development office representatives from the region and the United States to explore investment opportunities. Participants will have an opportunity to pitch their respective interests to regional business leaders.

Network: Business leaders will find opportunities to network with key government officials and industry contacts during both focused conference sessions and open discussion periods during lunch and dinner. The Bay of Bengal Business Forum in particular will allow U.S. and regional business to solicit investment and discuss possibilities for launching and expanding operations in the region.

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