Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Jim Schellinger, Secretary of Commerce, Indiana said, “Indiana is located in the heart of the heartland and it is called the ‘Crossroads of USA’. 80% of America’s population can be reached within 12 hours drive and 20 major metropolitan cities, including Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit and St. Louis can be reached in just four hours drive. We are also the electronic crossroad of USA as Indiana is home to advanced manufacturing and information technology.”
“Indiana ranks number one in ease of doing business in Midwest and number five in the entire country as the state administration offers business friendly environment with low regulation and taxation. The state has the second lowest labour cost in USA and it is the third most affordable state in the country. Indiana ranks number one in infrastructure and the state government has planned USD 60 billion infrastructure investment in the next 20 years.”
“Even though we are in the heart of heartland, Indiana is well connected globally. The state is home to the world’s second largest FedEX hub. Indiana has direct flights to Europe and the state government is working to launch transpacific flights to connect to India and China. Indiana is well connected to three international ports and we can reach European coast within 17 hours.”
Mr. Schellinger informed that the University of Notre Dame in Indiana has partnered with India to restore world heritage site of Taj Mahal. He further pointed out that around 1002 businesses from 38 countries have invested in Indiana, thereby creating 1.95 lakh jobs.
Mr. Schellinger concluded his remarks by quoting the Governor’s oft-repeated statement: “We take the world to Indiana and we bring the world to Indiana; We provide an ocean of opportunity. The ones who win are the ones who show up.”
In his remarks, Mr. Y.R. Warerkar, Director General, MVIRDC World Trade Center said, ”India is the 9th largest trading partner of USA. I am confident that this interactive meeting will open up new vistas of partnership between the world’s largest economy and the world’s fastest growing economy. WTC Mumbai is proud to host this important meeting to discuss the roadmap for future cooperation between USA and India. We have gathered shortly after the historic meeting between India’s Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and Hon’ble US President Mr. Donald Trump at Houston. During this Houston meeting, both the leaders committed to take our bilateral relations to new heights.”
Mr. Warerkar concluded his remarks by saying, “World Trade Center Mumbai and All India Association of Industries (AIAI) have come together to organise jointly such useful programmes keeping in view the larger objects of both the organizations in furthering international trade between India and her bilateral partners with a view to promote global peace, prosperity and reduce conflict around the world. And, I believe, today’s programme will go a long way in meeting the common goals of humanity around the world.”
The event featured an insightful presentation from Ms. Idie Kesner, Dean of the Kelley School of Business and Mr. Ash Soni, Associate Dean of Academic Programmes, Kelley School of Business on the economic and academic excellence of Indiana.
The Indiana Governor led a high level business delegation with members including Mr. Greg Zoeller, Chairman of World Trade Center Indianapolis, Ms. Doris Anne Sadler, President and CEO of World Trade Center Indianapolis and other prominent dignitaries.
The event witnessed more than 100 B2B meetings between business delegates of India and Indiana representing sectors such as medical devices, agriculture, life science, aviation, automobile, information technology, among others.
Mr. Eric Holcomb, Governor of Indiana, USA (right) being felicitated by Mr. Y.R. Warerkar, Director General, MVIRDC World Trade Center at an interactive programme on ‘Doing Business in Indiana’
(From left to right) Ms. Doris Anne Sadler, President and CEO of World Trade Center Indianapolis, Mr. Ash Soni, Associate Dean of Academic Programmes, Kelley School of Business, Mr. Jim Schellinger, Secretary of Commerce, Indiana, Mr. Eric Holcomb, Governor of Indiana, USA, Mr. Y.R. Warerkar, Director General, MVIRDC World Trade Center and Ms. Idie Kesner, Dean of the Kelley School of Business at an interactive programme on ‘Doing Business in Indiana’