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Happenings at IACC
Head Office
Breakfast Meeting with Washington State Governor Ms. Christine Gregorie on October 8, 2012 at Taj Lands’
End, Mumbai
The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) organized a breakfast meeting with Washington State Governor
Christine Gregoire and the accompanying business delegation on Monday, October 8, 2012 at Garden View Room, Taj
delegates. Mr. R.K. Chopra, Secretary General (IACC) briefed about IACC and the business opportunities in Education
and Biotechnology sectors, which were of interest to the visiting delegation. Dr. L S. Kanodia, Regional President – WIC
gave his welcome remarks and spoke about the political and economic climate in India. He also spoke about the
opportunities for enhancing INDO-US Trade.
Governor Gregorie said that the two-way commerce is low between the two sides. "We find that India is the 24
largest trading partner with our state. We think it is way too low, it should be at least in the top five. My visit here is to
make sure that we can make that happen." She said that businessmen of both the sides can increase cooperation in
areas like IT, pharmaceuticals, aviation, life sciences, biotechnology and agriculture. "We have one of the vibrant IT and
software sector in the world. This is an opportunity for India," she added. She also said that Seattle-based coffee chain
Starbucks will open its first store in India by end of this month. "Now it (Starbucks) is located everywhere around the
globe and it will open its first Starbucks here in Mumbai at the end of the month."
This was followed by Q&A sessions on various matters relating to various industry sectors, taxation, visas, etc. Mr.
Anand Trivedi, Regional Director WIC, proposed the vote of thanks and Dr. Kanodia presented a memento to Governor
Gregoire on behalf of the Chamber.
Mr. Anand Trivedi, Regional Director, IACC-WIC, Washington State Governor, Christine Gregoire and Dr. L. S. Kanodia, Regional
President , IACC-WIC