I am delighted to take charge as the Chairman for 2015-16 of such a vibrant branch. My predecessors have done a remarkable job and I shall strive to only take it further.
Pune is being recognized on the global front as one of the best destinations to do business in, in India. It is already well known for its Education, IT & ITeS services, Manufacturing, Defense and other industries. In the last couple of years we have seen tremendous traction from US based companies and state governments showing keen interest in inbound and outbound investments and business opportunities. There have, likewise been similar interests from Indian companies willing to invest in US and partner with US companies to further their business.
The American Business Corner (ABC) program which is a joint program between IACC Pune and US Commercial Services now enters its second year. We intend to reach out to other neighboring cities and provide trade related opportunities to industries there. We have already signed an MOU with Aurangabad Industries Association and intend to sign similar MOUs with other industry bodies in cities like Kolhapur, Sholapur, Nashik etc.
IACC Pune is already a part of a very strong eco-system partnership between other industry associations / bodies whereby alongwith the eco-system partners we ensure that each event has a maximum visibility and attendance.
The Branch Committee members this year are from varied backgrounds and different industry types which will greatly assist the branch to function better and make it stronger.
Apart from the events around varied business topics, we hope our members would be part of a few outbound delegations to US.
Looking forward to an eventful year!!
Chairman, Pune IACC 2015-16