The session was opened by Mr. Nanik Rupani, Regional President, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), West India Council, the chief host for the evening. He welcomed the US Ambassador Nancy J Powell and the esteemed members from IACC, Namaste America and Indo-American Society. The session started by Mr. Rupani throwing light on the strengthening relations between the US and India and he also mentioned that “We want the larger democracies to have more understanding in various key areas”.
On behalf of the three organizers, Mr. Rupani presented a memento of appreciation to Ambassador Powell. Mr. Atul Nishar, President, Namaste America and Mr. Dilip Dalal, President, Indo-American Society presented bouquets to Ambassador Powell and Mr. Peter Haas, Consul General, US Consulate General, Mumbai respectively.
Mr. Rupani then requested Mr. Atul Nishar to introduce Ambassador Powell to the guests.
Everyone present appreciated and applauded after knowing that the Ambassador, prior to joining the State Department, has served as a high school social studies teacher, has studied French, Nepali, Hindi, and Urdu. She is the recipient of the Homeland Security Service to America Medal for 2006 for Avian Influenza preparations, and the U.S. State Department Arnold L. Raphel Award for 2003. She was also the U.S. Ambassador to Nepal from August 2007 to August 2009.
The evening proceeded with the much awaited remarks by Ambassador Powell. Ms. Powell firstly acknowledged and thanked everyone present there and the three organizations for hosting this joint program to enable her to address, meet and hear a broader cross-section of Indo-US Audience in Mumbai and for their interest in U.S.-India friendship. The program was special to her as this week is her one year anniversary of being back to India
She stated that the bilateral relations between India and US is much broader and deeper than when she had observed in 1995 .The depth of that understanding and that friendship, both of which have expanded enormously since 1995. She talked about the major joint initiatives that the US and Indian Government are working together on, first of which is enhancing what is already a stronger bilateral relations, second is child survival. She declared that both the countries together with the Ethiopian ministry has asked for all of the countries of the world to work on child survival to ensure that every single child in the world has a very good chance to make it to age five.
Third are was that of security. Both the countries (US & India) have been the targets of terrorism. Both the countries have experienced the pain caused by terrorism. She said that we need to work together in order to curb terrorism both globally and locally. India also faces some enormous restraints, particularly in terms of infrastructure. She added that U.S. collaboration with India in areas like defense, energy, climate change, financial services, and infrastructure will benefit India’s economy and further advance India’s ability to play a more important role in the South Asian region and around the globe.
Ambassador Powell after voicing the concerns and achievements, emphasized on the value of working together. She said ‘….. so there are plenty of opportunities, despite some of the challenges’. She acknowledged that the U.S.-India relationship from commercial ties to defense exercise and our growing education partnerships has never been stronger. Washington and New Delhi together serve as catalysts for growth and for innovation. She closed her remarks by thanking everyone present and wishing them all success in their endeavors.
Mr. Dilip Dalal proposed a vote of thanks and appreciated the insights given by the Ambassador Powell and her extremely positive views.
The event brought together many notable attendees including Dr. Vithal Kamat, Executive Chairman & Managing Director, Kamat Hotels (India) Limited, Mr. Satyapal Singh (IPS), Commissioner of Police, Mumbai and Mr. Narendra Trivedi, COO, Lilavati Hospital & Research Centre.
Mr. Nanik Rupani, Regional President, IACC welcoming the guests to the program on ‘Indo-US Relations’ in honor of the US Ambassador Nancy J. Powell.
(From L to R) Mr. Peter Haas, US Consul General, Mumbai, Mr. Atul Nishar, President, Namaste America, Ambassador Powell, Mr. Nanik Rupani and Mr. Dilip Dalal, President, Indo-American Society thanking all the participants for their attendance.
Ambassador Powell addressing the audience on the various joint initiatives that the US and Indian Government are working together on.
Mr. Nanik Rupani presenting a memento of appreciation to Ambassador Powell on behalf of IACC, Namaste America and IAS
(From L to R) Ambassador Powell meeting and interacting with Mr. Satyapal Singh (IPS), Commissioner of Police, Dr. Vithal Kamat, Executive Chairman & Managing Director, Kamat Hotels (India) Limited and other dignitaries