Fairfax County, George Mason University to host Indian business delegation to strengthen U.S.-Indian trade, economic ties

Sapna Samtani (IACC), sapna@iaccindia.com, +91 984 534 6650 until May 19, +1 202-568-5710 starting May 20

Indo-American Chamber of Commerce summit will run May 22-25

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fairfax County and Fairfax-based George Mason University (Mason) are hosting a 40-member business delegation from India that aims to strengthen trade and economic ties with the United States. The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) Summit for U.S.-India Trade & Economics (SUITE 2012) will be May 22-25. This is the third IACC summit in the U.S. and the first to be held outside New York City.

During SUITE 2012, attendees will meet with senior U.S. government commerce and trade officials and Indian government officials in Washington, D.C.; participate in two days of intensive discussions at Mason on U.S.-India business opportunities in information technology, energy, aerospace and defense, telecommunications and mobile; tour Fairfax County’s McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center; and network with Indian-American business leaders whose businesses have invested and created jobs in Fairfax County.

Speakers at the Mason sessions include Jim Cheng, Virginia secretary of commerce and trade; Jim Duffey, Virginia secretary of technology; Sharon Bulova, chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA); and Mason President Alan G. Merten.

“SUITE 2012 will provide an opportunity for the Indian business community to explore and leverage potential synergies with the U.S. as a strategic business partner,” said R.K. Chopra, secretary general of the IACC. “Fairfax County – with its vibrant business community focusing on IT, telecom, defense, aerospace and energy efficiency management – has provided us with an excellent platform to develop and expand business relationships with the U.S.”

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“I am honored to welcome the IACC delegation to Fairfax County and Virginia,” Gordon said. The FCEDA is a supporting partner for the summit. “Indian companies develop world-class products and services, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to show off Fairfax County as a great location for them to locate and expand in the U.S. market.” More than two dozen companies from India have a presence in Fairfax County.

In addition to the FCEDA, the summit has a number of sponsors and partners: global IT management consultancy Headstrong, a Genpact company with Fairfax County offices (gold sponsor); Tata Communications, a global telecommunications service provider with U.S. operations based in Fairfax County (telecom session sponsor); DLA Piper, a global law firm with offices in Fairfax County (legal session sponsor); Williams Mullen, a Virginia-based law firm with offices in Fairfax County (Invest in USA session sponsor); Times Global Broadcasting Company Limited (media sponsor); India-US World Affairs Institute, TiE-DC and Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (outreach partners).

About the IACC
Established in 1968, the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce is a non-government, industry-led and industry-managed organization that plays a proactive role in India’s development and serves as a link between the between the business communities of India and the U.S. IACC is the only bilateral chamber of commerce in India and is committed to development of Indo-U.S. business and trade relations.