Ani Agnihotri, president of the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC), departed Atlanta for Bangalore, India, last week to represent Georgia at a business forum organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry.

He will also spend several weeks, following the conference, touring India to assess opportunities for Georgia companies in the country.

The confederation, a business association with a membership of more than 4,100 entities from the public and private sector, works through government and global partnerships to foster industry growth in India. 

This year’s confederation forum, Partnership Summit 2002, included presentations on reconstruction in Afghanistan, India’s role in the restructuring of global industry and an overview of India’s present investment climate, said Mr. Agnihotri.

Following the confederation summit, Mr. Agnihotri will meet with business and government representatives in such high-tech centers as Hyderabad and Mumbai (Bombay) to assess opportunities for Georgia firms in biotechnology, information technology and telecommunications.

Mr. Agnihotri told GlobalFax he would explore business plans with options for both long- and short-term entry into the Indian market, as well as examine the role that U.S. market leaders can play in facilitating greater linkages between the two regions.

In a related visit, N. Srinivasan, the confederation’s deputy director general, traveled to Atlanta in August to promote the organization’s objectives and meet with technology firms. While here, he encouraged U.S. firms to partner with Indian high-tech companies to take advantage economic reform and increased industry competitiveness in the country.

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