Four states in southern India are among those most aggressively seeking alliances for their home-based companies with U.S. firms, N. Srinivasan, deputy general of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), told GlobalFax in Atlanta last week.

          Mr. Srinivasan cited the states of Andhra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashta as the most aggressive states seeking to facilitate alliances. U.S. companies in the fields of biotechnology, e-commerce, financial services, health care and information technology are those that are most sought after, he added.

          He also said that Georgia representatives of such firms should be able to turn the competitiveness for economic development among the states to their advantage by demanding less bureaucratic hold-ups.

          GlobalFax spoke with Mr. Srinivasan at a meeting of the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) last week at the Haveli Restaurant downtown. He was in the city to promote the CII and to meet with representatives of Georgia high-tech firms interested in establishing a presence in India.

          The CII, which maintains a U.S. office in Washington and plans to open a West Coast office soon, is India’s largest business association with a membership of some 4,000 companies.

          For more information on business opportunities in India, contact the CII office in Washington at or visit CII online at

          To learn more about GIACC membership of upcoming events, call its president Ani Agnihotri at (678) 443-0703 ext. 1301