USIBC Newsletter (July 1, 2019)
Message from the President
I am also heading to India later this month for meetings with Government of India officials and USIBC members. Stay tuned for opportunities to engage both through these meetings and as part of several briefings on the Secretary Pompeo trip and G20 engagements we’ll be organizing in the coming weeks. As always, I encourage you to reach out to me or any of the USIBC policy directors on any of these topics.
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ADVOCACY & EVENTS
Major General Charles Bolden provided an overview of his recent visits to India and Japan, where he met with government and industry officials on Indo-Pacific space cooperation. Bolden shared broader U.S. government plans to promote commercial space exploration internationally, as well as preparation for the upcoming U.S.-India space dialogue later this year. Key takeaways included an emphasis that Commerce – rather than NASA – will lead the U.S. commercial space industry; the U.S. government remains uncoordinated, with efforts still ongoing to determine the right mechanisms to develop the commercial space sector; the UAE and Israel can serve as good models in commercial space; and that the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is challenging to engage and India will need to include civil society, academia, and industry to take advantage of opportunities in the sector. Bolden expressed his support for a the USIBC-recommended commercial/academic space day to be held alongside the U.S.-India Civil Space Joint Working Group (CSJWG) in November.
The USIBC Defense and Aerospace Committee met with Ambassador Harsh Shringla for a discussion focused on opportunities to integrate supply chains in the context of technology security challenges and increase Indian military capability through advanced U.S. technologies.
USIBC supported the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s 4th annual workshop on call center and technical support fraud, which brought together U.S. and international law enforcement, industry, and civil society to discuss tactics and partnerships to combat these issues. With over 100 participants from 6 countries, the workshop offered insights into the fraud landscape, payment systems, international perspectives, and technology solutions to robocalling. After a series of successful take downs and prosecutions in the past several years, the participants focused on what works, what doesn’t, and how the community should collaborate to reduce fraud and enhance law enforcement cooperation. Discussion also focused on engaging a broad group of stakeholders to reduce impact, lower reputational risk, and build consumer trust in communications networks and IT platforms.
On June 24, USIBC organized meetings between healthcare-focused members and the Governments of Punjab and Haryana (Health and Family Departments) in Chandigarh. The following day, the delegation met with the Government of Himachal Pradesh in Shimla. The meetings were designed to provide members with an understanding of the overall policy landscape and opportunities for investment at the state level. Discussion focused on states’ healthcare priorities, public-private partnerships, and collaboration on immunization and CSR projects.
USIBC held a farewell reception for Embassy of India Commercial Minister Puneet Kundal, who will depart from Washington later this month to assume a new post as Ambassador to Tunisia and Libya. The reception reconized his phenomenal work to build up the U.S.-India commercial partnership.
Ambassador Kundal previously served in the Indian Foreign Service, Embassy of India in Cairo, Embassy of India in Muscat, Ministry of External Affairs, Embassy of India in Brussels, Embassy of India in Kathmandu, and Consul General of India to Cape Town.Ambassador Kundal noted that, while he will miss Washington, he is looking forward to his new post and the opportunity to contribute to relations between India and Tunisia.
Webinar: Indian Union Budget 2019-2020 Readout with Dhruva Advisors, LLP11:00am–12:00pm EST / 7:30pm–8:30pm IST
Roundtable with DAS David Ranz
Incoming U.S. Consul General Mumbai
International Privacy Forum
STA-1: Connecting India to the Global Supply Chain
New Delhi, India