Grand launch of New York chapter of Indian American International Chamber of Commerce

Chairman of Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai attended the grand launch of the New York chapter of Indian American International Chamber of Commerce at the Indian Consulate on November 6.

Umbrella organization provides sustainable platform for US and Indian governments and businesses.


Stressing the importance of India-US relationship and economic development IAICC opened its NE New York Regional Chapter at the Consulate General of India in New York City on November 6.

Many important dignitaries including Ajit Pai, Indian American Chairman of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) attended the grand launch.

“The way I see it, the Chamber isn’t just in the economic-development business; you’re [also] in the community-building business,” he said. “You’re helping to strengthen America from the bottom up, not from the top down.”

The IAICC is an important organization that works to promote strong economic opportunities between India and the United States, Pai said.

The chamber plans to open 50 chapters across the country over a two-year span. Most recently IAICC inaugurated its Mississippi chapter in December 2018.

The role of Indian Americans in the country and the innumerable contributions they have been making in various spheres was also aptly recognized during the event.

Pai spoke of the key role of Indian Americans in fields like technology, finance, medicine, academia and spelling bee contests.

“The tech sector has arguably become the dominant force in our culture, and Indian-Americans are leading the way,” he said.

“Multiple world-leading technology companies, including Google and Microsoft, now feature Indian or Indian-American CEOs, and nearly one in four Silicon Valley startups is desi-founded.”

Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Chairman of Board of Trustees, IAICC, also lauded the accomplishments of Indian Americans.

In his welcome address, Shatrugna Sinha, Deputy Consul General of India in New York, said IAICC is an important partner in balancing India-US trade relations and he looked forward to working with the Chamber.

Appen Menon, IAICC Chairman welcomed the guests at the launch, and Dr. Ravishankar Bhooplapur, Chairman of IAICC NE Region introduced the Special Guest of Honor, Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra, Minister (Commerce), Embassy of India, who represented Indian Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

Dr, Mohapatra highlighted areas such as the artificial intelligence and data mining where both India and the US can work closely together.

In December, IAICC will launch five new chapters including the Western Regional, and California State Chapters, Massachusetts and New Hampshire State Chapters and Arizona State Chapter. In April 2020, IAICC will officially celebrate its 30th anniversary in Washington, DC.

IAICC is an international umbrella organization that provides a sustainable platform for US and Indian Governments and businesses to provide leadership, exchange ideas, interact, and promote economic growth and development.
IAICC works with governments, businesses and professionals to educate and develop entrepreneurship through mentor-protégé programs, training, seminars and connectivity opportunities.

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