Thursday, February 10, 2011

Building a Bridge to India

A team of business and education leaders from North Carolina was in India last week on a mission to build a bridge.

Led by North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco, the team conducted high level meetings with government officials and titans of business in the emerging global superpower.

(pictured: Owen George with North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco in Bangalore India )

"The magic and wonder of India is legendary," said delegation member Owen George. "The enormous amount of change we have seen during this trip - and the positive spirit of India's people indicates that the best is yet to come."

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Crisco Leads Commerce Department Trade Mission to India

Courtesy of SYNC - Weekly Highlights of the North Carolina Department of Commerce

N.C. Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco will lead a delegation of 20 business and education leaders on a business development trip to India beginning this week. This will be the first N.C. Commerce-led mission to India. The delegation will make business stops and talk with government leaders in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.

Since 2008 a number of Indian companies have announced investment and job creation plans in North Carolina including HCL America, Infocrossing – a Wipro Company, Sona Auto Corporation, and Advinus Therapeutics – Tata Group. The projects represent a commitment of more than 550 jobs.

North Carolina exports to India have tripled from 2002 to 2008. In 2009, North Carolina exported more than $186 million in goods and services to India.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke also announced he is leading a business development mission to India this month. This follows President Obama's trip to India late last year.

Note: Owen George will represent Thermaco, Inc. on the upcoming trade mission. During the mission, George will meet with representatives of the Indian government regarding plans for development of water infrastructure and policy for the nation's fast growing urban population.