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India and We Played Vital Role in Supporting Each Other During Covid-19: Ambassador Sandhu


During the COVID-19 pandemic, India and the United States have played a vital role in supporting each other, said New Delhi’s top envoy to Washington, Taranjit Singh Sandhu. Over the past two years, there has been a huge challenge due to the disruption of global supply chains and like the United States, India has also been affected, he said in his speech. at the Indiana Economic Summit in Indianapolis.

However, thanks to careful policies and a concerted focus on rebuilding their capabilities, they have managed to emerge stronger from the pandemic, Sandhu said this week. During this period, India and the United States have played a vital role in supporting each other, the Indian envoy said.

This was especially the case in healthcare supply chains where India supplied essential medicines and personal protective equipment to the United States in 2020, Sandhu said. We’ve provided nearly two million masks to Philadelphia. The United States returned the favor with vaccine and drug components during the second Delta wave in India in 2021. India has demonstrated that it is a reliable supply chain partner of the United States, even in difficult circumstances.

Domestically, we are strengthening our strengths by improving the ease of doing business, removing barriers to foreign investment, reforming the tax and incentive structure, and encouraging innovation. In fact, India may be the only country to have implemented bold economic reforms during the pandemic. It is only a matter of time before we become the world’s third largest economy, he said.

During his first visit to Indiana as Indian Ambassador, Sandhu not only met with senior government officials but also interacted with students and scholars of the prestigious Perdue University and prominent members of the Indo-American community.

He also visited a local gurdwara in Indiana and interacted with the Sikh community. His community reception, among others, was attended by officials at the state level and also from neighboring Ohio, including his young Hindu state senator Niraj Atani. From India to Indiana, our partnerships are just beginning! Sandhu said, reflecting on the key role Indiana plays in bilateral relations.

Indiana’s two-way trade is now over $1 billion. Indiana Governor Eric J Holcomb is probably the only US governor to have visited India twice in 2017 and 2019. In 2019 he also had a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Governor and the Ambassador had a focused interaction highlighting the economic and commercial ties between India and the United States. They noted the investments made by Indian companies in Indiana, including Infosys. Indian companies provide several thousand jobs in Indiana. Similarly, several Indiana companies have invested in India.

We had a substantive discussion about deepening our partnership in healthcare, digital/IT and education, Sandhu tweeted. Sandhu, during his visit to Indiana, also had meetings with the CEOs of Cummins, Ely Lilly and Elanco, during which they discussed issues in terms of attracting investment to India.

This week, I visited the impressive campus of Purdue University, Sandhu tweeted, adding that he was delighted to meet distinguished faculty members, working in the fields of science, technology, advanced engineering and mathematics and learn more about their close partnership with Indian institutions.

After a meeting with Senator Todd Young, the ambassador described him in a tweet as a friend of India. His work to strengthen the strategic partnership between India and the United States and to support the community is deeply appreciated, Sandhu said.

In Indiana, Sandhu also met tech icon and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Discussed the limitless possibilities in technology, innovation and education. I thanked him for administering the unique Quad STEM scholarships, he said.

Describing his visit to the Infosys campus in Indiana as impressive, Sandhu said the IT giant has state-of-the-art facilities in Indianapolis, boosting America’s competitive advantage, innovating on the next generation technologies and adding value to local communities.

In his meetings and public address, Sandhu pointed out that domestically, India is getting stronger by improving the ease of doing business, removing barriers to foreign investment, reforming the tax and incentive structure and fostering innovation. In fact, India may be the only country to have implemented bold economic reforms during the pandemic. It is only a matter of time before we become the world’s third largest economy, he added.

First post: STI




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