Five US state governors are scheduled to visit India over the next few months to enhance economic ties between the countries, according to media reports. The states include New Jersey, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware and Indiana.
They will be leading high-powered trade delegations comprising top businesses from their respective states.
This upcoming visit of the five American governors in quick succession is a part of the efforts of President Trump and PM Modi to enhance relationship.
India’s current Ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who has travelled to 11 US states so far is instrumental in this first ever visit by US state governors. Noting that states play an important role in both the countries, Shringla said this is a very important initiative.
“Increasingly, states have an important say in economic activities, investment, trade and people-to-people contact,” Shringla told news agency Press Trust of India in an interview.
“I’m happy to say that in the next two months, we will have five governors of US States visiting India,” he said, days before New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy leaves on his maiden trip to India with a high-powered trade delegation.
In fact, he is the first governor of New Jersey – a state which has a sizeable population of Indian-Americans – to visit India. Early this summer, Governor Murphy had hosted Shringla over a dinner.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is scheduled to visit India from September 29 to October 6. This will also be the first ever visit by a Governor of Arkansas. Governor Hutchinson had a working lunch with Shringla early this summer.
Later this month, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb would make his second trip to India, as part of his four-nation Asia sojourn including China, Japan and South Korea. In India in early October, Governor Holcomb will watch Indiana Pacers in Mumbai for the National Basketball Association (NBA) first games in India.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis also announced his decision to travel to India with a trade delegation in the presence of Shringla at a business round table in Denver this summer. He is slated to visit Mumbai, Bengaluru and New Delhi.
He will also participate in Global RE-Invest Expo, organized by India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, to be held between October 31 and November 2 in Greater Noida.
Delaware Governor John Carney is scheduled to visit India this fall (Autumn). In addition, Lt Governor Eleni Kounalakis of California is also scheduled to travel to India soon.