U.S. - India CEO Forum Convenes at State Department on September 22, 2011

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 20, 2011

Deputy National Security Adviser Michael Froman and Deputy Chairman-Planning Commission of India, Montek Singh Ahluwalia along with CEO co-chairs Ratan Tata and David Cote will lead a meeting of the U.S.-India CEO Forum at the Department of State on September 22. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns will welcome the group to the Department, highlighting the important role the private sector plays in the U.S. - India partnership. In addition to the American and Indian CEOs, many senior Indian and U.S. officials will participate including Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and Under Secretary for Economics, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs Robert D. Hormats.

The CEO Forum was created in July 2005, and reconstituted in November 2009. The Forum is a true public private endeavor to enhance bilateral trade and investment. The Forum gives U.S. and Indian CEOs the opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest and submit discrete, action-oriented recommendations to both governments for consideration. The Forum last met in November 2010 in New Delhi.

Credentialed members of the media will be able to cover the arrival of participants in the Ben Franklin Room. Interested media should RSVP to Emily Horne at HorneEJ@state.gov. Remarks during the Forum are closed to the press.

Pre-set time for video cameras: 9:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

PRN: 2011/1542