Departments of State and Commerce Host Inaugural U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 18, 2015


The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce inaugural U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) will be held in Washington, D.C., on September 22, following an opening reception on September 21.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will be joined by their respective Indian co-chairs, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman, along with members of the U.S. delegation and their Indian counterparts.

The U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue has been the primary forum to advance shared objectives in regional security, economic cooperation, defense trade and climate challenges since 2009. In 2015 President Obama and Prime Minister Modi elevated the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue to the Strategic and Commercial Dialogue to reflect the United States’ and India’s shared priorities of generating economic growth, creating jobs, improving the investment climate, and strengthening the middle class in both countries.

The inaugural S&CD will be an opportunity for the United States and India to further strengthen their partnership to meet the challenges of the coming decades, from climate change to regional security.

All open press events will be streamed live on 2009-2017.state.gov. Follow @StateDeptLive and @State_SCA using the hashtag #USIndia.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

The schedule of events is listed below. For more information please contact the Press Office at 202-647-2492 and SCA-Press@state.gov.


U.S.-India Strategic & Commercial Dialogue Schedule

 

Monday, September 21, 2015

6:30 p.m. U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue Leadership Summit Reception with Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and Indian Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium 1301 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20240.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

Pre-set time for video cameras and still photographers: 1:30 p.m. at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20240

Final access time for journalists: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20240

Media interested in attending please email Sukanya Sen at SSen@usibc.com or Esther Young at esther@gutenbergpr.com by Saturday, September 19th at 5:00 pm. This event will be streamed live on 2009-2017.state.gov .


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

8:45 a.m. Bilateral meeting with Secretary Kerry and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, at the Department of State.
(CAMERA SPRAY AT THE TOP)

Press pre-set time for video cameras: 8:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Final access time for still photographers and journalists: 8:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Joint Strategic and Commercial Dialogue Opening Plenary in the Benjamin Franklin Room, at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

Press pre-set time for video cameras: 8:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Final access time for still photographers and journalists: 8:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

10:15 a.m. Strategic Track Plenary Session in the Benjamin Franklin Room, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

10:15 a.m. Commercial Track Plenary Session in the Benjamin Franklin Room, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

12:00 p.m. Joint Press Conference in the Dean Acheson Auditorium, at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

Press pre-set time for video cameras: 11:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Final access time for still photographers and journalists: 11:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.