U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews today announced that he will lead a Smart Cities Infrastructure Business Development Mission to India from February 8-12, 2016, with stops in Mumbai, Chennai, and Delhi. The trade mission will help U.S. companies launch or increase their business in India, focusing on technologies, systems and services in the safety and security, intelligent transportation, water, wastewater, and power sectors. This engagement will drive and enhance the sustainable growth of India’s infrastructure sector, while making India’s growing urban centers more attractive to business and providing a better quality of life for India’s citizens.
As the world’s third largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity, India has the second largest population and is projected to add 500 million people to its urban population over the next four decades. The Indian government has made infrastructure development a priority, along with a plan to develop 100 smart cities – developed urban areas that would create sustainable economic development and high quality of life through efficient and innovative energy, transportation, digital, social platforms. To connect these proposed cities with existing air and sea ports, India needs infrastructure upgrades and technologies.
“Our decision to bring this trade mission to India reflects a simple fact: the U.S. business community can partner with India to provide world-class products and services to help meet the country’s growing infrastructure development needs,” said U.S. Deputy Commerce Secretary Bruce Andrews. “Working together, through our governments and private sectors, we can build the foundation for a strong, resilient infrastructure network across India, while also generating economic growth, jobs, and opportunities for people in both the United States and India.”
The Business Development Mission delegation will be composed of senior executives from 15-20 U.S. firms, representing the mission’s target sectors supporting Smart Cities infrastructure. Businesses interested in participating in this trade mission should complete an online application at the India mission website here. For more information, you can contact U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration at (202) 482-2026 or Jessica.Dulkadir@trade.gov.
The application deadline for the trade mission is Friday, November 20, 2015.