CM N Chandrababu Naidu’s role to improve and encourage the partnership between USA and India at the state level has not gone unnoticed. As a result he has been chosen to be conferred with the Transformative Chief Minister Award. According to a statement released, the award has been announced by the US-India Business Council and will be presented to the CM on May 8th during the USIBC West Coast Summit that will be held in the Silicon Valley.
According to USIBC, the summit will bring together close to 150 industry leaders belonging to various sectors like banking, digital payments, information technology, clean energy, manufacturing, food processing and healthcare along with important officials of the Indian Government, who will explore a number of things like the impact of manufacturing products within the country, the success of the cashless movement launched in India, digitization and what the future holds for the business relations between India and the United States.
It is believed that the participants to the Summit will discuss how different things like planning of smart cities, issues of manufacturing and internet of things (IoTs) are impacting the technological partnership between USA and India. The summit will be led by John Chambers, the Chairman of USIBC and the Executive Chairman of Cisco and will be attended by Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Union Cabinet Minister for Food Processing and Aruna Sundararajan, the Secretary for Ministry of Electronics and IT.
Aruna Sundararajan will also be conferred with the “Transformative Leadership Award” as recognition of her role in improving the cooperation between India and US, her commitment to the Digital India initiative as well as her excellence in public service.
Last year, this award was won by the CEO of Niti Aayog, Amitabh Kant. According to Mukesh Aghi, the USIBC President, digitization has brought about a sea change in India which has resulted in opening up newer avenues for innovation while also altering the way the Indian consumers gain access to public goods and services as well as information. He added that the Indian digital economy has the potential to double its income to USD250 billion in the next three years which in turn will contribute 7.5% to the GDP of the country. Aghi revealed that the summit will bring together the smartest minds in the government and industrial sectors to discuss how this goal can be achieved and also explore the future of the technology partnership between the two countries. Important companies that will participate in the summit are Visa, Facebook, Amazon, Varian Medical, TransAsia, Paypal, Dell, Deloitte, Mastercard, Nuveen etc.