US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will arrive here next week to attend the second US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD).
During her India visit, from August 29 to 31, she will also attend the US-India CEO Forum, a statement of the US Department of Commerce said.
“Secretary Pritzker will co-chair the S&CD with US Secretary of State John Kerry, India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman,” it said.
In January 2015, US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to elevate the existing US-India “Strategic Dialogue” to the “Strategic and Commercial Dialogue” to reflect the growing significance of the economic relationship between the two countries.
This is the first time the S&CD will be held in India.
“Secretary Pritzker will also co-chair the second US- India CEO Forum alongside Jeff Zients, the Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy,” the statement said.
The CEO Forum brings together CEOs and government representatives from both the countries to discuss opportunities for increasing bilateral trade and investment. During this event, the CEOs will communicate their joint recommendations to the US and Indian governments.
“While in New Delhi, Secretary Pritzker will also meet with Indian entrepreneurs and participate in an event celebrating US-India cooperation on travel and tourism,” it said.
In June 2016, Obama and Modi had announced that the United States and India will be Travel and Tourism Partner Countries in 2017.