Kerala gets its first American Business Corner at Trivandrum

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Trivandrum: The first American Business Corner in Kerala was inaugurated today by Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy at Thiruvananthapuram. The Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Kochi, has partnered with the US Consulate to open the Business Centre in Kerala. This is the fourth American Business Corner (ABC) in India. Another ABC at Kochi will be inaugurated tomorrow.

This initiative by the Indian Chamber and the US Commercial Service (USCS) is to reach out to the business community where the USCS does not have a physical presence, especially in tier 2 cities. The ABC will offer opportunities to Indian importers in these cities to learn about USCS services and programmes and make connecting with American businesses easy. These centres provide information on US companies through booklets, brochures, newsletters, magazines and CDs; and upcoming business opportunities. Points of contact at the nearest U.S. Commercial Service office can also be obtained from these centres. Further, a virtual business desk will be created for the benefit of members.

In his address, the CM said that the opening of the American Business Corner would increase the visibility of US business opportunities in Kerala and this would in turn help business here to tap those opportunities.

Margaret Hanson-Muse, Commercial Counsellor, US Embassy, New Delhi said, “This is our first commitment towards increasing business in Kerala and will be beneficial to the Small and Medium Companies in enhancing trade with US. We will bring in trade delegates to Kerala and conduct virtual events at the Business Corner.” She also announced the opening of the American Chamber of Commerce in India (AMCHAM) Kerala Business roundtable.

P L Prakash James, President, ICCI said, “Indian Chamber is excited to partner with the US Department of Commerce and it will throw a window of opportunities to Indian business fraternity. This tie-up will facilitate exchange of information resources between the two countries and will ensure trade seminars, programmes and official partner events in days to come.”

Nicholas Manring, Consular Chief and James Golsen, PCO from US Consulate, Chennai; Dr. Baiju Ramachandran, Director and S Ramakrishnan, Secretary of ICCI were among those present on the occasion.

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