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Pranab to attend US-India CEO Forum


Washington : Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma are among the top leaders from India at a meeting of the US-India CEO Forum here Thursday to forge an action plan to enhance bilateral trade and investment.

Indian Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and US Deputy National Security Adviser Michael Froman along with CEO co-chairs Ratan Tata and David Cote will lead the forum, the State Department announced Tuesday.

US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns will welcome the group to the meeting at the State Department, highlighting the important role the private sector plays in the US-India partnership.

From the US side, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Under Secretary for Economics, Energy and Agricultural Affairs Robert D. Hormats will participate.

The CEO Forum was created in July 2005 and reconstituted in November 2009. The forum is a true public-private endeavour to enhance bilateral trade and investment.

The forum gives the US and Indian CEOs the opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest and submit discrete, action-oriented recommendations to both governments for consideration. The forum last met in November 2010 in New Delhi.