(MENAFN– Trend News Agency)
India is embarked on a journey to restore itself to the top of
the global leadership tables in terms of economy and prosperity,
the head of an India-centric American business group has said,
underlining that US companies are geared up to be part of the
country’s ambitious vision to become a USD 30 trillion economy.
“I think it’s clear that India is going to grow in every decade
of the 21st century. It’s gonna rise to be one of the biggest
economies in the world, if not the biggest economy in the world,’
Atul Keshap, the president of the US India Business Council (USIBC)
‘I’ve heard Indian officials talk about India potentially
becoming a USD30 trillion economy,” he said.
A lot of American companies and members of the USIBC understand
and appreciate that vision, Keshap said.
“India is embarked upon a journey to restore itself to the top
of the global leadership tables in terms of economy and prosperity.
India used to occupy as much as 25 per cent of the global GDP. I
think that potential is there,” he said.
Keshap said that American companies are excited and geared up to
be part of India’s ambitious journey.
‘And I think that Americans want to see democracies succeed and
they want to see democracies thrive,” he said.
Ahead of the India Ideas Summit in New Delhi on September 6 and
7, Keshap, who is headed to India along with top board members of
the USIBC and leadership of the US Chambers of Commerce, said that
he sees a very bright future for the US-India ties.
‘Our engineers work together across time zones, they overcome
geography to design the products and the services and the
instruments that humanity is going to use to live a better and
happier and healthier and more fulfilling life. So what’s happening
in American and Indian companies are increasingly part of a shared
high trust ecosystem,” he said.
It is important that America and India work well together to not
only capture the full potential of India’s rise but to show the
value of democracy to the entire world, he said.
‘So building that high trust ecosystem is really important,” he
“Business community wants to show its support for that vision,
and wants to show its support for the idea of India as a developed
country in 2047, as the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) said, in the
Independence Day speech the other day at Red Force,” he said.
India is already becoming a services superpower. There’s a huge
digital economy trade between the United States and India. It’s
over USD 100 billion a year but total trade between America and
India is only about USD 150 billion a year, Keshap said.
‘I have said repeatedly in public that we ought to hit USD 500
billion a year, India ought to be one of America’s top trading
partners and we ought to be India’s top trading partner,’ he
‘How do we go about doing that?” he asked.
“Number one, we set really good standards, high-quality
standards for the digital economy, which is going to grow and grow
and grow. Number two, we work on things like life sciences and the
well-being of an ageing world and also a young world,’ Keshap
‘India is frankly going to have both having that life sciences
component where our companies working together in collaboration for
research and innovation is going to be really vital,” he said.
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