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Finance Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee calls for cooperation between India and US

The Ambassador of India in US, Ms. Meera Shankar hosted a banquet dinner in the honour of visiting Finance Minister, Shri Pranab Mukherjee yesterday at India House in Washington. Commerce Minister, Shri Anand Sharma, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia leading business leaders from India including Shri Mukhesh Ambani, CMD, Reliance Industries Ltd., Shri Analjit Singh, Chairman, Max India Limited,Shri. Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC, Mr. S. Gopalakrishnan, CEO and MD, Infosys Technologies, Ms. Kiran Majumdar Shaw, CMD Biocom and Ms. Preetha Reddy MD Apollo hospitals were also present alongwith other dignitaries.

Speaking on the occasion, the Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee said that business leaders from India should explore the new areas of mutual cooperation with their US counterparts in today’s Indo-US CEOs Forum Meeting.

The Finance Minister said this Forum provides a platform to the business leaders of both the countries to highlight the new policy initiatives required from both the countries in order to boost the bilateral trade and investment. The Finance Minister specifically stressed the need for heavy investment in Indian infrastructure sector.

The Finance Minister called for cooperation in other areas as well including agriculture research, health, education including medical education and research and insurance among others.

He expected that this Joint Forum Meeting will be very fruitful and will come out with recommendations which will help in increasing the bilateral trade and investment between the two countries.