Conference on ‘Make in India’ held in Houston


HOUSTON: A first-ever conference was held here bringing together various constituencies that have an interest in India and discussing the latest developments and the best practices of doing business in India.

The two-day Houston India Conference was hosted by Asia Society Texas Center which began yesterday. The theme of the Conference is ‘Make in India -The Inside Story’.

“Texas has a vibrant Indian-American population that has contributed immensely to the understanding between our two countries across business, academia, the sciences. We would like to take Texas Can do spirit back home,” Consul General of India in Houston, Dr Anupam Ray said.

Indo-US relations will be the defining partnership of the 21st century, he added.

Speakers included, included Manjari Chatterjee Miller, an assistant professor of internal relations at Boston University, along with Nisha Biswal, former Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs and Nagaraj Naidu, Joint Secretary, Economic Diplomacy Ministry of External Affairs, Kalikesh Singh Deo MP, World Bank South Asia Executive Director SC Garg in Houston and Dhruva Jaishankar, Fellow for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution India Center, New Delhi.

The Conference brings serious dialogue on India and Make in india to Houston, the organisers said.

“Conference was the brain child of the Consulate General of India in Houston, Dr Ray in partnership with non-profit group India House, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston,” according to the conference Chair, Jiten Agarwal.

Though the sentiment among panelists, which included political commentators and Indian government officials, was positive for the future of US-India relations, they noted that there’s uncertainty over how such they will evolve under President Donald Trump’s administration.

Houston India Conference is designed to bring together the various constituencies that have an interest in India, and discuss with them the latest developments and the best practices of doing business in India.

The central focus of the conference is to provide a collaboration platform and share today’s India story with the audience in Texas who are interested in investing in India, by the people who are playing an important role in shaping up the modern.