WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) congratulates Eric Garcetti on his confirmation as the U.S. Ambassador to India today. The world’s fifth largest economy, India is an important consumer market and growing manufacturing hub for global companies.
“The U.S. India Business Council is pleased that the Senate has confirmed Eric Garcetti as the U.S. Ambassador to India. As the world’s largest democracy and fastest growing large economy, India is an essential partner to the United States as it seeks to bolster its strategic, technological, and economic leadership in the Indo-Pacific,” said Ambassador Atul Keshap, President of USIBC. “I wish Ambassador Garcetti a successful posting in New Delhi. Having a U.S. Ambassador to India is critical as both great democracies work to build their Quad partnership and high-trust ecosystem, underpinned by shared democratic values.”
Alexander Slater, USIBC’s Managing Director and head of its New Delhi Office, also welcomed Ambassador Garcetti. “We strongly support the appointment of a U.S. Ambassador to India and know that Ambassador Garcetti brings significant leadership experience to the position. Our team looks forward to continuing our close engagement with the U.S. Embassy under his guidance, especially on key drivers of the bilateral relationship such as the Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies,” he said. “Eric Garcetti’s appointment as Ambassador sends an important signal to the Government and people of India as well as industry in both countries about the importance President Biden places on the U.S.-India relationship. USIBC will work collaboratively with him and the Government of India to strengthen bilateral strategic and economic ties and promote a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific.”
Shreerupa Mitra, USIBC’s Deputy Managing Director, highlighted that this confirmation comes at a key time for U.S.-India relations, with India taking up the G20 presidency for the first time this year. “As a vital source of high-skilled talent and a rising hub for high-value manufacturing, India has a global role to play in fortifying supply chains and achieving sustainable development goals. The confirmation of Eric Garcetti as the U.S. Ambassador to India will add necessary focus and energy behind these efforts, ultimately helping both our countries achieve critical goals in decarbonization, human development, and economic resilience.” On behalf of USIBC, Ms. Mitra added that the Council is grateful for the strong stewardship shown to date by Ambassador Beth Jones as Chargé d'Affaires.
The U.S.-India Business Council has played an active role in enhancing bilateral trade between the world’s oldest and largest democracy since 1975, working across eight administrations from both parties and 15 ambassadors to foster long-term public-private partnerships and business-to-business ties. As a part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, USIBC strongly believes that America must once again lead on trade. Enhancing bilateral trade with India is vital to Washington’s efforts to fortify key supply chains, boost our economic competitiveness, and promote America’s global leadership.