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GIACC Hosts Delegation From Andhra Chamber Of Commerce


Atlanta is certainly proving to be a hub of global business activity. Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC ) hosted a delegation from Andhra Chamber of Commerce this September 3 – 13th at the Global Mall in Norcross. The networking reception was attended by representatives from the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Georgia Department of Economic Development on September 8th 2011. 

The delegation of 24, representing 15 companies from southeastern India was in Atlanta seeking trade partnerships across a wide range of industries such as education, real estate, manufacturers of Agricultural products, machinery for use in Steel plants, water treatment plants, Freight forwarders, exporters of electrical goods, solar products, software, to name a few.

GIACC President, Danielle Fernandes welcomed the gathering. She also recognized members of the chamber. 

“We believe trade is two way traffic. We are not here to sell, sell, sell, but sell, buy and invest” said Venkatagiri, CEO of who also organized the delegation. A visit to Kennesaw State University, America’s Mart, a meeting with 30 exporters organized by US Commercial Service, meeting with former mayor of Atlanta, Sam Massell, and a visit to Coco cola were some of key stops of the delegation, Venkatagiri added, elaborating on the details of the visit. He thanked Atlanta for embracing the delegation with warmth. GIACC had also hosted a breakfast for the group, India Global Business Connection – Chennai Breakfast Meeting to facilitate networking between international trade resources and ideas for global business expansion. 

“Why is the Andhra Chamber of Commerce in Chennai” people ask me, started Kailashmull Dugar, president of the Andhra chamber and leader of the delegation. “It is because the Andhra Chamber was started way back in 1928, when the two states were combined” he explained adding that the chamber rolls more than 1600 members and 55 Industry affiliations. “Global Mall is an interesting concept” he noted adding that he and his group had felt extremely welcome in Atlanta. He extended a warm invitation to visit Cheanni to Georgia businessman. ‘The experience has been very exciting. Two way trade possibilities are enormous’ Dugar added. 

P.B. Rao, member of delegation and Executive Partner of Vikash Hair Enterprises in Andhra Pradesh, whose company processes and exports agro products and Human hair was pleased with his visit and was hopeful of his business expansion in USA, apart from China, korea, hong kong where human hair he says is in demand. Prabhavati, Director of Unique Soft Pro India said that while there had been no business agreements yet, she was hopeful that their company could do well in the US. Unique Soft Pro, based in Vishakapatnam offers BPO, BDP and Systems Integration. They also provide web and graphic design adhering to W3C standards along with multimedia services. An alumnus of Notre dame, Dr. Ravichandran, Director at Sartime Horological was looking forward to meet exporters of pollution control equipment and solar manufacturers. 

Speaking to NRI Pulse about growing trade relations between Georgia and India, Ash Thakker, GIACC Chair noted that visiting business delegations had increased significantly over the past five years. “And these folks were not here to just exchange pleasantries but to buy and sell and GIACC very much wants to be part of this process,” he said. 

“USA is an inspiring place for many of us. As long as US encourages innovation and enterprise and openness, US will continue to inspire me and many others” Venkatagiri added. Lilia Postolachi, Membership/International Service Director at WTC Atlanta agreed, adding ” Atlana is growing slowly but steadily and is one of the top international cities in the world and we looking forward to expand that. We are proud to be partners with GIACC. WTC Atlanta provides personalized service in a professional, upscale environment to facilitate and enhance business operations.” While the evening ended with a dinner at Ashinana restaurant, it appears the trip had these businessman look forward to many more. 

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