An interactive luncheon meeting was hosted by Fluentgrid in honour of the US Consul General – Ms.Katherine B. Hadda and her team comprising of Mr.Donald F Mulligan – US Consular Chief, Mr.Geoffrey Chin – Political and Economic Associate and Ms.Annette D’Silva -U.S.Commercial Assistant, during their visit to Visakhkapatnam on the 28th July 2017 at Varun Beach Novotel.

CII Industry leaders pose with US Consul General – Ms.Katherine B. Hadda in Visakhapatnam on 28th July 2017

CII Industry leaders pose with US Consul General – Ms.Katherine B. Hadda in Visakhapatnam on 28th July 2017

Mr.Murali Krishna Gannamani, MD & CEO, Fluentgrid Ltd. welcomed all the guests and gave a brief of the historical background of the beautiful city of Visakhapatnam and how it has transformed from a small fisherman’s village to emerging as one of the major industrial hub with major Public Sector Undertakings, having a strategic naval base and is now the IT destination for the Sunrise State of Andhra Pradesh which is presently ranked No-1 state in “Ease of Doing Business”. He said that Visakhapatnam, endowed with it’s natural beauty, is becoming a major tourist destination. In light of the above and the huge local talent pool, the region looks forward to huge investments from US companies in different sectors for a mutually rewarding and long term association.

Ms.Katherine B. Hadda, US Consul General, Hyderabad thanked all the leaders for coming and thanked Fluentgrid for hosting the luncheon meeting. She mentioned that her meeting with the Visakhapatnam Port Chairman was good and that the Chairman is open to exploring better technological solutions from US for controlling the dust pollution in the Vizag port zone. She appreciated the beauty of Vizag and mentioned that Vizag seems to show promise in many industries and that US Consulate at Hyderabad will help companies and introduce wherever possible to any investment and partnership opportunities across different sectors. She encouraged the industry leaders to communicate with the US Consulate on any issues faced or any help required. Ms.Katherine also mentioned that the US Government through US Trade and Development Agency(USTDA) is funding for drawing up the master plan for three smart cities in India and that includes Visakhapatnam and for which a consortium of three US Companies was formed i.e. AECOM, KPMG and IBM. She answered few questions from some industry leaders and all the team members interacted with the industry leaders during lunch.