Top executives of US big companies met External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar under the aegis of US India Business Council (USIBC) and US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) in Washington on May 27. During this, he talked seriously about the second wave of corona epidemic in India. Most of his questions and concerns focused on India’s role in the global economic recovery.
Free from biased views and knowing the real ground situation, experts assessed the economic outlook after the second wave. Most experts agreed with the foreign minister’s view that since the lockdown was localized and intermittent and relief supplies were in place, its impact would be much less than last year. According to diplomats, to bring the economy back on track, more and more people need to be vaccinated. He showed keen interest in the efforts of the Government of India.
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Those attending the meeting included Ariel McTavish, President, Medtronic Respiratory Inc., Ken Gilmartin, Executive Vice President Jacobs Engineering Group, Arvind Krishna, President and CEO, IBM, Raj Subramaniam, President, FedEx, Julie Sweet, CEO Accenture, and Sefi Ghasemi, Chairman and CEO, Air Products. During this, everyone talked about the economic recovery after the corona epidemic. The American CEO talked about similar American experiences last year. Many people appreciated the efforts made by the Government of India, especially on oxygen supply. He highlighted that India had an important role to play as a global vaccine hub across the world. People also believed that as the vaccine campaign picks up, connectivity between the two business communities will be fully restored.