February 5, 2020
American county of Harris woos Indian businesses to make Houston their port of entry into the United States
After hosting Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at Howdy Modi programme that held recently, American city of Houston is opening its doors to welcome Indian businesses, especially in the shipping, transportation and logistics arena.
Promising to facilitate smooth business activities and to create conditions conducive to expansion of business ties between the two countries, Mr Adrian Garcia, Commissioner, Harris County, USA said that there are aplenty of opportunities present in Houston, a prominent port city in his county.
On his first visit to India, Garcia led a delegation of business leaders from Harris County and participated in an interactive session with Indian businessmen and industrialists. The session was organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry at PHD House, New Delhi on Friday.
Houston, a major port located in the centre of the American continent, can form the transhipment point for goods from India, Mr Garcia said. US is taking steps to widen and deepen the port to handle bigger vessels, he added and promised to address the concerns raised by few Indian businessmen at the meeting.
On the issue of costs of transportation, the Harris County Commissioner mentioned that it is a business decision that needs to be negotiated with the owners of shipping lines. NASA, located in the Harris County, offers tremendous potential, reflected by the number of innovations that are coming out from there, Mr Garcia said.
Mr Sanjay Aggarwal, Senior Vice President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promised all help to the American delegation in connecting with different stakeholders, while mentioning that the MSMEs sector needs some handholding in the initial stages.
While welcoming the delegation comprising Commissioner Garcia, Mr. Jagdip Ahluwalia, Founding Secretary/Executive Director, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, Mr Bobby V Singh, Principal, ISANI Consultants, Houston and Mr Sanjay Ramabhadran, P.E., Principal, Versa Infrastructure, Houston, Mr Aggarwal presented a snapshot of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s activities in fostering the economic development of India.
The interactive session was organised by the International Affairs Committee for Americas of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, USA.
PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry