Unites States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are set to address a virtual summit next week amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and China's aggressive actions.
The two-day virtual India Ideas Summit organised by the US India Business Council (USIBC) would be held on July 21 and 22.
The theme for this year's summit is building a better future, said USIBC president Nisha Desai Biswal, adding that the summit would focus on building a better future for the world.
"India, the US and their industries working together can not only build a better future for both the countries and its people, but they can actually be instrumental in building a better future for the world," she said.
The virtual summit will start on July 21, with inaugural keynote conversation on ‘Global Supply Chains & Combating COVID-19’ between Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera and Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of Railways.
Union Finance Minister Sitharaman will join the USIBC members to share her vision for India's economic recovery and the path to future economic growth in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her remarks would be followed by conversation on India's Economic Recovery by Tarun Bajaj, Secretary of Economic Affairs.
On July 22, after a welcome address by Thomas J Donohue, CEO, US Chamber of Commerce, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar along with Senator Mark Warner would participate in a discussion on ‘How the US and India Can Lead the Global Response Post-Pandemic’ in a session moderated by former National Security Advisor Stephen Headley.
Soon thereafter Pompeo would deliver a keynote address, followed by a panel discussion on ‘The Future of US-India Relations in a Post-Pandemic World’ between US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster and his Indian counterpart Taranjit Singh Sandhu.