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Kolkata | Monday, Oct 20 2014 IST
Indo American Chamber of Commerce, the only bilateral Chamber for Indo-US business, is considering going for a serious multi pronged thrust to facilitate Skill Development and Empowerment through Education across India.

According to the newly elected National President Asoke Laha who is also President and CEO of Kolkata based Interra Information Technologies, with development centres in Kolkata and Noida along with six offices in the US, " We are putting together an action plan to help into this in a big way, IACC sources here said.

'IACC being the only bilateral Chamber forIndo American business and having wide and varied links and network among the business communities of both the US and India is very well positioned to be a helpline for this," he said.

IACC has been debating and brainstorming both internally among its members as well as addressing the issue through its nodal annual event, the 10th Economic Summit being held in New Delhi on October 15-16th this year.

Through the summit titled "Convergence and Connectivity in Indo-US Economic Relations" IACC is in the way of finalising an approach to facilitate this vital area already highlighted by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his recent visit to the US.

Skill Development Mission, one of the key projects of the Government of India is directly interlinked with another very important subject touched upon by the Prime Minister in the US, the training and export of professional workforce from India to the US.

Asoke Laha views this as one of his priority mandates as the leader of IACC for the year 2014-2015 and indicates that IACC is proactively examining ways and means to boost this national objective.

" We are possibly going to hold discussions and workshops to create awareness and motivation about the issue. This has to be a concerted, focused campaign which will go a long way to get people trained in different fields and make them ready for providing services at global standard anywhere in the world, particularly to the US companies." He said.

IACC would work closely with National Skill Development Corporation(NSDC), the public private partnership body created by the Government of India at the request of the industry. NSDC has trained about 3 million people in last few years and is constantly promoting an ecosystem around the skilling and empowering process.

" We would like to plug in NSDC's programme as and where necessary to help build a scalable workforce for the American business. I am sure this is going to add to our already targeted demographic dividend in a big way," Mr Laha commented

"On the other side of the spectrum", IACC would work very closely with American industry of different verticals, particularly in the SME segment though not excluding top and large corporates as well, and particularly partnering with US Trade and Development Agency ( USTDA). I am going to have a one to one dialogue on this with USTDA's Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia on this subject," Mr Laha said.

"We will align and involve our regional offices and members into this exercise. Apart from NSDC we expect the different State governments also to provide support in this activity as and when necessary since this is a shared objective among all of us, public and private sectors, coordinated by IACC," Mr Laha commented

"The connectivity and interface between the American companies and the skill development agencies in which our Chamber would possibly take a significant role. We will organise virtual and physical meetings between the two sides and take advantage of our US to India as well as India to US delegations to address this major issue," he said.

" We are going to use our network with US Chambers especially in the SME segments to employ the trained resources over the next few years," Mr Laha added. UNI BM 1938 NNNN

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