The US-India Business Council has chosen N Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh, as the most ‘transformative Chief Minister,’ in recognition of his his efforts to strengthen ties between the two countries at the state level. The USIBC’s award was presented to him at the USIBC West Coast Summit in the Silicon Valley during the month of May. The award acknowledges excellence in public service and recognises the honoree’s achievement in championing US-India ties in areas of trade, politics and culture. The Summit saw the participation of Indian government officials and 150 industry leaders from sectors like information technology, banking, food processing, healthcare, clean energy, digital payments and manufacturing. Companies such as Amazon, Paypal, Deloitte, Facebook, Mastercard, Dell, TransAsia, Varian Medical and Visa attended the summit. The USIBC was established in 1975 to act as a direct link between business and government leaders to enhance trade and investment ties between the US and India. USIBC works in partnership with major trade associations of India like the CII, FICCI, NASSCOM, et al. The President and CEO of MasterCard, Ajay Banga, is the current chairman of USIBC.