Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has been presented the ‘Transformative Chief Minister Award’ in the US for his efforts to strengthen ties between the two countries at the state level. The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has selected the Andra CM for his role in advancing the US-India partnership at the state level. The award was presented to him at the USIBC West Coast Summit in the Silicon Valley on May 8th, 2017.

The award acknowledges excellence in public service and recognises the honoree’s achievement in championing US-India ties in the areas of trade, politics and culture.

The USIBC West Coast Summit saw the participation of Indian government officials and 150 industry leaders from sectors such as information technology, banking, food processing, healthcare, clean energy, digital payments, and manufacturing to explore the impacts of manufacturing in India, digitisation, move towards adoption of a cashless society and the future of the US-India trade relations.

The companies such as Amazon, Paypal, Deloitte, Facebook, Mastercard, Dell, TransAsia, Varian Medical and Visa attended the summit. In addition, the Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT Aruna Sundararajan was also be honoured with the ‘Transformative Leadership Award’ for excellence in public service and for her role in advancing US-India cooperation and Digital India. Last year’s recipient for this award was Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer of Niti Aayog.

USIBC was established in 1975, acts a direct link between business and government leaders to enhance the trade and investment ties between US and India. USIBC works in partnership with major trade associations of India like The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) among others. President and CEO of MasterCard Ajay Banga is the current chairman of USIBC.

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