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The United States-India Innovation Exchange

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 13, 2010





Under the auspices of the White House and U.S. Department of State, U. S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and the Secretary of State’s Senior Advisor for Innovation Alec Ross will lead a Technology Delegation of U.S. business and thought leaders to New Delhi and Rajasthan. This Delegation is an important first step of the US-India Innovation Exchange, announced by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna during the June 4 U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue.

As a product of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, this Innovation Exchange reinforces President Obama’s and Prime Minister Singh’s commitment to strengthening our robust relationship through partnerships in the many areas in which we have common interests. Technology is one area where the U.S. and India share not only common interests but also common innovation-based cultures devoted to cutting-edge research and visionary entrepreneurship. Both the U.S. and India are recognized global leaders in a variety of technology sectors, from software and computing, to telecommunications and energy. The Technology Delegation is designed to leverage U.S. and Indian expertise to help produce real-world technology solutions in three areas: (1) energy; (2) education; and (3) e-Governance. Through meetings with Indian business and government leaders, and visits to innovative Indian organizations, we aim to spur productive discussion and thought around identifying new projects.

This Delegation aims to deliver projects ready for investment and ultimate market entry. All projects will be characterized by strong U.S.-India collaboration and a clear path to execution. Project ideas can take many forms, including public-private partnerships, private-private joint ventures; and working groups dedicated to finding new ways to tackle big problems. Given that the U.S. and India share strong cultures of creative idea generation and innovative risk-taking, we are optimistic about the potential of new projects arising from the Delegation.

PRN: 2010/1249

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