India’s Consul General in Chicago addresses Illinois General Assembly

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker with India’s Consul General in Chicago Sudhakar Dalela at a Nov. 13, 2019 meeting. (Photo: courtesy Indian Consulate)

At the invitation of the Illinois General Assembly, Consul General of India in Chicago Sudhakar Dalela addressed both the Illinois State Senate and the House of Representatives Nov. 13, 2019. He dwelt on India’s development trajectory, expanding India-U.S. strategic partnership, and growing Illinois-India connections

During his visit to the state legislature, Consul General Dalela met with the Senate President John Cullerton, the House Speaker Michael Madigan, and exchanged views with a number of Senators and Representatives on ways to advance the Illinois-India partnership

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, left, with India’s Consul General in Chicago Sudhakar Dalela, center, and Illinois State Senator Ram Villivalam, at a Nov. 13, 2019, meeting at the Illinois General Assembly. (Photo: courtesy Indian Consulate in Chicago)

He spoke about the strategic partnership between India and the United States noting that “at the heart of India-U.S. partnership is the tremendous goodwill, friendship and support at the peoples’ level in the two countries. It is therefore no surprise that India-U.S. partnership enjoys the strong bi-partisan support both in India and the United States,” a press release from the Chicago Consulate said.

The Consul General shared the Government for India’s development goals including to become a US $ 5 trillion economy in the next five years.

“India-U.S. partnership is critical in translating India’s bold vision for development into a reality,” Dalela said. He invited Illinois-based businesses to invest in India, and highlighted the already wide-ranging engagement between India and Illinois in areas such as trade, investments, economic cooperation, knowledge partnership, technology tie-ups, and cutting edge joint scientific research.

India’s Consul General in Chicago Sudhakar Dalela, addresses the Illinois legislature Nov. 13, 2019 (Photo: courtesy Indian Consulate in Chicago)

More than 10,000 students from India are studying in Universities and Colleges in Illinois, he said.

He welcomed the strong support of the Illinois political leadership, businesses, academia, the Indian American community and people at every level to advance India-Illinois ties in all sectors.

He called on Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and met with Acting Secretary, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Erin Guthrie and discussed trends in India-U.S. partnership and ways to advance Illinois-India ties in sectors such as agriculture, advanced manufacturing, services sector, knowledge and technology tie-ups.

He also invited Governor Pritzker to lead a delegation to India to discuss collaborative ventures across diverse sectors

Consul General of India in Chicago Sudhakar Dalela interacted with members of the Indian American community in Springfield, Illinois, Nov. 13, 2019, at a reception organized by the India Association of Greater Springfield. (Photo: Indian Consulate in Chicago)

Consul General interacted with members of the Indian American community in Springfield at a reception organized by the India Association of Greater Springfield, and thanked them for their contribution in advancing the India-U.S. strategic partnership, and for being a bridge of understanding and friendship between the two countries.

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