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Clinton to meet India Inc honchos over breakfast

india Updated: Jul 17, 2009 18:01 IST

India Inc honchos Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani and others are likely to explore measures to boost bilateral business ties during their brainstorming session over breakfast with US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on Saturday.

Clinton is scheduled to arrive in the city on Friday night on an official visit to India during which high-level discussions are likely to promote bilateral co-operation in the USD 30 billion Indian civil nuclear power programme and the the USD 43 billion bilateral trade.

She will be flying-in from the Czech Republic capital, Prague.

India's top businessmen are expected to meet her at the iconic Taj Hotel. The sea-facing hotel bore the brunt of a terror attack in November last year.

Clinton is expected to meet Ratan Tata who leads India's premier conglomerate, the Tata group, along with other top industrialists like Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries and Godrej group Chairman Adi Godrej. A few top Tata group officials are also expected to attend the meet.

Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy's wife Sudha Murthy, who is deeply involved with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities and Chanda Kochhar, who heads India's largest private sector bank, ICICI, are also expected to interact with the US Secretary of State.

Gita Piramal is also understood to be one of the invitees from India Inc.

This is Hillary Clinton's first visit to India after assuming charge as the US Secretary of State in the Obama
administration early this year.

The global economic meltdown has particularly affected the United States. The measures taken by its government to
beat the recession are likely to be discussed in the meet.

India's relatively strong growth of 6 per cent and its resilient economy has emerged as a strong focus area for the
US in recent years and Clinton's visit is expected to give a further boost to the burgeoning trade-ties between the two

Clinton will be staying at the Ratan Tata-owned Taj Hotel's new wing. Usually, foreign dignitaries are put up
in the hotel's heritage wing which is under renovation following the November 26 terror strike. She will, therefore,
be staying in the tower section of the hotel.