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Nisha Desai Biswal appointed US-India Business Council president

Biswal previously served as the assistant secretary for South and Central Asian affairs.

world Updated: Oct 11, 2017 18:57 IST
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Nisha Desai Biswal’s tenure at the US state department saw a marked increase in ties between New Delhi and Washington.
Nisha Desai Biswal’s tenure at the US state department saw a marked increase in ties between New Delhi and Washington.(File photo)

Former assistant secretary of state Nisha Desai Biswal was on Tuesday named the new president of the US-India Business Council (USIBC).

Biswal previously served as the assistant secretary for South and Central Asian affairs during 2013-2017. Her tenure saw a marked increase in ties between New Delhi and Washington, and the launch of the US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue.

“As one of the most significant and fastest growing markets, India is an important economic partner for the United States," Biswal said in a statement after her appointment by the US Chamber of Commerce.

“Likewise, Indian companies are investing in ever greater numbers here in the United States. I am proud to be part of an organization which will play such a critical role shaping US-India relations, and I am thrilled at the chance to help our companies deliver a brighter, more prosperous future for the citizens of the United States and India,” she said.

She will join the USIBC on October 23.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nisha Biswal to the US-India Business Council and to the US Chamber team,” US Chamber executive vice president Myron Brilliant was quoted by a release as saying. “Under her strong leadership, we’re confident the US-India Business Council will play a critical role growing commercial partnership, investment, and innovation across the world’s oldest and largest democracies.”

The USIBC consists of 350 top-tier Indian and US companies advancing commercial ties between the two countries. It was set up in 1975 on the request of New Delhi and Washington.