Ambassador of India to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu had a virtual interaction with Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer on 7 July 2020. Ambassador Sandhu and Governor Whitmer discussed India-Michigan economic and people-to-people relations.
2. During the interaction, Ambassador Sandhu and Governor Whitmer discussed the ways to enhance the mutually beneficial trade and investment partnership in sectors such as automotive, manufacturing, aerospace, services and agriculture sectors.
3. India and Michigan have a robust trade and investment relationship. The total trade between India and Michigan stands at US$ 2.49 billion (2019). Many Indian companies in IT, automotive, design, engineering & construction, life sciences/pharma, manufacturing & energy sectors have invested in Michigan. As per CII’s 2020 report on Indian investment in the U.S., 23 Indian companies have invested around US$ 453 million in Michigan, thereby creating 3,971 jobs. India is one of the few countries identified by the State of Michigan for business development and mutual investments. Michigan Economic Development Commission regularly conducts investment missions in India.
4. Ambassador Sandhu and Governor Whitmer also noted the vibrant presence of Indian community in Michigan, including a large number of Indian students in Universities/Colleges, and their contribution in strengthening the partnership between India and the State of Michigan.