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Consul General of India, Chicago Visit to Iowa

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CG Amit Kumar met Ms. Wendy Wintersteen, President of the Iowa State University

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CHICAGO, IL- Consul General Amit Kumar visited Iowa from 4–6 October 2021. He arrived on 4 October evening and left on 6 October afternoon.

On 5 October, he met Ms. Debi Durham, Executive Director of Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).  They discussed ways to enhance bilateral trade between India and Iowa – Iowa has particular strengths in manufacturing, corn, biofuels, wind energy, and the insurance sector.  He also met Mr. Greg Samorajski, CEO of the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS), and discussed potential investment opportunities in India including in infrastructure and real estate sectors with IPERS.

CG Kumar also met Mr. Rob Denson, President of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) on 5 October.  They discussed technical and skill development initiatives at DMACC with active industry engagement, best practices, and possible avenues for cooperation with India in this important area.

CG Kumar met Ms. Wendy Wintersteen, President of the Iowa State University on 6 October. They discussed strengthening university linkages with India. The university has a very strong program on entrepreneurship, engineering and hosts the National Centre of Excellence in seed research – all potential areas for collaboration.  CG Kumar also visited the Seed Research Centre and the newly built Innovation Centre at the University.

While in Des Moines, CG Kumar separately met the President of World Food Prize Foundation, Ms. Barbara Stinson.  He also interacted with several members of the Indian community, hotel owners’ association, and the student community. He briefed them about the functioning of the Consulate, priorities in India-US partnership, diaspora engagement, etc.

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