The 1st Washington State Summit on U.S.–India Trade and Commerce, hosted by the Washington State and India Trade Relations Action Committee (WASITRAC), concluded Friday, Sept. 28, after two days of events at Seattle Center. The summit was held in conjunction with the Next Fifty celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of Seattle Center and the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.
In attendance were noted Indian scholar and humanitarian leader Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy, also known as Guruji; a delegation from the Indian states of Assam and Gujaret led by Mr. Himangshu S. Das, Secretary for Finance and Tourism of the Assam State; Mr. Ravi Saxena, the Additional Chief Secretary for Science and Technology of the State of Jujarat; Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen; and Rep. Jim McDermott, who founded the India caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy was awarded the “Building Bridges Across the Nations Award” at the opening reception. In his acceptance speech, Satpathy emphasized the importance of genuine collaboration and mutual understanding among nations with cultural, educational and need-based initiatives to bridges gaps. (end)