unnamedA GIACC delegation of members of the Atlanta business community traveled to the Annual Convention of the IACC, held in Mumbai, India, on August 22 and 23, 2016. The GIACC delegation consisted of Board member, Anita Ninan, Of Counsel, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, Board Member Siva Nathan, Associate Professor, Georgia State University, Dr. Pamila Dembla, Executive Director, ICA (“India China America”) Institute and Associate Professor, Kennesaw State University, Kirtan Patel, Commercial Attorney and Founding Partner of Kumar, Prabhu, Patel & Banerjee (“KPPB Law”) and Beeraj Patel, Immigration Attorney, KPPB Law.

Our attendance of the Annual Convention of the IACC this year was special, in that the IACC was presenting a life time achievement award to the Late Aditya Birla of the Birla group of global companies. Atlanta’s connection to the Indian Birla group of companies began with the group’s acquisition of Novelis, in 2012.

The GIACC delegation was one of two U.S. delegations to attend the Annual Convention of the IACC, themed, “Unleashing US-India Economic Synergy. The two day convention was attended by India’s top policy makers and top decision makers of Indian and U.S companies in a variety of sectors including, Banking, Insurance and Financial services, Oil and Gas, Infrastructure, Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals, Digital India and Energy.

On the first day of the Convention, Anita Ninan presented a commemoration letter from Mayor Kasim Reed to the wife of Late Aditya Birla, Mrs. Rajshri Birla, who attended a special invitee only dinner and reception presided over by the Governor of the State of Maharashtra, to accept the award on behalf of her late husband.

On the second day, Anita Ninan made a power point presentation on behalf of the GIACC, introducing the members of the delegation, and sharing key points that make Atlanta and the State of Georgia an attractive foreign investment destination for Indian companies. The presentation was well received and we had inquiries from attendees about investment opportunities in Atlanta, GA.unnamed2

After the two day Convention, the GIACC delegation had meetings with actors, producers, directors, and well known Bollywood film studios, arranged by the Indian Consul General, Atlanta, to present the opportunities and incentives that Atlanta and the state of Georgia offers for film production. The GIACC delegation visited and met with Western India Film Producers Association (WIFPA), Yashraj Film studio (YRS), Film and Television Institute of India (FTI), Sangli Shikhan Sanstha(Sanghli) and Deccan Education Society (DES), Pune.

The purpose of these meetings was to invite them to a "Bollywood Meets Georgia" film festival that is being planned for April 2017. The film festival will aim to bring together Bollywood and Georgia film makers in Atlanta to showcase the financial incentives, production resources, professional support and location diversity to Bollywood film makers in the hope of attracting their business to Georgia.

The delegation received an enthusiastic welcome from the film associations for the film festival while the educational institutes were keen to collaborate with ICA Institute and Kennesaw State University for film production and training.