The board of the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce met with India‘s Consul General Nagesh Singh at the Consulate General in Sandy Springs on April 26 to discuss strategies for promoting business with India and raising the recognition of Indian firms and individuals active in the state’s economy.

Formed in 2000, the chamber has served as a bridge between India and the state of Georgia as the economic ties have grown stronger over the years. It also has organized networking events and partnered with local chambers as well as meeting with trade delegations from overseas and taking trade delegations to India.

During the luncheon meeting at the consulate, Mr. Singh called for the chamber to support his government’s efforts to increase the business ties with Georgia and the Southeast U.S. as well as raise awareness of the extent of the Indian communities’ commercial, educational and cultural impact locally.

“We want to work with you,” he told the board members who were receptive to a variety of networking events and creating new relationships with the local business community.

Board Chair Sonjui Kumar told Global Atlanta that the backing of the consul general will help revitalize the chamber at a time when the Indian government is actively pursuing new leads to expand commercial ties with the U.S.

The chamber also is in the process of launching a new website that may be viewed at, which contains the names and contact information of the current board members. To review the chamber’s activities over the past 15 years conduct a search for GIACC on

The original article appeared in Global Atlanta on May 4, 2016.