The India-US Forum

2-3 December 2021

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Agenda

As on 3rd December, 10am IST

THURSDAY, 2ND DECEMBER 2021 (DAY 1)

Timings Program Detail
17:45 hrs IST
07:15 hrs ET
Log in – Digital Networking Room
18:15 – 19:00 hrs IST
07:45 – 08:30 hrs ET
Welcome Remarks by Co-Chairs:
Jamshyd N. Godrej, Chairman, Ananta Centre and Chairman & MD, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited
Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary, Government of India Opening Remarks by:
Patricia Lacina, Chargé d'affaires, Embassy of the United States in India
Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Ambassador of India to United States
19:00 – 20:15 hrs IST
08:30 – 09:45 hrs ET
Session 1
Quad and Future of the Indo-Pacific
Collaboration on Covid 19 pandemic and vaccine initiative, climate action; rules-based maritime order; space, emerging technology and cyber; education; diversifying and securing critical supply chains; creating accountable and sustainable regional infrastructure; combating terrorism; impact of AUKUS on Indo-Pacific; aligning the Indo-Pacific road maps with other regional groupings
Speakers
  • Kurt Campbell, Indo-Pacific Coordinator, National Security Council
  • Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary, Government of India
  • Tanvi Madan, Brookings Institution
  • S L Narasimhan (Lt. Gen. Retd.), Director General, Centre for Contemporary China Studies.
Chair: Nisha Biswal, Senior Vice President for International Strategy, US Chamber of Commerce and President, US India Business Council
20:15 – 21:15 hrs IST
09:45 – 10:45 hrs ET
Session 2
A Shared Health Security Agenda
Assessing the battle against Covid 19 so far; addressing the pathways to collaborate in the efforts to vaccinate the world; open and consistent supply chains for vaccines (raw materials & consumables) the new normal of Covid safe mandates; developing a collaborative, multi-sectoral mechanism for detection and prevention of infectious disease threats; charting a rapid response and recovery path for the future; strengthening research collaborations & the health infrastructure including genomic surveillance and modelling, information sharing systems and access to emergency medical services; combating vaccine hesitancy and disinformation; considering reforms in institutions tasked with global health governance like WHO.
Speakers
  • Naushad Forbes, Chairman, Ananta Aspen Centre and Co- Chairman, Forbes Marshall
  • Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • John Herrmann, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Novavax
  • Peter Hotez, Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Michelle McConnell, Director, Asia and the Pacific, Office of Global Affairs, US Department of Health & Human Services
  • Adrian Thomas, Vice President Global Public Health, Johnson & Johnson
Chair: Banmali Agrawala, President, Infrastructure, Defense, Aerospace
and Global Corporate Affairs, Tata Sons
21:15 – 22:15 hrs IST
10:45 – 11:45 hrs ET
Session 3
The Way Forward for Afghanistan
Assessing the current situation on the ground; inclusive government reflecting interest of all ethno-political forces; protection of rights of ethnic groups, women and children; preventing Afghanistan from becoming a safe-haven for terrorist organizations; post-conflict reconstruction – mobilizing international community to consolidate efforts to provide
humanitarian and economic assistance to Afghan people; countering narco- terror networks; balancing the geo-political ripples in the Afghan neighbourhood.
Speakers
  • Lisa Curtis, Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program, Centre for New American Security
  • Don Lu, Assistant Secretary of State for South & Central Asian Affairs, The United States
  • J P Singh, Joint Secretary, Pakistan Afghanistan & Iran Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
  • Amar Sinha, Former Ambassador of India to Afghanistan
Chair: Arun Singh, Member, National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) and Former Ambassador of India to US

FRIDAY, 3RD DECEMBER, 2021 (DAY 2)

Timings Program Detail
17:30 hrs IST
07:00 hrs ET
Log in – Digital Networking Room
18:00 – 19:00 hrs IST
07:30 – 08:30 hrs ET
Session 4
A New Quad for West Asia
India-Israel-UAE-US – Quadrilateral Economic Forum, strengthening connectivity and developing disruptive technology, co-investing in infrastructure projects, pathways for mutual economic prosperity in a post Covid world, energy security and transition, collaboration in life sciences, pharmaceuticals and data sciences, a shared vision for regional security, and combatting terrorism and violent extremism
Speakers
  • William Blair, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India
  • Thomas Friedman, Author and Journalist, New York Times
  • C Raja Mohan, Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore
  • Dammu Ravi, Secretary, Economic Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
  • Michael Rubin, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  Chair: Indrani Bagchi, Associate Editor and Diplomatic Editor, The Times of India
19:00 – 20:00 hrs IST
08:30 – 09:30 hrs ET
Session 5
The Path for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership
Mobilizing investment in response to recent structural reforms; investment in infrastructure by institutional investors; collaboration and dissemination of advanced technologies; assessing the bilateral trade relationship vis-à-vis geopolitical groupings, strategic trade collaborations in pharma and vaccine production; strengthening MSME collaboration; enhancing industry and private sector engagements; identifying growth opportunities and working towards bilateral, comprehensive, free trade frameworks; new avenues for enhancing bilateral trade; defence innovation and co-production.
Speakers
  • John Cornyn, Senator (R-TX), Co-Chair, Senate India Caucus (Video Message)
  • Mukesh Aghi, President and CEO, US India Strategic Partnership Forum
  • Kenneth Juster, Distinguished Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Former US Ambassador to India
  • Mohan Kumar, Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries
  • R Mukundan, CEO, Tata Chemicals
  • Rajan Navani, Vice Chairman & MD, JetSyntheses
  • Rajen Vagadia, Vice President & President, Qualcomm India Private Limited
Chair: Arun Kumar, Chairman & CEO, KPMG India
20:00 – 21:00 hrs IST
09:30 – 10:30 hrs ET
Session 6
Collaboration for Climate Action
Climate action as per respective national capabilities; collaboration in clean energy innovation and technology, green hydrogen; climate finance for facilitating the energy transition; leveraging bilateral potential to execute Agenda 2030 partnership for climate and clean energy; sharing clean technology for scaling solutions; mobilizing climate finance from multilateral development banks and leveraging private sector finance; adaptation and climate risk preparedness; leveraging and strengthening the CDRI and ISA; role of the private sector and mutual priorities for India's G20 presidency in 2023
Speakers
  • David Turk, United States Deputy Secretary of Energy
  • Seema Arora, Deputy Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry
  • Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment & Water
  • Jamshyd N. Godrej, Chairman, Ananta Centre and Chairman & MD, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited
  • Fred H. Hutchison, President & CEO, LNG Allies
  • Jayant Sinha, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha; Chairperson, Standing Committee on Finance
Chair: John Podesta, Founder, Centre for American Progress
21:00 – 21:15 hrs IST
10:30 – 10:45 hrs ET
Keynote Address:
Antony Blinken, United States Secretary of State
21:15 – 22:15 hrs IST
10:45 – 11:45 hrs ET
Closing Session
In conversation:
S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, Government of India
&
Meghan O'Sullivan, Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
University; Chair, North American Group, the Trilateral Commission

*Updated as on 3 December 2021

About

Launched in 2017 as a partnership between Ananta Centre and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, The India-US Forum is a unique, one of its kind, closed door gathering with limited participation by invitation only. Eminent, handpicked representatives of both governments, parliament, industry, think tanks and academia gather at the Forum to exchange ideas, build mutual trust and develop a joint agenda for future cooperation. The discussions are held under the Chatham House rule.