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Press Release

Meet the Maryland India Business Roundtable awardees

More than 200 business, political and community leaders attended the Maryland India Business Roundtable's fifth annual award ceremony at the Martins Crosswinds, Greenbelt, Maryland. The event honored several Indian Americans for their contributions in various facets of this state's life, which boasts of the highest number of Indian-American legislators in the House of Delegates - Majority Leader Kumar Barve and the newly elected Sam Arora and Aruna Miller.

Dr Rajan Natarajan, president, MIBRT, emphasized the vision of the organization. He said it was established to help small-tomedium size Maryland-based companies to find business opportunities and strategic partners in India, and attract them to Maryland, thereby contributing to the expansion of the state's trade and economy.

He said the strategic initiatives that were the pillars of his tenure were the launch of a business trade mission to India to attract partnerships and collaborations, convening a global Networking and Technology Summit, being a part of the Maryland State and County Economic Development Initiatives, increasing membership and expand business growth, and getting exposure to MBIRT as a brand in the Washington Metropolitan Region.

Governor Martin O'Malley the MIBRT's commitment to promote, joint ventures and foreign direct investment between Maryland and India, and said their efforts not only strengthen Maryland, but also contribute to the growth and expansion of jobs and opportunities in the greater Washington, DC area.

'The Indian-American community in Maryland enriches our culture diversity and brings needed expertise to our nation's business and to our education and health care professions,' he added. 'The efforts of MIBRT continue to create new jobs, advanced technological R&D (research and development) and stimulate the local economy. I am proud that Maryland and MIBRT understand the importance of a strong relationship with India.'

Alyssa Ayres, deputy assistant secretary of state, South and Central Asian affairs, who presented the awards and a keynote, said India, as the world's fastest growing nation, 'has a wealth of trade and economic development opportunities. Therefore, MIBRT's commitment in establishing mutual relationship between India and US is important for foreign direct investment and trade.'

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, another keynoter at the event, said, 'Prince George's County has a long and rich tradition of working closely with the Indian American community and I look forward to establishing a broad range of economic growth opportunities for both countries.'

Up-Coming Events:

June 27-July 1, 2011: Bio International Convention at Washington, DC- Bio Delegation will visit Maryland
August 19th: CEO Executive Breakfast series. from 8:00 to 10:00 am. Place: MIBRT Board Room in Largo, Maryland.
September 23, 2011: "India Tech Summit".  Washington DC. From 10:00 am to 3:00 P.M.
October 24-25, 2011: Ag Bio Summit- Africa. Place: Egypt.
November 17, 2011:  MIBRT Annula Awards Gala and Dinner at Martins Crosswinds, Greenbelt, Maryland.
The MIBRT partnership with Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, (PGCEDC) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Electronics & Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) and Washington Adventist University and number of Governments and Chambers in U.S. and in India.
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