Jun 27, 2017: The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), the premier business advocacy organisation dedicated to strengthening the economic and commercial relationship between the United States and India launched its India-Task Force on Civil Aviation that will focus on identifying opportunities for implementation based on the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP). To lead this initiative, Palash Roy Chowdhury, Managing Director-India, Pratt & Whitney has been selected as the Chairman and Amber Dubey, Partner and Head of Aerospace and Defense, KPMG in India as Co-Chairman.
India has witnessed annual development exceeding 20 percent in domestic traffic with total passenger throughput anticipated to reach 270 million passengers by end of 2017. The Task Force will connect with different stakeholders to support international best practices and address possible hurdles that surface as American and Indian companies expand engagement in India’s growing civil aviation market.
Mukesh Aghi, president of the U.S.-India Business Council said, “We are launching this task force to aid implementation of India's civil aviation policy. Our member companies are committed to the success of the government's flagship programs such as the Regional Connectivity Scheme and Make In India, and bringing the best in technology in related areas such as airport infrastructure and security, MROs and skill development.”
Palash Roy Chowdhury, Managing Director-India, Pratt & Whitney and Chairman of the India-Task Force on Civil Aviation commented, “I am honored to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading this initiative at a time when the Indian aviation industry is poised to scale new heights. With the Task Force, we intend to support growth of U.S. corporations in India by aligning with the priority areas of the Indian government and further nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship and job creation to successfully contribute to the global economy in the coming years."
On being elected as the Co-Chairman, Amber Dubey, Partner and Head of Aerospace and Defense, KPMG in India remarked, “India is at the cusp of rapid strides in the aviation and aerospace sector. This is thanks to low oil prices, growing demand and industry-friendly government policies. I’m honored to be elected and would try my best to make the task force achieve its objectives."
The India-Task Force aims to support bilateral dialogue by being the voice of industry, collaborating with governments to organise trade missions and promoting for regulatory changes on behalf of its members.