THEME 2013

Stimulating Technology, Trade and Development

U.S. and Indian overall strategic interests have been steadily converging for a number of years now. This, along with deep-seated commonalities between both nations, has driven greater cooperation on a multitude of topics -- especially energy. Similarly, collaboration between U.S. and Indian businesses has been on the rise. If we can capitalize on the alignment between U.S.-India strategic interests and the business priorities of U.S. and Indian companies, then we stand to unleash a new wave of productive efforts to enhance energy security, expand energy access and drive energy innovation. This will speed up human development and leave both nations better off.

The future of U.S.-India energy relations is bright. Today, negotiations on a Bilateral Investment Treaty are proceeding smoothly; the U.S. and India continue to engage through forums such as the U.S.-India Energy Dialogue and the Clean Energy Ministerial, which is this year being held in Delhi; and joint research programs are making progress toward a clean energy future. Encouraging further trade in the energy sector, fostering expanded corporate involvement in the planning and implementation of development efforts, and taking advantage of new and emerging technologies represent ways for the U.S. and India to maintain and strengthen their cooperation with regard to energy.

Be they CEOs of established multinationals or single-plot farmers, U.S. and Indian entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs in the field of low-carbon energy should receive encouragement from their government. New ventures to bring energy or technology from the U.S. to India may seem apart from local efforts in either country, but the fact of the matter is that all such enterprises are connected through various energy markets, manufacturing supply chains, investments and numerous other linkages. Effective policies, productive diplomacy and future business collaborations can all be enhanced through dialogue and discussions that include representation of all of the energy sector’s stakeholders.

Plenary Sessions:

  • Energy Access, Growth and Sustainability
  • Financing Energy Efficient and Clean Technology Projects
  • Opportunities for Bilateral Energy Sector Trade

Parallel Tracks:

  • Driving Energy Efficiency Technology Innovation and Adoption
  • Women and the Green Economy
  • Empowering Energy Entrepreneurs