Council plays key role in trade development mission to India

Wed, 2016-01-27 06:00 -- SCC Staff

The Smart Cities Council and three of its partners will participate in a U.S. trade delegation mission to India designed to help that country’s up-and-coming smart cities drive sustainable growth while improving the quality of life for their citizens.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews is leading the mission, which will make stops in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

In all, 18 companies are participating in the effort. In addition to the Council, Council Lead Partner Qualcomm and Associate Partners Black & Veatch and Silver Spring Networks are traveling on the trade mission as well.

“By joining the global consensus agreed to in Paris last month, India made clear that it will be an important part of the world’s solution to a truly global problem,” Andrews said. “U.S. industry stands ready and able to help India make its cities more sustainable – an effort that will greatly benefit India’s economic growth and our world’s ability to address a changing climate.”

The mission will help the American companies launch or increase business in India, while providing for the sustainable growth of India’s infrastructure. It will focus on technologies, systems and services in the safety and security, intelligent transportation, water, wastewater and power sectors.

As the world’s third largest economy in the world in terms of purchasing power parity, India has the second largest population and is projected to add 500 million people to its urban population over the next four decades. The Indian government has made infrastructure development a priority, along with a plan to develop 100 smart cities — developed urban areas that would create sustainable economic development and high quality of life through efficient and innovative energy, transportation, digital, social platforms. To connect these proposed cities with existing air and sea ports, India needs infrastructure upgrades and technologies.