[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 28 (Friday, February 10, 2012)]
[Pages 7132-7133]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-3158]



International Trade Administration

Request for Applicants for the Appointment to the United States-
India CEO Forum

AGENCY: Market Access and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In 2005, the Governments of the United States and India 
established the U.S.-India CEO Forum. This notice announces membership 
opportunities for appointment or reappointment as representatives to 
the U.S. Section of the Forum's private sector Committee.

DATES: Applications should be received no later than 45 days after 
publication of this Notice.

ADDRESSES: Please send requests for consideration to Linda Droker, 
Awinash Bawle, and Jed Diemond at the Office of South Asia, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, either by email at [email protected], 
[email protected], and [email protected] or by mail to U.S. 
Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 2310, 
Washington, DC 20230.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Linda Droker, Director, Office of 
South Asia, U.S. Department of Commerce, telephone: (202) 482-2955.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S.-India CEO Forum, consisting of both 
private and public sector members, brings together leaders of the 
respective business communities of the United States and India to 
discuss issues of mutual interest, particularly ways to strengthen the 
economic and commercial ties between the two countries, and to 
communicate their joint recommendations to the U.S. and Indian 
governments. The Forum will have U.S. and Indian co-chairs; the Deputy 
National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, together 
with the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India, co-chair 
the Forum. The Forum will include a Committee comprising private sector 
members. The Committee will be composed of two Sections, each 
consisting of 10-12 members from the private sector representing the 
views and interests of the private sector business community in the 
United States and India. Each government will appoint the members to 
its respective Section. The Committee will provide recommendations to 
the two governments and their senior officials that reflect private 
sector views, needs, and concerns about the creation of an environment 
in which their respective private sectors can partner, thrive, and 
enhance bilateral commercial ties to expand trade and economic links 
between the United States and India. The Committee will continue to 
build on the work done by the Committee to date, including the Forum's 
April 2008 and November 2010 reports.
    Candidates are currently being sought for membership on the U.S. 
Section of the Forum. Each candidate must be the Chief Executive 
Officer or President (or have a comparable level of responsibility) of 
a U.S.-owned or controlled company that is incorporated in and has its 
main headquarters located in the United States and is currently doing 
business in both India and the United States. Each candidate also must 
be a U.S. citizen or otherwise legally authorized to work in the United 
States and be able to travel to India and locations in the United 
States to attend official Forum meetings as well as Section meetings on 
the U.S. side. In addition, the candidate may not be a registered 
foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as 
    Evaluation of applications for membership in the U.S. Section by 
eligible individuals will be based on the following criteria:
     A demonstrated commitment by the individual's company to 
the Indian market either through exports or investment.
     A demonstrated strong interest in India and its economic 
     The ability to offer a broad perspective and business 
experience to the discussions.
     The ability to address cross-cutting issues that affect 
the entire business community.
     The ability to initiate and be responsible for activities 
in which the Forum will be active.
     Prior work by the applicant on the U.S. Section of the 
    The evaluation of applications for membership in the U.S. Section 
will be undertaken by a committee of staff from multiple U.S. 
Government agencies. Members will be selected on the basis of who best 
will carry out the objectives of the Forum as stated in the last 
paragraph under Supplementary Information, above. The U.S. Section of 
the Committee should also include members who represent a diversity of 
business sectors and geographic locations. To the extent possible, 
Section members also should represent a cross-section of small, medium, 
and large firms.
    U.S. Section members will receive no compensation for their 
participation in Forum-related activities. Individual members will be 
responsible for all travel and related expenses associated with their 
participation in the Forum, including attendance at Committee and 
Section meetings. It is anticipated that the next Forum meeting will be 
held in the first half of 2012 [in conjunction with senior level 
government exchanges]. The U.S. and Indian Sections should be prepared 
to work together ahead of that time to prepare recommendations to the 
U.S. and Indian governments. Only appointed members may participate in 
official Forum meetings; substitutes and alternates will not be 
designated. U.S. Section members will normally serve for two-year terms 
but may be reappointed. In the event of a vacancy after members of the 
U.S. Section are appointed, candidates not previously selected may be 
considered to fill the vacancy based on material submitted in response 
to this notice. To be considered for membership in the U.S. Section, 
please submit the following information as instructed in the ADDRESSES 
and DATES captions above: Name and title of the individual requesting 
consideration; name and address of company's headquarters; location of 
incorporation; size of the company; size of company's export trade, 
investment, and nature of operations or interest in India; and a brief 
statement of why the candidate should be considered, including 
information about the candidate's ability to initiate and be 
responsible for activities in which the Forum will be active. 
Candidates that have previously been members of the U.S. Section need 
only provide a letter expressing their interest in re-applying and 
indicating any changes to the application materials previously 
supplied. All candidates will

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be notified of whether they have been selected.

    Dated: February 3, 2012.
Linda S. Droker,
Director of the Office of South Asia.
[FR Doc. 2012-3158 Filed 2-9-12; 8:45 am]