USAID chief Rajiv Shah to visit India

December 19th, 2011 - 9:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Rajiv Shah, head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the highest-ranking Indian-American in the Obama administration, begins a two-day visit here Tuesday, a statement said.

Shah will meet senior government officials, intellectual leaders, innovators, business leaders and members of non-governmental organisations, the US embassy said here Monday.

“This visit is an opportunity for him to discuss the future of US-India development collaboration,” the embassy said.

In his interactions here, Shah will explore various ways in which the USAID can partner with Indian public and private sectors to identify innovations and best practices that impacts India and the world.

The USAID is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the US. The agency has a budget of over $40 billion.

Shah, whose parents migrated to the US decades ago, travelled to India with US President Barack Obama in November last year.

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