It is in this backdrop that Biden has been seen taking a lead once again when it comes to the economic dimension of the India U.S. relationship. Several cabinet ranking officials along with corporate leaders from both the countries are expected to be present at the 40th Anniversary Leadership Summit of the U.S.India Business Council (USIBC) on September 21.
Among others, it would be attended by Energy Minister Piyush Goyal and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzeker along with who's who of corporate leaders from the two countries. The next day, TERI North America would host the 6th India-U.S. Energy Partnership Summit. However, it is the first ever India-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue to be hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry that will be the center of attraction when Modi is in the U.S. While the dates of this dialogue has not been announced yet, it is most likely to be held on September 22. The decision to expand India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue to Commercial one was taken during Obama's January visit to India. Kerry along with Pritzeker would lead the U.S. delegation, while the Indian delegation would be led by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sitharaman. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will also expected to be part of the Indian delegation. Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Arun K Singh and his American counterpart in India Richard Verma would also be part of their respective terms.