U.S. Consul General’s Coimbatore visit highlights business ties, education and institutional partnerships

COIMBATORE, SEPT 2: U.S. Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin celebrated America’s strong ties with Coimbatore, a tier-two industrial, education, and healthcare hub of Tamil Nadu, on September 1 and 2. During her visit, she met with several prominent individuals, industry organizations and educational institutions to explore cooperation between the United States and Coimbatore on issues ranging from business, climate change mitigation, education, and innovation. Consul General Ravin also met with business leaders to promote U.S.-India trade relations.

The Consul General said, “It is wonderful to visit Coimbatore, one of the most important cities in Tamil Nadu. I am impressed with the strength of U.S.-India ties here, and with the many key institutions invested in furthering our relationship. I look forward to building on these important collaborations.”

On Wednesday, September 1, the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Coimbatore (ICCIC) hosted a seminar on “Accessing the U.S. Market,” where the Consul General emphasized strong U.S.-India ties. She met representatives from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and learnt firsthand about the Coimbatore industrial climate. 

On Thursday, Consul General Ravin started her day with a nature walk with conservationists at the Nilgiri Biosphere Nature Park. She underscored the United States’ commitment to environmental protection and biodiversity conservation. Soon after, she met with students, faculty and management of Vidya Vanam Senior Secondary School.  The school is part of Bhuvana Foundation India, a sister organization of Bhuvana Foundation Nashville, Tennessee.  

Consul General Ravin met prominent leaders from industry and academia and discussed internationalization of campuses in a meeting hosted by CII and moderated by Chandra Group Founder Dr. Nandini Rangaswamy. Consul General Ravin also delivered brief remarks at the opening of a roundtable discussion with technology innovators hosted by GRD Institute of Management, where the discussion moderated by U.S. government exchange alumnus Dr. K.K. Ramachandran addressed challenges and opportunities faced by innovators, the entrepreneurial landscape of the city, and finding funding and markets in a globalized world.

Consul General Ravin ended her first trip to Coimbatore by visiting the Gedee Car Museum and enjoyed seeing the American-manufactured Dodge Victory 6, Cadillac Limousine, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Chrysler and Studebaker, among others.  

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