our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, August 24: US Consul General for East and Northeast India Craig Hall visited Assam for the second time during his tour from August 23 to 24. His earlier visit here was with US Ambassador to India Richard Verma in August 2015.
During this trip, the Consul General emphasized progress made in the US-India relationship, highlighting education as a priority sector in the strategic partnership. The Consul General started his trip with an educatiol outreach to Cotton College State University where he addressed undergraduate students and faculty on US-India Relations and You, elaborating on consultation services offered by the Education USA office in Kolkata. He also visited the Women’s Research Study Centre at Gauhati University and met with students to discuss the US rebalance to Asia and the importance of regiol connectivity.
The Consul General made a courtesy call on Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal and had positive discussions on the future of US-India relations and Assam’s place in it with the newly elected Chief Minister. He also met with key Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) representatives to learn more about the business climate in Assam and reinforcing the existing American Business Corner relationship with ICC.
As part of his outreach, the Consul General visited the US State Department Exchange alumnus-led NGO Shishu Sarothi to underscore US efforts in the inclusion of people with disabilities and protection of disability rights. Meeting alumni of various US State Department funded exchange programmes, the Consul General discussed ideas to help establish an Alumni Association-Assam Chapter. The Consul General revisited Assam’s key Hindu pilgrimage and religious institution, the Kamakhya temple which left a lasting impression on him during his first visit with Ambassador Verma in August 2015.