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Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by USTDA’s Thomas R. Hardy at the U.S.-India Aviation Summit

Welcome to the official launch of the 6th U.S.-India Aviation Summit here in Mumbai.  On behalf of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, it is my pleasure to welcome each of you to this year’s Summit.  It is an honor to be joined today by U.S. Ambassador to India Ken Juster, Minister Prahbu, Chief Minister Fadnavis and Secretary Choubey, and Chief Secretary Jain.


In September 2017, the U.S Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) hosted the India Aviation Safety, Security and Airport Infrastructure Reverse Trade Mission in the United States. As India aims to invest $120 billion in civil aviation over next ten years, this visit occurred at an opportune time for decision-makers to meet with the U.S. stakeholders to consider potential partnership opportunities, and to obtain leading best practices that can allow India to leapfrog the growth trajectory of its aviation sector.

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