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India's External Affairs Minister to Address Industry as "First Stop" Preceding U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue

S. M. Krishna received a law degree from SMU in 1959


The following is from the May 29, 2010, edition of Yahoo News.

S. M. Krishna

S. M. Krishna ('59), right, India’s Union Minister of External Affairs, shares a light moment with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton after signing an agreement on an endowment fund for science and technology in New Delhi, India, in 2009.

June 1, 2010

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--S. M. Krishna, India’s Union Minister of External Affairs, will call on U.S. industry on June 2 as his “first stop” in Washington in advance of the bilateral, government to government U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, scheduled for next Thursday.

Recognizing the vital role industry plays in shaping the policy of governments, the seasoned Indian External Affairs Minister plans on delivering a keynote address on the occasion of the U.S.-India Business Council’s (USIBC) 35th Annual General Meeting - to share India’s vision for the U.S.-India strategic partnership.

It may be recalled that when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited India last July, her first port of call was Mumbai to meet with India’s most influential industrialists.

As former Chief Minister of the dynamic Indian State of Karnataka, and graduate of Southern Methodist University in the United States, the External Affairs Minister will capitalize on U.S. business enthusiasm for deeper ties with India.

“Genuine strategic engagement will mobilize meaningful technology collaboration, which not only serves to build confidence and trust between our countries, but will equip this and future generations to be the sophisticated workforce of tomorrow – aspects central to deepening the commercial and strategic ties between our democracies,” USIBC President Ron Somers said, referring to Minister Krishna’s acceptance to grace USIBC’s 35th Anniversary.

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Positions held by S. M. Krishna (courtesy of Wikipedia):

  • Member of 2rd Karnataka Legislative Assembly 1962-67
  • Member, Indian Parliamentary Delegation to Commonwealth
  • Parliamentary Conference, New Zealand, 1965
  • Member, 5th Lok Sabha 1971-1976
  • Member, 7th Lok Sabha 1980-1984
  • Member, Karnataka Legislative Council 1972-1977
  • Minister for Commerce & Industries & Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Karnataka 1972-77
  • Member, Indian Delegation to the United Nations, 1982
  • Union Minister of State for Industry during 1983-1984
  • Union Minister of State for Finance during 1984-1985
  • Member, 9th Karnataka Legislative Assembly 1989-1992
  • Speaker, Karnataka Legislative Assembly 1989-93
  • Delegate to Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar at West Minister, UK in March 1990
  • Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, 1992-1994
  • Elected to Rajya Sabha in April 1996
  • Chief Minister of Karnataka October 1999 - 2004
  • Re-elected to Karnataka Legislative Assembly: 2004
  • Governor, Maharastra: 2004-2008
  • External Affairs Minister, Government of India: May 22, 2009 to date

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