Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently led an economic development mission to Mumbai, India, where he met with various business leaders and executives to strengthen the economic ties between Texas and India. The delegation included First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Secretary of State Jane Nelson, and other key members of the Texas government and business community.
During their visit, Governor Abbott emphasized Texas’ position as a global leader in technology and innovation. The meetings focused on fostering collaboration in industries critical to both Texas and India’s economic growth, including technology, energy, and manufacturing.
One of the key highlights of the trip was Governor Abbott’s meeting with Infosys Executive Vice President Rajesh Varrier. They discussed the company’s expansion in Texas and highlighted the state’s world-class business climate and diverse workforce. This meeting underscored Texas’ commitment to attracting global tech companies to invest in the state.
The delegation also engaged in discussions with senior executives from Reliance Industries about strengthening oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade between India and the United States. Governor Abbott expressed support for a stronger energy partnership with Reliance, emphasizing Texas’ role as the energy capital of the United States.
Another significant meeting took place at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), where Governor Abbott explored opportunities to enhance TCS’s presence in industries such as manufacturing, aerospace, IT, and state-of-the-art technology. He also highlighted TCS’s investment in promoting computational thinking education for K-12 schools in Texas.
Furthermore, Governor Abbott met with Wipro Chairman Azim Premji to discuss potential partnerships that leverage Texas’ leadership in knowledge-based industries such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and cloud technology. They also emphasized their dedication to providing STEM education opportunities for students preparing for careers in technology.
The evening concluded with a dinner attended by leaders of the Bollywood film industry. During this event, Governor Abbott highlighted Texas’ thriving film industry while celebrating shared cultural heritage between Texans and Indians through film.
According to a report by Corsicana Daily SunIndia ranks ninth among all nations for foreign direct investment projects in Texas. Indian companies have invested $1.4 billion through 59 projects in Texas over the last decade, creating more than 10,300 jobs.
The economic development mission was sponsored by the Texas Economic Development Corporation (TEDC), which is responsible for marketing and promoting Texas as a premier business location. Together with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism, these organizations are pivotal to Governor Abbott’s economic development agenda aimed at building a prosperous future for Texas.
Totally, Governor Greg Abbott’s visit to Mumbai strengthened ties between Texas and India across various industries critical to both economies’ growth.