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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken bidding farewell as he arrives to board his plane at New Delhi Palam Airport to depart for Kuwait from New Delhi on July 28. Blinken had just ended a two-day visit to India, during which he said, “There are few relationships in the world that are more vital than one between the U.S. and India.” (ANI photo)

NEW YORK – India and the U.S. are sponsoring a virtual meeting of the Indo-Pacific Business Forum to promote government and business cooperation across the region, according to the State Department.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and the US-ASEAN Business Council are partnering in the fourth meeting of the forum scheduled for Oct. 28 and 29.

The government and business leaders from across the region at the meeting will "be able to explore regional government and business partnerships and commercial opportunities" at the forum, the Department said July 29.

The participants will "exchange ideas through interactive discussions organized around three broad themes: Economic Recovery and Resilience; Climate Action; and Digital Innovation," it added.

Although this is not within the ambit of the Quad – th  regional grouping of India, the U.S., Japan and Australia – the forum reflects its growing interest in developing economic interests regionally.

"The IPBF will showcase high-impact private sector investment and government efforts to support market competition, job growth, and high-standard development for greater prosperity and economic inclusion in the Indo-Pacific," the Department said.

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