Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma
(As prepared for delivery)
Good morning everyone. It is a sincere pleasure to be with you all here today for the inaugural U.S.-India Trade Initiative Workshop. Thank you, Governor Huntsman, for that warm welcome. Governor Huntsman began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan, and has served each of the four U.S. presidents since then in critical roles around the world, including as Ambassador to Singapore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Trade Ambassador, and most recently, U.S. Ambassador to China. And of course on top of being an Ambassador, he served two terms as Governor of the great state of Utah, being elected in 2008 with a record percentage of the vote. The Governor has been a long standing champion of closer U.S.-India ties and I’m honored to share the dais with him this morning.