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PTI / The Hindu /WASHINGTON, August 1, 2011.
Indian-American Mitul Desai, an expert in international finance law, has been appointed as Senior Adviser in the U.S. State Department's South and Central Asia Bureau to cement ties with the Diaspora groups here.
“Mitul and I are working extremely hard to figure out ways where we can put together a coalition and an alliance of groups to make it easier for Indians in the Diaspora here and other Diaspora communities as well, to make contributions to development and all the other things that are important things we're working on,” Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake said at a public meeting recently.
Mr. Blake said the State Department was trying to develop tax deductible mechanisms that would allow for a lot of these people-to-people collaborations that they talk about.
“Once we get this in place I think it's going to be a really tremendous way to match and really publicise a lot of the terrific opportunities that are taking place in India.”
In an interview to a news magazine, Mr. Desai said his appointment was an outgrowth of what Mr. Blake had seen “during his service here and in India — the need for a position dedicated to engaging with the diaspora, NGO and private sector organisations, who are so central to the U.S.-India relationship.
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