Governor Abbott Concludes Business Development Mission in India

March 30, 2018 | Austin, Texass | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott returns to Texas today following an nine-day business development mission in India. The visit included a number of meetings with business leaders, industry executives, and some of the highest officials of the Indian government, to help promote greater economic and trade relationships between India and Texas.

“The overwhelming desire by Indian business leaders to do more business with the state of Texas shows the promise of what this relationship can provide,” said Governor Abbott. “The commonality of the values shared between the people of India and the people of Texas allows for tremendous opportunity to promote entrepreneurship and economic advancement. I am excited about the accomplishments of this trip, and the opportunity to build on these important relationships.”

During his trip, Governor Abbott met with executives at a number of industry-leading companies, including Reliance Industries, Infosys Limited, JSW Steel, which announced their intention to invest $500 million into expanding their steel manufacturing in Baytown, Texas, and Wipro Limited, which announced their new Texas Technology Center that will bring more jobs and investment to Plano, Texas.

Governor Abbott also had a productive meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in addition to Ministers of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, where he talked about the important trade relationship, and ways to grown and strengthen partnerships between the two governments.

The Governor concluded the trip today with a message for Texas businesses.

"The message that I will be taking back to Texans and especially to Texas business leaders is that they need to be proactive in working with India, because there is tremendous opportunity for this partnership to grow. The purpose of trips like this is to open doors for the state of Texas, and I look forward to the potential growth and investment gained on this mission."

This was Governor Abbott’s fourth international business development trip since taking office. The trip was sponsored and paid for by the Texas Economic Development Corporation.