Washington, Feb 13 (IANS) Top US media and entertainment companies, as well as important industry icons, have joined a high-level executive mission to the 10th Anniversary FICCI Frames Conference in Mumbai next week.
The US delegation will include actor Danny Glover, Don Whiteside of Intel, Jacqueline Celeste Lundquist, fashion designer and wife of former US Ambassador Richard Celeste and Academy Award Nominee Joslyn Barnes.
The US is serving as the Partner Country for the largest and most important media and entertainment conference in Asia.
"The Frames Conference will provide a unique opportunity to further strengthen the growing ties between the American and Indian media and entertainment sectors," noted Ron Somers, president of US-India Business Council (USIBC).
"In spite of the global economic downturn, this past year has been marked by outstanding new achievements in media and entertainment. As exemplified by 'Slumdog Millionaire', collaboration has made this a banner year for US-India cooperation."
But an important theme of this year's Frames conference is that the "best is yet to come" if both countries work together to address shared challenges and create new and meaningful opportunities, USIBC noted.
The governments and private sectors of both countries must work cooperatively to develop and implement policies that unleash entrepreneurship, said the trade association representing 300 of the largest US companies investing in India and global Indian companies.
"This means protecting intellectual property, tearing down barriers to trade and investment, and creating a business environment that encourages international collaboration and nurtures creativity."
The Executive Mission will participate in the Feb 17-19 Frames Conference in Mumbai and then travel to New Delhi for high-level meetings with Government of India officials.