Union Minister Jitendra Singh is on a 5-day US visit to take part in the Global Clean Energy Forum

Highlighting the favourable business environment prevailing in India these days, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh has invited prominent American companies to invest in the country.

Singh, who also handles the ministries of Space, Atomic Energy, and Earth Sciences among others, met with CEOs and representatives of more than 30 renowned American companies at the US Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Washington on Wednesday

He urged them to invest in India by taking advantage of the favourable business environment that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created in India.

The Minister stated that as a result of the pro-business changes implemented by the government over the previous eight years, India under Prime Minister Modi is encouraging investments and urged them to take advantage of joint venture possibilities as well.

"US Chamber of Commerce, one of the oldest Chambers in the world,hosted interaction with CEOs of over 30 leading American companies.There's tremendous business interest in India following pathbreaking investment- friendly reforms brought in by PM Sh @narendramodi," he tweeted after the meeting.

Singh, along with the Indian delegation, held detailed discussions with these business leaders.

These included Miriam Daniel and Priscilla Baek of Google on Geospatial Data; Stafan Alexander, CEO of Nextler Innovations; Emily Beline, Senior Counsel of FedEx; Randy Liebermann, CEO of HoT Technologies; Timothy Puckorius, CEO of Earth Observation Technologies; Glenn Grab of Cyient Technologies; Kevin James, CEO of Climate Compass; Ajeeth Ibrahim of Nanorocks Space Technologies; Ravnish Luthra, CEO of ITGlobe Inc.; and Sanjay Singhal, CEO of Sintel Satellite Services Inc.

Later, during the roundtable hosted by the US-India Business Council (USIBC) at the headquarters of the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC, he also spoke with representatives from the USG/Space, the DC Government, NASA, American Think Tanks, and Federal Representatives.

At the roundtable, he remarked that NASA and ISRO are collaborating to launch a combined radar satellite for Earth observation called NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) to gather data essential for addressing the climate problem.

Singh, who is leading a joint ministerial team from India, landed in New York on Tuesday night and travelled to Washington on a five-day trip to the US, which includes attending the Global Clean Energy Action Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from September 21 to 23.

During the visit, he is also expected to speak with prominent scholars and members of the Indian diaspora.