With trade growing at over 20 percent annually between the United States and India, the two countries have embarked on a new era of partnership encompassing an array of strategic interests. The US-India CEO Forum, constituted by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in July 2005, was one of the initiatives for enhancing bilateral trade and investment. Comprising 10 CEOs each, from both countries, the CEO Forum was given a mandate to develop a roadmap for increased partnership and cooperation between the two countries at a business level.
The CEO Forum presented their report and recommendations for enhancing trade and investment, titled "US-India Strategic Economic Partnership"; in March 06. The CEO Forum continues its engagement by providing inputs to the two governments on impediments, issues and opportunities towards enhanced trade and investment flows and, where possible, also facilitates the implementation of select recommendations. The forum aims to create an 'enabling environment' by bringing business leaders together to build the bridges of the 21st century.