Professor Jag Sheth, an expert on business in India and China, says the new Indian Consulate in Atlanta will be of benefit to both parties.

According to WABE, the newly-opened consulate estimates there are about 80,000 Indians in the metro area. Consul General Ajit Kumar told the station Atlanta’s role in business in the Southeast region was a key factor in opening the consulate, which is at a temporary location in Buckhead.

He sees potential to increase trade.

“In fact in 2010, Georgia’s imports from India totaled over one billion dollars,” he told WABE.

Sheth sees benefits to the economy in Georgia as well.


“As trade grows, you have more visa requirements, you have more people travelling back and forth,” he said. “It is going to happen more with India, and therefore a consulate here will become very much a good enabler.”


Professor Sheth, the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, has published more than 200 books and research papers in different areas of marketing and business strategy. He has also worked for numerous industries and companies in the United States, Europe and Asia, both as an Advisor and as a Seminar Leader. Earlier this year he was named “Global Management Guru” by Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH) ”for his contributions and thought leadership in the field of management.”

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