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US Consul General David Ranz pays courtesy call on Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel at Gandhinagar

Saturday, September 18, 2021, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India: United State of America Consul General David Ranz in Mumbai, representing western zone including Gujarat and Maharashtra, paid a courtesy call on Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel here today.

Mr. Ranz had earlier visited the Statue of Unity (SOU) at Kevadiya, Vadodara and Ahmedabad before meeting Mr. Patel here.

Giving an idea of the SOU, Mr. Patel said it is the world’s tallest statue as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, now drawing a large number of domestic as well as international tourists to the site, humming with activity providing jobs to many local people. 

Mr. Patel apprised the visiting envoy about scope of greater US participation in Gujarat’s ongoing big-ticket projects like 30,000 MW Hybrid Energy Park in Kutch, GIFT City being developed as a Banking and Financial Hub.   

The Chief Minister extended invitation to Mr. Ranz to the forthcoming Gujarat Government’s biennial flagship event Vibrant Summit and invite to US companies to participate in Defence Expo in March 2022. 

He said that 120 USA companies are working in Gujarat, and expressed his desire to strengthen bilateral relation between Gujarat and the USA in trade and economic matters, set up new industries as semiconductor. Gujarat has received USD 11.36 billion FDI.

Mr. Ranz thanked Mr. Patel for Gujarat Government’s positive approach and evinced interest for more US participation and cooperation in higher education, social empowerment, meet challenges in climate change.

Gujarat Chief Sectretary Pankaj Kumar, IAS shared "It was a pleasure interacting with #CGRanz today.  @USAndMumbai shared experiences of his 8-day trip to Gujarat. We discussed avenues of collaboration between #Gujarat & #USA. The warmth of people to people relations has always  been a binding force in these relations."

Others present during the meeting included Chief Minister’s Chief Principal Secretary K. Kailashnathan, Additional Chief secretary for Industries Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Chief Minister’s Additional Chief Secretary Pankaj Joshi, Secretary Avantika Singh, Industries Commissioner Rahul Gupta, iNDEXTb Managing Director Nilam Rani.

About The #USCGRanz: David J. Ranz assumed the position of Consul General of the United States of America in Mumbai, India on August 27, 2019.

A native of New York and a career diplomat since 1992, Mr. Ranz is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor.  Mr. Ranz previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives) in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs; and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Pakistan.  Prior to that, Mr. Ranz was Director of the Office of Pakistan Affairs.  Mr. Ranz’s previous assignments include Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, and Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt; and Spokesman and Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.  Mr. Ranz has also served in Rabat, Morocco; Jerusalem; and Karachi, Pakistan.

Mr. Ranz was the 2004 recipient of the U.S. Department of State’s Herbert Salzman Award for International Economic Performance.  Mr. Ranz has also received six State Department Superior Honor Awards, and a U.S. Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service from General (ret.) David Petraeus.  Mr. Ranz graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, and received a Master in Public Policy degree from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 2005.  Mr. Ranz is married to Taly Lind, a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, and has two children.  He speaks Arabic, French, and Hebrew.