By: Paige Hubbard
Council member Amanda Edwards traveled to India alongside a delegation of leaders from across the country on a bipartisan delegation. She was hand selected by a group of individuals to attend.
The goal of the trip was to expose the U.S to India and to gain a better understanding of the country and the economy.
During the trip, Council Member Edwards said she was able to gain a better appreciation of what happens in India politically and economically. She was also made aware of some of the challenges they face and how it affects the relationship between Houston and India.
“We have a large contingent of Houstonians of Indian descent, of course, it’s really important to understand issues of trade, we actually talked a lot about that but understanding some of the considerations and concerns there, was something that was really important and also understanding what’s happening politically there,” said Council Member Edwards.
“We have a very strong Chamber of Commerce here in Houston and business is often discussed but until you get a chance to really understand the politics and understand the economy and what’s really driving what, do you really fully appreciate where people are coming from when they come to the table with ideas about India,” Council member Edwards ended.
India has a strong presence within the tech and innovation community, two initiatives that council member Edwards are very passionate about. Since joining city council, she has used her platform to initiate and lead the Mayors technology and innovation task force to build a more robust innovation economy in Houston.
“Having the conversations there, about their standings because again we want to be an international player like we are in many respects in other industries, we want to be the same for tech innovation,” said Council Member Edwards.
Overall council member expressed how to enlighten the trip was, she was able to gain a different perspective about the country, she also told us by becoming aware of the challenges India’s faces allows her to be a better leader while making her feel humble.
“You focus on the challenges that you face as an American citizen or here in America. We see our own challenges but when you see some of the challenges that the other countries have, it really gives you pause in terms of where things really are. It also makes you more conscious and broadens your perspective in a way that I think is a very important way to move forward if you have a better understanding and appreciation of what’s happening in the world you will be a better leader,” council member Edwards ended.