The Kentucky World Trade Center's recent World Trade Day featured Somers, who received Kentucky's highest honor - that of a Kentucky Colonel. Somers presented a keynote address on ''A Case for Deeper US-India Ties'' to an audience in Lexington, the state's second largest city, known for its equine excellence as the ''Horse Capital of the World'' and located in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region.
UPS, the giant transportation logistics firm with significant presence in India, joined by Toyota America, Kentucky's largest employer with operations in Bangalore, were the main sponsors for the Kentucky World Trade Day festivities.
Somers spoke about ''the opportunity that lies before us in engaging as equal partners with India - the world's largest free-market democracy.'' The US-India Business Council, formed in 1975 at the request of the Government of India and the US Government to deepen two-way trade and promote US-India commercial ties, is the premier business advocacy organization representing 280 of the largest US companies investing in India, joined by two dozen of India's largest global companies.