Two Indian-Americans to serve on US nuclear trade committee

Lalit K Jha

Washington, Feb 7 (PTI) Two Indian-Americans � GanpatMani and Vijay Sazawal � were appointed today by US Secretaryof Commerce Gary Locke to serve on the Civil Nuclear TradeAdvisory Committee for two years.

Mani and Sazawal along with 28 others will makerecommendations to the Secretary of Commerce concerning tradepolicy development, improving the competitiveness of USindustry and its ability to compete for internationalcontracts for civil nuclear products and services.

The 30-member committee will also identify prioritymarkets for US civil nuclear products and services in theshort- and long-terms.

"Civil nuclear energy has a crucial role to play inpowering the global economy while addressing concerns overenergy security and climate change," said Locke.

"US civil nuclear technology and services areworld-class, and our industry is well-placed to work withcountries around the globe interested in developing peacefulnuclear power programs," he said.

Mani, originally from Tamil Nadu, is president ofthe Denver, Colarado-based ConverDyn, which us a joint venturebetween affiliates of Honeywell International, and GeneralAtomics. It manages the international marketing of UF6conversion and related services from Honeywell''s Metropolis,Illinois facility.

Mani''s 37 year career that began with Allied Chemical,a predecessor of Honeywell, has spanned a range of seniorbusiness and technical management positions handling avariety of chemical and mineral products used in electricpower generation and a multitude of other industries.

Prior to his current position, he was with theAustralia-based uranium mining company Paladin Energy Ltd andprovided marketing support for strategic growth initiatives inIndia, Japan and the USA.

Earlier, he was the principal of Ganman ConsultingLLC whose clients included an array of international nuclearand non-nuclear companies with operations in Africa, theAmericas, Australia, Europe and South Asia.

Active in the industry trade organisations, Mani waselected to Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) Board of Directorsin 2009.

He received his bachelor''s degree in metallurgicalengineering in 1971 from Loughborough University in Englandand his MBA in 1973 from Rutgers University, New Jersey.

Srinagar-born Sazawal, 64, who is currently theDirector of Government Programs of USEC Inc, was involved inTrack-2 discussions preceding the completion of the 123Agreement between India and the United States.

"When the US and India, during the Bushadministration, began to negotiate a civil nuclear agreement,my input and advice was sought by the US State Department andthe Department of Energy, and I was actually involved brieflyin "Track-2" discussions preceding the completion of the 123Agreement with India," Sazawal told PTI after the appointment.


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