Friday, December 1, 2006 - Oakland Export Assistance Center Director Rod Hirsch accompanied, Jamal Qureshi of JQ American, to the Mumbai Business Summit as part of Under Secretary of Commerce Frank Lavin's trade mission to India. Director Hirsch worked with trade mission organisers in Washington, DC and FCS India staff to organize a contract signing ceremony between JQ American and the Bhopal Medical College Trust on Friday, December 1, 2006. JQ American is a small minority-owned export trading company based in Hayward, California. Colleen Litkenhaus, Deputy Assistant Sector for Domestic Operations presided over the signing ceremony. Dale Tasharski, Deputy Commercial Counseler and Mumbai Business Summit Coordinator provided welcoming remarks. Pat Kirwan, Director of the Trade Promotion Coordination Committee made closing remarks. The contract, valued at $22.3m, is for the provision of US-origin medical equipment to be exported by JQ American to the Bhopal Medical College and Hospital. The contract signing ceremony was the culmination of a one year scope of work between the Oakland Export Assistance Center and JQ American as part of a pilot Domestic Platinum Key Service. Director Hirsch has been facilitating the business exchange between the two parties via video conference, etc. and involving appropriate private sector lenders and the U.S. Export-Import Bank to provide project finance assistance. After the contract signing ceremony in Mumbai, Director Hirsch accompanied Jamal Qureshi to his ancestral home of Bhopal to take part in a traditional Hindu blessing ceremony of the Medical College's future site. In addition, Director Hirsch participated in additional business meetings with the State Bank of India, Secretary of the Government of Madhya Pradesh Public Health Department, as well as private sector meetings.