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Why Attend “Working Abroad in India: Pros, Cons, and Ways Forward” in DC?

By Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs

The AIA, the AIA DC, the AIA Northern Virginia, and the AIA Potomac Valley are hosting an afternoon training session to help you and your firm seize the numerous architectural opportunities in thriving and emerging overseas markets. Working Abroad in India – Pros, Cons, & Ways Forward will provide you with first-hand knowledge of the ins and outs of working in foreign countries. India will serve as a case study to facilitate discussions about working internationally, as it offers a myriad of opportunities to expand your business portfolio and its lessons are applicable everywhere. The event will be hosted at AIA Headquarters, 1735 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC.

Speakers will include local architects who work in India, Mark Erdly and Suman Sorg; Eugene Alford of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Jonathan Brady of ExportDC, Alison Gatchev of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and C. Michael Forgione of the Export-Import Bank.

But why should you attend?

    1. Washington, DC provides a strategic location for preparing to expand your practice abroad due to access to U.S. government agencies and a large international business and diplomatic community.

    2. This training session will provided first-hand knowledge of what it is like to start to expand your practice abroad from fellow architects.

    3. The U.S. government provides a number of resources, many of which you may not know of, to help you be successful while working internationally. Expanding abroad comes with rewards, but it also comes with risks. By attending, you can learn of ways you can take advantage of various resources to help ensure your success.

    4. This workshop will help you become more attuned to the increasingly diverse global economy. As business becomes increasingly globalized, the variety of practices and regulations grows. India will serve as the perfect case study to prepare for the challenges that you may face.


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