Gov. Martin O'Malley departed Friday night on a trade mission to India — the first by a Maryland governor to the world's second-most-populous nation — with a stop along the way in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar.
The governor is heading a delegation of more than 100 state officials, business leaders and educators on a trip that will include stops in Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi. On the way, the governor will stop in Doha, Qatar, where he is scheduled to discuss investment opportunities.
O'Malley is being accompanied by his wife, District Judge Catherine Curran O'Malley, who plans to meet with Indian jurists to forge ties with the judiciary there.
Other notable members of the delegation include Wallace Loh, president of the University of Maryland, College Park; House Majority Leader Kumar P. Barve, a Montgomery County Democrat; Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett; former Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry; David Wilson, president of Morgan State University; Christian Johansson, state secretary of business and economic development; and Dels. Sam Arora and Aruna Miller, also Montgomery Democrats.
The governor was also accompanied by dozens of business leaders, many seeking export opportunities in a country with a growing consumer market. O'Malley, meanwhile, will meet with Indian executives to promote Maryland as a place to locate.
Among other events, O'Malley will speak at the Confederation of Indian Industries, meet with the U.S. ambassador to India, participate in a pharmaceutical conference and visit the Taj Mahal.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun