Business group contends council board does not have authority to split away
July 14, 2017
By Walt Williams
The U.S.-India Business Council has voted to cut ties with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, but Chamber CEO Tom Donohue is insisting the council can’t leave without his organization’s consent.
USIBC board members voted 29-0 in early July to separate from the business group after “recent actions taken by the Chamber have left us with no alternative but to take this vote to formally separate,” according to a statement provided to The Washington Post. The Hill newspaper reported another four members did not vote.
The Chamber established USIBC in 1975 at the request of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who sought to strengthen business ties between the two countries. USIBC is currently one of 15 international business councils run by the Chamber.