After three years as Consul General of the United States Consulate in Chennai, Jennifer McIntyre bids adieu to the southern part of the nation that filled her moments with a lot of culture, heritage and warmth. Her period also saw a record number of visas being issued.
“It has been a terrific three years being the Consul General here — being able to work with partners on so many initiatives of joint interest to our governments, everything ranging from education to supporting health and scientific programmes, and also getting a chance to experience the rich culture and heritage of the southern States and Union Territories,” she says, in a chat with The Hindu recently.
“One of the initiatives that I’m very proud about is that we’ve opened five American Business corners in Tier 2 cities,” Ms. McIntyre said, detailing the highlights of her tenure in Chennai.
“When we sat down as a team, we saw that India is a big place with lots of potential in Tier 2 cities. So we partnered with the local chambers of commerce, and we have a commitment to do programmes with these five centres on a quarterly basis.”
“The one thing that we do is to facilitate people-to-people exchanges. The focus here in the South is day-to-day work on visas — getting tourists, family members, business people, and students to the U.S.,” she says, remarking that she has seen, unequivocally, all these sectors growing over the last three years.
Her period in Chennai saw a record number of visas