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Ambassador Kirk Meets with Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma

Ambassador Kirk met with Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on June 22 to review progress on the U.S.-India bilateral trade agenda. In the aftermath of the much-anticipated and successful US-India Strategic Dialogue held June 4 and the US-India CEO Forum held just prior to their meeting, and in anticipation of the next ministerial Trade Policy Forum and the President’s visit in the fall, the Ministers agreed to continue to work together to meet the objectives set out in the Framework for Cooperation on Trade and Investment (signed on March 17, 2010), to enhance opportunities for bilateral trade and investment and, ultimately, to create jobs in the United States and India. Given the emphasis in all of these venues on further accelerating the bilateral economic relationship, Ambassador Kirk urged India to address longstanding impediments, such as investment caps, agricultural market access barriers, high tariffs, intellectual property rights, and the need for continuing regulatory streamlining and transparency.

Ambassador Kirk and Minister Sharma
Ambassador Kirk with Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma