India-USA Strategic and Commercial Dialogue

Obama-Modi established the Dialogue process to improve synergy in business and commerce.

What has been done till now?
  • Both side focus is to boost the renewable energy sector, the both sides are working on the US-India Energy Finance Initiatives, which is expected to mobilise upto $400 million by 2020
  • To ease the defence production procedures, the Government of India has introduced a new Defence Procurement Procedure which has made it much simpler to take advantage of the immense opportunity for defence production in India
  • The Government of India has shortlisted 33 cities for development as smart cities and will be collaborating with U.S on three of these
  • FDI reforms: As part of FDI reform measures, the FDI policy has been further simplified and conditions relaxed
US Corporate sector flags following issues:
  • Weak contract enforcement
  • Unpredictable policy & Tax regime
  • Opaque regulatory mechanism
  • Rigid labour laws
  • Drive against foreign NGO’s is also a sticking point
Issues raised by India:
  • Fee hike in H1B and L1 visas
  • Delay in BIT negotiations
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