Frustration with India Mounts (The Hill)

“The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and U.S. Chamber of Commerce are among the groups calling on India Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make concrete policy changes, including lowering tariffs and ramping up intellectual property rights protections, ahead of his trip to the United States next month.

Linda Dempsey, vice president of international economic affairs for NAM, said that while discussions between India and the United States have resumed since Modi took office two years ago have been largely positive, his efforts to deliver on promises to remove long-standing trade barriers have fallen far short.

“India’s actions have not kept pace at all with the rhetoric,” Dempsey said.

“I don’t think him coming to Washington and saying the same words and not following up with action is going to go over well with U.S. businesses.”

Modi will address a joint session of Congress during his June visit.

Dempsey argued that the U.S. and India should have a mature relationship and that trade barriers can’t merely be swept under the rug, especially when they hamper the ability of U.S. manufacturers to invest and preserve jobs.

“The economic commercial piece has to be a full part of the discussion and a full part of solution,” she said.”

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