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India and United States Joint Statement on the Trade Policy Forum Delhi October 20 2016

News and Press Release - Dated:- 21-10-2016 - Minister of Commerce and Industry of India Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman met in Delhi on October 20, 2016, for the tenth ministerial-level meeting of the India and United States Trade Policy Forum (TPF). The Ministers agreed that the TPF has greatly strengthened U.S. - India engagement on bilateral trade and has increased trade and enhanced the overall economic relationship. In addition to the High Lev .....

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llectual Property Policy, liberalized foreign direct investment (FDI) in various sectors, and reduced customs processing time, and that the United States ratified the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and advanced implementation of its single window. While welcoming the success of the TPF to date, and that two-way bilateral goods and services trade reached $109 billion in 2015, the Ministersrecognized that for economies of their size, a great deal of potential remains. Both sides agreed to continue thei .....

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sed and exchanged views on a range of trade and investment issues, in particular, (i) Agriculture, (ii) Trade in Services and Trade in Goods, (iii)Promoting Investment in Manufacturing, and (iv) Intellectual Property. The co-chairs of the respective Work Sessions briefed Minister Sitharaman and Ambassador Froman on the outcomes of their discussions and presented agreed upon work plans for continued engagement in these areas in 2017. The Minister and the U.S. Trade Representative also discussed t .....

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farmers and agri-businesses that could accrue from increased bilateral engagement. Both countries agreed to continue working to facilitate bilateral trade in food and agricultural products and committed to holding technical dialogues on animal health, plant health, and food issues during 2017. India and the United States reviewed the results of the technical dialogues that took place in 2016. Both countries recognize the need to establish science- and risk-based regulations and procedures that a .....

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cognition systems for food products to facilitate exports. Minister Sitharaman and Ambassador Froman noted each other s requests and agreed to follow up on exploring the possibility of enhanced market access on identified agricultural products. Both sides welcomed India s increased shipments of mangoes and pomegranates to the United States in 2016.The United States agreed to a timely review of the information submitted by export of grapes from India. Subsequent to the receipt of additional infor .....

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will continue in 2017. The United States and India discussed regulation relating to end-use information for boric acid, imported and domestic, used for non-insecticidal purposes. Both sides agreed to discuss U.S. concerns regarding market access for dairy products. U.S. concerns on GM and licensing issues were noted by India. The Ministers discussed recommendations in India s February 2016 Economic Survey concerning agricultural reforms. Given the countries mutual interest in boosting farmer inc .....

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ices sectors. Both sides stressed the need to explore policy measures that would facilitate enhanced mutual ties in service sectors. Both countries reviewed technical engagement that took place in 2016. The importance of e-commerce, retail and direct selling in facilitating trade in goods was acknowledged by both sides. India noted that 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) is now permitted in the marketplace model of e-commerce as well as in the distribution of food products produced in I .....

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ation in local sourcing norms in specific cases. Both countries recognized that legal, financial, information technology, and accountancy services can be assets to Indian and U.S. companies and can facilitate growth in trade and investment. Both countries agreed to continue discussion of promoting liberalization in these sectors. Both countries acknowledged the successful organisation of the India-US Workshop on Traditional Medicine in March, 2016. Ongoing dialogue and cooperation in the field o .....

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ealthcare services and products. The United States and India also decided to continue their engagement on visa issues, and their shared resolve to facilitate the movement of professionals, experts, and scientific personnel in to the respective countries. The two countries acknowledged the ongoing discussions on totalisation and resolved to continue their engagement on the elements required in both countries in order to pursue a bilateral Totalisation Agreement. On the issue of ownership and cont .....

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iative that the Skill India Mission has done to promote cooperation with foreign community colleges. They welcomed recent plans to permit greater collaboration with foreign educational institutions. Recognizing the strong digital economy in both countries, which includes robust information, communication and technology sectors as well as the broad cross-section of services and goods suppliers that benefit from digital trade, Minister Sitharaman and Ambassador Froman reiterated their commitment t .....

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7th September, 2016 in New Delhi. India and the United States praised the Trade Facilitation Workshop convened during October 17-18, 2016 in Delhi, welcoming the cooperation between industry and the two governments in exchanging best practices and advancing efforts to achieve full implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. India and the United States discussed their efforts to increase transparency through publication, expedite the movement of goods through customs processes, reduce .....

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ctual Property Minister Sitharaman and Ambassador Froman welcomed the enhanced engagement on intellectual property rights (IPR) under the High Level Working Group on Intellectual Property, and reaffirmed their commitment to use this dialogue to continue to make concrete progress on IPR issues. They praised the engagement on intellectual property (IP) and reviewed the results of the dialogues on copyrights, trade secrets, patents, genetic resources, traditional knowledge and the Traditional Knowl .....

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the important role that trade, intellectual property and innovation policies play in enhancing access to quality health and affordable medicines for the public at large. Ambassador Froman welcomed India s on-going efforts to reduce pendency and strengthen the IP regime in India through its National IPR Policy and other measures like increasing technical manpower and streamlining procedures. He praised the Government of India s consideration of a broad range of viewpoints in drafting the National .....

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ng the shared interest of the most robust entertainment industries in the world to promote and protect their artistic and creative content, both countries praised the intensified cooperation on copyright in 2016, including the workshop on copyright policies and implementation held in Washington in April and agreed to continue deeper engagement on copyrights, including holding a follow-on workshop in India in 2017. Ambassador Froman also welcomed DIPP s new role in copyright administration. Minis .....

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to combat piracy. The Ministers also commended the trade secrets workshop convened with government officials, academics, legal experts and representatives from U.S. and Indian industry in Delhi in 2016 that facilitated the exchange of information and best practices on trade secrets protection in both countries. The United States highlighted the May 2016 ratification of the Defend Trade Secrets Act in the United States, which, along with the Economic Espionage Act, provide federal causes of actio .....

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t would be prepared for industry, especially SMEs, to highlight applicable laws and policies that may enable them to protect their trade secrets in India. A training module for judicial academies on trade secrets may also be considered. A further study on various legal approaches to protection of trade secrets will also be undertaken by India. With respect to the patent regime, both sides affirmed the importance of transparency, predictability, speed, clarity and streamlining of procedures and w .....

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final decision would be taken soon in this regard consistent with Indian law. The healthy discussions in 2016 helped provide greater transparency and deeper understanding of IPR issues in both countries, and lay the foundation for further work in 2017. Both sides reaffirmed the need to continue the exchange of best practices and information on issues being discussed, as well as other issues of interest including Geographical Indications and tradema. Promoting Investment in Manufacturing Minister .....

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cedures and the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) in the electronics sector. India and the United States also agreed to continue their dialogue on conformity assessment based on international standard systems across various sectors by respective regulators. The Ministers underlined the importance of transparency and predictability in the formulation of new rules, and agreed to continue sharing best practices and information on appropriate public stakeholder consultations before fram .....

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