India-US 5th Commercial Dialogue meeting held in New Delhi
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The India-US Fifth Commercial Dialogue meeting was held in New Delhi on 10 March.
An overview of the news
The meeting was attended by Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.
The two leaders acknowledged that bilateral goods and services trade is set to almost double since 2014, surpassing a recorded US$ 191 billion in 2022.
Both sides welcomed the steps taken to enhance their commercial cooperation and tap the market potential in several sectors.
Both sides welcomed the efforts being made to enable an environment for investment by small and medium-sized industries and startups.
Both ministers recognized that small businesses and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the US and Indian economies.
In this context, both sides announced the launch of a new working group on talent, innovation and inclusive growth under the Commercial Dialogue.
It will take forward cooperation on start-ups, SMEs, skill development and entrepreneurship, including digital and emerging technologies.
An MoU was signed between the two countries on establishing a semiconductor supply chain and innovation partnership under the framework of the Indo-US Commercial Dialogue.
India-US Commercial Dialogue
It aims to facilitate trade and maximize investment opportunities in a wide range of economic sectors.
The last India-US commercial dialogue was held in February 2019.
Since then, it could not be held due to the pandemic and other factors.
After a gap of three years, it is proposed to relaunch the commercial dialogue with a strategic approach with a focus on supply chain resilience and diversification and new emerging sectors.
India- US trade relation
According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India is the ninth largest trading partner for the US, while the US is India's largest trading partner and largest export destination.
During the calendar year 2022, bilateral trade in goods is expected to increase significantly, crossing USD 131 billion, thus doubling from 2014 (in 8 years).
The US is also the third largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) for India, and the US is among the top five investment destinations for India.
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