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G20 Highlights Need to Restart U.S.-India Trade Talks

Today's start of the G20 conference in Argentina reminds the world of the crucial role the United States, Japan, and India must play to shape the future of the Indo-Pacific together. President Trump met today with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G-20 summit – a signal that all three ...

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Back to Reality: Modi’s Rhetoric on Protectionism and India’s 2018 Budget

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he issued a strong message against protectionism, warning these tendencies can be just as dangerous as terrorism. AFTI members agree: the key to economic growth and development is not isolation. World leaders must embrace open and fair trade ...

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Special 301 Report: USTR Reiterates India’s Lack of Progress on Strengthening Intellectual Property Protection

The office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released its 2017 Special 301 Report today, which identifies countries that provide inadequate or ineffective protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights. AFTI members are encouraged by the new administration’s commitment to calling out foreign countries that fail to ...

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Manufacturers Hopeful New Administration, Congress will Reinvigorate Efforts to Strengthen U.S.-India Economic Relationship

By Linda Dempsey, Vice President of International Economic Affairs As a new Congress kicks off, and as the new administration takes the reins with stated priorities of boosting manufacturing in the United States, now is the right time to assess the state of the U.S.-India economic relationship. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) ...

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Final U.S.-India Commercial Dialogue Shows Some Areas of Serious Dialogue, Little Concrete Progress on Priority Issues for Manufacturers

By Ryan Ong, Director for International Business Policy The United States and India concluded the last major bilateral commercial dialogue of the Obama administration today in Delhi, wrapping up a week of workshops and high-level bilateral meetings with a long joint statement on commercial topics. While this year’s dialogue included language ...

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NAM: Manufacturers Welcome WTO Solar Panel Decison

By Linda Dempsey, Vice President of International Economic Affairs Manufacturers welcome today’s U.S. victory on solar energy with the WTO’s rejection of India’s appeal and urge the Indian government to move quickly to dismantle its discriminatory domestic content requirements that have blocked access for U.S. solar cell modules. As each ...

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NAM: Manufacturers Disappointed in Lack of Concrete Progress in U.S.-India Dialogue

By: Linda Dempsey, Vice President of International Economic Affairs at the National Association of Manufacturers The United States and India have much to gain by growing their commercial relationship given the relatively low-levels of trade and investment that characterize a relationship that many agree is underperforming. This year’s second ...

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NAM: Talking is Good, but United States and India Should be Moving Beyond Just Words by Now

By: Ryan Ong, Director for International Business Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers Top U.S. officials are setting travel plans now for the second annual Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD), set for the week of August 28 in New Delhi. This year’s S&CD will be a litmus test for these dialogues, demonstrating whether ...

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NAM: India’s IP Policy Shows Missed Opportunity with Backsliding on Patents, Trade Secrets

By: Ryan Ong, Director for International Business Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers  India missed a clear opportunity to signal that it is serious about Prime Minister Modi’s promises to become an “innovation hub” last week with the release of its long-awaited National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy. Far ...

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Special 301 Report: India’s IP Climate Continues to Discourage Innovation

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released its 2016 Special 301 Report today, which assesses intellectual property (IP) rights protection in markets around the world and identifies particular countries for follow-up action. Given the continued and widespread barriers that many industries in the United States face under India’s ...

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