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India Should Remain on Special 301 Priority Watch List, Be Subject to Out-of-Cycle Review

Despite encouraging dialogue between President Obama and Prime Minister Modi as well as other high-level officials over the past 18 months, numerous concerns and issues with India’s intellectual property rights (IPR) remain. Today, the Alliance for Fair Trade with India (AFTI), along with several of its members, testified before the Special 301 ...

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NAM: WTO Decision on Solar Localization Rules Marks Victory for U.S. Manufacturers

By: Ryan Ong, Director for International Business Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced today that a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel had found that localization rules under India’s national solar energy policy violated WTO international trade ...

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India Ranks Next-to-Last in GIPC’s IP Index

Yesterday, the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) released the U.S. Chamber’s annual International Intellectual Property (IP) Index revealing that India still needs to make major improvements to its IP environment to keep pace with its international trade competitors and to attract trade and investment in innovative industries that are ...

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India Maintains Weak Trade Ranking Among G20 Peers

G20 leaders met in Antalya, Turkey this week to discuss strengthening trade relations to boost economic growth and sustainable development. The G20 meeting convened representatives from the top 20 economies, developing and developed alike. Together, they comprise two-thirds of the world population and 80 percent of the world’s GDP. Together, ...

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The Path to Economic Growth in India: Welcome New Business and Innovation

By: Linda Dempsey, vice president of international economic affairs at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)   U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman meet today for the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum in Washington, DC, to examine and move forward our bilateral trade ...

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This Week: U.S. Lawmakers Recognize Importance of U.S.-India Economic Partnership; Now It’s Time for Action in India

This Week: U.S. Lawmakers Recognize Importance of U.S.-India Economic Partnership; Now It’s Time for Action in India This week, the critical growing economic relationship between the United States and India was spotlighted by Vice President Joe Biden and several top U.S. lawmakers at events in Washington, D.C. Though the two nations have ...

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Is India “Open For Business”?

Is India “Open For Business”? Members of Congress, policy experts, economists, and industry leaders gathered at the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C., yesterday morning for a policy breakfast briefing event to examine an important question: “Is India Open For Business?” after the first year of the Modi government. Sponsored by the ...

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USTR Report Echoes AFTI Concerns on India’s Discriminatory Trade Barriers

On behalf of the many diverse industries we represent, AFTI welcomes USTR’s continued efforts to identify and eliminate trade barriers with India. The recently released 2015 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE) provides further evidence of new and existing discriminatory trade barriers and weak intellectual property ...

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What They Are Saying about India’s Trade and IP Policies under Prime Minister Modi

Nearly a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s landslide election victory, India’s discriminatory trade barriers and weak intellectual property (IP) regime continue to harm U.S. exports of a wide range of products. While India’s new leadership has talked of reform, they have yet to take concrete action to address barriers or to strengt...

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Keep India on the Priority Watch List

India’s Weak IPR Regime Threatens Music, Movies, Medicines and More As federal agencies consider the placement of countries in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s 2015 Special 301 Report, they must keep India on the Priority Watch List. Scheduled for publication at the end of April, the Special 301 report will “identify ...

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