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AFTI Official Quoted in World Trade Online

As U.S. and Indian officials prepare for high-level trade talks in Washington, D.C. to determine the future of the trade relationship between the two countries, Roger Murry of the Alliance for Fair Trade with India’s (AFTI) was quoted in World Trade Online on the upcoming talks. “The Alliance for Fair Trade with India is encouraged by ...

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India Should Be Strategic in Luring Investment From Tariff-Plagued China

India is reported to be looking for ways it can capitalize on the U.S.-China trade war to its own economic benefit, with officials there considering the preferential tax rates and a tax holiday to attract companies eager to leave China in order to escape tariffs imposed by the U.S. on Chinese products. Specific industries targeted by Indian ...

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Modi’s Second Term Presents Opportunities For Momentous Economic Progress

The opportunities for its citizens and the opportunities for companies in the United States are numerous—and they are linked. By using his renewed mandate to enact the types of reforms that will encourage more outside companies to invest their talents and resources in India, Modi can fulfill the promise of his twin victories because it is the Indian people are those who stand to benefit most.

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Why India needs to up its engagement with the US

The bottom line is that the India-US relationship is far too valuable to be frittered away through pig-headedness on eminently resolvable trade issues. Both the US and India have a lot more to lose if the relationship frays than they will if they work out a deal involving compromise and give-and-take.

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Op-ed: It’s Time for India to Return to the Trade Negotiating Table with the U.S.

AFTI Executive Director Brian Pomper writes that: Manufacturers and service providers in the United States and India can provide enormous opportunities for joint economic growth and greater prosperity. But they cannot do so unless India addresses unwarranted and unfair restrictions to trade. Prime Minister Modi has recognized the importance of ...

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AFTI statement on India GSP revocation

June 1 , 2019 - Brian Pomper, Executive Director, Alliance for Fair Trade with India, on US decision to revoke India’s GSP status effective June 5, 2019: Yesterday's decision is an unfortunate reflection of both the seriousness of our outstanding trade issues with India and the lost opportunity to address them.  The U.S. and India took ...

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India’s Royalty Caps Proposal Would Set Back IP Protections by a Decade

While the recent decision by the U.S. to suspend India’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits has drawn significant attention, one issue has quietly re-emerged– royalty caps. India’s government is considering imposing royalty caps, severe restrictions on payments to owners of intellectual property such as copyrighted material, ...

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AFTI Calls on USTR to Ratchet Up Pressure on India Over Intellectual Property Concerns

Despite some tentative moves to tighten intellectual property (IP) protections and assure greater access to its market for IP-intensive U.S. industries, India continues to drag its feet to address and to fix its IP environment. Consequently, this month, AFTI asked the Office of the United States Trade Representative, as part of its annual Special ...

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AFTI Releases Statement On U.S. Suspension Of India’s Generalized System of Preferences

The Alliance for Fair Trade with India (AFTI) released the following statement concerning the U.S. government’s decision to suspend India’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits:  “We regret that Indian officials failed to constructively engage with U.S. negotiators on the numerous serious trade challenges plaguing the bilate...

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India Rings in the New Year with Welcome Policy Reforms

India has started the new year in a welcome, positive direction with three actions that would, if fully implemented, bolster American exports agricultural biotechnology, medicines, and content creators, important industries for AFTI’s members.  This is a notable shift form the end of 2018, when India backed away from bilateral trade talks. ...

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