Congressman Ami Bera ,Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, reflected on his recent trip to India with President Obama. Bera reiterated the strategic values and compatibility that India and the U.S. share .”To take advantage of the momentum and move forward especially in our economic partnership,” Bera said,”we need to harness the energy and success of the Indian American community and recognize the increasing significance of investments by Indian companies in the U.S.”
Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of India, pointing to highlights of President Obama’s visit to India, commented that the “relations between India and the U.S. have never been as strong.” Our long standing strategic relationship has been upgraded with Delhi Declaration of Friendship committing both nations to elevate the Strategic Dialogue to a Strategic and Commercial Dialogue to advance mutual prosperity. Reiterating Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to be open for business and deepen ties with the U.S., he discussed the positive developments between India and the U.S. in sectors such as defense, renewable energy and education.
Vivek Sharma, Chairman, CII-India Business Forum speaking on behalf of Indian industry, welcomed the change in tone and tenor of the India-U.S. relationship from just last year.Sharma underscored some of the challenges being faced by Indian companies in the United States, including the lapsing of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), market access barriers in the pharmaceutical and financial services sectors as well as issues related to the mobility of high skilled labor.
The session was the first interaction organized under the aegis of the House India Caucus.