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India, U.S. trade problems solvable

More than two months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump announced in Osaka that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal should meet and resolve the trade impasse, there has been no meeting thus far, but U.S.-India Business Council (UIBC) president Nisha Biswal says she is hopeful they will meet before Mr. Modi travels to the U.S. this month. Excerpts:

Why have the trade representatives not been able to meet despite the leaders’ decisions during two separate meetings in the last three months?

I think it is a really busy time for the United States on the trade front. We are also in the midst of an intense set of back-and-forths with China; you have the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement before the Congress.

What has prevented the trade representatives (TRs) from getting together is a matter of aligning schedules.

My understanding is both leaders have expressed a strong commitment to have the TRs to meet before PM Modi’s visit to the U.S. (September 21-28); I am hopeful that will still happen.


Source: The Hindu