Mar 07 2023
India - USA Commercial Dialogue and CEO Forum will be held on March 10th to coincide with the visit of a top ranking US commerce ministry official to discuss cooperation in various sectors that could unlock new trade and investment opportunities between the two countries.
US Secretary of Commerce Ms Gina Raimondo will be visiting New Delhi, India between March 7-10 on the invitation of Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal..
The Commercial Dialogue a cooperative undertaking encompassing regular government-to-government meetings will be in conjunction with private sector meetings, with an aim to facilitate trade, and maximize investment opportunities across a broad range of economic sectors.
The last India-USA Commercial Dialogue was held in February 2019. Since then, due to pandemic and other factors it could not be held. It is proposed to re-launch the Commercial Dialogue with strategic outlook with focus on supply chain resiliency & diversification and new emerging areas, after a gap of three years.
Earlier, India-US CEO Forum was soft-launched by Indian Commerce Minister and US Secretary of Commerce on November 9th via video-conference for which identified key priorities were increasing supply chain resilience, enhancing energy security & reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions, advancing inclusive digital trade; and facilitating post-pandemic economic recovery, especially for small businesses.
Trade, Commerce and Economy had always enjoyed a place of prominence in the India-US multifaceted strategic bilateral relations. Today, the two countries are leading trading partners of each other. India is the ninth largest trading partner for the US, while the US is India’s largest trading partner and the largest export destination.
The bilateral trade in goods saw very robust growth during Calendar Year 2022, surpassing 131 billion US dollars in goods, thus doubling since 2014 (in 8 years) while total trade in Goods and Services is expected to cross 180 billion US dollars. US is also the third biggest source of FDI for India, and USA is one of the top five investment destinations for India. This visit will immensely contribute towards furthering trade and commercial ties between the two countries.