Visa issues to dominate Indo-US talks

While concerns on visa restrictions for Indian professionals top the country’s agenda in the India-US high-level bilateral trade talks that started on Thursday, July 11, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma will also make a case for allowing LNG exports to India and the need to finalise a social security agreement that would save over $1 billion of annual contributions made by temporary Indian workers.

Sharma, who is scheduled to meet US Trade Representative Mike Froman, US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, and US Secretary of State John Kerry, over the next two days, is also prepared to defend India’s intellectual property regime and domestic sourcing norms that are likely to come in for criticism, a Commerce Department official told Business Line.

Sharma, on a four-day official visit to the US, will try to dissuade the US Government from going ahead with the controversial Immigration Bill, which could lead to imposition of heavy penalties on Indian IT companies that recruit a large number of Indians in their US operations.

Full report here Business Line


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