India-US mini commerce deal on the playing cards

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 21

Indian Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu is hopeful of a small commerce take care of the US even within the closing months of the present administration and regardless of the disappointments of the previous couple of months. Speaking at a webinar, the Indian envoy mentioned restoration of cuts in H-1B and L-1 visas continues to be his mission’s high precedence.

Sandhu, who took over because the Indian envoy in January after the then incumbent, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, moved over to Delhi as Foreign Secretary, mentioned he had written to all principals of high US universities to tell them concerning the Indian Government’s determination to permit them to arrange campuses within the nation.

‘Removal of H-1B visa curbs priority’

Removal of restrctions on H-1B and L-1 visas continues to be the mission’s high precedence. We have been elevating it with the US and can proceed to do this. —Taranjit Singh Sandhu, indian ambassador to the US

“A mini trade deal is very important. It is one of the areas under discussion. We are very keen. It is a work in progress, perhaps in its final stages,” he mentioned, whereas advising an Indian importer of subtle medical units to place strain on the US Trade Representative.

The envoy mentioned Indian diplomats had been approaching US Senators and Representatives to level out that Indians who had arrived on H-1B and L-1 visas had introduced with them vital talent units and bridged technological gaps that made US corporations globally aggressive.

“With innovation and technology leading the path to post-pandemic economic recovery, their role (in the US) becomes even more significant. We have been raising it with the US and will continue to do that. It is a developing situation,” he mentioned whereas indicating the choice to clamp down on the visas was extra of a political determination than one which had financial advantage. “We are hopeful,” he mentioned.

He indicated that the US ought to shelve its reservations about India’s e-commerce coverage as a result of on the finish of the train, New Delhi will try to handle the issues of all stakeholders. India and the US have been discussing a commerce deal since September final yr when PM Narendra Modi visited the US.

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