End Visas, Create Jobs in India and US, says Cisco Chairman
New Delhi: John Chambers, the executive chairman at networking major Cisco, said taking people from India to the US on work visa due to labour arbitrage may be a mistake and, instead, companies should look to create jobs in both the countries.
“You can’t go in and take a whole bunch of H-1B visas and displace American workers for a lower cost. That is just a mistake,” Chambers said on Wednesday. “The jobs which are being created, have to be created in both the countries. It is not a win-lose (situation); both the countries can have dramatic job creation by working together.” Chambers was talking at the launch of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), the new avatar of US-India Business Council (USIBC).
He said there are many examples of partnerships between two companies that have led to more jobs in both the US and India, and there is a need to communicate such in- stances better, rather than the rare cases of job losses that are an exception.
That’s an area where the new avatar of the USIBC will be able to help by constant messaging etc., Chambers said. The relaunch of USIBC has been triggered by the board of the council voting to split from the US Chamber of Commerce in July this year. The new avatar, USISPF, is a non-profit corporation that will focus on stimulating business relations and enhancing strategic relationship between the two countries. Chambers, who was the chairman of USIBC, and its president Mukesh Aghi, will continue to lead the organisation in the same capacity.