Pre-de­par­ture Brief­ing

FICCI Business Digest - - Special Report -

As is cus­tom­ary, closed door brief­ings were or­gan­ised for the del­e­ga­tion with the US Am­bas­sador and key min­istries of the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia be­fore their de­par­ture for the US.

Break­fast Ses­sion with US Am­bas­sador to In­dia

Am­bas­sador of the United States to In­dia, Ken Juster, wel­comed the del­e­ga­tion for a break­fast brief­ing that is an in­te­gral com­po­nent of the pre-de­par­ture prepa­ra­tions of the del­e­ga­tion. The Am­bas­sador men­tioned that that the visit would hap­pen close on the heels of the first edi­tion of the 2+2 Di­a­logue that was sched­uled to be or­gan­ised on 6 Septem­ber 2018.

He ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the truly bi­par­ti­san rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the In­dian Par­lia­ment in the del­e­ga­tion. He con­grat­u­lated FICCI for its on­go­ing ini­tia­tive of track two diplo­macy through the Fo­rum of Parliamentarians, which he be­lieved was a great way to sup­ple­ment the wide-rang­ing en­gage­ment be­tween In­dia and the US and strengthen the con­nect be­tween elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives on ei­ther side. The Am­bas­sador wel­comed the sec­toral fo­cus for the 2018 del­e­ga­tion and con­fessed that he was a great sports en­thu­si­ast. The me­dia and en­ter­tain­ment and sports sec­tors held im­mense prom­ise for In­dia.

Am­bas­sador Juster high­lighted the pri­or­i­ties of the US gov­ern­ment for its part­ner­ship with In­dia. Touch­ing upon trade and in­vest­ment ties, he men­tioned that eco­nomic ex­changes are not a 'zero sum' game to­day and both are mu­tu­ally re­in­forc­ing. He high­lighted tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion as a very im­por­tant facet of co­op­er­a­tion and em­pha­sized on­go­ing co­op­er­a­tion in de­fence, counter-ter­ror­ism and strate­gic part­ner­ship for Asia Pa­cific. The dis­cus­sion also touched upon the emerg­ing shape of the mul­ti­lat­eral trad­ing sys­tem, pri­or­i­tiz­ing so­cial wel­fare, UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, FTA with the US.

In keep­ing with tra­di­tion, on ar­rival in Wash­ing­ton D.C., the del­e­ga­tion called on the In­dian Am­bas­sador to the US, Amb Navtej Sarna as the first in­ter­ac­tion in D.C. for a thor­ough ground­ing on the In­dian per­spec­tive on strate­gic and bi­lat­eral is­sues that may come up dur­ing the meet­ings in D.C.

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