USINPAC Co-Hosts panel discussion with Atlantic Council



July 26, 2018 Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This past Thursday USINPAC co-hosted a panel discussion titled: Tariffs and Turbulence: A Panel Discussion on US-India Trade Relations. The panel discussion took place on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C and the audience included university students, young professionals, and congressional staffers.

Strained US – India trade relations have raised concerns both in the US and abroad. The panel discussion was aimed at dissecting the effects of tariffs on businesses within the United States and India. Mr. Sanjay Puri, Chairman and Founder of USINPAC, welcomed the panel and the audience and said in his introductory remarks, “It is a very important discussion because we are talking about tariffs on a country, which the US calls a strategic partner."

Our distinguished panel included Mr. Tom West, the Associate Vice President of the Cohen Group, Dr. Pravin Krishna, a professor of International Economics and Business at the Johns Hopkins University, and Mr. Akhil Bery, a Senior Research Associate at McLarty Associates. The panel was moderated by Mr. Akshobh Gridharadas, a consultant at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center.

During the discussion, all panelists recognized an improvement in the US – India strategic partnership. Importantly, they noted that India’s stance on tariffs had improved significantly in recent years. “Indians have seen the merits of lowering tariffs and have gone from 350% to 10% and that’s very a significant transition,” Dr. Pravin Krishna said.

However, the panelists also acknowledged that more progress still lay ahead and that both parties needed to operate with mutual respect. Mr. Bery observed that some "give and take" was required and a little bit of flexibility on both sides would go a long way.” Mr. West noted that personal relationships between American and Indian leaders will be important for US – India trade relations to continue to move forward. The discussion concluded with questions from the audience and an opportunity for networking.

USINPAC was delighted to partner with the Atlantic Council for this discussion.

You can find a link to the video of the discussion here.


The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the voice of over 3.2 million Indian- Americans and works on issues that concern the community. It supports candidates for local, state and federal office and encourages political participation by the Indian- American community.

Visit www.usinpac.com for more details.



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