Washington D.C.: Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC, is applauding U.S. lawmakers for hearing the calls of Indian Americans to address trade issues with India.
As far back as June 13, 2019, USINPAC submitted testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, chaired by Congressman Brad Sherman, calling for the U.S. to re-think trade with India.
“The U.S.-India relationship is critical to ensuring peace and stability in the region and the world, and stripping India of its status as a beneficiary developing nation under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade program isn’t good for the U.S. or India,” Puri said then and now. “This is why we are pleased that President Trump and Prime Minister Modi will finally meet in Houston in just a matter of days. Ahead of the meeting, USINPAC commends the group of 44 lawmakers – a bipartisan coalition – for standing with Indian Americans in urging President Trump to re-instate India’s designation sooner rather than later.”
44 U.S. lawmakers sent a strong letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging the U.S. to reinstate GSP benefits for imports from India. U.S. lawmakers argue that U.S. businesses are suffering, too, and that swift action should be taken to reinstate India’s trade status.
USINPAC continues to call for a trade deal between the U.S. and India. Puri thanked lawmakers for their support and noted that is it important for the Indian American community to have leaders in Congress who are willing to advocate for fairer treatment in trade. USINPAC has hosted over 25 business delegation to and from India and held numerous conferences and roundtable discussions in close cooperation with the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
“We cannot lose sight of the overarching importance of U.S.-India trade relations,” Puri said, and “USINPAC is hopeful that the U.S. will redouble its efforts to bolster relations between the two countries, and consider small and medium-sized companies in the discussions. Indian Americans, like all others, deserve equal opportunity, advancement and inclusion in matters across the spectrum, including trade.”
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