Describing it as the ‘foundational issue’ for the future of Indo-US trade relationship, US-Indian Business Council acting president Diane Farrell at a meeting of Indian and American businesses in Tampa on Thursday said once a new government is in place in India the US industry will look forward to a rekindling of bilateral dialogues.
    
"Once a new government is in place in India, we look forward to a rekindling of bilateral dialogues, including the Trade Policy Forum, the US-India Strategic Dialogue, and the CEO Forum," she said as she laid out her agenda for the new Indian government which includes tax, intellectual property, defense, immigration reform, and legacy issues.

"Retroactive and unpredictable taxation has become a global headline concern. Companies cannot and will not invest in a country that is lacking a clear and predictable tax policy. Some progress has been made, but more work needs to be done in order to resolve the perception of gridlock," she said.

"While on the subject of tax, USIBC member companies look forward to the adoption of a new Goods and Services Tax (GST) - a unifying predictable approach that will dramatically increase government revenue and ease the movement of goods across India," she added.

"Like tax, another foundational issue that must be clarified is intellectual property. We must work together to clear the fog that surrounds the issue. Recent actions in India have caused very serious concerns across US Industry as it relates to IP. Companies need assurances that their hard fought and earned intellectual capital will be protected," she said.

(Agencies)

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