"The Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) will be held in Washington DC in 6-7 weeks," US Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan M Selig said.
He is in town to meet with Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia for the preparatory talks. Selig said these dialogues will revolve around four areas -- ease of doing business; innovation and entrepreneurship; smart cities with a specific focus on renewable energy, and harmonisation of standards to increase trade.
"The S&CD will be the signature, annual dialogue between our two governments. It will serve as a high-level meeting between our senior government and Cabinet officials as well as an ongoing, sustainable forum for policy discussions," he added.
Selig said all these steps are meant to strengthen the economic and commercial ties between the two countries and create a stronger partnership.
This commercial track would be a platform for both short-term and long-term deliverables, he said, adding that S&CD would focus on not only securing near-term trade and investment outcome, but areas of long-term collaboration.


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