Washington: US officials would soon travel to India for talks on Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), a top trade official has said, hoping the talks would conclude soon.

"We are travelling to India within the next several weeks for the next meeting of BIT," US Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday.

Responding to the questions from the lawmakers, Kirk said the US would soon develop a new BIT model, and is in talks with a range of countries for bilateral investment treaties.

"We have, in fact, intensified our engagement, at the same time though, with important potential partners like India and China. We've built on the successful visits of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the US and the US President Barack Obama to India, for example," he said.

"And (we have) got India to agree to a more robust engagement. We had one session in India, in December. We are travelling to India within the next several weeks for the next meeting of BIT.

"We've had over five sessions with China. We concluded a BIT with Rwanda, and we hope to again conclude the model BIT within the very near future that will allow us to go forward more aggressively," Kirk said.

Earlier Congressman Wally Herger said that US should be pursuing BITs to help ensure that US investments abroad are protected from arbitrary government actions and discrimination, further paving the way for US exports to reach foreign markets.

"Almost 3,000 BITs have been concluded worldwide, yet the US is party to only about 40 of them. Those numbers demonstrate the extent to which US businesses and their workers are being left behind in the global economy," Herger said.

"Unfortunately the administration has announced no new plans for bilateral investment treaties since 2009, and the existing negotiation on China, India and Mauritius Bilateral Investment Treaties have been on hold for over three years because the administration has not been able to conclude a review of the US model that you used to negotiate BIT," he said.

Kirk said the US has been trying to be much more deliberate through the President's national export initiative, frankly working with its businesses and use a much targeted data centric model for where it would go.

"I mean, the good news, most countries in the world would welcome the opportunity to have an MTA, a BIT, a TIFA with the United States, but we think that's a unique opportunity we have to induce them to change their behaviour in many places," he said.

He said the US is engaged in particular with India, with China and Mauritius.

"We will be looking for appropriate partners as we go forward," he said.