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Kirk, Indian minister talk trade

Kirk, Indian minister talk trade

   U.S. Trade Representative Ronald Kirk was in New Delhi Monday to discuss India-U.S. bilateral trade, as well as ways the countries could collaborate on clean energy and developing India's infrastructure.

   Kirk met with India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma as part of the United States-India Trade Policy Forum (TPF), a vehicle designed to promote discussion about agriculture, innovation and creativity, investment, services, and tariff and non-tariff barriers between the countries.

   The two sides agreed to work together to support greater involvement by small and medium enterprises in each other’s markets, the USTR office said, with a particular focus on upgrading India's infrastructure and development of information an communications technologies.

   It's the sixth such meeting between India and the United States under the TPF, which was set up in 2005.

   “American and Indian companies have already joined forces across a range of sectors,' Kirk said. 'Our governments should work together to improve the environment for two-way trade even further, so that we can reap trade’s economic benefits for both our countries.'

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