IndiaUS ties made unparalleled progress in last few yrs Shringla

first_imgHouston: India has close strategic partnership with the US and the bilateral ties have made an “unparalleled progress” in the last few years with collaboration in areas like counter terrorism, defence and energy, India’s envoy to Washington has said.Indian Ambassador to the United States Harsh Vardhan Shringla recently visited Texas, one of the largest American states with a GDP of USD 1.6 trillion. The state has a significant concentration of Indian-Americans. Texas is an important state as 10 per cent of the total India US trade is from oil-rich Texas. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCHe said that India is set to emerge as a USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years and USD 10 trillion economy in the next 10 years. India’s success relies in ensuring that there is a greater interest and involvement of American industries and businesses in the country, he said. “We have close strategic partnership, close synergy on issues of security, counter terrorism, defence, but the underpinnings of the relationship are based on business and that’s where you come in,” he said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsAddressing representatives from major Indian companies and the local media in Texas, Shringla said that the progress made by India and the US in the last few years has been unparalleled. “The energy sector is an important area where we have increased our collaboration and also increased our off take from the US,” he said. “We have placed orders for nearly 300 civilian aircraft amounting to USD 39 billion,” he said. “Also, India has introduced new items such as poultry to the list of imports from the US. Defence is a new equation. Fifteen years ago, India had no defence ties (with the US) and today we are importing defence equipments worth USD 18 billion.” “What amazes me is that in the last few years, the amount of progress that our relationship has made is unparalleled in many senses,” Shringla said. He said that the United States is India’s largest trading partner. “We are looking at technology at different levels that will help us leapfrog the processes in India like NITI Aayog. India’s USD 1.5 trillion infrastructure development would need foreign direct investments. The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) is getting support from Japan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Singapore,” Shringla said. He said India is set to emerge as a USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years and USD 10 trillion economy in the next 10 years. Knowing it to be an ambitious target, Shringla said India needs investment. “Our success really lies in ensuring that there is a greater interest and involvement of US industries and businesses in India in line with our own priorities in terms of development of India,” Shringla said. Bilateral trade between India and the US has reached USD 142 billion last year. PTIlast_img

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