India’s unfair actions threaten jobs and economic opportunity
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Urgent action is needed to fix a growing bilateral trade relationship worth around $100 billion.

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India’s Royalty Caps Proposal Would Set Back IP Protections by a Decade

While the recent decision by the U.S. to suspend India’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits has drawn significant attention, one issue has quietly re-emerged– royalty caps. India’s government is considering imposing royalty caps, severe restrictions on payments to owners of intellectual property such as copyrighted material, ...

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AFTI Calls on USTR to Ratchet Up Pressure on India Over Intellectual Property Concerns

Despite some tentative moves to tighten intellectual property (IP) protections and assure greater access to its market for IP-intensive U.S. industries, India continues to drag its feet to address and to fix its IP environment. Consequently, this month, AFTI asked the Office of the United States Trade Representative, as part of its annual Special ...

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AFTI Releases Statement On U.S. Suspension Of India’s Generalized System of Preferences

The Alliance for Fair Trade with India (AFTI) released the following statement concerning the U.S. government’s decision to suspend India’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits:  “We regret that Indian officials failed to constructively engage with U.S. negotiators on the numerous serious trade challenges plaguing the bilate...

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Where We Stand

AFTI works to improve the U.S.-India commercial relationship, which remains weak due to persistent trade barriers in India that hurt a wide range of manufacturing and services industries and cost U.S. jobs. While U.S.-India dialogue on a range of issues has improved since Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected, it has not resulted in concrete action or substantial improvements to address core policy concerns.

Businesses in the U.S. continue to face an array of both longstanding and new barriers which impede their ability to compete fairly in India including high tariffs, forced localization measures, foreign ownership restrictions in a number of sectors, insufficient protection of intellectual property rights, long and inconsistent government approvals and licenses, and unique and onerous standards and testing procedures.

In 2016, U.S. trade in goods with India totaled $67.7 billion, less than two percent of total U.S. trade. India imports less from the United States than much smaller economies like Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. However, if India removed discriminatory barriers and improved intellectual property protection, U.S. exports to that country would likely rise by two-thirds and U.S. investment would roughly double, according to a 2014 report by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

India’s failure to comply with international trade obligations is not only damaging exports and jobs in the United States, it is also harming India’s own economy by weakening innovation, hindering vital foreign investment, and preventing implementation of key Indian policy goals such as Innovative India, Creative India; Digital India; Skills India; and even Make in India.

AFTI is urging the Trump Administration and the Modi government to intensify efforts to resolve these issues in order to foster economic reform and growth and develop a fairer and stronger U.S.-India trading relationship.

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India to Western Tech Firms: To Sell It Here, Build It Here

The Wall Street Journal

I don’t think that India is preserving an incentive for innovation. If anything, recent Indian policies are sending a signal that intellectual property is tenuous in this country and will be granted only in those cases where it can benefit India. Thomas Friedman has taught us that the world is flat. It may well be. But, when it comes to drug pricing and intellectual property, the plane is severely tilted in India’s favor.

India John LaMattina,

US-India Business Council, Information Technology Industry Council, Digital Europe and the Tele-communications Industry Association of US, amongst several others, warned this would represent an unprecedented interference in the procurement of commercial entities and be inconsistent with the country’s obligations to the World Trade Organisation.

India bars foreign vendors from national broadband initiative Kalyan Parbat, Economic Times