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GST could be studied in US B-schools: Modi

26 Juin 2017

Prime Minister Modi also said that if America becomes stronger, India will be a natural beneficiary.

"The White House is very interested in making this a special visit".

Ashley Tellis, an expert on South Asia at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said the United States decision to offer the Guardian aircraft to India is significant as the USA has a standing policy of declining export of such advanced drones other than to allies involved in combined operations with U.S. forces.

India has been successful in convincing the world about the "face of terrorism" and that it was "destroying peace and normal life", Modi said ahead of his first meeting with US President Donald Trump, who had reportedly offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue drawing sharp reactions from New Delhi.

Trump's protectionist instincts are at odds with India's efforts to boost exports and encourage Western manufacturers to "Make In India" - a flagship Modi scheme. Modi is scheduled to meet with President Trump at the White House on Monday. "I am happy that often we can talk easily on telephone, we can discuss everything". "When we talked of terrorism 20 years back, many in the world said it was a law and order problem and didn't understand it".

Although Modi's two-day Washington visit, which began Sunday, is lower key than his previous three trips to the USA since he took office in 2014, there will be plenty opportunity for face time with Trump.

"They are both innovators, they are both businessmen, they are committed to bringing greater prosperity to their people and thinking of innovative ways to do that".

He said the two countries were "already working together to address the existing and emerging strategic and security challenges that affect both our nations-in Afghanistan, West Asia, the large maritime space of the Indo-Pacific, the new and unanticipated threats in cyberspace".

Regarding the agenda, regional and global issues will be discussed, those that advance common priorities like fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and prosperity.

"Bilateral trade has grown 17 per cent a year ago", Modi said. We too will have to show the Trump administration what we can do for them in terms of creating business opportunities.

Noting that US-India trade has tripled over the last decade, reaching a historic high of almost $110 billion in 2015, USIBC said there is an opportunity for both the countries to also sync their regulatory and standards system to increase trade and investment.

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Modi is now on a visit to the US.

"Much bureaucratic china within the USA government had to be broken to get to this decision", he said. He said that when appropriate policies and governance are in place, the aspirations of the people of India can be achieved. An agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones would be worth more than $2 billion.

"We do expect Trump to raise concerns with the U.S. -India trade deficit", Eurasia Group analysts Shailesh Kumar and Sasha Riser-Kositsky wrote in a research note this week.

If they don't, billions of dollars could be a stake.

Establishing a joint NIS 140 million Israeli-Indian fund for encouraging Israeli and Indian companies to pursue innovation and R&D.

"This will be the first dinner for a foreign dignitary at the White House under this administration".

"President Trump's executive order on H-1B visas directs the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor, and Secretary of Homeland Security to propose potential reform to the H-1B visa program".

Addressing the Indian diaspora here, he also promised a supportive environment for developing the country matching the progress in the US. The Indian diaspora overseas has possibilities and exposure.

"Indian companies are adding value to the manufacturing and services sectors in the USA, with total investments of approximately $15 billion and a presence in more than 35 states, including in the Rust Belt", Modi wrote.

"I think that it would be wrong to say that this administration has been ignoring or not focused on India", a senior administration official had said.

GST could be studied in US B-schools: Modi