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Indian tech policy irks U.S. groups, Obama administration

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 07 Mar 2012 22:47 User comments (4)

Indian tech policy irks U.S. groups, Obama administration Business Software Alliance calls on the U.S. government to take action.
India is one of the world's fastest growing economies and therefore provides one of the biggest opportunities for U.S. tech firms for exports. A new policy being enacted by the Indian government could hurt trade with the United States, trade associations have warned the Obama administration.

The Indian government plans to require that domestic electronic goods be given preferential treatment in its purchases, and to use its regulatory powers to force government licensees to follow suit with the policy. This plan is clearly in conflict with India's obligations under the World Trade Organization.

The BSA, and the Telecommunications Industry Association have written to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Commerce Secretary John Bryson with their concerns.

The warning will not fall on deaf ears either. The United States' trade deficits have reached appalling levels in recent years, and the trade gap in advanced technology was approaching $100 billion last year, according to Reuters.

The Obama Administration has already filed a case with the World Trade Organization against India due to its ban on imports of U.S. poultry meat and eggs. The U.S. Government rejects the Indian claim that the ban is in place to prevent the spread of bird flu, saying it is not based on sound science.

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4 user comments

18.3.2012 7:48

Im sorry but I cant stand India tech support,I never can understand what they say to me and its very frustrating!!

28.3.2012 8:08

Originally posted by nbfreak2:
Im sorry but I cant stand India tech support,I never can understand what they say to me and its very frustrating!!
Ditto!

38.3.2012 11:48

USA what bunch of stink'n Hypocrites ! That's how it's done at least the Indians aren't afraid to give the world the middle finger including the wto,keep it up India look after your own first.


49.3.2012 22:03

What a bunch of hypocrites !

Just because US is not interested in doing anything about living on borrowed money and huge trade deficits resulting in not mortgaging but selling off the future their future generations does not mean other counties should follow suit.

US does not allow fresh produce to be imported into the country UNLESS it is done by one of those big time political contributors like Dole, Chikita and the likes of them.

We are plenty self sufficient in poultry and dairy products. We certainly don't need those over priced US products that can overwhelm the Indian producers by their sheer $ power.

BTW just for information I can buy better quality and better tasting eggs even in Metro cities at $ 1/- per dozen !

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