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India not becoming a member of commerce pillar of IPEF: USTR Katherine Tai

By Reena BhardwajLos Angeles [US], September 9 (ANI): India is not going to be becoming a member of the commerce pillar, one of many 4 pillars of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) on the framework’s first in-person ministerial summit in Los Angeles, US commerce consultant Katherine Tai confirmed on Friday.

“India is not now in the trade pillar of IPEF, Union Minister for Commerce Piyush Goyal and I have been talking a lot. We have our bilateral structure the Trade Policy Forum, which should be meeting by the end of this year again and we covered the same issues in that bilateral channel and minister we are very close touch,” Tai mentioned.

Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal on Friday mentioned {that a} strong Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) is being proposed to be offered quickly in Parliament, and India will take its choices on completely different features primarily based on the nationwide curiosity.

Goyal mentioned that India is a giant supplier of expertise providers to US corporations and a sturdy framework is being proposed to be offered to Parliament quickly. “India is looking to have contemporary and modern laws in the digital world while maintaining high levels of data privacy,” he added.

He mentioned that throughout the framework, “we can begin engaging among member countries on different areas of mutual interest. India will take its decisions on different aspects of the IPEF framework based on our national interest.””We had a useful engagement among member countries of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity. Officials have worked to prepare the ground for useful interactions between ministers. By tomorrow we hope to create a robust framework,” Goyal mentioned.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal is on a six-day go to to San Francisco and Los Angeles to attend the primary Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) ministerial assembly. Goyal met US Trade Representative Katherine Tai forward of the assembly.

“I’ve also had the opportunity to have bilateral discussions with USTR Ambassador Tai and US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. Both were very excited about the good work happening between India and US,” Goyal mentioned.

“They were extremely favourable to expanding ties in trade and investments including hi-tech areas. They were also wishing to further resilient supply chains between India and US,” he added.

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Thursday mentioned that Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) offered a possibility to deepen the partnerships with member international locations and also will deal with the challenges collectively.

She mentioned that the IPEF additionally permits working collectively to construct a platform to deal with future challenges and produce sustainable and equitable progress to the Indo-Pacific area. The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) was launched collectively by the USA and different associate international locations of the Indo-Pacific area on May 23, 2022, in Tokyo.

India joined the IPEF and Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the launch occasion together with US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and different leaders from associate international locations. Previously, digital Ministerial Meetings have been held instantly after the launch on May 23 and thereafter from July 26-27, 2022.

India is dedicated to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific Region and would work in the direction of deepening financial cooperation amongst companions for the expansion and prosperity of the area. The framework is inclusive and permits flexibility to associate international locations to affiliate with pillars primarily based on their respective priorities, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry mentioned in an announcement.

IPEF, a bunch of 13 international locations, is a multilateral financial framework. In current instances, India is seen as specializing in bilateral free commerce agreements as a substitute of multilateral ones. (ANI)