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Secretary Bryson meets with India’s Ambassador to the United States Nirupama Rao

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Secretary Bryson meets with India’s Ambassador to the United States Nirupama Rao

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson met with India’s Ambassador to the United States Nirupama Rao to discuss U.S.-India relations and Secretary Bryson’s upcoming trade mission to India in March.    

This was the first meeting between Secretary Bryson and Ambassador Rao, who assumed her current responsibilities in September 2011.  Secretary Bryson and Ambassador Rao also discussed the Department of Commerce’s extensive partnerships with the Government of India through the Bureau of Industry and Security, the International Trade Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Bryson plans to lead a delegation of up to 25 U.S. senior executives on an infrastructure trade mission to New Delhi, Jaipur, and Mumbai in March, which will focus on project management and engineering services, transportation, and energy. India is seeking to invest $1 trillion in its infrastructure over the next five years and is looking for private sector participation to fund half of this expansion through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im), and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) have been invited to join the mission. 

U.S. exports to India through November 2011 totaled $19.7 billion, an increase of 11.5 percent year to date from 2010. India ranks as the United States’ 17th largest export market.

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Good new for Indian

Just a congratulation

Vision of Indo-US collaboration

It is great to learn that Secretary Bryson is coming to India in March next with a team of Senior Executives. I hope that the agenda would include areas of cooperation which include industry and services which would make benefits of Indo-US cooperation visible to and felt by common citizens. Some of these areas are drip irrigation, solar electrification of villages, fly-ash based building material and prefabricated mass housing for low and middle class, electronically aided standardised mass education programmes, industry grade agriculture, mass expansion food processing, development of road and rail infrastructure, development of alternative fossil fuel to reduce India's oil import by 100 billion US $ so that India's trade deficit is reduced by that much and make available 100 billion US $ to import US technology. Due to spate of private sector corruption, it would be good to prefer and insist on collaboration with Indian PSU for the time being.

Collaboration in housing and innivative building material.

The signs of recent recession in USA became visible in housing and building material sector. The sector is still unstable. I ,therefore, moot the idea of large scale commercially feasible collaboration in fly ash based preabaricated AAC building blocks and slabs. India has abundant fly ash, huge back log buildings of all types. US AAC industry should collaborate with NTPC, State Electricity boards for AAC manufacturing and selling and big building contractors should collaborate with large public and private construction companies and estate developers for mass low and middle income group housing. It will be a visible area of collaboration from which India gains and US industry gains too. AAC is eco freindly and and en energy efficient and cost effective construction too. According to my study India needs about 300 AAC plants of roughly 200000 cum annual capacity immediately. USAID has worked in the field of housing and slum improvements in India and can explore the field. Housing can be a powerful tool of people to people relationship.