United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today joined Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal to re-launch the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum (TPF) in New Delhi. This was the 12th TPF Ministerial, and the the first since 2017.
Ambassador Tai and Minister Goyal shared views on a range of bilateral trade concerns, and agreed to continue their efforts to resolve issues in a manner that builds confidence towards a stronger and more durable U.S.-India trade relationship.
During the TPF meeting, Ambassador Tai outlined key elements of the Biden-Harris Administration’s worker-centered trade policy, emphasizing the potential for the United States and India, as vibrant, market-oriented democracies, to cooperate more extensively as strategic partners to implement trade policies that benefit the working people of both countries.
Ambassador Tai expressed satisfaction that the TPF meeting produced a Joint Statement reflecting shared concerns and priorities, highlighting areas for further work, and outlining the potential for deeper bilateral cooperation on important issues including, digital trade; agriculture; the relationship between trade, labor and the environment; good regulatory practices; and standards and conformity assessment.
Ambassador Tai and Minister Goyal directed their officials to intensify their engagement, including through the TPF’s working groups, and expressed their intention to convene the TPF again at the ministerial level in 2022.
Ambassador Tai reiterated her sincere thanks to Minister Goyal and the Government of India for their hospitality and excellent arrangements for the TPF meeting.