Foreign secretary Nirupama Rao on Monday pitched for increasing the high technology ties with the US in the commercial sphere, including cooperation in research and development (R&D) and design.
“There is a shared perception that the High Technology Cooperation Group (HTCG) has in a sense underperformed and underachieved, especially in commercial sectors,” Rao said at the opening plenary of the Indo-US HTCG.
New Delhi has been pitching for facilitating high technology cooperation in the commercial sectors.
“While the focus has been on conventional trade and market access, we must now focus equally on promoting cooperation in research and development, design, commercialisation and production,” Rao said.
She said the two sides must not only focus on barriers to trade, but also on commercial opportunities in broader sense.