Ways to expand bilateral high-technology trade and regional and global issues of mutual interest will figure in talks Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will have with top officials of the Obama Administration during her six-day visit to the US next week.
Rao, who would embark on the visit to Washington and New York on March 14, will co-chair the seventh meeting of the India–US High Technology Cooperation Group (HTCG) with Dennis F Hightower, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, on March 15-16.
This is the first meeting of the HTCG after the Obama administration assumed office in January last year. Both sides hope to consolidate the progress made in the last five years and move ahead to significantly expand bilateral trade in strategic and high technology areas, the spokesperson of the Indian mission here said.
The HTCG was formed in 2002 to provide a forum to discuss bilateral high-technology trade issues and build the confidence necessary to facilitate trade in sensitive items.
On March 15, the US-India Business Council (USIBC) will host the industry dialogue here in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).