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US commerce chief to visit India on Feb 13

Carlos Gutierrez will travel to India next week to hold talks with government and business leaders in a bid to boost American exports.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2007 08:51 IST

US Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez has said he will travel to India next week to hold talks with government and business leaders in a bid to boost American exports.

"American companies should be exporting more to India, and India should work with us to make sure American exporters and businesses are treated fairly," Gutierrez said on Thursday, ahead of his February 13-14 trip to New Delhi.

"My visit will focus on expanding our bilateral economic relationship and working to increase US exports to India," he said.

Gutierrez will meet with senior government officials, including Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath, and will address members of the American Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

The meetings will include discussions on enforcing intellectual property rights, reducing red tape for US companies trying to do business in India and the United States-India civilian nuclear deal signed by President George W. Bush in December, according to a statement from Gutierrez's office.

Last fall, Under Secretary for International Trade Frank Lavin led the largest US government business development mission in history to India to explore export opportunities.

The United States is India's largest trading partner.

Between January and November of last year, bilateral trade rose to USD 29 billion from 2005, with US exports alone rising 25 per cent, the Commerce Department said.