‘Indian IT supported 280,000 US jobs’
Indian IT companies supported as many as 280,000 jobs in America last year amid a gloomy employment scenario in the US and have invested a whopping $5 billion in FDI through acquisitions and green-field projects, according to India’s top envoy here.india Updated: Jul 27, 2012 22:39 IST
Indian IT companies supported as many as 280,000 jobs in America last year amid a gloomy employment scenario in the US and have invested a whopping $5 billion in FDI through acquisitions and green-field projects, according to India’s top envoy here.
Addressing the Asia Society here yesterday, Indian ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao said,“Our IT companies supported 280,000 jobs in the US last year. The IT companies have invested more than $5 billion in FDI through acquisitions and green-field projects.”"The unemployment rate in the tech-space in this country is much lower than in manufacturing and that is where the effort is concentrated we believe today — to get back the jobs in manufacturing to this country," she said.
Acknowledging that India’s trade and economic relationship with the US has not scaled the heights reached in US trade and economic ties with China, she said there are goals yet to be achieved in this area.
“The voices of Indian companies and business interestsare often unheard in the audio stream of voices from the US side who are constantly urging India to ‘do more’ on the reform front,” she said.
In this crescendo from the American side, is the political economy and anthropology of India understood sufficiently? she asked.
“Look at the history of reform in India from 1991 onwards. Successive governments have come and gone, but the direction of reform has not been reversed, ever,” she said.
“Do not take us at face value. When the chips are down, our system responds very well. As our Prime Minister told Secretary Clinton when they met in Delhi in May, ‘the message I would like you to carry is that India remains open, and the climate (of reform) will not be disrupted.’ The India Story is definitely not over,” Rao said.
The ambassdor observed that the Indian economy continues to be one of the two fastest growing economies in the world despite the fall in growth rates in the last one year.
“The fundamentals are strong. The long-term high growth trajectory for India is underpinned by several favourable factors. Further, our private sector is strong and innovative,” Rao said.
First Published: Jul 27, 2012 22:25 IST