First India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue Next Month

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First India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue Next Month

File photo: US President Barack Obama with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Associated Press)

New Delhi:  The first India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (SACD) will be held in September in Washington, a senior American administration official said today.

"The Strategic and Commercial Dialogue will be taking place in six to seven weeks time," US Under Secretary of Commerce Stefan Selig told reporters in New Delhi.

"The dialogue will have four pillars in the way of ease of doing business, innovation and entrepreneurship, smart cities project in India and the harmonisation of standards to increase bilateral trade," Selig, who looks after international trade, said at the press conference.

"I am due to meet (Commerce) Minister Nirmala Sitharaman shortly to discuss about our joint preparations," he added. The announcement of SACD was made in New Delhi in January during US President Barack Obama's India visit.

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