India seeks US partnership to boost various sectors and grow the bilateral trade to $500-600 billion from the current $125 billon with a good strategy under a stipulated time, commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu said in Mumbai onThursday.
"The US-India bilateral trade is declining for various reasons and we should not be happy with bilateral trade of USD 125 billion. We must set a clear cut target of USD 500-600 billion in a stipulated time period. We are willing to come out with complete strategy and am sure that the companies from both countries will benefit," Mr Prabhu said.
Speaking at a US-India Business Council event, Mr Prabhu said certain issues could be resolved through talks. "India offers lot of opportunities in sectors including agriculture, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure, start-ups and make "India-US partnership greater again" in line with President Trump'scall of Let's make US great again".
The geo-politics has changed so much in the last few months, geo-economics is also changing rapidly. "In this context, I see a clear defined role and responsibility for US-India to work together not just for our mutual benefit but also for the benefit of rest of the world," Mr Prabhu said.
India will become a $5 trillion economy in the next 7-8 years and $10 trillion by 2035, he said.
India becoming economically strong would only mean, US has a friend and partner, who is stronger than before and strong India will be in the long term interest of US, he reiterated.
The country's aviation sector is expected to provide big investment opportunity as it is one of the fastest-growing in the world and has recorded 50 months of double-digit traffic growth. As many as 100 new airports would be built in the next 10 to 15 years for about $60 billion, Mr Prabhu said, adding that the country's infrastructure sector also offers investment opportunity of $250 billion every year.
India is looking setting up of special economic zones (SEZ) only for the US companies, he added. Mr Prabhu also said US-India must have specific programmes for sharing information of start-ups from both the countries.
Further, he called US to join hands with India to explore export opportunities in 54 African nations, where both US and India can make joint pitch for exports of American and Indian products. Mr Prabhu also urged the US partner with India to create new dynamic agenda for the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Mr Prabhu said that the government will announce the new industrial policy soon. A key thrust in the proposed policy, which will replace the Industrial Policy of 1991, is to reduce regulatory hurdles and encourage adoption of technologies of the future such as robotics and artificial intelligence.