Indo-US Trade Policy Forum Meet on Oct 28


New Delhi: The Indo-US trade Policy Forum will start its two-day meeting on October 28 in America where India is expected to press for greater market access to agri-products and removal of non-tariff barriers.

Trade Policy Forum is the principle trade body between India and the US. The TPF has five focus groups: Agriculture, Investment, Innovation and Creativity (intellectual property rights), Services, and Tariff and Non-Tariff Barriers.

The other issues which are expected to discuss in the meeting include ways to promote investments, intellectual property rights (IPR), increasing cooperation in services sector and about the forthcoming meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Nairobi in December, an official said.

The meeting will be held between Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and US Trade Representative Michael Froman.The current meet will be the ninth round of TPF. The last round was concluded here in November last year.

Issues related to the intellectual property rights are important as US firms have alleged the Indian laws discriminating them particularly in the pharmaceuticals sector.


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