Visit of US Trade Representative Katherine Tai to provide a platform for negotiations

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This will be Katherine Tai’s first visit to India since taking over from USTR with the Biden administration coming to power.



R. Suryamurthy

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New Delhi

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Posted 01.11.21, 00:45 AM


The visit of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai later this month is expected to provide a platform for negotiations on some of the pressing issues such as the balancing tax, although the position of both sides is expected to become clear. on some contentious issues. at the WTO such as the patent exemption on Covid equipment and fishing subsidies.

This will be Tai’s first visit to India since taking over as USTR leader with the Biden administration coming to power. She will be joined by US Deputy Trade Representative Sarah Bianchi as part of the Indo-Pacific region’s strategic dialogue process. Tai will be in Japan, Korea and coming to India on November 22. In addition to bilateral trade issues, it should deal with trade in the Asia-Pacific region.

Arpita Mukherjee of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (Icrier) said that “the visit should reignite dialogue to remove the commercial irritant. The trade policy forum likely to take place during the visit would help both sides understand the areas on which to focus to strengthen bilateral trade ”.

She said the visit precedes a WTO meeting on November 30 and could indicate the position of both parties on the India-South Africa TRIPS proposal vis-à-vis the treatment of Covid-19. “But the gist of the visit is to strengthen the Indo-Pacific strategic ties that would have global implications.”

“The results of the next WTO ministerial conference, in particular with regard to the negotiations on fisheries subsidies, India and South Africa’s proposed waiver of the WTO for vaccines Covid which the United States expressed support for in May are likely to be discussed, ”Pralok Gupta, associate professor, IIFT, said.

India’s equalization tax and IPR issues will likely be discussed, Gupta said.

Tai will likely hold a bilateral meeting with Trade and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, where she could discuss fisheries subsidies and agricultural support at the WTO ministerial conference. The visit comes as the two sides plan to hold an Indo-US trade policy forum, after a four-year hiatus.

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