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(Daily News)
June 09, 2021

World Trade Organization members agreed this week to move ahead with text-based talks on proposals aimed at improving the international pandemic response – both a waiver of some intellectual property obligations and an alternative from the European Union – with the U.S. calling for the final product to focus directly on access to vaccines.


(Daily News)
June 02, 2021

The Biden administration on Wednesday announced it will not immediately impose tariffs on six trading partners with digital service taxes the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has said are discriminating against U.S. businesses, opting instead to suspend the duties while international digital tax framework talks continue at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.


(Daily News)
May 10, 2021

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday wrapped up a series of hearings on proposed tariff actions against countries with digital services taxes in place, heeding calls from representatives of labor-intensive Indian industries to avoid imposing duties on New Delhi and pursue an agreement at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development instead. 


(Daily News)
April 26, 2021

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai spoke with the top executives of Pfizer and AstraZeneca on Monday about a proposed waiver of obligations to the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property, where the ambassador expressed “deep sympathy” for the people of India, where COVID-19 deaths have reached alarming rates in recent days.


(Daily News)
March 29, 2021

The United Kingdom and India defended their digital services taxes this week after the U.S. on Friday announced it would seek comments on a list of tariffs it could impose on a handful of countries in retaliation for DSTs, which the U.S. says unfairly target major American tech companies.


(Daily News)
March 25, 2021

The U.S. and India have agreed to “revitalize engagement” via the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum, inactive since 2018, pledging on Thursday to hold a ministerial-level meeting this year.


(Daily News)
March 03, 2021

Plurilateral negotiations play an important role in the World Trade Organization, allowing members to move forward on important issues and keep the organization relevant and responsive, the U.S., European Union and others argued on Tuesday, defending plurilateral talks after India and South Africa raised concerns about their legal status at the WTO.


(Daily News)
February 22, 2021

The push by many countries -- including the U.S. -- to conclude plurilateral agreements at the World Trade Organization is “legally inconsistent” with WTO rules and principles, India and South Africa argued in a new paper, insisting there is a “fundamental requirement for multilateralism” in Geneva.


(Daily News)
February 17, 2021

Piyush Goyal, India’s minister of railways, commerce and industry, this week said he plans to engage with the Biden administration to construct a new trade package and improve the broader bilateral relationship.


(Daily News)
January 28, 2021

President Biden should consider striking “sectoral” deals on key issues as his administration works to develop a comprehensive trade agenda, analysts said this week.


(In Trade)
January 21, 2021

An “early” TPF meeting “would underscore the importance of the relationship.”


(In Trade)
January 19, 2021

The chair of the TRIPS Council urged flexibility and solutions-based discussions.


(Daily News)
January 06, 2021

Digital services taxes imposed by India, Italy and Turkey discriminate against U.S. companies, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said on Wednesday, issuing individual reports on its Section 301 investigations into the three countries but deferring action, for now.


(Daily News)
January 06, 2021

India’s intellectual property protections are insufficiently enforced and the country is enacting more trade barriers, the U.S. and European Union argued this week during New Dehli’s trade policy review at the World Trade Organization.


(In Trade)
January 06, 2021

Juster, calling for a broad trade deal with the U.S., said India can become “an alternative destination for manufacturing investments” if it takes “further action.”


(Daily News)
December 16, 2020

The U.S. and India are not “far away” from concluding a limited market-access deal that likely won’t be forged before the end of the Trump administration, outgoing U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Wednesday, advocating for a comprehensive trade agreement between the two.


(In Trade)
December 08, 2020

“The patience is so necessary. They still believe they can do it all on their own and be self-sufficient, which is quite the contrary to the reality.”


(Daily News)
November 20, 2020

The fate of a limited trade deal negotiated between Washington and New Delhi is still up in the air following the presidential election, leaving the Trump administration to decide whether to pull the trigger -- and take the credit -- or leave the decision to the trade team of President-elect Biden.


(Daily News)
October 29, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked trade during meetings with high-level officials in India, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Indonesia this week, stressing U.S. hopes for stronger economic ties throughout the region -- and Jakarta in particular.


(Daily News)
October 20, 2020

The U.S., the European Union and other countries, most also developed, have opposed a waiver on certain World Trade Organization intellectual property rules to facilitate access to pandemic-related medical products, including a future vaccine -- a waiver supported by many developing members.


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