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Visit of Union Finance Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram to USA

Finance Minister met Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and top management officials of a number of American companies with substantial investments in India. Discussions focussed on the current business and investment environment in India. The companies included Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC). Issues highlighted by the companies inter alia related to transfer pricing; impact of Comprehensive Immigration Bill recently passed by U.S Senate on future business prospects of Indian Information Technology (IT) companies operating in U.S. and taxation.

Companies were appreciative of the measures taken to address concerns relating to Transfer Pricing. Finance Minister apprised the companies of the recommendations of Arvind Mayaram Committee on enhancing FDI caps in many sectors, and steps being taken to implement the recommendations. He emphasized the need for U.S. companies to set up local manufacturing bases in India, saying “it is in the mutual interest of both countries for India to become a large manufacturing economy”.

Finance Minister also underscored Indian concerns about the provisions in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill relating to skilled non-immigrant visas.

Finance Minister met with the Chairman of the US Ex-Im Bank, Mr. Fred Hochberg and other senior officials of the Ex-Im Bank.

Finance Minister met with Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of Senate Finance Committee. They exchanged views on global economic situation. Finance Minister mentioned that while some concerns have been expressed about current business environment in India, the policies adopted by Government of India are pro-growth and WTO compliant. He stressed that Government of India is committed to ensuring a transparent, fair and non-discriminatory investment environment for foreign investors seeking to do business in India. During the discussion, Senator Baucus fondly recalled his first visit to India as a young student in the 1960s and his meeting with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.


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