India and USA Relations: Partnership and Agreement on Various Sectors

In this article, I will take you through India and USA Relations development for last few Years. India and USA bilateral ties has now become a Global Strategic Partnership based on the common Interest and values shared by both the countries. The emphasis placed by the Government in India on development and good governance has created opportunity to reinvigorate bilateral ties and enhance cooperation under the motto “Chalein Saath Saath: Forward Together We Go”, and "Sanjha Prayas, Sab ka Vikas" (Shared Effort, Progress for All) adopted during the summits of our leaders in September 2014 and January 2015 respectively.

India and USA Relations

India and USA Relations

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  • Defence relationship has emerged as a major pillar of India-U.S strategic partnership with the signing of
    'New Framework for India-U.S. Defense Relations' in 2005.
  • The U.S.-India Energy Dialogue was launched in May 2005 to promote trade and investment in the energy sector, and held its last meeting in September 2015 in Washington DC.
  • The India and USA S&T cooperation has been steadily growing under the framework of U.S.-India Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement signed in October 2005.
  • In order to build up the disease surveillance and epidemiological capacity in India, Global Disease Detection-India Centre was established in 2010 and an Epidemic Intelligence Service program launched in Oct 2012.
  • The bilateral civil nuclear cooperation agreement was finalized in July 2007 and signed in October 2008. During Prime Minister Modi's visit to the US in September 2014, the two sides set up a Contact Group for advancing the full and timely implementation of the India-US Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement, and to resolve
    pending issues. More can checked on MEA Official website.
  • In January 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry led the US Delegation to Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Ahmedabad.
  • In February 2015 US Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew visited India for the fifth meeting of the Economic
    and Financial Partnership Initiative with our Finance Minister.
  • In April 2015 US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx visited India in April for meeting with his
  • In June 2015 Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter paid a bilateral visit to India.
  • In December 2015 Defence Minister visited US at the invitation of his US counterpart.
  • Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement(COMCASA): This agreement will allow India to get advanced encrypted military technology and hardware from the United States.
  • Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement(LEMOA): India and US signed this pact in 2016. This agreement gives military of both the nations access to each other military facilities, without making it automatic or obligatory, mostly for the purposes of refuelling and replenishment.
  • Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement(BECA): It will allow India and US to share Geospatial and satellite data with each other. BECA makes sure all kinds of information whether intelligence reports or satellite data inputs regarding the Landscape of the battle field or any forms of information gathering methods are shared unconditionally between the 2 military forces.
  • From a modest $ 5.6 billion in 1990, the bilateral trade in merchandise goods increased to $ 66.9 billion in 2014. India's merchandise exports to the U.S. stood at $34.57 billion during the period January - September 2015, while US exports of merchandise to India was worth $ 16.54 billion in the same period.

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