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For the last three to four years, the Coffee Board has been focusing on the US market. “Roasters in US are increasingly
using robustas in their blends, it is here we are focusing our attention to penetrate the most important market in the
world,” said Gurjer.
Creating awareness of the Indian coffee in the US has led to gaining some ground in the market. Indian coffee exports to
US are currently averaging at around 6,000 tons and is the 14th important market. Exports have doubled in the last five
years. In 2008-09 exports stood at 2,556 tons.
Indo-US ties will hit a wall without reforms: US
Joining the chorus of lawmakers with regard to economic reforms in India, a top American lawmaker cautioned that
there is an increasing feeling in the Congress that India-US relationship would hit a wall, if New Delhi did not carry out
the necessary reforms.
Noting that the India US bilateral relationship has “lost momentum” after the historic civic nuclear deal, Congressman
Eliot Engel, Ranking Member to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said yesterday, “There is a growing view on
Capitol Hill that our economic partnership with India will hit a wall if New Delhi does not make meaningful reforms on
trade.”
“Following the signing of the civil nuclear agreement in 2008, it was hoped that the United States and India could leave
behind the Cold War legacy of mistrust, and open a new chapter in the US-India story. Even though we’ve created that
opening, it appears to many that both countries have lost momentum,” Engel said.
Market access, caps on foreign direct investment, forced localization and compulsory licenses are complaints often
emanating from American industry, “Moving forward, if we are going to capitalize on bilateral trade opportunities with
India, we should work with India to formalize a trade structure that makes the investment climates in the United States
and India more attractive,” the Congressman said.
The business relationship has always been a cornerstone of ties between the US and India, even when the governments
were not on the best of terms, he said, adding that it is ironic now the concerns about business have become one of the
key hurdles.
“We will, from time to time, disagree as any two nations, or as any two friends, inevitably will. Whether it’s on how best
to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program, or on enforcement of intellectual property regulations in the pharmaceutical
industry, an important part of this transformation is that our two governments discuss and develop solutions to address
disagreements,” Engel said.
“Secretary Kerry’s visit provides the Obama Administration with an important opportunity to re-energize the
partnership,” he wrote.
TCS forays into US Government space
After tasting fair amount of success in India and a few other emerging countries, Tata Consulting Services (TCS), India’s
leading information technology (IT) Services Company, is foraying into the government vertical in the US. Initially, the
company is focusing on states and local governments in the US, as working with the federal government requires it to
fulfill stringent conditions. Among US states, TCS has already started working with the Mississippi government and is in
the process of bagging a contract from another state, an announcement on which is expected soon.
“We are mostly focusing on state and local governments and we are finding a lot of traction in the unemployment
insurance and city taxation areas because of our expertise in working on tax automation with a number of states in
India,” Tanmay Chakrabarty, vice-president & global head (government industry solutions unit, TCS, told recently. He
said the company had already made inroads into the city taxation space in the US; through which cities collect taxes on