Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley held a bilateral meeting with the US Commerce Secretary Wilbur
Ross in Washington DC on 20 April, 2017. Finance Minister was
accompanied by the India’s Ambassador Navtej Sarna and Secretary
Economic Affairs Shaktikanta Das.
Both leaders emphasized the strength of Indo-US economic relations and
the bipartisan support it has acquired over the years. Finance Minister
briefed the US Commerce Secretary on the strength of the Indian economy
and the significant structural reforms Government of India has
undertaken over the last three years. The US Commerce Secretary Ross
congratulated the Indian Finance Minister on making the GST a reality.
Finance Minister raised the issue of recent executive orders which
indicate a possible tightening of the H-1B visa regime. He outlined the
significant contributions the skilled Indian professionals have made to
the US economy and expressed the hope that the US administration will
take this aspect into consideration while taking any decision.