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HEALTHCARE

The landscape for the healthcare sector is shifting dynamically in both the U.S and India with the governments focusing on improving accessibility and quality of care, while lowering costs. There is a need to explore new partnerships and business models, without compromising on innovation. USIN Foundation is leading data-driven advocacy for alternative policy solutions by educating stakeholders and decision makers. USIN Foundation is enabling conversations to share global best practices.

INFRASTRUCTURE

USIN Foundation advances infrastructure policy and influences regulatory regimes by promoting best practices and market-based solutions. Our advocacy efforts focus on policies tied to critical issues including land use and acquisition, successful Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) implementation, project financing, and reforms that directly affect investors and companies. USIN Foundation facilitates successful trade promotion through joint workshops and roundtables with the Indian government to showcase our members’ equipment, technologies, and services to meet India’s infrastructure needs. USIN Foundation also provides a platform for Indian companies to explore opportunities to participate in the infrastructure opportunity within the U.S.

FINANCIAL SERVICES AND TAX

Today’s global financial services sector is shaped by innovation and technology. While working to help deepen India’s capital markets and its banking and insurance sectors, USIN Foundation also provides a platform to companies to work as partners with the Government of India to promote financial inclusion. Less than 10% of India’s population is active in the capital markets and less than 5% of the country has access to insurance. This scenario presents an enormous opportunity for USIN Foundation member companies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of financial inclusion and bold move of demonetization has already nudged the country toward digital payments.

AEROSPACE & DEFENSE

Aerospace and Defense is a major focus for USIN Foundation. India is engaged in military modernization with ongoing acquisitions and heavy developmental programs. USIN Foundation is well positioned to capitalize on the U.S.-India Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) to ensure the success of the U.S. and Indian industries, both in providing advanced military capability, and in simultaneously fulfilling the ‘Make in India’ mandate. USIN Foundation leads open and productive discussions with all stakeholders to develop a better understanding of what more must be done to advance this relationship, while simultaneously defining an actionable roadmap for mutual success

TECHNOLOGY MEDIA, AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

The importance of technology in today’s globalized world is undeniable. The seamless flow of data and interoperability between our countries and businesses in a secure and effective manner is a pre-requisite to reap the benefits of being interconnected. The Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Committee aims to drive synergies and educate stakeholders to ensure flexibility in policymaking, given the dynamic nature of this sector. USIN Foundation facilitates the exchange of ideas in artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT), as these technology trends can greatly improve the lives of citizens. Moreover, seeking new solutions to cyber-security threats is another opportunity for the U.S and India to work together. USIN Foundation liaises with stakeholders, on issues of intellectual property, and the further opening of the Indian media market for foreign investments in the sector.

ENERGY

USIN Foundation promotes reforms that would expand India’s power sector and encourage safety, reliability, and efficiency in the generation, transmission, and distribution of power and grid management. A key component of this undertaking is a regulatory policy to promote renewable energy consumption. India can achieve its power generation targets by addressing key investment issues, including the creditworthiness of distribution utilities, domestic content requirements, and technological neutrality, bidding processes, land acquisition, and grid stability, which will facilitate greater participation by U.S companies. As the Government of India takes steps to increase exploration activity for oil and gas and accelerates the development of resources, USIN Foundation helps companies advocate favorable policy reforms in hydrocarbon exploration and production, and promote effective implementation frameworks.

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

The U.S. was instrumental in the Green Revolution in the 1960s and there is great potential for technology improvement in this area today. India represents a huge market for U.S. brands in India, and there has also been a growth in consumption of Indian food in the U.S. As the largest producer of milk and second largest producer of fruit and vegetables in the world, India possesses a huge raw material base. This base, paired with a growing 1.3 billion population, presents vast investment and partnership opportunities for the U.S. However, India is currently only processing ten percent of its food, resulting in enormous food waste. USIN Foundation works to share U.S. best practices, technology, and innovation with India, and, in exchange for providing U.S. companies with investment opportunities in India’s enormous consumer base.

MANUFACTURING

USIN Foundation believes that the Indian economy, and particularly its manufacturing sector, would gain substantially from an expansion of trade. Moreover, trade liberalization will be a catalyst for bigger domestic reforms that lead to doing business more easily. USIN Foundation advocates expanding duty-free export opportunities for manufacturers in India and recommends increasing its export markets by concluding high-ambition free trade agreements (FTAs) with key countries. USIN Foundation is committed to the long-term goal of a U.S.-India Free Trade Agreement, and we believe the successful completion of several other comprehensive bilateral FTAs will lay the groundwork for it. USIN Foundation and its member companies are dedicated to supporting these initiatives, and we facilitate regular dialogs with relevant ministers to pursue the implementation of these recommendations.

Our Focus

Strategic Engagement

USIN Foundation works towards setting the agenda on issues of bilateral and geo-political relevance. Our unique position of working closely with key decision makers enables us to contribute meaningfully in strengthening the strategic partnership between India and the U.S. The Forum’s areas of focus include:
  • Defense and Security
  • Energy and Infrastructure Development
  • Healthcare Access and Inclusion
  • Food Security and Agriculture

Policy Research & Advocacy

USIN Foundation provides its member companies a platform to track policy developments at the state and federal level, new avenues for investment, and deepening engagement with relevant stakeholders. The Forum facilitates government and business introductions to drive collaboration.

Additionally, through theme-based research and knowledge sharing, the Forum is charting the next chapter in bilateral relations. Some of our research includes analysis of U.S.-India bilateral trade and growth trajectory, potential of India’s hi-tech manufacturing sector to create jobs, and analysis of India’s political landscape on the doing business environment.

Inclusive Development

USIN Foundation focuses on inclusive growth by bridging the gap between corporate initiatives and government priorities. The Forum will pave the way for strategic development in both countries by aggregating CSR initiatives, assisting in PPP Projects, facilitating education-related exchanges, and building stronger cultural ties.

OUR POLICY STAFF

Nolty Theriot

Nolty Theriot

Susan Ritchie

Susan Ritchie

Vikram J. Singh

Vikram J. Singh

Captain (Ret’d) Vikram Mahajan

Captain (Ret’d) Vikram Mahajan

Nelson Chaudhuri

Nelson Chaudhuri

Shweta Buttan Kathuria

Shweta Buttan Kathuria

Ujjwala Jeremiah

Ujjwala Jeremiah