Call for US and India to build stronger defence industrial ties

27 June 2017

The United States and India need to shift their defence relationship to an industrial level to support stronger technology and production partnerships, Chandrajit Banerjee, the director general of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), has said.

Speaking before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House on 26 June, Banerjee said in comments to the US-based National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) that industrial engagement has been stymied by regulations, specifically US requirements for defence trade to progress through government-level channels.

In comments published by the NBR, Banerjee said, “The cumbersome procedures of the US government are such that Indian companies are unable to meet the regulations or get the necessary approvals to work with US companies in the defence sector.

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