India is ranked the seventh largest economy in the world. India was the United States' 12th largest goods export market in 2018. According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of Goods and Services to India supported an estimated 197,000 jobs in 2015 (latest data available; 82,000 supported by goods exports and 116,000 supported by services exports). India is an important strategic partner for the U.S. to advance common mutual interests both regionally and globally. The U.S. and India are continuing negotiations to address a limited trade deal.
ANSI has been actively engaging Indian stakeholders since at least 2006. Prioritizing public-private partnership and the important role of industry in standardization dialogues, ANSI's primary partners in India include the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
ANSI holds a MoU with BIS, a tri-party agreement between ANSI, CII and BIS, as well as a MoU with CII. Out of that partnership, with the help of funding contributed by the U.S. government and Government of India, we established the first phase of the U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program (SCCP) in 2009, to improve access for U.S. companies to the Indian market by boosting cooperation on standards and conformance issues.
In 2017 ANSI, CII and BIS celebrated the opportunity to continue programming to support cooperation and signed a new contract to support the Phase II of the U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program (SCCP).
ANSI, BIS and CII continue a strong relationship particularly under the ongoing SCCP program, providing opportunities for collaboration and information sharing to further forge the strong commitment between ANSI, BIS, and CII to further promote trade and investment in India and the U.S.
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