Indo-US trade on US President Donald Trump's mind

Updated: 23 February, 2020 08:00 IST | agent vinod | New Delhi/Washington

US President Donald Trump to focus on building economic and energy ties with India during two-day visit.

A police personnel uses binoculars to keep vigil at Sardar Patel Stadium, which will host the 'Namaste Trump' event. Pics/PTI
A police personnel uses binoculars to keep vigil at Sardar Patel Stadium, which will host the 'Namaste Trump' event. Pics/PTI

When Air Force One touches down at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport on February 24, around noon, Donald Trump will become the fourth US president to visit India in his first term and the first to visit Gujarat. America is already in election mode with the Democratic Party conducting their debates before picking their contender to take on Trump in November of this year, hence these 36 hours will be in as sharp a focus in the US as in India.

India and the US, meanwhile, are likely to finalise five pacts, including trade facilitation, homeland security and intellectual property rights. "The visit will focus on several key areas, including building economic and energy ties between India and the US. Just to note that two-way trade in goods and services exceeded $142 billion in 2018, and there's certainly much more room to grow, particularly in energy," said officials in the US state department.

After Gujarat, the President, who will be joined by a 12-person official delegation, will visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. The team will then fly to New Delhi and receive a ceremonial welcome, attend bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister on Tuesday, apart from holding a business event with Indian investors, with a special focus on companies that are investing in manufacturing in the US.

No. of hours that the US Prez will be in India

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First Published: 23 February, 2020 07:03 IST

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