India, U.S. to launch a semiconductor sub-committee

Announcement of the MoU was made during the relaunched India-U.S. Commercial Dialogue

March 10, 2023 09:23 pm | Updated 11:36 pm IST - NEW DELHI

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal exchanges greetings with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at a joint press conference in New Delhi on March 10, 2023.

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal exchanges greetings with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at a joint press conference in New Delhi on March 10, 2023. | Photo Credit: ANI

India and the United States on March 10 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will pave the way for creating a Semiconductor Sub-Committee under the Commercial Dialogue between the U.S. Department of Commerce and India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the Ministry of Commerce. The announcement of the MoU was made during the revised India-U.S. Commercial Dialogue that was relaunched in New Delhi on Friday. 

“One of the major outcomes of the Commercial Dialogue was the Memorandum of Understanding on establishing semiconductor supply chain and innovation partnership under the framework of the India-U.S. Commercial Dialogue,” announced Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal. News about the MoU was earlier shared by visiting U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Thursday. 

Mr. Goyal said the key features of the Commercial Dialogue included creating “reliable supply chains, diversifying and friend-shoring [sourcing of material from countries with similar social and political values], facilitating climate and clean technology cooperation, inclusive digital growth, talent development, post-pandemic economic recovery, and a focus on cooperation and conformance”.

Mr. Goyal and Ms. Raimondo welcomed the recent launch of the U.S.-India initiative of Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) that will broaden “strategic technology partnership”.

A joint statement issued after the event declared, “The Minister and the Secretary charged the Semiconductor Sub-Committee with convening its first engagement in advance of any Commercial Dialogue mid-year review and reviewing recommendations from the joint industry-led task force launched in connection with the iCET.” 

According to the joint statement, Ms. Raimondo welcomed “India’s active partnership in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity [IPEF]” and expressed her appreciation for India’s hosting of the special round of negotiations for “IPEF Pillars II-IV” between February 8-11. “The Minister and the Secretary noted that deepening economic engagement among IPEF partner countries is crucial for continued inclusive growth, peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region,” it said.

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