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NAM: Applauds bipartisan governors for urging President Obama to address India’s unfair trade action

In a press release, the National Association of Manufacturers (9/25) “applauded the 14 bipartisan U.S. governors, led by Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Gov. Mary Fallin (R-OK), co-chairs of the National Governors Association, for sending a letter to President Obama urging him to address India’s growing unfair trade policies in his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Washington, D.C., on Friday.” In the letter, the governors stated, “These policies have resulted in discrimination against foreign companies in India, which hinders businesses’ ability to compete fairly and ultimately threatens U.S. exports and jobs. Furthermore, given India’s role as an economic leader amongst emerging economies, there is concern that India’s policies may have a spillover effect to other countries.” Also, NAM has “launched an extensive ad campaign meant to raise awareness of the need for India to level the playing field for businesses in the United States. The campaign includes micro-targeted digital ads in numerous influential publications; print ads in major news outlets such as Politico, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Roll Call and The Hill; and ads at Dulles International Airport. “

The New York Times (9/25, Marks) “You’re The Boss” blog briefly noted the NAM campaign.

Singh, Obama Expected To Focus On Economic Issues. McClatchy (9/26, Watkins) reports President Obama’s meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be high on symbolism but relatively low on producing any breakthroughs. According to White House spokesperson Laura Lucas, the Obama and Singh will “discuss the reforms India has taken to open key sectors of its economy to investment, streamline regulations and promote inclusive economic growth, and how we can enhance trade, investment and development cooperation between the United States and India.”

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