Washington: The US has said the success of the mango initiative aimed at facilitating entry of Indian mangoes in the American market signals the resolve of both sides to forge stronger trade ties and create significant new economic opportunities for the people of the two countries.
Welcoming the arrival of Indian mangoes in Washington DC after nearly two decades, US Trade Representative Susan Schwab said “the Indian mangoes I enjoyed today represent more than just a market opening for one product.”
“The success of the mango initiative signals the determination of both India and the United States to forge deeper and stronger trade ties and create significant new economic opportunities for the people of our vast countries,” she said.
The mango initiative launched by President George W Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh just over a year ago, was aimed at facilitating entry of Indian mangoes into the US market.
Several US government agencies worked intensively with Indian officials on a range of technical issues so that the first shipment of mangoes coincided with the current harvest season.
Schwab visited a successful agricultural business and subsistence farming community on a visit to India in mid-April that focused on strategic trade issues with India. The visit highlighted challenges and opportunities in opening new trade flows between US and India and the importance of more fully connecting India to the global trading system.