Mumbai, Feb 20 (PTI) A senior American official said his country wants India to ensure that a level-playing field is offered to their companies and products. Also Read - Travel Guidelines For Delhi: Tourists Arriving From These States Need to Furnish a Negative COVID-19 Report

“It is very clear that we are looking for a level- playing field for our firms and products. We are not asking for special treatment, but we want to make sure that American companies and American products have the opportunities to succeed here,” Edgard Kagan, US Consul General in Mumbai said here today. Also Read - Maharashtra to Go Under Lockdown From March 1-15? Know Complete Truth Here

The comments come within days of US President Donald Trump expressing his displeasure over government slapping high import duty on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Trump had also threatened to hike import tariff on “thousands and thousands” of Indian motorcycles sold to the US. Also Read - Over 200 School Students, Staffers Test Positive For Coronavirus in Maharashtra Hostel | Lockdown Likely?

Trump described New Delhi reducing import tariff from 50 per cent from 75 as “inadequate” and asked the New Delhi to be reciprocal, as the US imposes zero tax on imported Indian motorcycles.

“Obviously, the President feels strongly about it and he is been very clear about his views…I think it is a very- very real issue,” Kagan told PTI on the sidelines of the ongoing Maharashtra investor summit here today.

Kagan, along with representatives of over 30 American companies had roundtable with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis today.

He said India has made tremendous strides over the years to expand its competitiveness by lowering some of the barriers and admitted that Indian firms have created many jobs in the US.

“We believe that this trajectory would continue. We want to make sure that India continues to recognise the importance of the overall trajectory in terms of attracting investments and making progress in ease of doing business,” Kagan noted.

Kagan also said India should make policies considering global needs as well. “We want ‘make-in-India to work, but it should not be make in India for India. Make in India should be part of the globalised supply chain,” he said.

At the roundtable, business representatives from the US while appreciating Maharashtra’s efforts and support to foreign investors, said they need the right framework to do business effectively.

“We are looking to continue streamlining different government processes and raised specific issues namely in areas, where there is still room for further improvement,” he said, adding the bilateral trade stood at USD 115 billion in 2016 and grew in 2017 as well but did not specify by how much.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.