Washington, Jan 5: The Indo-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue that was launched two years ago by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama will endure as a platform for bilateral engagement on a host of issues, outgoing US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said today. Also Read - 4-Day Tika Utsav Begins Today, Special Drive to Vaccinate Maximum Eligible People | All You Need to Know

In an exit-memo on eight years of the Obama Administration, Pritzker said the Commerce Department has taken the lead on elevating America’s commercial ties with India through the creation of the US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. Also Read - CISF Issues Clarification Over Cooch Behar Firing, Says Mob of 150 Attacked Troops, Action In Self Defence

“This mechanism will endure as a platform for commercial and strategic engagement on a wide range of issues,” she said. “We have made great progress in key areas affecting our economic relationship, including ease of doing business, smart cities and infrastructure development, innovation and entrepreneurship, and standards harmonisation,” Pritzker wrote in the memo released by the White House. Also Read - Supportive Husband to a Powerful Woman: Barack Obama Recalls His First Meeting With Prince Philip

The first India US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue was held in Washington DC on September 22, 2015, and the second one in New Delhi last summer. The third and the first one under the Trump Administration is expected to be held later this summer.