Deeply rooted on the ground and strongly networked with governments and inter-governmental organizations, CUTS International, a 35-year-old independent policy research organization, proposes to address bilateral trade and economic matters of strategic importance to India and the US through its own Center in Washington DC (CUTS-WDC).

The opening of such a Center in Washington DC (2018), in addition to the ones in Geneva, Hanoi, Accra, Nairobi, Lusaka and India by CUTS International will be the first by an Indian not for profit organization deeply engaged in impacting social and economic change in India and the Global South.

The organization has consistently followed a Centrist approach with demonstrated capacity in promoting consumer welfare in an innovative, development friendly and transparent manner. The Center will actively engage with all stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific region, countries of the rekindled quadrilateral, international trade bodies and institutions globally. Washington DC and Geneva are both central to trade policy negotiations and the Center will position itself for discussions on economic issues which impact the partner countries.

“CUTS has developed from a modest NGO to a pre-eminent position, dealing with issues relating to the world trading system and is now on the frontline of research and advocacy on global trade issues.” 
- Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia University, NY


Strategic issues 

  • High technology trade across Defence, Homeland Security & IT: Identify challenges and opportunities.
  • Enabling agreements.
  • America First and Make in India
  • Government Procurement
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  • Plug into the US-India Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP).
  • Identify opportunities to trade in clean and renewable energy.
  • Policy and regulatory barriers and suggest solutions.
  • Investment concerns.
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  • Road to US-India FTA: Comparative and contemporary research leading to a future Indo-US free trade and investment agreement.
  • Non-tariff, non-scientific, technical barriers to trade, standards and movement of labor.
  • Agriculture: Fair access to each country’s agriculture markets
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