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US working with India in developing nations on social programme

This is a work in progress as the United States moves from a donor-recipient relationship to that of partnership.

Washington: The United States is increasingly working with India to jointly work towards development of social welfare programs in developing and third-world countries, a top Obama Administration official has said.

This is a work in progress as the United States moves from a donor-recipient relationship to that of partnership, the official said.

"We are increasingly working with and talking to India about the development programs that it supports within the Asia region, and we have a trilateral dialogue US-India-Japan that focuses on the East Asia theater," Nisha Biswal, Assistant Administrator USAID told members of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific during a Congressional hearing on Thursday.

"India is investing very heavily in Burma in many of the same areas that were, you know, providing support in. So there's an opportunity for us to work together to maximize the impact of the resources that we bring to them," she said.

When US President Barack Obama went to India in 2010, he talked about the local-global cooperation. Along with the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Obama launched the partnership for an Evergreen Revolution which talks about the partnership between the United States and India in the African context, she said.

"But, increasingly, we're looking, not only how to partner in Sub-Saharan Africa, but in Afghanistan, in South Asia and in East Asia," the USAID official said.

Responding to a question, Biswal said India has long been a donor country, as she referred to the USD 2 billion aid to Afghanistan.

"What we talked about when we say transforming the partnership, the relationship from donors, recipient to one of two partnerships is we recognize that India is a country that has represented both tremendous progress and faces continuing challenges," she said.


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