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altJehlum Post News Network/New Delhi / Feb 12, 2015/Seeking to check terror funding, India and the United States Thursday discussed ways to combat money laundering and illicit fund flows as the two nations look to boost economic engagement. Visiting US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley discussed a range of issues, including taxation and long term investment strategies, at the 5th Indo-US Economic and Financial Partnership meeting here today. "We discussed the state of the economy. There were several sectors about which we had detailed discussions --

the financial sector, the macro-economic situation in both the countries, taxation, banking, problems facing entire world with regard to funding of terrorism," Jaitley told reporters at a joint press conference after the meeting. Cooperation at global level is needed to check money laundering, Jaitley said, adding that the issue of India becoming a part of Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which will lead to automatic exchange of information between the two countries, were discussed at the meeting.

Appreciating the reforms undertaken by the Narendra Modi government, Lew said: "We can significantly advance our interest by promoting economic ties and increasing trade between the two growing markets." India and the US are increasing cooperation in a number of important areas such as strengthening of the financial sector, resolving tax disputes, combating illicit finance and facilitating long term investments through deepening of capital markets in India, he added. "And over the last few years, we have seen significant progress. Trade between our countries has reached nearly USD 100 billion," Lew said. Lew said India accounted for only 1 per cent of the US exports, and 2 per cent of its imports. "Additional reforms are necessary and increase in public investment combined with a more open investment climate and a deeper financial sector would help attract private infrastructure investment," he said. The US Treasury Secretary, however, appreciated the efforts made by the Modi government on reforms to attract foreign investments in the infrastructure sector. "The fact is that untapped potential in our economic relationship is immense. And by working together to realise this potential, we will strengthen both our economies. By investing in each other's success, we can build a stronger and brighter future," he said. Jaitley said Indian economy has emerged from challenges, and is now in a position to take off at a much faster pace. "We have a great interest in attracting global investment into India. This investment is targeted particularly in the infrastructure sector. Also, we need a lot of investment in manufacturing," he said, adding that the steps being taken to ease the process of doing business in the country also came up for discussion. Agency

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