Subcommittee Chairman Salmon Leads Bipartisan Bill to Help India Join APEC

Mar 23, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Matt Salmon, joined by Representatives Bera, Royce, Engel, Sherman, Holding, Kilmer, Rohrabacher, and DesJarlais, today introduced legislation which directs the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain membership for India in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

“Indian Prime Minister Modi is striving for major economic reforms to open India’s markets, improve trade volume, and facilitate his growing population’s need for continued job growth,” said Chairman Matt Salmon, “Membership in APEC would provide India a constructive forum to glean insight from other Asian countries that have already taken significant steps to advance their economies.”

“India is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing economies. An economically prosperous and regionally engaged India benefits the United States’ strategic goals on Asia,” said Congressman Ami Bera. “I’m proud to introduce this bill with my colleagues to promote India’s membership in APEC.”

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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