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How India can change its 'job taker' tag in the US

Last updated on: January 11, 2011 12:20 IST

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India's top IT companies need to open new facilities in the United States to create more employment opportunities for locals and to change the perception that they were job-takers, a leading US business forum representative has said.

"America is still in deep and in dark recession", said Ron Somers, president of US India Business Council at an interactive session organised by the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce in association with Indo-American Chamber of CommerceSouth India Council, in Bengaluru on Sunday night.

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"And if I were Wipro, or Infosys, I would do my level best to open up virgin facilities in the United States where you can create jobs so that Americans in Arkansas, in Nebraska, in every constituency where important Senators and Congressmen sit, at least can point to the fact that India is a job-creator and not job-taker", he said.

Somers, who had previously worked as Unocal Corporations Chief Executive in India, said the impression in the US was that India is next China and 'oh, my God, all jobs are going overseas (to India). We have to mitigate that concern'.

USIBC, made up of more than 350 of the top US companies investing in India, joined by two dozen global Indian companies, 'spend our lives mitigating that concern', he said.

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Just opening of small facilities in the US by the likes of TCS, Wipro and Infosys would go a long way in creating jobs and demonstrating that 'US-India knowledge partnership will positively create jobs in the 21st century'.

"We need to really get our heads together on this and work as partners in this case", Somers said, adding, perception in the hinterland of America is that India is 'another billion-people economy' and 'all our jobs are going overseas (to India)'.

"We can't let that perception take grip", he added.

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Somers hailed the Unique Identification Database project, saying its going to broaden the tax base, completely rid the rot in the public distribution system, stemming leakages and pilferage and eventually helping the growth to become inclusive and democratic.

"Its possibly the greatest democratic experiment underway anywhere on the world at this moment of time", he said.

He sought to make a strong case for opening up of the multi-brand retail sector for foreign investment.



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