Fri, 03 May 2013 11:45:00 GMT | By IANS

Obama's trade pick hailed as India's friend

Michael Froman has been deeply involved in the Obama administration's trade agenda for the past four years

Obama's trade pick hailed as India's friend (© Reuters)

Washington: The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has welcomed President Barack Obama's nomination of a "friend of India", Michael Froman, to the position of US Trade Representative (USTR). "There is no individual better qualified to fill this important position at this crucial time than Mike Froman," said Ron Somers, President of the business advocacy association comprising nearly 400 of America's and India's top companies.

"Froman has played a vital role in the US-India trade and commercial relationship as the US Government's chair of the US-India CEO Forum, and as the US 'Sherpa' for the G20," he said.

"Mike has been pivotal in his role at the White House facilitating the first state visit of the Obama Administration, featuring the Prime Minister of India, and in planning President Obama's historic visit to India in November 2010," Somers noted.

Earlier, announcing Froman's nomination in the Rose Garden at the White House Thursday, Obama described him as "one of the world's foremost experts on our global economy."

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