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India Will Lead Global Chip Value Chain: US Report

India Will Lead Global Chip Value Chain: US Report

India Will Lead Global Chip Value Chain: US Report

NEW DELHI, (IANS) – Global competition for chip investment is fierce and India is set to expand its role in the semiconductor value chain with supportive government policies, a pilot visa program, and an industry-ready workforce, among others, a report under the US-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) said on February 21.

The report recommended exploring work to advance US-India cooperation on semiconductors through a partnership under the CHIPS for America International Technology Security and Innovation Fund and create a pilot visa program to facilitate the circulation of skilled workers between the US and India, as a potential deliverable of the iCET.

It also suggested establishing cross-sector partnerships with higher-education institutions to grow India’s semiconductor-ready workforce and facilitate robust and ongoing consultation with semiconductor industry stakeholders.

The new report, authored by the Washington-based non-profit organization Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, evaluated India’s existing semiconductor ecosystem and policy frameworks and offered recommendations to facilitate longer-term strategic development of complementary semiconductor ecosystems in the US and India.

The report, titled “Assessing India’s Readiness to Assume a Greater Role in Global Semiconductor Value Chains,” was commissioned by the Semiconductor Industry Association and the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association through the iCET to inform government efforts to deepen commercial ties in this strategic sector.

The report also recommended exploring work to advance policy reforms to lower the cost of doing business for semiconductor companies in India, including offering tax breaks to chip companies, reducing customs administration burdens, and expediting clearance times for goods entering the country.

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