Amazon Lobbies In the US for FDI in Retail in India

Online retailer Amazon has been lobbying with the United States to push foreign direct investment in India’s retail industry. A disclosure filed by the online retailer’s lobbyist, revealed that among other issues, Amazon has also been batting for the facilitation of FDI in retail in India.

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In the last quarter of 2013, the lobbyist spent nearly $960,000. The disclosure states that Amazon has been lobbying with the Senate on

“Issues related to free trade agreements, including the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership, and foreign direct investment in India.”

Other lobbying activities range from issues related to online wine sales, cyber-security, cloud security, Federal IT transformation/cloud computing and big data and postal reform among others.

The retail giant launched a marketplace in India in June this year.

Previously, Wal-mart had lobbied for FDI in retail in India and got into a controversy regarding the issue.

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