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Will EFTA show the way for other FTAs?

India has shown flexibility on positions that it has so far not been willing to yield in other trade negotiations

This handout photograph taken and released by the Indian Press Information Bureau (PIB) on March 10, 2024 shows Piyush Goyal (5L), India's Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Textiles, Food and Public Distribution posing with diplomats at the signing ceremony of Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement (TEPA) between India and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in New Delhi. (AFP)
Published on Mar 20, 2024 09:44 PM IST

WTO is hanging on to life, but just barely

13th Ministerial Conference was unable to lift the air of pessimism around the future of the multilateral trading system

Delegates attend the 13th World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Abu Dhabi of February 26, 2025. The world's trade ministers gathered in the UAE on February 26 for a high-level WTO meeting with no clear prospects for breakthroughs, amid geopolitical tensions and disagreements. (AFP)
Published on Mar 07, 2024 12:56 AM IST

A road map for India to engage with global trade

India had its reasons for opting out of the trade pillar of IPEF but firms can still be part of global supply chains by paying close heed to emerging rules governing trade

While flagging areas of concern, Piyush Goyal emphasised India would be participating in ‘resilient supply chains’, a key objective of IPEF. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 15, 2022 09:11 PM IST

WTO agreements will shape government policy

There is plenty to ponder about the implications of the outcomes of MC12 on India. How they’ll play out over the next few years and shape government policy and negotiation stances will be important to watch

The 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), or MC12, raised questions about the ability of its members to arrive at decisions. (file photo)
Updated on Jun 20, 2022 08:38 PM IST
ByBiswajit Dhar and KM Gopakumar

New trade deals: A positive movement

To benefit from the economic partnership deals with the UAE and Australia, and future FTAs, design adequate strategies for utilising the opportunities these agreements will provide

From New Delhi’s renewed embrace of FTAs it seems obvious that the scepticism against FTAs that the government nursed earlier is passé. This is largely due to the robust export performance since early 2021 (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 09, 2022 08:01 PM IST
ByBiswajit Dhar

Covid-19: The politics of patents

The government must immediately invoke Section 92 and 100 of the Patents Act. Its apprehensions about international commitments are misplaced

A shortages of vaccines and medicines will continue until WTO members take a decision on waiving IPRs, allowing the production of these products to increase. (HT file/Representational Image)
Updated on May 19, 2021 07:47 AM IST
ByBiswajit Dhar and KM Gopakumar

RCEP reinforces China’s edge in Asia

India’s negative response to free trade pacts, and the focus on self-reliance, shows its turn against globalisation. This will have many implications

A policy announcement made by Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month suggests that the opening of its market to RCEP members is part of its larger strategy(AP)
Published on Nov 22, 2020 11:40 PM IST
ByBiswajit Dhar

The economic challenge in decoupling from China | Opinion

India’s dependence on China, especially for electronic products and active pharma ingredients, is tremendous

Only a carefully-calibrated industrial policy can reduce dependence on China(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 09, 2020 07:40 PM IST
ByBiswajit Dhar

Weaving a success story

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Published on Jul 20, 2016 11:02 AM IST
ByBiswajit Dhar

Govt must weave a plan to prevent textiles and garments from wearing down

Given the huge gulf between India and the other leading players, in both textiles and garments, the government needs to reflect as to whether the recent package of incentives is adequate for making the Indian players more competitive in the global markets

The government will have to find ways of ensuring that the shop-floor efficiencies of the two industries are taken to distinctly higher levels through concerted efforts of technology infusion.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Jul 19, 2016 11:07 PM IST
ByBiswajit Dhar

Tapping into the changing trend of exports

The extent of market loss for India’s exports underscores the need for policy support to boost manufacturing.

Updated on Nov 19, 2015 09:11 AM IST
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