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RCEP Deal can be Disastrous for India
13 September, 2018, Biswajit Dhar
Our FTA experience and existing trade imbalance with RCEP nations inform us that such a trade pact will hurt our producers.
India's Electronics Manufacturing Sector: Getting the Diagnosis Right
07 September, 2018, Smitha Francis
The Indian electronics industry’s high dependence on imports is a direct outcome of the trade and investment liberalisation that was carried out by successive governments without putting in place the necessary industrial policy support for maintaining and improving domestic linkages and indigenous capabilities.
Mitigating FTA Challenges
02 September, 2014, Biswajit Dhar
India has not been able to sufficiently leverage the FTA agreements to increase its presence as its export share to FTA/CEPA countries has declined.
India's Proposed FTAs with EFTA and the EU: Complicating a myopic policy regime
31 January, 2014, Smitha Francis
India should put on hold the signing of further bilateral and regional trade agreements and strive for a trade policy compatible with a strategic industrial policy.
Course Change in Global Trade Negotiations
07 September, 2011, C.P. Chandrasekhar
The indefinite suspension, on July 1, of the Doha Round of world trade negotiations calls for some rethinking on the expectations India has from a new multilateral agreement. The suspension proved unavoidable when it became clear that the US was offering too little by way of reduced protection for its own agricultural sector, while demanding large concessions in terms of agricultural and non-agricultural market access from the rest of the world.
National FDI Concepts: Implications for investment negotiations
04 June, 2010, Smitha Francis
Free trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties make privileges for and treatment of foreign direct investors legally binding. Thus, apart from the concerns of being able to capture the ''real'' financial and economic contribution of foreign direct investment inflows, FDI definitions are also about protecting the ''rights'' of the so-defined investors in the host country. Keeping this in mind, the article analyses India's current FDI policy and warns that if we define FDI within our national regulatory framework too broadly to allow instruments and flexibility that were earlier resisted, we would have already lost most of the leverage in investment negotiations at the regional and multilateral levels.
Ten years of NAFTA
15 January, 2004, Jayati Ghosh
The first day of this year marked the tenth anniversary of NAFTA – the North American Free Trade Agreement, which brought the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico together. This was a trade deal preceded by much debate and opposition.
Neoliberalism, Investment and Growth in Latin America
28 October, 2003,
Despite the relatively poor growth record of the era of corporate globalisation, there are many who continue to believe that corporate globalisation and greater liberalisation of economic policies do deliver higher investment and more economic growth, even if there are other less benign effects - such as greater inequality or inadequate "social sector" expenditure – which then need to be separately addressed.

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