Trade 21 Oct 2016 by Tojo Jose

India and the US reopens the IPR Pandora box

India and the US reopens the IPR Pandora box

India and the US- the fast emerging friends on several fronts continue to differ on IPR issues. In the bilateral Trade Policy Forum meeting held at New Delhi, representatives of the two countries both countries opened new areas of conflicts within the IPR front.  Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman firmed the stand of limiting IPR within WTO’s TRIPs agreement.   She highlighted the UN High level panel report on access to medicines. “I pointed out to the USTR that a report brought out by a UN high level panel on access to medicines clearly vindicates India’s position on TRIPS plus issues such as data exclusivity and patent linkages,”- the Co

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External Sector 08 Oct 2016 by Tojo Jose

BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement becomes operational to meet short term BoP problems

BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement becomes operational to meet short term BoP problems

The launch of the Centralized reserves of the five BRICS countries was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitely. The CRA was established in 2015 by the five BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China. It was created as an emergency drawing mechanism to meet immediate balance of payment problem. The CRA’s fund of $100 bn is a major reserve arrangement outside the Bretton Woods system. It is the IMF that holds the largest reserve arrangement under the BWS (Bretton Woods System) and it comprises reserves of 189 countries. India, Brazil and Russia have contributed $18 billion to the CRA and will have an access limit of $18 bn each out of the total $100 reserves.

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Foreign Investment 04 Oct 2016 by Tojo Jose

Reliance emerges as the leading offset partner for Rafale

Reliance emerges as the leading offset partner for Rafale

Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group is set to gain from the just signed Rafale aircraft deal. Reliance signed a Joint Venture with Dassault Aviation France for providing components for construction of the 36 fighter craft that India is going to purchase from the French Company. The Rs 60000 crore deal has a 50% offset content with Indian firms getting opportunity to supply components. Domestic value addition opportunity for the indian industry is estimated to be Rs 24000 crores out of the deal. Nearly 74 percent of the 50 percent offset value should be exported from India. This means that nearly 40% of the total deal amount or approximately Rs 24000 crores. As per indications, do

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Foreign Investment 20 Sep 2016 by Tojo Jose

India’s external debt surges to $486 bn; share of ECBs and Short term debt falls

India’s external debt surges to $486 bn; share of ECBs and Short term debt falls

The external debt of the country reached $486.6 bn as on March end 2016. According to the verification of the trend by the government on the basis of the Report published by the RBI, the external debt of the country increased by $10.6 bn compared to a year ago. NRI Deposits drives external debt Unlike in the past, debt was driven by NRI deposits. The share of NRI deposits increased to 25.1% though commercial borrowings continue to be the major component of external debt with 37.3% share. According to the data, NRI deposits increased from $115 bn to $127 bn during the year. on the other hand, ECBs increased to $ 181.3 bn from $180.6 bn. A positive development about the debt scena

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Trade 30 Aug 2016 by Tojo Jose

US revives comprising stand on WTO issues with India

US revives comprising stand on WTO issues with India

The US has expressed the hope it can find common ground on trade issues with India and other developing countries on controversial trade issues like the Doha round subjects at the WTO. Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council told the PTI that there is the need for enhanced cooperation at global economic platforms. Citing the WTO, Mr Zient asserted that the future looks bright for the WTO. Mr Zient will be in India next week for the second India -US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. Both countries are in an effort to raise their trade engagement to a higher level because of overall warmth prevailing between them. The new soothing view from the US on evergreen disp

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India and China 16 Aug 2016 by Tojo Jose

Chinese tabloid urges India to be open to China -Pakistan Economic Corridor through PoK

Chinese tabloid urges India to be open to China -Pakistan Economic Corridor through PoK

China’s official tabloid looking mouthpiece – the Global Times in an article advised India to accept the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project for the welfare of the entire region. No third party is aimed in the project and according to the article, it is unfortunate that the CPEC has opened a new area of confrontation between the two countries. The article seems to be published in the context of External affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj’s protest and India’s concern at the project running through the PoK. The article without concentrating on the economic content of the CPEC, goes on political lines. Midway through the GT reporter who himself auth

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Trade 12 Aug 2016 by Tojo Jose

RCEP: Officials to meet on tariff structure today; India to fight zero tariff formula

RCEP: Officials to meet on tariff structure today; India to fight zero tariff formula

The crucial meeting of the officials of the proposed RCEP is meeting in Vietnam. Meeting of the officials will negotiate on future tariff structure within the RCEP which has 16 members including ASEAN countries, India China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. The RCEP is an Asian alternative to the US led TPP where China is not a member. From the Indian angle, the proposed FTA discussion is very important as the country is the least prepared for the aggressive tariff cut suggested by others especially China. Beijing aims a zero tariff structure for bulk of the manufacturing commodities given its advantage in the sector. ASEAN is also not opposed to such a tariff struc

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Trade 10 Jul 2016 by Tojo Jose

India to resist RCEP’s zero tax regime

India to resist RCEP’s zero tax regime

Discussions for the proposed Free Trade Platform comprising the major Asian countries - the RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership), is entering into a tough round with India resisting zero tax regime advocated by major partners. Commerce Ministry officials have indicated that eliminating import duty on majority of tradable goods will be disastrous for India. Existing data indicate that India’s FTAs with ASEAN and bilateral ones with several other countries have bought only trade deficits. Most of the arrangements caused flooding of goods into the Indian market. East Asia’s’ developed industrial sector and early established advantage in FTA formations

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Trade 09 Jul 2016 by Tojo Jose

US demands compensation from Indiafor Poultry import restrictions

US demands compensation from Indiafor Poultry import restrictions

Trade battle between the US -world’s largest economy and India world’s fastest growing economy is on an uptrend and WTO battles have increased in recent years. the latest incident is the US’s follow up compensation demand out of its poultry trade dispute victory at WTO’s DSB(Dispute Settlement Body). In the latest development, the US has requested WTO to initiate compensation from India for the poultry trade restrictions against US imports. Earlier, the US had won a case against India’s import restrictions against US imports including poultry, egg and live pigs at WTO’s DSB. The DSB in June 2015, ruled that Indian ban on import of poultry meat,

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Foreign Investment 05 Jul 2016 by Tojo Jose

Centre designs model agreement for state participation in BIPA implementation

Centre designs model agreement for state participation in BIPA implementation

Finance Ministry has finalized a model agreement between the Centre and states for the effective implementation of bilateral investment protection agreements (BIPAs or BITs) between India and other countries. The model agreement ensures states commitments to protect the interest of foreign investors. BIPA is signed between the central government and other countries for providing protection to foreign investment. Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (BIPAs) are agreements between governments of two Countries for the reciprocal promotion and protection of investments in each other's territories by individuals and companies situated in either State. They provide t

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