#2016, #Yearend 2016, #South Asia
The cancellation of the 2016 SAARC summit in Islamabad, Pakistan, marks a major turning point in the geopolitical configurations in South Asia.
Bimstec wasn’t a term many people outside of government circles in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan were familiar till recently. Then, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Sri Lanka decided to pull out of the SAARC Summit in Islamabad citing Pakistan’s continuing support for and export of terrorist groups as part of its state policy.
#May/June 2016, #2016, #Asia Pacific
Thailand is among India’s top-most trading partners in South Asia and yet a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two has proved difficult for all these years. There is renewed hope this arrangement may finally be put to rest as Bangkok is keen to thrash out the broader brushstrokes, leaving the nitty-gritties for later.
#July/August 2016, #Trade Wars, #2016
As India takes its place as the fastest growing economy within the global economic order, it is about time the government looked at appointing a dedicated “Indian Trade Representative”, argues India Inc. CEO.
Does India need a dedicated office of a Trade Representative (TR) akin to the United States Trade Representative (USTR)? India has ongoing bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations with the European Union, Thailand, Asean and the Gulf Cooperation Council, among more than a dozen countries and blocs. Then, it has, at last count, at least 45 trade disputes with…