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Why India Should Rethink Its Approach to RCEP Negotiations

By Kavaljit Singh | Commentary | July 18, 2017

The 19th round of negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will be hosted by India in Hyderabad from 18-28 July 2017. About 700 officials from 16 member-countries of RCEP would gather at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre to thrash out new rules for cross-border trade and investment with the aim of deepening regional…

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Investing in Alternative Dispute Settlement

By Shalini Bhutani | Commentary | July 3, 2017

State governments in India are pre-occupied with creating a favourable environment for attracting investment. But before opening doors to investors, they ought to be equally engrossed with preparing themselves for situations when investors, whether Indian or foreign, raise disputes. The dispute settlement mechanism being pushed in free trade agreements (FTAs) and bilateral investment treaties…

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The RCEP Negotiations: From One Round to Another to Another…

By Shalini Bhutani | Commentary | June 5, 2017

It is not without reason that a session for the negotiation of trade rules is referred to as a round. It can go on in circular motion, sometimes with little or no substantive progress. So it may seem after the last round of talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). For the sticky…

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Do We Need a Multilateral Instrument on Investment Facilitation?

By Kavaljit Singh | Briefing Paper # 19 | May 2017

Currently, there are no multilateral rules on international investment. But there is a concerted push by China, Brazil, Russia and Argentina to start formal discussions on a multilateral instrument on investment facilitation at the World Trade Organization (WTO). In the past few weeks, five proposals have been submitted to the General Council – the…

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Understanding RCEP and India’s Position

By Shalini Bhutani | e-Pamphlet | March 30, 2017

This e-pamphlet explains the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a mega-regional free trade agreement at the door of Asia Pacific, in easy-to-understand format. It outlines India’s current position on key elements of the proposed pact and highlights key sectoral concerns on agriculture, trade in goods and services, intellectual property, public health and investment…