EU-India FTA: Who Wants a Deal?

By Shalini Bhutani | Commentary | March 23, 2021

The European Union (EU) is keen to enter into a trade agreement with India. EU was formed in 1993, and India was amongst the first countries to establish ties with this political and economic group. A cooperation agreement was signed between them in 1994. A decade later, in 2004, the relationship was upgraded to…

Can the “Third Way” Foster Technology Transfer to Fight COVID-19 Globally?

By Biswajit Dhar | Briefing Paper # 45 | March 8, 2021

In October 2020, India and South Africa had made a joint proposal to the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) seeking a temporary waiver of the obligations of Members to implement or apply four forms of intellectual property rights (IPRs) for the prevention, containment, or…

India’s Vaccine Diplomacy: A Potent Tool to Fight COVID-19 in the Global South?

By Biswajit Dhar | Commentary | February 15, 2021

For over two decades, India has acquired the reputation of being the ‘pharmacy of the world’ as its strong generic pharmaceutical industry has supplied affordable medicines to the global markets. Exports of medicines from India, which were around a billion dollars at the turn of the century, had increased to over $20 billion in…

Reimagining DFIs in the Times of COVID-19 and Beyond

By Kavaljit Singh | Briefing Paper # 44 | January 28, 2021

It is widely anticipated that a new development finance institution would be announced by India’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, as part of her budget proposals to be presented on February 1, 2021. The Union Budget 2021 offers the central government an extraordinary opportunity to address India’s economic and financial challenges amidst the economic slump…