Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – Why India Opted Out?

Reading Time: 5 mins First Published: Feb 8, 2019 Updates* India’s participation in the mega-trade agreement, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) has long been debated and sentiments around the subject are quite divided and divergent. Critics warned that India must exercise caution before signing RCEP which goes far beyond trade liberalisation to impose a common set of rules on …

WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism Issue: Reasons & Implications

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This year, over 20 developing nations had met in New Delhi to look into ways to prevent the World Trade Organisation’s dispute resolution system from becoming defunct. The WTO dispute settlement mechanism is currently going through a crisis as the body is struggling to appoint new members to its highly understaffed Appellate Body. If this is not addressed soon, the Appellate Body may become redundant in the future.

Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) of China – Will it Benefit India?

Reading Time: 7 mins In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched China’s most ambitious project One Belt One Road (OBOR) which involves the building of two projects namely – Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) and a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR). OBOR later came to be known as Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). BRI is arguably the most ambitious global infrastructure project ever envisaged by one country. However, is this merely an economic project? or a geopolitical one of China? Will India get any benefit by joining this project or not? Let us discuss those issues in detail.

[Premium] New FDI Policy for E-commerce – Critical Analysis

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Recently, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry reviewed and amended the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Policy in e-commerce in order to ensure a level playing field between offline and online sectors. E-commerce firms are needed to comply with the new guidelines by February 1, 2019.

This article answers the following questions in an analytical manner with a quick-revision mindmap:

  1. What is e-commerce?
  2. What is an E-commerce Entity?
  3. What are the types of E-commerce models?
  4. What is the salient feature of the recent amendments?
  5. What are the potential benefits of these amendments?
  6. What are the concerns with these amendments?
  7. What should be the way forward?
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