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India Walking a Tightrope on National Solar Mission Phase II amidst US Opposition

With the United States filing a complaint against India’s domestic content requirement (LCR) in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNSSM) with the Dispute Settlement Body of WTO in the backdrop of Ontario verdict and ministry for New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) in India insisting LCR clause is judicious, the ministry of Commerce and Industry [...]

India and Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA)

On August 1, 2011, the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between Japan and India became operational, nearly seven years after the negotiations began in 2004. The CEPA was signed on 16th Feb, 2011 in Tokyo. Subsequently on 30th June, 2011 Diplomatic Notes were exchanged informing each side that legal procedures necessary for entry into force [...]

Indian Trade with ASEAN Countries Growing Steadily

Tuesday August 13, 2013: While Indian Trade with ASEAN countries have grown steadily in the last three years- accounting for more than 10% of India’s total exports with these countries in these three years-the figures are particularly impressive for the countries with which India has got into Trade Agreements like CECA, FTA, PTA etc. For [...]

India-Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA)

The Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) between India and Singapore was signed on 29th June, 2005 by the Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh and H.E. Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore. The CECA has become operational with effect from 1-8-2005. This landmark agreement is India’s first ever CECA and Singapore’s first comprehensive bilateral [...]

Negotiators Aim To Finalize Expanded Information Technology Coverage By End July

Japan, as the host of negotiations held during the week on expanding the coverage of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), organized a transparency session on 31 May 2013 to report on progress on the expansion list itself, the anticipated problems associated with customs implementation, and the sensitivities of some members concerning some items in the [...]

Information Technology Agreement by WTO , 1996

The Ministerial Declaration on Trade in Information Technology Products (ITA) was concluded by 29 participants at the Singapore Ministerial Conference in December 1996. The number of participants has grown to 70, representing about 97 per cent of world trade in information technology products. The ITA provides for participants to completely eliminate duties on IT products [...]