About the Project

The slow progress of negotiations at the World Trade Organization has had a gradual shift in policy focus of countries from multilateralism towards regionalism. As an outcome of this, regionalism has registered a phenomenal growth worldwide. Over the last two decades, the number of PTAs/RTAs has increased more than fourfold and there are numerous comprehensive economic partnership agreements under negotiation.

India’s response to this changing scenario has been slow and it has not gained much from its own preferential agreements. Besides this, compounding worries of receding exports in its traditional markets due to competitive pressures from other exporters has increased its trade deficit in the last few years. This can be due to the preferential access given to competing countries through PTAs.

Three of the most important external trade agreements that are being negotiated, from the point of significance for the Indian economy are the EU-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement (TTIP). CUTS International with support from Department For International Development (DFID) supported Knowledge Partnership Programme (KPP) (through IPE Global, New Delhi) has undertaken this study to bring out the effects of these three mega Preferential Trade Agreement on the Indian economy. The project will also look into the effects this would have on poverty.





Mega Regional Trade Agreements and their Impacts on the Indian Economy
April 22, 2015, New Delhi, India
Agenda | Backgrounder | Report


Mega Regional Trade Agreements and the Indian Economy: An Analysis of Potential Challenges and Opportunities


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