WELCOME 2015

As we have entered a New Year with hope and excitement, the CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment wish to thank you for opportunities of working together.

In 2014, while following our mission of ‘Pursuing economic equity and social justice within and across borders by persuading governments and empowering people’, the Centre strived to consolidate its activities on WTO Issues & Preferential Trade Agreements, Regional Economic Cooperation in South Asia and Linkages between Trade and Sustainable Development.

We look forward to fruitful collaboration in 2015 and beyond. Herewith, we share with you our Major Goals in 2015 and Top Moments of 2014.

MAJOR GOALS 

Create a set of comprehensive databases on India's trade in agriculture and allied products

Develop a permanent solution for public stockholding for food security purposes

Prepare a long-term work programme on India's free trade agreements

Implement an agenda for actions on trade, transport and transit facilitation in South Asia

Gather stakeholders' perceptions from the grassroots on food-energy-water security nexus in South Asia

Explore a long-term work programme on linkages between trade and sustainable development in the light of the Post-2015 development agenda

TOP MOMENTS

Long-term institutional and knowledge support to the ...
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PARTNERSHIP ON AGRICULTURE TRADE

Long-term institutional and knowledge support to the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries and the Ministry of Food Processing Industries on bilateral and regional trade negotiations, on issues relating to India’s trade in agriculture and allied products

www.cuts-citee.org-Project_Brief

Focusing on enhancing the development dimensions of trade ...
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INDIA’S FOREIGN TRADE POLICY

Focusing on enhancing the development dimensions of trade, we advocated that for the new trade policy of India to become more development-friendly, institutions need to strive for convergence between trade policy and broader economic welfare objectives, with emphasis on skills' development through trade adjustment programmes

www.cuts-citee.org/NFTP

Noting that the international trade landscape is set to ...
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MEGA FTAs AND THE INDIAN ECONOMY

Noting that the international trade landscape is set to change the way in which trade will be conducted due to mega regionals such as the Trans Pacific Partnership, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, we are assessing their impacts on the Indian economy and advocating for a strategy that India needs to follow in future

www.cuts-citee.org/TIFA

In a series of studies, we are looking at how to reduce ...
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TRADE FACILITATION IN SOUTH ASIA

In a series of studies, we are looking at how to reduce transaction costs of doing cross-border trade and advocating for a multi-modal transport facilitation agreement and an agreement on mutual recognition of standards for better physical and institutional connectivity in the region

www.cuts-citee.org/TIFA
www.cuts-citee.org/TCMSA
www.cuts-citee.org/IBA-II

As a result of our research and advocacy, India and ...
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RICE SEEDS TRADE

As a result of our research and advocacy, India and Bangladesh (and also Nepal) have signed an agreement to formalise their trade in high-yielding varieties of rice seeds and it is expected to be expanded to other seeds and areas of agricultural cooperation

www.cuts-citee.org/RISTE

Keeping in view social, economic and environmental ...
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FOOD-ENERGY-WATER-SECURITY NEXUS

Keeping in view social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, we are looking at how food, energy and water security can be holistically enhanced through trans-boundary cooperation and their positive spill-over effects on other areas of regional cooperation

www.cuts-citee.org/SDIP