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Framework for Infrastructure Sector in India
New Delhi, India, January 14, 2005
CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment & Economic Regulation
(CUTS-C-CIER), organised a one-day seminar on ‘Regulatory
Framework for Infrastructure Sector in India’ in New Delhi,
India, on January 14, 2005.
Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairperson, Planning Commission,
emphasised upon the need for having independent regulation,
especially in the case of government monopolies. This is
necessary because establishing transparent systems and protecting
consumer interests are the major responsibilities of any
independent economic regulator.
More than 100 participants from across the country, representing
different groups of stakeholders including the Planning
Commission; regulators; policy makers; civil society organisations;
diplomats; academia and media, participated in the seminar.
Scott Jacobs, a noted US- based expert on regulatory issues,
also shared his experiences from across several developing
countries in Asia.
The Economic Times, January 08, 2005
and other related policies, among nearly all economic policies
affecting the financial sector, have a strong co-relationship
with markets, and how they can become more (or less) competitive,
says Pradeep S Mehta, Secretary-General, CUTS International.
For the forthcoming budget of India, Finance Minister, P
Chidambaram, has promised to look into various issues, to
ensure that it reflects the resolve of the National Common
Minimum Programme, to promote better competition in the
How can he do it? Firstly, by launching a rolling programme
for a ‘competition audit’ of all such policies, which are
creating anti-competitive outcomes. Secondly, on a prima
facie basis, to ensure that the budget takes progressive
decisions to ensure that competition prevails
More on: http://www.cuts-international.org/articles2005.htm#bgt082005
Launch Meeting: WTO Doha Round & South Asia: Linking Civil Society
with Trade Negotiations
Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 9-10, 2005
Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment (CUTS-CITEE),
in association with South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment
(SAWTEE), and supported by NOVIB (OXFAM, Netherlands), is organising the
launch meeting of the Project: WTO Doha Round & South Asia: Linking
Civil Society with Trade Negotiations. The meeting will be held at Colombo,
Sri Lanka, March 9-10, 2005
project has been taken up on the basis that the outcome of the Doha Round
will have significant implications on international trade and national
development. This is more so for developing countries, as international
trade is increasingly linked with livelihoods and associated national
development (poverty reduction) strategies. Therefore, it is important
for South Asian countries to have better common negotiating positions
in the ongoing Doha Round of negotiations.
this context, the project will focus on the following five key elements
of the July Framework Agreement, on which the Doha Round of negotiations
will progress: agriculture; non-agricultural market access; development
dimensions; services; and trade facilitation.
Launch Meeting: Grassroots Reachout & Networking in India on Trade
& Economics (GRANITE)
Rajasthan, India, February 24-27, 2005
Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment (CITEE) is
going to organise the launch meeting-cum-first training seminar under
the GRANITE project, at Harish Chandra Mathur-Rajasthan Institute of Public
Administration (HCM-RIPA), Jaipur, on February 24-27, 2005. The project
endeavours towards “Creating long-term capacity of grassroots civil society
organisations (CSOs), and local media to address complex issues of globalisation
and the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and their relationship with economic
development and governance in India, with a special emphasis on two sectors,
i.e. agriculture and textiles & clothing, keeping in focus women and
the marginalised sections of society”.
set of nodal persons, programme coordinators of project-partner organisations,
from selected eight states of the country, along with CUTS-CITEE personnel,
will participate in this launch meeting and will also undergo intensive
four-day training to build their understanding on complex issues
of globalisation and the WTO. Apart from specific issues, this training
seminar will include sessions on fund raising, communication, report writing,
press release writing, as well as advocacy and representation skills.
Launch Meeting of the Project “South-South Trade & Investment Cooperation:
Exploring IBSA Initiative
South Africa, February 15-16, 2005
Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment (CUTS-CITEE)
is organising the launch meeting of the project “South-South Trade &
Investment Co-operation: Exploring IBSA Initiative” at Johannesburg, South
Africa on February 15-16, 2005.
event is designed to involve business representatives, governments, civil
society representatives and academics, primarily from India, Brazil and
South Africa (IBSA), in a one-day meeting, to deliberate on the current
and future direction of trade and investment promotion amongst IBSA countries,
and provide inputs for the successful implementation of the project.
a Functional Competition Policy for India (FunComp Project): Outreach
Seminars in Various Indian Cities
February 3 –21, 2004
is currently implementing a project entitled ‘Towards a Functional Competition
Policy for India (FunComp Project)’. The main output of the project is
a report comprising 22 chapters, covering systemic as well as sectoral
issues. The report would be released in a two-day international conference:
‘Moving the Competition Policy Agenda in India’ to be held in New Delhi,
India on January 31 and February 1, 2005. Following the release of the
FunComp Report, one-day outreach seminars will be organised in selected
Indian cities from February 3-21, 2005. The selected cities are New Delhi,
Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Lucknow.
The purpose of these outreach seminars is to create awareness among local
participants, including the media, about competition policy and economic
on “Advocacy & Networking for Child Rights”
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, February 03, 2005
CUTS Centre for Consumer Action, Research & Training (CART), jointly
with ‘Save the Children’-UK, Jaipur, will organise a seminar on “Advocacy
& Networking for Child Rights” in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India on February
3, 2005 to kick-start the activities of ‘Hamara Manch’ (Our Forum)
in the State of Rajasthan. Alka Kala, Principal Secretary of Department
of Women & Child Development (DWCD), Government of Rajasthan will
inaugurate the seminar.
representatives from different stakeholder groups i.e. government departments,
inter-governmental organisations, donor agencies, NGOs, children’s groups,
will participate in the seminar. Children and a socio-cultural group called
Goonj will perform a few cultural items, highlighting the plight
of the children in the State.
Education and Protection Programme
India, January 17 to March 23, 2004
Centre for Consumer Action, Research & Training (CUTS-CART), in association
with the Ministry of Company Affairs (MoCA), is organising the Investor
Education and Protection Programme, in six districts of Rajasthan: Jaipur,
Bhilwara, Kota, Nagaur, Udaipur and Sikar, during January 17 to March
23, 2004. The project primarily envisages the building of a network, of
investor protection organisations, at the grassroots, by identifying potential
individuals and organisations working at the grassroots, and building
their capacities through training workshops. These workshops will create
a platform for the small investors and investor protection organisations
to interact with members of the stock exchange, representatives from the
regulatory authorities, and other subject experts, who will be invited
to the workshops as resource persons.
launch meeting of the project was organised on January 17, 2005. Under
the project, in these six districts, two-day awareness workshops and an
open-house will be organised, in which there will be at least 150 participants.
This information will be released in local newspapers. Media persons
will be involved during and after the workshop.
Conference on “Moving the Competition Policy Agenda in India”
Delhi, India, January 31 & February 1, 2005
Centre for Competition, Investment & Economic Regulation (CUTS-C-CIER),
Jaipur, India organised a two-day international conference “Moving the
Competition Policy Agenda in India” at New Delhi, India, on January
31 and February 1, 2005. CUTS has undertaken a research project to develop
a Functional Competition Policy for India. The project report comprises
22 chapters covering systemic as well as sectoral issues and endeavours
to assist the Government of India in effecting a Competition Policy
that is ‘implementable’.
conference was organised to release the report, and to facilitate deliberations
on its findings and recommendations. The meeting was structured in the
form of a peer review of the Indian competition scenario, to draw out
a framework to implement the Competition Policy Agenda in India.
National Meeting of the project “Sustainable Production in the South as
a Tool for Enhanced Market Access in the North”
New Delhi, India, January 24, 2005
Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment (CUTS-CITEE)
organised a National Meeting for the project “Sustainable Production in
the South as a Tool for Enhanced Market Access in the North” at India
Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India on January 24, 2005.
meeting presented the findings of the leather project, which attempts
to understand the utility of eco-labels/environment measures for increasing
India’s leather footwear exports. Speakers elaborated on trade-related
concerns arising from eco-labelling requirements, and spoke on the importance
Rajasthan, India, January 15, 2005
Centre for Consumer Action, Research & Training (CUTS-CART) organised
a month-long ongoing campaign on “Road Safety” from December 15, 2004
to January 15, 2005. The programmes, which were conducted are:
Road Safety awareness camp was organised outside the railway station,
Jaipur. In this, cycle-rickshaw pullers were distributed informative
material related to road safety and traffic rules;
drawing and poster competition was organised in which around 150 students
of different age groups participated, innovating road safety messages
through posters/drawings; and
rally on road safety was organised comprising around 150 students
of different age groups of Bright Buds School, Jaipur. All were enthusiastic
and energetic, and raising slogans on road safety issues.
Transparency in Government Procurement
the 1996 Singapore Ministerial, WTO member states established a Working
Group on Transparency in Government Procurement (TGP). For these reasons,
and given the need to promote understanding and awareness of TGP issues,
CUTS-CITEE embarked upon the IWOGDA II-TGP research project. A number
of experts were brought together, to probe a number of issues surrounding
TGP, particularly in developing countries. The papers produced form
the basis for this publication, which has been complemented by a synthesis
report by Ron Watermeyer.
Collective Export Competitiveness on Textiles and Clothing: A Study
of the Select South Asian Countries
paper aims at examining the possibility of co-operation in the South
Asian region to make the success story of Textiles & Clothing
(T&C) boom sustainable in future. The objective is to enhance
collective competitiveness in T&C exports, through co-operation
among the countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation
(SAARC), for better realisation of market access potentials in the
EU and the US.
of Natural Persons and South Asian Countries
Asian countries, particularly India, are known protagonists of liberalisation
of services trade, under Mode 4. This research report focuses on the
significance of Mode 4 for South Asia, the kinds of barriers faced
by these countries in supplying services through Mode 4, and how the
General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) negotiations can be
used to advance their export interests, under this particular mode
of service supply. It focuses on four countries – Bangladesh, India,
Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
newsletter, covers the business opposition of competition law in various
countries, among other things. It focuses on micro, macro, and corporate
and sectoral issues. It also discusses the Brazilian experience on the
independence of regulatory agencies, competition policy and trade liberalisation
as well as Namibian competition law.
issue of Economiquity (Oct-Dec, 04) besides covering regular news items
on trade and development issues, focuses on trade facilitation, the
emerging situation in textile and clothing trade after the demise of
the multi-fibre agreement (MFA), and the much publicised Airbus Boeing-trade
dispute between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US).
in Action (Oct-Dec 04)
issue highlights the International Symposium on the July Package, trade
facilitation and transparency in government procurement. It also analyses
the competition policy, development and the multilateral trading system.
In addition, the newsletter assimilates the ongoing and future projects
of the organisation.
tops the list of countries imposing or initiating anti-dumping actions
in the WTO. In this context, this monograph provides answers to all
the basic issues pertaining to trade remedial measures, which require
a wider understanding and dissemination.
Trade Law Brief
Dispute: Winning the Battle, Losing the War
generalised system of preferences (GSP) in international trade, is
a programme to accelerate the rates of economic growth of developing
countries. It was recently scrutinised by the Appellate Body (AB)
of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), in the matter of India’s dispute
against the European Commission (EC). India claims victory, in terms
of being successful, in demonstrating that the EC’s drug arrangements,
under which it provided additional concessions to Pakistan, were inconsistent
with the GSP programme. The EC feels that the AB has not invalidated
its GSP programme per se. This trade law brief critically examines
some of the aspects of this important case.
The Hindu Business Line, January 12, 2005
Cartels operate across the economy, particularly in the intermediate
goods and services sector. They hike production costs, thus making finished
goods less competitive. The Indian Finance Minister, P Chidambaram, could
launch a `competition audit' across all sectors to weed out such unhealthy
'Time right for competition policy'
The Hindu Business Line, February 02, 2005
Montek for Clarity in Regulatory Framework
Standard, January 14, 2005
HIPC Completion Point in Sight But….
Daily Mail, Zambia, January 5, 2005
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