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South Asian Yearbook of Trade and Development   

South Asian Yearbook of Trade and Development

Harnessing Gains from Trade
Domestic Challenges and Beyond

Published by Academic Foundation
in association with
Centre for Trade and Development (CENTAD), New Delhi.

Hard Bound Book (8½" x 11") :   Pages : 290
2009  Edition   :   ISBN 13: 978-81-7188-743-9
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The South Asian Yearbook of Trade and Development is an annual series of publication launched by the Centre for Trade and Development (Centad) New Delhi, India in 2005, with the primary objective of articulating debates on development impacts of trade through rigorous policy research and analysis. The Yearbook is envisaged as a comprehensive collection of research papers, which attempt to reflect the South Asian perspectives at the multilateral and regional trade negotiations and provides policy suggestions for the trade negotiators and policy makers of the region

The South Asian region is becoming increasingly prominent as an economic power house on the world stage particularly as India's economic prowess expands at a breath-taking pace....The value of this yearbook is that it examines the challenges the region is facing in this process of growth, and provides policy makers, business and civil society groups an opportunity to pause and reflect on how the potential in the region can be shaped for the betterment of all... commendable that Centas's tackled these challenges from a development perspective in this yearbook.

Prof. Yash Tandon
Executive Director, South Centre.


B.S. Chimni is Professor of International Law, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Till recently he was Vice-Chancellor, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India. He has been a Visiting Professor at the International Center for Comparative Law and Politics, Tokyo University; Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School; Visiting Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Public International Law, Heidelberg; Visiting Fellow at Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanity, Cambridge University; and Visiting Scholar at Refugee Studies Center, York University, Canada. He was a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1996-2000. In March 2006 he delivered the eighth Grotius Lecture at the Centennial Meeting of the American Society of International Law held in Washington, USA. His publications include International Commodity Agreements: A Legal Study (1987), International Law and World Order: A Critique of Contemporary Approaches (1993), (editor) International Refugee Law: A Reader (2000), and (co-editor with Antony Anghie, Karin Mickelson and Obiora Okafor) The Third World and International Order: Law Politics and Globalization (2004). His most recent publication on WTO issues is “WTO, Democracy and Development: A View from the South”, Journal of World Trade, Vol. 40(1) (2006). His areas of research interest include third world approaches to international law (TWAIL), international economic law and international refugee law. He is one of the General Editors of the Asian Yearbook of International Law.

Saman Kelegama is the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka and was the President of the Sri Lanka Economic Association (SLEA) during 1999-2003. He has published extensively on Sri Lankan economic issues in both local and international journals. His latest books are: Development under Stress: Sri Lankan Economy in Transition (2006), Contemporary Economic Issues: Sri Lanka in the Global Context (2006), South Asia after the Quota System: The Impact of the MFA Phase-Out (2005), Economic Policy in Sri Lanka: Issues and Debates (2004), and Ready-Made Garment Industry in Sri Lanka: Facing the Global Challenge (2004). He is the co-editor of the South Asia Economic Journal (Sage Publication) and a Governing Board Director in the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies. He received his Doctorate (D. Phil.) from the University of Oxford, UK and Masters from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.

Mustafizur Rahman is an economist by training. He is Research Director at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a leading civil society think tank in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and is a Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka. He was educated at the Moscow State University, from where he did his PhD in Development Economics. He subsequently carried out research at the Oxford University, UK, where he was a Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow (1994), and at the Yale University, USA, where he was affiliated as a Senior Fulbright Fellow (2003). Recently, he was a Visiting Fellow at University of Warwick, UK. Professor Rahman has published extensively in reputed journals both in Bangladesh and abroad, and has authored a number of books. He has collaborated with a number of international organisations including UN-ESCAP, UNDP, World Bank, ADB and Commonwealth Secretariat. Professor Rahman’s current research interests include Bangladesh’s external sector performance and its determinants, regional cooperation and economic integration in South Asia, and implications of ongoing negotiations in the WTO for the economies of the least developed countries.

Linu Mathew Philip, is currently Research Officer at Centad, an agricultural economist by profession he had been a Faculty at University of Delhi. He has served as member of various committees of Government of India, currently member of Export Committee on normally traded commodities under the Biodiversity Authority of India. He is also associated with the Technical working group on Buffer Stocking for Government of India for the last Five Year Plan. He has extensively worked on many domestic agricultural and international trade issues.







  1. Introduction

  2. Direction and Composition of South Asian Trade - Kalbe Abbas

  3. Trade Remedial Measures in South Asia - Aradhna Aggarwal

  4. Coping with SPS Challenges in South Asia - Kasturi Das

  5. Domestic Regulatory Frameworks and Physician Deficits: Some Interesting Evidence - Raghav Narsalay and Sumiti Yadava

  6. Implementing TRIPS Agreement: Case Study of Bangladesh - Masud Ali 

  7. Trade Facilitation: Priorities for South Asia
    - Dushni Weerakoon and Jayanthi Thennakoon 

  8. Aid for Trade Initiative in Multilateral Trade Negotiation: An Illustration with the Case of Bangladesh - Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir and M Iqbal Ahmed

  9. Challenges in Harnessing Gains from Trade: Fuel, Food and Inclusive Development - Linu Mathew Philip, Namrata Pathak and Suhasini Sen


Kalbe Abbas is Research Economist at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE). He has a vast experience of empirical research in the diversified areas relating to macroeconomy. He has more than 25 research articles published in books and/or in the journals of international repute in his credit. His research includes monetary and fiscal issues, agricultural and rural development, trade and development in relation to south Asia, inflation, and finance.

Aradhana Agarwal is currently the Head, Department of Business Economics, University of Delhi South Campus. Dr. Aggarwal’s research interests include international trade, foreign direct investment (FDI), technology transfer, research and development (R&D), WTO-related issues and economic reforms. Her articles have appeared in World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Research Policy, Transnational Corporation and Technology in Society.

Muhammed Iqbal Ahmed is a Research Associate at Unnayan Onneshan, Bangladesh. His research interest includes macroeconomics, international trade and finance, and game theory as well as financial market and development economics. At present, he is involved in the research programme on “multilateral donors’ aid effectiveness on Bangladesh”. He is also involved in the programme on “trade negotiation and the livelihood of the people” and fiscal and monetary policy issues in Bangladesh. He has written several policy and briefing papers in trade and development economics, microeconomics, role of information technologies in poverty reduction, corporate social responsibility etc.

Masud Ali is currently the Executive Director of INCIDIN, Bangladesh. He is one of the important researchers on Agricultural and Social development in Bangladesh.

Kasturi Das is Research Officer with Centad, also serves as Visiting Faculty, Indian Society of International Law (ISIL), New Delhi. She has published extensively in academic journals, edited volumes, and various print and web media. Her current research interests include, among others, WTO-issues (e.g. Geographical Indications, Patents, GATS, NAMA, SPS, etc.); RTAs; Climate change; Biofuels; Organic Agriculture.

Raghav Narsalay is a Chief Economist at Economic Laws Practice, Advocates & Solicitors. He has carried out research on services, especially pertaining to emergency safeguard measures, compensation issues and domestic regulation in the context of the WTO negotiations. He has carried out research for, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Ministry of Textiles, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex and for various UN bodies on subjects such as subsidies on cotton and cotton textiles in EU and US; competition policy, linkages between FDI and domestic subsidies etc., and currently working on Service regulation.

Namrata Pathak is Consultant with Centre for Trade and Development, New Delhi. She is pursuing her doctoral programme from JNU and is currently working on indigenous and traditional knowledge and implication from trade.

Suhasini Sen is a Research Intern with Centre for Trade and Development. She is a law student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.

Jayanthi Thennakoon is a Researcher from the Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka. Her research interests include international economics and trade. She has received her Masters from the National University of Singapore.

Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir was the Chairman of Unnayan Onneshan, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is currently working with Action Aid Bangladesh. He has published extensively in many national and international journals and monographs on trade and development themes.

Sumiti Yadava is an Advocate with Corporate and Trade Laws Team of ELP Mumbai. She has graduated from National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad in 2007.

Dushni Weerakone is currently the Deputy Director of the Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka and Head of macroeconomic policy research at the Institute. Her research and publications have covered areas related to regional trade integration, macroeconomic policy and international economics. She has extensive experience working in policy development committees and official delegations of the Government of Sri Lanka. She currently serves on the Trade and Tariff Committee of the National Council for Economic Development (NCED) of the Ministry of Finance, Sri Lanka, the Board of Directors of the Nations Trust Bank (NTB) as well as the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) in Sri Lanka.

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