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Beyond the Transition Phase of WTO   
Beyond the Transition Phase of WTO
An Indian Perspective on Emerging Issues

Edited by
DIPANKAR SENGUPTA, DEBASHIS CHAKRABORTY,
PRITAM BANERJEE

Published by Academic Foundation
in association with
Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi.
Hard Bound Book   :   Pages : 683
2006  Edition         :   ISBN - 81-7188-510-1
Price : Rs. 1195.00;  US $ 79.95
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ABOUT THE BOOK :

In a volume aimed at all social scientists, economists and lawyers come together in Beyond the Transitional Phase of the WTO : An Indian Perspective on Emerging Issues to discuss topics ranging from the International Trade in Services including Telecommunications, Transport, Education and E-commerce to questions of compatibility between Obligations towards Environmental Protection and Social Concerns codified in international treaties and protocols and an International Trade Regime that promotes free trade. The contributors discuss current problems that affect India's agriculture like SPS-TBT, and Agricultural Subsidies as well as the issue of Seed Protection and Genetically Modified Crops. The volume also looks at problems and prospects of Indian industry in the face of the MFA phase-out and TRIPS. This projective volume not only projects future problems that will rise as India enters into an increasing number of Regional Trading Arrangements but also grapples with legal problems like India's experiences where Dispute Resolution at the WTO are concerned. The volume concludes with a discussion on the Singapore Issues like Trade Facilitation, Government Procurement and Competition Policy. The volume not only discusses the importance of these issues to India as well as the current ‘state of play’ but suggests the appropriate positions for India to take on all these issues at the WTO negotiations and other fora if a Global Agreement on an issue is not probable.


"This is a book dealing with all the issues concerning the place of India inside the WTO. In spite of complex and technical matters the authors have succeeded in producing a clear synthesis on all sectors. Of great interest is the historical perspective highlighting the changing views of India along the years, from defensive to more proactive and offensive strategies."

— Professor Frederic Landy

University of Paris X

"With the DDA (Doha Development Agenda) picking up steam, the WTO is even more topical and this is a comprehensive looking-forward, rather than looking-back, book. Almost every issue one can think of is covered, and there is a strong India perspective. The editors and the publisher should be complimented for putting such a volume together and the book retains topicality well after the Hong Kong Ministerial."

— Prof. Bibek Debroy

Director, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for
Contemporary Studies (RGICS), New Delhi

The book "is unique in many ways. It is possibly the most comprehensive volume that views (from an Indian viewpoint) those issues that affect trade as well as the regime that governs international trade the final shape of which is yet to be decided. The volume looks beyond Hong Kong. In that sense this volume stands out. The range of issues covered and the manner in which they are done make them accessible to non-specialists but their projective nature and the fact that many of the topics covered are new ensure that they are of great interest to researchers and policy makers."

— Prof. Manoj Pant

Centre of International Trade and
Development, J.N.U., New Del


ABOUT THE EDITORS :

Dipankar Sengupta is Fellow (Economics) at the Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi. Prior to this, he taught economics at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was educated at the University of Calcutta and at the Centre for International Trade and Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University and his areas of interest include International Political Economy, Industrial Organisation Theory and Indian Economic Development and has published extensively on these subjects.

Debashis Chakraborty is Research Associate at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi. He was educated at the University of Calcutta and at the Centre for International Trade and Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University and his areas of interest include International Trade, the interface between Law and Economics and Indian Economic Development. He has presented and published papers at various academic and policy forums in India and abroad.

Pritam Banerjee was formerly a Trade Policy analyst with the Confederation of Indian Industry. He has also been with the World Bank as a consultant in Washington DC. He was educated at Illinois Wesleyan University, London School of Economics and the Centre for International Trade and Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His primary interests include GATS, International Services Supply Chains and Trade Facilitation in Services


CONTENTS IN DETAIL :

Contributors

Glossary of Acronyms and Terms

Introduction and Editors' Note

Section I
Agriculture and Exports: What Lies Ahead

1.

SPS-TBT Measures: Harmonisation and Diversification?

PRITAM BANERJEE
 
2.

Agricultural Subsidy: The Major Hurdle to Free Trade

DEBASHIS CHAKRABORTY • YASHIKA SINGH
 
3.

Seed Protection and Genetically Modified Crops: Sentiment and Emotion

AMIR ULLAH KHAN
 
4.

Agricultural Sector: Trends in Export and Import

PAVEL CHAKRAVARTY
 

Section II
Indian Industry: The Impact of WTO Within and Without

5.

Cotton Textile Industry in India: Implications for MFA Phase Out

SAURABH BANDYOPADHYAY • TOPOSHMITO SENGUPTA
 
6.

TRIPS and India: Crux of the Patent Controversy

SUBHODIP GHOSH
 
7.

Reviewing Contingency Measures

NILANJAN BANIK
 
8.

Export Performance in the Non-Agriculture Sector

PAVEL CHAKRAVARTY
 

Section III
Barriers to Trade: A Topical Analysis

9.

Non-Tariff Barriers to Exports and Imports in India

SAON RAY
 
10.

Multilateral Environmental Agreements and the WTO

ELS REYNAERS
 
11.

Social Clause in WTO and Core ILO Labour Standards: Concerns of India and Other Developing Countries

K.D. RAJU
 
12.

Environmental Standards as Non-Tariff Barriers and the Problem of Market Access

NIVEDITA DUTTA • MAYANK SINHA • UPASNA GAUR
 

Section IV
Services and E-commerce: The Emerging Sectors

13.

Towards an Appropriate Approach to Trade Diplomacy in Services

PRITAM BANERJEE
 
14.

Infrastructure Concerns Under GATS Trade in the Telecom and Transport Services

SUPARNA KARMAKAR
 
15.

Trade in Education Services Under the WTO-GATS Regime: An Indian Outlook

K.D. RAJU
 
16.

E-Commerce and the WTO: Towards an Appropriate Indian Position

DIPANKAR SENGUPTA
 

Section V
Some Future Concerns

17.

A Burden or An Incentive: Developing World Trade and the Role of RTAs

ANIRUDH SHINGAL • JULIEN CHAISSE
 
18.

Dispute Resolution in the WTO: The Experience of India

JULIEN CHAISSE • DEBASHIS CHAKRABORTY
 
19.

Precautionary Principle: A Newly Emerging Non-Tariff Barrier to Developing Countries' Trade

SWAPAN K. BHATTACHARYA
 
20.

Biotechnology and International Trade Regime: Options Before Developing Countries

SACHIN CHATURVEDI • S.R. RAO
 

Section VI
Singapore Issues

21.

Economic Growth, Exports and the Issue of Trade Facilitation

PRITAM BANERJEE • DIPANKAR SENGUPTA
 
22.

Government Procurement System in India

SANDWIP KUMAR DAS
 
23.

Multilateral Competition Framework: Is WTO the Only Alternative?

PRADEEP S. MEHTA • NITYA NANDA • ALICE PHAM
 

Contributors

 

Alice Pham is Researcher at Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International, Jaipur.

Amir Ullah Khan is Fellow at the India Development Foundation, Gurgaon.

Anirudh Singhal is Consultant with the World Bank, Washington D.C.

Debashis Chakraborty is Research Associate at the RGICS, New Delhi.

Dipankar Sengupta is Economics Fellow, Centre de Science Humanines, New Delhi.

Els Reyner is Legal Adviser in M.V. Kini & Co, New Delhi.

Julien Chaisse is affiliated to the Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence, University of Aix-Marseille III as a teacher and a researcher.

K.D. Raju is Assistant Director, Amity Institute of Global Legal Education and Research, New Delhi.

Mayank Sinha is Research Associate, Global Agreements, Legislation and Trade (GALT), The Energy Research Institute (TERI), New Delhi.

Nilanjan Banik is Assistant Professor, Madras School of Economics, Chennai.

Nitya Nand is Policy Analysist at CUTS International, Jaipur.

Nivedita Dutta, formerly Research Associate at TERI is enrolled in the Ph.D. Economics programmeme in the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

Pavel Chakravarty is Research Associate, GALT, TERI, New Delhi.

Pradeep Mehta is the Sectretary-General of CUTS International, Jaipur.

Pritam Banerjee, formerly Trade Analyst with the Confederation of Indian Industry is in the Ph.D. programmeme of Department of Public Policy, George Mason University, Washington D.C.

Sachin Chaturvedi is Fellow, Research and Information System for the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (RIS) and Managing Editor, Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, New Delhi.

Sandwip Kumar Das is Professor at the International Trade and Development Division, JNU, New Delhi.

Saon Ray is Assistant Professor at TERI School, New Delhi.

Saurabh Bandopadhyay is Economist at the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi.

Subhodip Ghosh is an Economist at Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kolkata.

Suparna Karmakar is Consultant at the Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations, New Delhi.

Swapan Bhattacharya is Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.

S.R. Rao is Director, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, New Delhi.

Toposhmito Sengupta is Research Associate at NCAER, New Delhi.

Upasana Gaur is a Research Associate, GALT, TERI, New Delhi.

Yashika Singh is Leader, Economic Analysis Group, Dun and Bradstreet Information Services India Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.

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