India says big no to RCEP as market access and tariff concerns not answered


India has decided to not join the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal on grounds that its key concerns over the agreement have not been addressed.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Bangkok that the current form of the RCEP Agreement “does not fully reflect the basic spirit and the agreed guiding principles” […]

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UPASI, apex body of planters complains about proposed RCEP

The proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will harm and worsen the trade deficit in the plantation commodities and make things miserable for the sector, which is already facing challenging times on account of low prices and high cost of production, says a study by the United Planters’ Association of Southern India (UPASI) , an […]

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India’s copper exports plunge 69% in FY19 on Sterlite unit closure: EEPC


Cumulatively for FY19, the export of the metal and its products dropped by whopping 69.4% to $1.065 billion, against the previous fiscal due to the shutdown of Sterlite Copper smelter plant at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, said Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC). The export of copper and copper products in March 2019 declined sharply by […]

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RCEP deal may hurt India’s export competitiveness: Trade Promotion Council

The proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement may hurt India’s export competitiveness as the trade balance is already skewed, Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) said. TPCI said that the proposed RCEP, which is a mega free trade agreement, could lead to flooding of goods in the Indian market from the member countries; and […]

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Southeast Asia’s energy demands will require $2.7 trillion investment: IEA

As Southeast Asia continues to urbanize at a breakneck speed, the developing region is projected to see a massive growth in energy demand over the next 20 years. Expected to increase by a whopping two thirds by the year 2040, Southeast Asia’s energy demand will require enormous investment and infrastructure in the energy generation and transmission […]

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Growth Holding Up in Asia and the Pacific, Trade Tensions Pose Risks – ADB


Growth remains stable across most of developing Asia due to robust domestic demand, buoyant oil and gas prices, and a consolidation of India’s growth rebound, but escalating trade tensions will test the region’s resilience, a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report said. In an update of its flagship annual economic publication, Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2018, ADB maintained […]

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India’s non-ferrous metal firms raise concerns over New Delhi joining RCEP – report

India’s biggest non-ferrous metal companies have sounded a warning on the country joining the 10-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on fears of another blow to their business after their experience of the India-ASEAN free trade agreement, the Economic Times newspaper reported. These companies — Hindalco, Vedanta, Hindustan Zinc, Hindustan Copper and Nalco — with […]

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‘Tractors-as-a-Service’ to boost farm productivity in India and ASEAN region

Aeris, a technology leader in the Internet of Things (IoT), along with its partner, Hello Tractor, announced the launch of ‘Tractors-as-a-Service’ in India and the ASEAN region at a session on ‘India-Africa- ASEAN: Internet of Things (IoT) in Agriculture’, organised in association with The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Industry leaders and diplomats from […]

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