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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Trump says to end preferential trade status for India; New Delhi shrugs off threat


In what could impact India’s $5.6 billion worth of exports to the US, President Trump has said the United States may end India’s preferential trade treatment under a programme, but New Delhi shrugged off the threat saying the ipact would be minimal and that it would continue to engage with Washington to resolve the issue. Trump […]

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China reaffirms commitment to cut steel overcapacity, but urges patience as it undertakes economic transition


China, the world’s largest steel producer and consumer, is resolute in its commitment to reducing overcapacity in the sector, although this may result in job losses, Xinhua news agency said in a commentary, as Beijing came under increasing pressure to reduce output to help the global steel industry recover. China’s industrial overcapacity is a byproduct […]

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Trade and agricultural development policies need to be aligned to achieve food security


Rules governing international trade of food and agricultural products should be crafted with an eye to improving countries’ food security and other development objectives. For this, a pragmatic approach that would align agricultural and trade policies at the national level is needed, a new FAO report argues. The expected increase in global trade of farm […]

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