The closely-guarded Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which will up-end existing global trade standards, is now public. The 30 chapters comprising 6,000 pages, will undoubtedly influence all future world trade talks — bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral. TPP aspires to become the “gold standard” for global trade - ‘WTO-plus’ standards. The clock has started ticking for the agreement, as legislators of the 12 signatory countries will be under pressure to ratify the agreement before President Barack Obama demits office a year from now. read more
In November, the President of Ecuador was scheduled to visit India for the first time ever. But the visit has been postponed, indefinitely. The official reason, as reported in the Financial Express by Mentor Villagomez, the Ecuadorian ambassador to India, is this: “We have conveyed to India’s Ministry of External Affairs that due to political problems in Ecuador, the president has postponed his visit.” However, the real reason for the cancellation is likely to be related to the recent announcement by Ecuador’s defence minister, Fernando Cordero, to “unilaterally terminate the contract” read more
The Conference of Parties (COP21) is beginning on 30 November in Paris, France. With most of India’s need of nearly $206 billion to fund sustainable development and green initiatives coming from the public sector, there is growing need, therefore, to attract private capital. Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations spoke with Nick Robins, Co-Director, Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on green financing and how India can leverage on it to further its energy needs. read more
In the first week of November, the Berlin-based Economic Policy Forum’s Emerging Economies Think Tank Alliance for High Quality Growth hosted a dialogue in Beijing on ‘Sustainable Infrastructure Development—Challenges and Opportunities for Emerging Economies’. Gateway House is a member of this network, which produces papers for governments and national policy-makers to inform top-end national and international policy processes—such as those at the BRICS, G20, and COP21. Gateway House’s Gandhi Peace Fellow, Rajni Bakshi, attended the dialogue. read more
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This report of Gateway House's Policy Trip to Myanmar recommends how India can participate in Myanmar’s emerging market and enhance India’s trade and strategic interests in Asia
As Iran enters its new economic status quo, the question arises as to whether the nation will realise its potential by opening itself up to the world, or whether the elite will stifle global engagement.
Nisid Hajari’s Midnight’s Furies provides an insight into the brutal chaos and bloody riots from which India and Pakistan emerged in 1947. It is crucial for present generations from the two countries to understand the past in order to better comprehend the present