The groups have asked the government as to why it was involved in e-commerce negotiations on the RCEP trade agreement when it is opposed to even engaging on the subject at the World Trade Organization.
Trade between Africa and India has increased more than eight-fold from $7.2 billion in 2001 to $62.5 billion in 2018, making it fourth-largest national trading partner, accounting for more than 6.4 percent of total African trade in 2018.
Trade tensions between India and the US have been rising with President Trump, championing his 'America First' policy, complaining that tariffs imposed by India on American products were "no longer acceptable" to his country.
In the backdrop of unresolved bilateral trade issues, restoration of Generalized System of Preferences, price controls on medical devices and duty cuts, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will meet Piyush Goyal for a limited scope trade deal.
The submission to the WTO by a group of 45 nations comes amid the US working on new rules to end benefits enjoyed by developing countries at the WTO.
SEA's Executive director BV Mehta attributed the fall in vegetable oil imports to carry-over stock and imposition of safeguard duty.
About the economic slowdown, Goyal said that Indian economy can do well with these structural adjustments.
Intense bilateral parleys are expected in the next 10 days.
To be "on cautious side, buyers are preferring Indonesian shipments to avoid any possible impact of higher duties."
Trade between the US and India in 2018 touched USD 142 billion but the economic partnership is yet to realise its full potential.
The government has concerns over a possible surge in Chinese imports once the deal is signed as India has indicated that it can allow up to 80% of goods to enter the country at zero duty.
Malaysian PM Mahathir said on Sunday his government will "study the impact of the action taken by India", the government-owned Bernama said.
New Delhi’s aim is to narrow down its trade deficit with Beijing by boosting exports.
FIEO president Sharad Kumar Saraf said differences between two neighbours were not surprising and the key was to resolve them through constructive engagement and consultation, he said.
Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said at a press briefing that the deficit was a concern for India and the Chinese side was willing to address it.
The volume of India’s bilateral trade with China grew by 13.19% to reach $ 95.54 billion.
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