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Govt yet to take call on RCEP meeting invitation

The ASEAN Secretariat has invited India to attend the meeting to sort out its issues related to the proposed free trade deal. “India has received the invitation for the meeting. No decision has been taken on the issue,” said an official.

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    ISSDA also urged the government for simultaneous imposition of 12.5% custom duty on stainless steel flat product imports in order to bring it at par with carbon steel. The association has also sought abolition of 7.5% import duty on graphite electrodes, another major raw material for stainless steel manufacturing, an official statement said.

    India plans to increase import duties on more than 50 items, targeting about $56 bn worth of Chinese imports.

    BRI is China's global economic initiative for connecting with Europe, Africa and the rest of Asia through road and maritime routes with focus on infrastructure, transportation and energy sectors. Swamy suggested that instead of passing through PoK, the BRI corridor can enter India from Kunming in southwestern China and from Kolkata Port it can take the sea route.

    India needs development finance institutions (FIs) to fund the capital expenditure needs of Indian companies, said JSW Group chairman Sajjan Jindal.

    “Globally, a large part of international trade is happening via the preferential route. To increase India’s share in value chains, diversifying our export markets and export products, the country must increase its participation in RTAs,” the CII said in a report titled ‘India’s Exports — Trend, Challenges and Future Strategy’, released on Tuesday.

    India has made a pitch after it decided to stay away from the RCEP agreement — the mega trade block comprising China, Japan, Korea, the Asean countries, Australia and New Zealand. After Brexit, India also proposes to push for a trade deal with the UK as it seeks greater market access for textiles and some farm products in European markets.

    Against the background of the increasingly aggressive use of financial sanctions by the US administration, Russian policy is aimed at gradual de-dollarisation of the economy. Together with our main partners, including India, we are working on developing economic and legal mechanisms to reduce the negative impact of restrictions, asserted Russia’s foreign minister.

    The visit that will enable to boost India’s forays into Latin America was strengthened with the conclusion of 15 agreements and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) including on investment cooperation and facilitation treaty, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, bioenergy and cyber security.

    In November 2017, India, the US, Australia and Japan gave shape to the long-pending "Quad" Coalition to develop a new strategy for keeping the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of any influence. China has been trying to expand its military presence in the Indo-Pacific, which is a biogeographic region, including the South China Sea.

    Speaking at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020, the commerce and industry minister also called for greater cooperation among various nations to realise the huge growth prospects in the Indian Ocean region and also for tackling the important issue of climate change.

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