May 2011

EU aid policy to target fewer states and good governance

Euobserver, 31 May, 2011
European aid to poorer countries should focus on fewer recipient states and be increasingly linked to democratic advancements, according to a forthcoming review of the EU’s development policy.

Climate change action: make policy, not war

The Drum, 23 May, 2011
It won’t happen before the next election, but what we need is a combination of the climate change policies of the Government and the Opposition.

National Advisory Council to prevail on food security law

The Economic Times, 23 May, 2011
The government is likely to accept most of the recommendations of Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) on the proposed food security law despite warnings.

Trade deals are not about dollar & cents

The Time of India, 21 May, 2011
Commerce secretary Rahul Khullar is known to speak his mind even if others are not comfortable with it.

India, Africa hold summit to boost trade, 21 May, 2011
India will seek to expand its economic footprint in Africa, where rival China has made major inroads, at a second summit between the Southeast Asian powerhouse and African nations this week.

India needs latest crop technology to address food security

Business Standard, 20 May, 2011
With a rising population, depleting land and water resources and rapidly increasing food prices, India needs cutting edge crop technologies to enhance farm output and achieve overall food security, a senior agriculture scientist said.

Need to focus on non-oil export trade

Business Day, 16 May, 2011
A self-audit of our economy is very important at this time because it does appear quite clear that we are still not the author of any positive development that has come upon this country.

Govt forms panel to review deemed exports policy

Business Standard, 16 May, 2011
The government today said it has formed an expert committee to review deemed exports policy where there have been incidents of misuse of the scheme.

Challenges ahead for Indian exporters in FY12

SME Times, 16 May, 2011
The current fiscal will be a challenging period for Indian exporters, not only with uncertainties reigning in India’s traditional export markets like the US and the European Union (EU) but also with rising inflation posing threat to several emerging economies.

International trade event for footwear industry

Economic Times, 10 May, 2011
Indian footwear industry is all set to experience the latest innovation at the third edition of FMM&T 2011 which will be held at India Expo Centre in Greater Noida from 12-14 May 2011.

Scientists, farmers to study climate change

The Seattle Times, 10 May, 2011
Farmers and scientists in the inland Northwest are launching a $20 million study on how climate change will impact agricultural practices.

Trade must deliver more to LDCs: Lamy, 09 May, 2011
The least developed countries (LDCs) account for a fifth of the members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), but they still account for just 1 per cent of world trade, WTO director-general Pascal Lamy said today.

Export basket shows distinct shift

Business Standard, 09 May, 2011
Merchandise export from India is undergoing a paradigm change. Engineering products recorded exports worth an estimated $60.15 billion in 2010-2011, higher by 84.8 per cent over the previous year.

Government tightens norms for deemed export benefits

Domain B. com, 09 May, 2011
The commerce ministry has tightened the norms for deemed export benefits to manufacturers in the wake of large-scale misuse of the incentive scheme.

Govt sets $500 bn merchandise export target by 2014

The Economic Times, 04 May, 2011
India plans to double its merchandise exports to $500 billion within three years by focusing on high-value sectors and new markets, buoyed by a record growth in the last fiscal.

Government unveils new strategy to double exports

Deccan Herald, 04 May, 2011
The government, on Tuesday, unveiled multi-pronged strategy to more than doubling India’s exports to US$500 billion by 2013-14 from US$246 billion in 2010-11.

China’s Energy Strategy and the Role of Govt Oil in Africa

China Briefing, 04 May, 2011
In a follow up to last month’s article “The Geopolitics of China-African Oil,” this article looks at the players in foreign policy on oil and, in particular, the role of Chinese national oil companies (NOCs), as well as potential opportunities for foreign businesses.

India’s foreign policy: a Canadian view

The Wall Street Journal, 01 May, 2011
The recently released volume, Does the Elephant Dance? by David M. Malone, president of Canada’s International Development Research Centre and former Canadian high commissioner to India, more than justifies that risk.