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India and the WTO

Aaditya Mattoo Robert M. Stern
Price: $ 35

¿India¿s trade policy establishment is perceived to be somewhat wary of multilateral engagement, even though India is implementing substantial economic and trade policy reforms. Some essays in this excellent and well-researched volume may throw light on this paradox. More important, the essays take a hard look at India¿s interests and concerns with respect to international trade. They suggest ways that India could deploy its domestic reform agenda in the Doha Round negotiations to secure concessions from its trading partners, while using multilateral engagement to reinforce the domestic reform process and enhance the process¿s credibility. The book should prove of considerable value to policymakers, market participants, and other stakeholders.¿

- B.K. Zutshi
Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India
to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)

This book is designed to clarify India¿s interests in the World Trade Organization¿s Doha Development Agenda and to provide a blueprint for its strategy in multilateral negotiations. The focus is on facilitating domestic and external policy reforms that can serve to bolster India¿s participation in the multilateral trading system and to enhance the effectiveness of India¿s trade and related policies in achieving developmental goals.

Individual chapters address the economic effects on India of the Uruguay Round Negotiations and the prospective Doha Agenda negotiations; the implications of the abolition of the Multi-Fiber Agreement; services issues and liberalization; telecommunications policy reforms; foreign direct investment; intellectual property rights; competition policy; government procurement; standards and technical barriers; trade and environment; and, finally, a comprehensive analysis of the major issues coupled with concrete proposals to guide India¿s participation in the Doha Development Agenda.

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