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D.1. TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries signed on 4 February 2016. The 12 nations include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.
The aim is to ease the flow of goods, services and investments among them, and to strengthen the rules on labour standards, environmental issues, origin criteria and intellectual property.
The TPP, a deal which will cover 40 percent of the world economy.
The mega trade deal, perceived to be a counterweight to China’s growing global economic clout.
Impact on India
India is not part of the TPP. The World Bank projects a limited ‘trade diversion’ impact on non-members.
India could suffer market share losses in certain categories of exports as a result of preference erosion
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is likely to indirectly impact India’s exports in several industrial sectors such as textiles, plastics, leather, clothing, cotton and yarn.
Some of the TPP standards are higher than that of the WTO norms, including on IPR and possible ever-greening of patents, which could hurt India’s pharma sector.
D.2. REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP (RCEP)
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a mega trade deal which aims to cover goods, services, investments, economic and technical cooperation, competition and intellectual property rights.
The 16-member bloc RCEP comprises 10 Asean members (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam) and their six free trade agreement partners -- India, China, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
From India’s point of view, the RCEP presents a decisive platform which could influence its strategic and economic status in the Asia-Pacific region and bring to fruition its “Act East Policy.”
D.3. TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP (TTIP)
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed trade agreement between the European Union and the United States. The aim is to boost the economies of the EU and the US by removing or reducing barriers to trade and foreign investment.
The American government considers the TTIP a companion agreement to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The agreement is under ongoing negotiations and its main three broad areas are: market access; specific regulation; and broader rules and principles and modes of co-operation.
India has ratified the new Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The pact aims to expedite the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit, for international trade.
India is pitching aggressively for TFA in services to the WTO. The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) agreement covers four modes of supply for the delivery of services in cross-border trade:
Mode 1: Cross-border supply
Service delivered within the territory of the Member, from the territory of another Member
Service supplier not present within the territory of the member
Mode 2: Consumption abroad
Service delivered outside the territory of the Member, in the territory of another Member, to a service consumer of the Member
Mode 3: Commercial presence
Service delivered within the territory of the Member, through the commercial presence of the supplier
Service supplier present within the territory of the Member
Mode 4: Presence of a natural person
Service delivered within the territory of the Member, with supplier present as a natural person
WTO Members Seal IT Trade Deal
World Trade Organization (WTO) members finalised a deal to cut tariffs on $1 trillion worth of information technology products in a boost for producers of goods ranging from video games to medical equipment.
The agreement to update the WTO's 18-year-old Information Technology Agreement (ITA) adds more than 200 products to the list of goods covered by zero-tariff and duty-free trade.
This agreement is expansion of ITA 1996.
In this agreement import tariffs of most of the 201 IT products will be eliminated either immediately or progressively over 3 years.
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