Amiti Sen

  • Commerce ministry seeks pound of flesh

    Commerce ministry seeks pound of flesh

    A Pre-Budget tug-of-war between the finance and commerce & industry ministries has broken out with the latter demanding that its budgetary allocation for 2007-08.

    Commerce, FinMin in funding brawl

    Commerce, FinMin in funding brawl

    A pre-Budget tussle between the finance and commerce & industry ministries has broken out with the latter demanding that its budgetary allocation for 2007-08 be increased in tandem with increasing exports.

    Crude widens trade gap, value addition save the day

    Crude widens trade gap, value addition save the day

    If India’s export performance in the first eight months of the fiscal is anything to go by, the export target of $125 billion set for 2006-07 envisaging a growth rate of 22% seems well within reach.

    With no substitute in sight, govt may keep DEPB alive

    With no substitute in sight, govt may keep DEPB alive

    Budget 2007 is likely to announce extension of the most popular export-promotion window - the duty entitlement pass book (DEPB) scheme - by another year. As of now, the DEPB scheme is scheduled to lapse on March 31, 2007.

    Labour, land & FDI concerns in SEZs

    Labour, land & FDI concerns in SEZs

    Members of the consultative committee suggested that implementation concerns relating to land and labour laws need to be suitably addressed and generation of employment and foreign direct investment in SEZs has to be ensured.

  • Amiti Sen

    We’ve got Visa power!

    India and Pakistan have once again proved to all skeptics that when they talk business, they mean business! The signing of the new bilateral visa agreement replacing the restrictive 37 year old pact is yet...

    Amiti Sen

    Chinese Checkers

    It may not be easy for Indians to love the Chinese. But it is impossible to hate them. Yes, they do flood us with cheap products ranging from diyas and crackers to chemicals, metals, electronics...

    Amiti Sen

    Economics scores over mindless patriotism

    If Pakistan needed to show proof of its sincerity in wanting closer economic ties with  India, it has indeed done so. It finally walked the talk this week with its Federal Cabinet agreeing to put...

    Amiti Sen

    Economics scores over mindless patriotism

    If Pakistan needed to show proof of its sincerity in wanting closer economic ties with  India, it has indeed done so. It finally walked the talk this week with its Federal Cabinet agreeing to put...

    Amiti Sen

    India-EU FTA–not a lost cause

    The Indian media is full of stories on how the India-EU free trade agreement will not be signed during the India-EU summit in New Delhi on Friday.  I wonder what made people think that the...

    Amiti Sen

    India-Pakistan’s MFN roller-coaster

    When the Pakistani Cabinet decided on November 2 to allow grant of most favoured nation or MFN status to India that would result in removal of import restrictions, the media, as expected, went to town...

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