Kirtika Suneja

Special Correspondent, ETI cover commerce and industry, and macroeconomy for The Economic Times with a focus on international trade and its impact on India. Identifying interesting trends in the beats I cover, be it for sharp news stories or long format features, especially when they have linkages with other industries, is something that interests me. As a business news journalist, I have covered various other sectors as well including IT, business education, environment and revenue. I started my career with Business Standard and went on to work with The Financial Express and Cogencis. I can be reached at kirtika.suneja@timesgroup.com and tweet from @KirtikaSunejaET.
  • Not create unnecessary trade barriers, allow essential cross-border travel: G-20 trade ministers

    Not create unnecessary trade barriers, allow essential cross-border travel: G-20 trade ministers

    During the virtual meeting, commerce minister Piyush Goyal asked the G20 members to first focus on immediate and concrete actions that can ease the distress being faced by people all over the world due to the Covid-19. He strongly called for agreement to enable the use of TRIPs flexibilities to ensure access to essential medicines, treatments and vaccines at affordable prices

    WTO chief cuts his second term short by one year, to step down on Aug 31

    WTO chief cuts his second term short by one year, to step down on Aug 31

    Brazilian Roberto Azevedo, 62, has been director-general at the Geneva-based trade body since 2013 and was on a second term of office due to conclude at the end of August 2021. The heads of delegations of the WTO's 164 members were called to a special meeting to be held at 4 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Thursday to inform them about "pressing WTO administrative issues".

    Govt eases conditions for silver import

    Govt eases conditions for silver import

    Advance authorisation is issued to allow duty free import of inputs, which is physically incorporated in export product. The changed conditions are applicable to silver powder, plates and sheets, and unwrought silver, among others. India imported $2.5 billion of silver in these forms in the April-January period.

    E-commerce policy put on hold

    E-commerce policy put on hold

    “We have redrafted the policy and presented it to the group of secretaries. However, the environment is not congenial now and officers are busy in Covid-19-related work,” said an official in the knowledge of the details.

    Firms find 33% attendance cap a hurdle in restarting operations

    Firms find 33% attendance cap a hurdle in restarting operations

    Small units are facing a return of the inspector raj as local authorities have a great deal of discretion when interpreting powers to manage Covid-19. “Local authorities control whether or not to allow businesses to open – it is becoming a huge constraint,” said Anil Bhardwaj, secretary general, FISME.

    No increase in lease rent of SEZ units for 2020-21: Govt

    No increase in lease rent of SEZ units for 2020-21: Govt

    The commerce ministry said that payment of lease rent for the first quarter is deferred up to July 31 for all the government-owned special economic zone (SEZ) units and the deferment would not invite any interest.

    Mega FDI plan to focus on faster pharma approvals

    Mega FDI plan to focus on faster pharma approvals

    The govt has begun examining ways to shore up foreign investments, including a fast-track mechanism to clear applications of companies especially in the pharmaceutical sector that are looking at India with the US pushing its companies to relocate from China.

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