Membership of Dr. Ram Upendra Das

  • Participating in India-Australia Joint Study Group (JSG) on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA)
  • Participating in India-New Zealand Joint Study Group (JSG) on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA)
  • Serving as a Focal Point for ‘Working Group on Trade’ under India-Indonesia JSG on ‘India-Indonesia CECA’
  • Participating in India-Indonesia Joint Study Group (JSG) on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA)
  • Member of India-Malaysia Joint Study Group (JSG) on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA)
  • Serving as a Member, Expert Group on Preferential Rules of Origin, Government of India.
  • Serving as a Member, Inter-governmental Joint Negotiating Group between India and Thailand on “Draft Framework Agreement on India-Thailand Free Trade Agreement”.
  • Served as a Member, Inter-governmental Joint Working Group between India and Thailand on “A Feasibility Study on a Free Trade Agreement between India and Thailand”, 2002.
  • Served as a Member, Committee on Cross-Border Trade set up by the Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India, 2002.

Experience in Inter-governmental Negotiations

  • Participated in the Meeting at Study to identify the areas of Cooperation Value Chains and Economic Integration with CLMV organised by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, New Delhi on 29 April 2014.
  • Participated in the Meeting on CLMV convened by Mr. Rajeev Kher, Additional Secretary (FT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi on 5 July 2013.
  • Participated in the Meeting of Rules of Origin under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement organised by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi on 14 June 2013.
  • Participated in the Brainstorming session on ‘Rules of Origin under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement’ organised by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi on 24 May 2013.
  • Held Stakeholders’ Consultations on India-CLMV Economic Cooperation, for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India in Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon during 9-15 November 2013.
  • Participated in the Stakeholders’ Consultation Meetings of the Expert Group on Rules of Origin organised by the Government of India in New Delhi on 29 August 2013.
  • Participated in the “Eighth Meeting of the Expert Group on SAARC Agreement on Trade in Services” organized by SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu, Nepal, 16-19 January, 2012.
  • Participated in High-Level meetings on “India-Maldives Economic Cooperation”, April, June, and October, 2011 Male`, Maldives.
  • Participated in the meeting of the “Expert Group on Preferential Rules of Origin, Organized by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, June 11, 2010, New Delhi.
  • ‘Economic Cooperation among East Asia Summit Members, submitted to Prime Minister’s Office, Government of India, 2009.
  • Participated in the Adoption Meeting of ‘India-Indonesia JSG’ organized by the Governments of India and Indonesia, September 15, 2009, Jakarta.
  • Participated in the meeting of ‘EAS: Senior Economic Officials Meeting’ organized by the ASEAN Secretariat, September 16, 2009, Jakarta.
  • Participated in meeting of ‘National SAARC Award Committee (NSAC)’, organized by Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, 9 July, 2009.
  • Participated in India-ASEAN Working Group Meeting and India-ASEAN SOM, 28 April 2009 and 29 April 2009, respectively at New Delhi.
  • Participated in the Meeting of India-Indonesia JSG, New Delhi, March 16, 2009.
  • Participated in the meeting on ‘India-New Zealand JSG’ between Trade and Commerce Ministers of New Zealand and India, February 12, 2009.
  • Participated in the Meeting of India- Australia Joint Study Group on CECA, held in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi on 11-12 August 2008.
  • Participated in the Meeting on India- Indonesia Joint Study Group on CECA held in Batam, Indonesia on 24-25 July, 2008.
  • Participated in the Meeting on South Asian University, SAARC Secretariat, June 17, 2008, New Delhi.
  • Participated in the Second India-New Zealand JSG Meeting on ‘India-New Zealand CECA’ Auckland, May 23, 2008.
  • Participated in the Second India-Indonesia JSG Meeting on ‘India-Indonesia CECA’ New Delhi, May 9-10, 2008.
  • Participated in the 2nd High Level Study Group Meeting of ‘Asian Cooperation Dialogue’ Seoul, April, 17-18, 2008.
  • Participated in the First India-New Zealand JSG Meeting on ‘India-New Zealand CECA’ New Delhi, April 4, 2008.
  • Participated in the Meeting of ‘SAFTA Ministerial Council’, New Delhi, March 3, 2008.
  • Participated in the Meeting of ‘SAFTA Committee of Experts’, New Delhi, March 1-2, 2008.
  • Presented Draft Regional Study on ‘Potentials for Trade in Services under SAFTA’ at the Regional Consultation Meeting, SAARC Secretariat, 6-7 February, 2008.
  • Participated in Consultative Meeting on ‘Potentials of Trade in Services under SAFTA Agreement’ at SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu, December 29, 2007.
  • Participated in the First India-Indonesia JSG Meeting on ‘India-Indonesia CECA’ Jakarta, October 30-31, 2007.
  • Participated in the Adoption Meeting of the ‘Report of the Joint Study Group on the Feasibility of Establishing A Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement between India and Malaysia’ at Kuala Lumpur on 10- 11 August 2007.
  • Participated in the ‘India-ASEAN Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) Meeting’ May 9-11, 2007, New Delhi.
  • Presented the RIS-Ministry of Commerce Study on the subject in the Meeting of Joint Study Group (JSG) on the Feasibility of Establishing Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) between India and Malaysia, organized by Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Department of Commerce, Government of India, April 20, 2006, New Delhi.
  • Participated as an Expert in the “ASEAN-India Trade Negotiation Committee” (AITNC) Meeting on November 10-11, 2005, New Delhi.
  • Made a Presentation in Workshop on “Rules of Origin under India-ASEAN FTA” organized by Government of India and ASEAN Secretariat, October 17-18, 2005, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Made a Presentation on Third Meeting of Joint Study Group (JSG) on Feasibility of a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) between India and Malaysia, organized by Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Department of Commerce, Government of India, August 22-23, 2005, New Delhi.
  • Made a Presentation on Second Meeting of Joint Study Group (JSG) on Feasibility of a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) between India and Malaysia, June 21-23, 2005, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Member, Expert Group on Rules of Origin, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, GOI. 2005.
  • “India-Sri Lanka Investment Partnership: Some Analyses and Policy Recommendations”, Study Prepared for Inter-governmental Joint Study Group on India-Sri Lanka Comprehensive Economic Partnership, 2003
  • Participated in the Fourth India-Thailand Free Trade Joint Negotiating Group Meeting, July 24-26, 2003.
  • Provided inputs to the Ministry of Commerce on India’s offer list for the Third India-Thailand Free Trade Joint Negotiating Group Meeting, March 2003.
  • Participated in the second India-Thailand Free Trade Joint Negotiating Group Meeting, March 10-12, 2003.
  • Participated as a Member, Inter-governmental Joint Negotiating Group (JNG) for Drafting a Framework Agreement on India –Thailand FTA, Bangkok, 2002.
  • Participated in the Fourth and Final Joint Working Group Meeting in Thailand during 22-23, December 2002 as a member of the Delegation of the Govt. of India and presented the Feasibility Study on India-Thailand Free Trade Agreement.
  • Participated in the Third Joint Working Group Meeting in New Delhi, India during 13-14, November, 2002 as a member of the Delegation of the Govt. of India and presented the Feasibility Study on India-Thailand Free Trade Agreement.
  • Participated in the Second Joint Working Group Meeting in Cha-am, Thailand during 26-27, August, 2002 as a member of the Delegation of the Govt. of India and presented the Feasibility Study on India-Thailand Free Trade Agreement.
  • Draft SAFTA Agreement and Rules of Origin under SAFTA, inputs co-authored with V. R. Panchamukhi, 2000.
  • Participated in negotiations on India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement, 1998.
  • Study, co-authored with V. R. Panchamukhi, on Rules of Origin under SAPTA was sent to the SAARC Secretariat by the Govt. of India that facilitated reforms in the SAPTA Rules of Origin System, 1998.
  • Made presentations in different meetings of the SAARC Committee on Economic Cooperation of the Commerce Secretaries. Presented a paper on “Regional Cumulation facility of the EU GSP Scheme for the SAARC region”. This facilitated the launching of this scheme for the SAARC countries, 1997.

Capacity Building

  • Serving as Course-Director of various RIS Capacity Building Programmes since 2001 till present. Prominent Programmes directed include:
  • One-month Programme on International Economic Issues and Development Policy (IEIDP), under ITEC/SCAAP of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India (Each year since 2001- present)
  • One-month Programme on Global and Regional Economic Cooperation Issues (GRECI), sponsored by ERIA, Jakarta (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Two-day Module on ‘International and Regional Economic Cooperation Issues’ Organized for Foreign Diplomats, Under the Professional Course for Foreign Diplomats (PCFD), Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, (Every year since 2007-present.
  • One day Module on ‘Understanding Regional Economic Cooperation in Asia, organized for Teachers under UGC’s Refreshers Course (Since 2007 –till present)
  • One Week Programme on ‘Global Economic Regime and India’s Regional Economic Engagements’, for Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Probationers (Since 2004-2009).
  • One week Training Workshop of Ministry of Finance, Government of India for Senior Indian Economic Service (IES) Officers on Regionalism in the World and Asia: Challenges and Options before India held at RIS August 29 - September 2, 2005, New Delhi.
  • Training Programme for Tariff Commission Officers on Regional and Bilateral Trade Agreements, held at RIS, March 1-7 2005, New Delhi.
  • Programme for Senior Government Officials of the Tariff Commission, Govt. of India on various conceptual and empirical issues of WTO and Global and National Trade Policy Making Processes, under the RIS Training Programme, 2002.