Research Projects by Dr. Ram Upendra Das

Dr. Ram Upendra Das, Professor

2013- 14

  • Global Economic Crisis, International Financial Institutions and G-20
  • Plurilateral Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) at WTO: Implications for India
  • South Asia Development and Cooperation Report
  • Regional Economic Integration: New Context and Analytical Constructs
  • Analysing the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA): Prospects and Constraints
  • Regional Economic Integration between Central Asia and South Asia
  • India-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) Some Implications for East Asian Economic Regionalism and RCEP
  • India’s Trade in Audio-Visual Services under the GATS
  • Deepening India-Maldives Economic Cooperation
  • Meaning of Indian Economic Dynamism for the EAS Process
  • Economic Integration between India and CLMV Region: Potentials and Challenges for Regional Value Chain Creation
  • Developmental Policies and Trade: Strengthening Global and Regional Value Chains through Rules of Origin
  • Comparison of India’s FTAs/ CECAs
  • Technology, Global Firms and Employment
  • Project details (2013-14)

2012- 13

  • Global Economic Crisis, International Financial Institutions and G-20
  • India’s Trade in Audio-Visual Services under the GATS
  • Technology, Global Firms and Employment
  • South Asia Development and Cooperation Report
  • Regional Economic Integration: New Context and Analytical Constructs
  • Study on Development of Institutional Framework of Data collection on Trade in Services
  • Regional Economic Integration in Central Asia
  • India-Japan Study
  • India-Canada Investment Relations
  • Project details (2012-13)

2011- 12

  • Trade in Services in SAARC: Creating an Institutional Mechanism for Data and Information Management
  • Broader Regional Economic Integration in Asia: The Agenda for East Asia Summit
  • India’s Trade in Audio-Visual Services under the GATS
  • Production Networks in ASEAN: What is Missing in South Asia?
  • India-Japan CEPA and Implications for East Asian Economic Integration

2010- 11

  • Understanding Trade in Services under GATS and RTAs
  • India’s Trade in Audio-Visual Services under the GATS
  • Research Programme on an Asian Economic Community
  • Broader Economic Integration in Asia: the Agenda for East Asia Summit
  • Comprehensive Economic Partnership of East Asia (CEPEA): A Track-II Study
  • Funding Modalities for Cooperation Projects under Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD
  • Strategic Partnership for Policy Development and Action to Foster Regional Cooperation in South Asia
  • Study on Feasibility of Possible FTA/CEPA between India-Australia
  • India-Indonesia Joint Study Group on the Feasibility of a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement
  • India-New Zealand Joint Study Group on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA)
  • SAARC Agreement on Trade in Services
  • Potential for Economic Integration in Trade in Traditional Medicines in the SAARC Region
  • Identification of Gender Sensitive Items of Trade in the Case of India

2009- 10

  • Funding Modalities for Cooperation Projects under Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) [2008/09]
  • Study on Feasibility of Possible FTA/CEPA between India-Australia
  • India-Indonesia Joint Study Group on the Feasibility of a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement 
  • India-New Zealand Joint Study Group on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) [2008/09]
  • Potential for Economic Integration in Trade in Traditional Medicines in the SAARC Region [2008/09]
  • Identification of Gender Sensitive Items of Trade in the Case of India [2008/10]

2007- 08

  • Trade and Gender: Policy Options [2008/10]
  • Relevance and Potential of an India-GCC Preferential Trade Arrangement [2006/08]
  • Afghanistan as a Member of the SAFTA Agreement: An Analysis of Its Economic Implications [2006/08]
  • Potential for Trade in Services under SAFTA Agreement [2007/09]
  • Study on Feasibility of Possible FTA/CEPA between India-Australia [2008/09]
  • India-New Zealand Joint Study Group on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) [2008/09]
  • India-Indonesia Joint Study Group on the Feasibility of a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement [2007/09]
  • India-Malaysia Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement [2006/08]

2006 - 07

  • Trade and Gender: Policy Options [2008/10]
  • Relevance and Potential of an India-GCC Preferential Trade Arrange-ment [2006/08]
  • India-Malaysia Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement [2005/07]
  • Rules of Origin under ASEAN-India FTA [2005/07]
  • Afghanistan as a Member of the SAFTA Agreement: An Analysis of Its Economic Implications [2006/07]
  • India-Pakistan Trade and Economic Relations: Prospects and Challenges [2005/07]
  • Potential for Trade in Services under SAFTA Agreement [2007/08]
  • Economic Integration in SAARC: Challenges for SAFTA and Beyond [2006/07]

2005 - 06

  • Relevance and Potential of an India-GCC Preferential Trade Arrangement [2006/07]
  • Relevance of Investment in India-GCC Partnership [2004/06]
  • Rules of Origin under ASEAN-India FTA [2005/07]
  • India-Malaysia Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement [2005/06]
  • India-Pakistan Trade and Economic Relations: Prospects and Challenges [2005/07]
  • Economic Integration in SAARC: Challenges for SAFTA and Beyond [2005/07]
  • India’s Trade in Audio-Visual Services under the GATS [2004/06]

2004 - 05

  • Relevance of Investment in India-GCC Partnership [2004/05]
  • Rules of Origin under ASEAN India FTA: Further Refinements and Product Specific Rules [2005/06]
  • Rules of Origin Issues in India’s Economic Partnership Agreements with ASEAN and Other Countries [2004/05]
  • India-Malaysia Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement [2005/06]
  • India-Pakistan Trade and Economic Relations: Prospects and Challenges [2005/06]
  • Regional Economic Integration in South Asia: SAFTA and Beyond [2005/06]
  • India’s Trade in Audio-Visual Services under the GATS [2004/06]

2003 - 04

  • Industrial Restructuring and Export Competitiveness of the Textiles and Clothing Sector in South Asia in the Context of MFA Phase-out [2001/04]
  • Economic Cooperation with Central Asian Republics [2003-]
  • Rules of Origin Issues in India’s Economic Partnership Agreements with ASEAN and Other Countries [2004/05]
  • Relevance of Investment in India-Sri Lanka Comprehensive Economic Partnership [2003/04]
  • South Asia Development and Cooperation Report 2004 [2003/04]
  • World Trade and Development Report 2003: Cancun and Beyond [2003/04]

2002 - 03

  • Globalization and the Non-Aligned Movement: An Economic Agenda for Action
  • The World Trade and Development Report 2003 and Other Preparations for the Fifth Ministerial Conference of WTO
  • Enhancing Trade and Investment Cooperation in Asia: Issues Policies and Institutional Reform
  • Feasibility Study on Free Trade Agreement between India and Thailand
  • Closer Economic Cooperation with Neighbouring Countries
  • India-Central Asia Economic Cooperation
  • Industrial Restructuring and Export Competitiveness of the Textiles and Clothing Sector in South Asia in the Context of MFA Phase-out

Experience in Inter-governmental Negotiations between India and Other Countries

  • 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.

Training

  • Course-Coordinator for Visiting Fellows under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC)/SCAAP Programme of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India at RIS on “International Economic Issues and Development Policy”, 20 February - 17 March 2006, New Delhi.
  • Course-Director in 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.
  •  Course-Director in Training Programme of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India for Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Probationers (2004 Batch) on International Economic Issues held at RIS July 16-22, 2005, New Delhi.
  • Course-Coordinator and provided training to Visiting Fellows under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme of Government of India and RIS on “International Economic Issues and Development Policy”, January 24-May 15 2005.
  • Course-Director in a Training Programme for Tariff Commission Officers on Regional and Bilateral Trade Agreements, held at RIS, March 1-7 2005, New Delhi.
  • Course-Coordinator for Training Programme on Trade and WTO Issues for Indian Foreign Services (IFS) Officer Trainees at RIS for the Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of External Affairs, August 23-27, 2004.
  • Provided training to Visiting Fellows under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme of Government of India and RIS on “Development Cooperation Prospects between India and Other Developing Countries”, 2003.
  • Provided training to 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, 2002.
  • Provided training to Visiting Fellows under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme of Government of India and RIS on “Conceptual and Empirical Issues relating to International Economic Relations”, 2001