Article V The parties agree to take full account of proposals that may be made from time to time by the other party in order to expand and diversify trade. There may be natural allies and partners in geopolitics. None in the economy and international trade/investment. Considering that China is the largest trading partner of more than a hundred countries. Including the biggest, the most serious. Our economy must be globally competitive. Integrated into the value chains that meander across Asia. The loss of last-minute nerves about RCEP membership could be seen as a lack of self-confidence. If we fail to compete with Laos and Cambodia, there is little hope that free trade agreements can be concluded with the United States and the EU. Outside the EU, Britain will no longer play any role. “India cannot afford to have the Bombay Club that existed in the early 1990s, it is necessary to stay connected to other countries, including trade and economic cooperation,” said Sanjaya Baru, an economist and media advisor to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, previously.
The Bombay Club was made up of renowned Indian industrialists who, in 1993, supported the process of economic liberalization in order to create protection and measures for a level playing field. It is a list of free trade agreements between two parties in which each party could be a country (or another customs territory), a trade bloc or an informal group of countries. However, in this context, exacerbated by the fact that most countries are cautiously following their trade strategy, India must focus on far-reaching free trade agreements with trading partners that offer maximum trade complementarities, particularly in the United States and the EU. In the United States, our untapped export potential as a percentage of current exports is around 60%, compared to 90% for the EU. A comprehensive analysis of trade between India and its key free trade partners, discussed above, shows a significant increase in trade since the agreements came into force. SAFTA came into force on 1 January 2006 and, according to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, bilateral trade between India and other SAFTA member states increased from $6.8 billion in 2005-06 to $28.5 billion in 2018-19. India`s trade with SAFTA grew faster than its overall trade with the world. As a result, SAFTA`s share of India`s international trade increased from 1.6% in 2005-06 to 2.5% in 2018-19. At the same time, Indian exports to SAFTA countries grew faster than their imports from them, resulting in a significant increase in the trade surplus with these economies from about $4 billion to $21 billion. The maximum growth in exports to the SAFTA REGION was recorded with Bangladesh and Nepal.
The attempt to promote free trade while promoting protectionism under the guise of “atmanirbhar Bharat?”. You can`t have your cake and eat it! Either you open up to trade or you don`t. Overall, India`s experience in trade with its major free trade partners, with the exception of SAFTA, has not been very encouraging. While India has significantly increased its exports from its free trade agreement with SAFTA countries, the EPA with Korea and the ECSC with ASEAN have been more beneficial to these economies.