• SPIPA asked to understake industry research in Ahmedabad
     August 9th, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Gujarat in News
    Experts at a seminar on ‘WTO and FTAs and its impact on Gujarat’ asked Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration(SPIPA) and other state level research institutions will undertake industry specific research, to form a database, loaded with comprehensive information on ‘WTO and FTAs and its impact on Gujarat’. A two-day seminar on ‘WTO and FTAs and its impact on Gujarat’ organized by SPIPA in collaboration with FICCI and New Delhi-basedCentre for Studies in WTO. The seminar concluded in the city late on Tuesday. It was attended by 38 participants, including 26 from the government and 12 from the stakeholders. SPIPA was the nodal institution of Gujarat Government for emanation of World Trade Organization (WTO) provisions and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and their impact on state level stakeholders.

    The seminar spread over five sessions was a blend of discussions and interface between the representatives of Government of India (GoI) from Ministry of Commerce and Textile Committee and various enterprises representing the state-level stakeholders.

    It resulted in drawing of significant conclusions to the present problem of inadequate involvement of stakeholders in the negotiation process at the international level.

    The speakers urged SPIPA and other state level research institutions will undertake industry specific research, to form a database, loaded with comprehensive information. SPIPA being identified by the Gujarat Government as the nodal institution in the state, should act as the anchor point in the state for a two way exchange of information and make the stakeholders understand and articulate the agreements entered into internationally, they said.

    Presiding over the valedictory ceremony and a session on Export-Import, Anup K Pujari, director general of Foreign Trade, spoke at length about the basics demand and supply vis-a-vis imports and exports, transportation cost, technology and efficiency in production – by taxing the foreign commodity or reducing the domestic price by subsidizing the domestic product, in order to tilt the balance in the favor of domestic markets. He suggested that India’s negative balance of trade position can be compensated by running a budget deficit or saving.

    Elucidating on Export-Import Policy, he dwelt on the role of GoI as a facilitator, difficulty in examining the exact amount of capital good utilized to determine its exact value of taxation, taxation on services, and on exporters’ concern for high taxations imposed by states making commodity less competitive. He stated that the government constantly tries to increase exports, instead of controlling imports, with different type of exemptions.

    The seminar was inaugurated in the presence of R.S Sodhi, Chair-man GCMMF and Rajeev Kher, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce. Arvind Aggarwal, Director-General of SPIPA, pointed out that the stakeholders are not adequately aware of these FTAs and their impact due to which they are not able to actively participate in taking suitable measures. He welcomed the initiative taken by the Ministry of Commerce for identifying administrative training institutions to impart training to state level officials on WTO provisions and FTAs.