(from ICRIER Newsletter | November 2019 | Vol. III, Issue 11)
The November 2019 issue of the Newsletter provides a quick recap of ICRIER’s research and policy engagements during the month of October 2019.
Three research reports were released by ICRIER last month in the areas of competition, trade and investment and climate change (See below).
ICRIER also organized consultation workshops, dissemination and outreach events during the month. ICRIER researchers published several articles in leading newspapers and other media platforms on a variety of current issues such as growth, agriculture, trade, FTAs, RCEP, single use plastics and the Economics Nobel. We sincerely hope that you will take a few moments to glance through these updates and engage further with anything that interests you. We hope you enjoy the newsletter’s new format. As always, we welcome your valuable feedback.
Competition Issues in India’s Mobile Handset Industry
(Rajat Kathuria, Mansi Kedia and Kaushambi Bagchi)
Mobile phones have been the key to India’s technology revolution. India is the second largest mobile phone market globally, next only to China. At the end of 2018, the estimated number of smart phone users in India was 337 million, compared to 2.53 billion users worldwide. One would imagine that the exponential increase in cheaper smart phone models would displace the market for feature phones; to the contrary, feature phones continue to dominate the Indian market. While smart phone and feature phone shipments in 2018 Q3 were about the same, a comparison of growth rates shows that both phablets (large screen smartphones) and regular smartphones eclipse feature phones.
Exploring Trade and Investment Opportunities between India and Select African and Asian Economies
(Anirudh Shingal, Neha Gupta, Minakshee Das, Akshaya Aggarwal and Varsha Jain)
Using descriptive statistical analysis, this study examines trade and investment opportunities between India and 41 African and Asian economies (mostly LDCs) by focusing on the latter’s export opportunities in the Indian market and on India’s investment opportunities in the selected countries. It also discusses barriers to realizing the identified trade and investment opportunities between India and the selected economies, based on a review of the existing literature.
Financing Resilience against Natural Disasters
(Saon Ray, Samridhi Jain and Vasundhara Thakur)
Disaster Risk Resilience can be interpreted as global policies working for improving disaster risk reduction. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is the guiding principle for efforts to improve resilience worldwide. This report links the global efforts for disaster risk reduction with resilient infrastructure. The report analyses the applicability of popular instruments for emerging economies, the role of the private sector, and challenges to implementation of resilience framework. It maps the evolution and status of disaster risk financing in India.
ICANN 66 Pre-Meeting Briefing
ICRIER hosted the ICANN 66 Pre-Meeting Briefing on 18th October 2019 for its Indian stakeholders. This edition of the Pre-Meeting Briefing looked closely at the developments between ICANN 65 and ICANN 66 and highlighted some of the key policy discussions currently underway at ICANN. The event witnessed participation from various stakeholders from India, including representatives from the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), National Internet Exchange of India (‘.in’ registry) along with Indian representatives active in various policy development processes at ICANN. ICANN 65 was held in Montreal, Canada, between 2-7 November 2019. ICRIER will also be hosting the ICANN 66 Readout during the first week of December 2019 to highlight some of the key takeaways from ICANN 66.
Dissemination of the India-LDCs Trade and Investment Study
ICRIER organised Dissemination of the Report Exploring Trade and Investment Opportunities between India and Select African and Asian Economies on October 14, 2019 at Magnolia Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
Welcome remarks were delivered by Dr. Rajat Kathuria, Director & CE, ICRIER and the Introductory Session was Chaired by Dr. Jayant Dasgupta, IAS (Retd.) Former Ambassador of India to the WTO. Dr. Anirudh Shingal, Sr. Fellow, ICRIER presented the key findings of the report, which was followed by a Panel discussion Chaired by Dr. Arpita Mukherjee, Professor, ICRIER.
Market Incentives, Direct Income Support for Farmers are far more Effective in Increasing Agricultural Productivity
(Ashok Gulati, Sakshi Gupta)
Cities at Crossroads: Single-use Plastic only Part of the Challenge
(Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Almitra Patel)
From Plate to Plough: Agri-Policy Lessons from China
(Ashok Gulati & Sakshi Gupta)
Growth, Income, Poverty and the Nobel
Understanding the RCEP with Rajat Kathuria
The Five-trillion Math
Has PM-Kisan Belied Expectations?
How Government Can Control Sudden Spike in Prices of Onion and Tomato
(Ashok Gulati & Harsh Wardhan)
Best of Business Standard Opinion: Corporate Tax Cuts, Pollution Challenge…
(Durgesh K. Rai)
India’s Trade with its FTA Partners: Experiences, Challenges…
(Durgesh K. Rai)
India’s Trade Policy Should Lend an Ear to a Wider Range of Voices
(Ujjwal Krishna & Amrita Saha)
Monsoon’s Late Surge Helps, But Floods Hurt Crop Prospects