Rising trade deficit points to India’s open markets: Khullar
Replying on behalf of India at the Trade Policy Review (TPR) in Geneva, Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar, said, “Year after year, our imports have outpaced exports. We have a very large trade deficit, which as a percentage of the GDP is one of the highest in the world. It is expected to increase to 11.5 per cent of the GDP in 2013-14.”
Amongst other things, the US had expressed disappointment at India’s reluctance to participate in meaningful market opening through the Doha Round negotiations. Michael Punke, US Ambassador to the WTO, had criticised India’s alleged lack of transparency, besides several other issues, during the TPR in Geneva. The review is a regular examination of trade liberalisation achieved by every member of the World Trade Organization and is done by peer members.
On concerns raised about trade remedies (tools that allow governments to take remedial actions against imports when they harm domestic industry), the commerce secretary said that India does not have a protectionist intent. “If we had a protectionist intent, then the easy route of increasing the tariffs up to the bound rates was available to us. We have not gone down that road.” He said while
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