Discussion Papers


Abstract: The current mandate of the Negotiating Group for Trade Facilitation (NGTF) is to clarify and improve the three articles, viz. Articles V, VIII and X of the GATT 1994.


Abstract: Despite some recovery in recent years, Central Asian Republics (CARs) remain in difficult economic situation and they present a serious challenge to Asia.


Discussion Paper: # 107

Monetary and Financial Cooperation in Asia:Emerging Trends and Prospects

by Ramkishen S. Rajan

Abstract: Ever since the currency crisis of 1997-98 there has been a great deal of interest in enhancing regional economic cooperation in Asia. It is important to keep in mind that economic regionalism is multidimensional nature.


Discussion Paper: # 106

Japan and an Asian Economic Community

by Masanori Kondo

Abstract: Until recently, most Japanese considered the gaining momentum of Asian economic integration in the frame of ASEAN+3.


Discussion Paper: # 105

India-Vietnam Trade: Current Relations and Prospects

by Rajesh Mehta

Abstract: The main objective of this paper is to analyse the level, growth and composition of India-Vietnam Trade in goods, identify sectors/products in which India has export potential in Vietnam, if a duty free regime is agreed between India and


Abstract: India, Brazil, and South Africa (IBSA) derive from world’s three continents, which together share 20 percent of world population and 10 percent of world surface area and contribute 4 percent of world GDP and 2 percent of world trade.


Discussion Paper: # 103

Trade and Environment in the WTO: Negotiating Options for Developing Countries

by Sanjay Kumar and Nupur Chowdhury

Abstract: The debate on the trade related environment issues has intensified in the Doha Round at WTO. The idea is to ensure sustainable development as proclaimed in the Preamble to the Marrakesh Agreement.


Abstract: The debate about identification of environmentally sensitive goods (ESGs) is highly complex as discussed in the economic literature.


Abstract: China and India have emerged as highly dynamic economies in recent years. In the Asian region their growth and economic expansion has generated its own complementarities.


Abstract: Drawing upon the recent work conducted at RIS and other think-tanks, this paper finds a compelling case for broader regional economic integration in Asia.