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Karen Stoll Farrell and Sumit Ganguly

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199467242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199467242.001.0001

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India and RCEP

India and RCEP

Challenges and Opportunities of Opening Up the Farm/Food Sector

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Surupa Gupta

Oxford University Press

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a sixteen country trade grouping slated to become the largest free trade area in the world, is emerging as one of India’s primary opportunities for increasing connectivity to East and Southeast Asia. Not only does this offer Indian producers access to a large Asian market but also the possibility of joining global value chains that would potentially increase trade with the rest of the world. Identifying India’s defensive and aggressive interests in agriculture and food processing, this chapter argues that Indian policymakers need to address domestic infrastructural deficits and policy reform bottlenecks if India is to fully exploit its opportunities from its trade connectivity with the east. They also need to re-examine the defensive interests, focus on export interests and place the conversation within the context of India’s overall interest in economic development and job creation.

Keywords:   India, Southeast Asia, RCEP, trade, agricultural trade, agricultural policy, agricultural infrastructure, international trade, regional trade

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