Enabling SMEs to penetrate global value chains of TNCs: Need to strengthen regional innovation systems

By Arjun Kumar, Ritika Gupta MSMEs are key drivers of innovation, economic growth, and new employment generation, making them a key demographic constituent to measure the economic health of countries globally. And w Globalization of industries happening at a fast pace it will be critical for the growth of MSMEs to look into aspects of … Continue reading Enabling SMEs to penetrate global value chains of TNCs: Need to strengthen regional innovation systems

Pandemic and the Union Budget 2021: Implementation and the way forward

By Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Arjun Kumar, Ritika Gupta The Indian economy was quite sluggish even before the pandemic made the unfortunate appearance. Inefficient policies and structural issues took a toll on the economy, further exasperated by the pandemic. Now that we are emerging from the shadows of the ill-planned lockdowns and inefficient bailout packages, the growth … Continue reading Pandemic and the Union Budget 2021: Implementation and the way forward

Economic growth has devastating cost to nature: India cannot ignore Dasgupta review

Prof Patha Dasgupta Power & Climate Policy Analyst Shankar Sharma’s letter to Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, New Delhi, with copies to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union environment, forests and climate change minister Prakash Javadekar, among others, on why India cannot afford to ignore the true relevance of the findings of Dasgupta Review … Continue reading Economic growth has devastating cost to nature: India cannot ignore Dasgupta review

India’s trade dynamics under Covid-19: Trade openness and value chain participation

By Prof Utpal K De, Dr Simi Mehta* The topics of wide debate and discussions of recent times have been revolving around the impacts of ongoing pandemic Covid-19 and consequences of various policy measures including the locking and unlocking of the economies, compensatory government measures vide cash transfers and other social safety nets, changing fiscal … Continue reading India’s trade dynamics under Covid-19: Trade openness and value chain participation

Can Bangladesh shift to become ‘developing country’ from a ‘least developed’ one by 2024?

By Dr Utpal K De, Dr Simi Mehta* The COVID-19 pandemic has added fuel to the fire in an era of global economic downturn and political unrest. Incontestably, the less developed nations are hit harder than their counterparts. Pandemic had led to global economic contraction (barring China) with national shutdowns and employment losses. In a … Continue reading Can Bangladesh shift to become ‘developing country’ from a ‘least developed’ one by 2024?

Despite claims, large number of Bangladeshis don’t have access to basic financial services

An Impact Policy and Research Institute (IMPRI) note prepared by Dr Utpal K De and Dr Simi Mehta on “Financial inclusion in Bangladesh: Initiatives, achievements and way forward amidst Covid-19 pandemic”: Financial Inclusion has been recently acknowledged as a key enabler for reducing poverty and improving prosperity. However, more than 50% adults of the poorest … Continue reading Despite claims, large number of Bangladeshis don’t have access to basic financial services

Trade and policy shocks in Nepal amidst pandemic: Observations, lessons, way forward

By Raghu Bir Bista, PhD* Foreign Trade is an external sector in the world as a huge potential key driver of economic growth rate, income equity and poverty reduction. Since 1990s, South Asia has been struggling trade gain from internationalism and regionalism through building a liberal trade policy regime. SAPTA to SAFTA is an example … Continue reading Trade and policy shocks in Nepal amidst pandemic: Observations, lessons, way forward