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

Administrative reforms needed for New India, Atmanirbhar Bharat

By Dr Arjun Kumar, Anshula Mehta* Winning the next election is always a supreme task, executives and legislators have had their electoral pressures and considerations and therefore each policy is seen as a political investment. Civil services and other government jobs have generated interests primarily for their job security, high salaries, and promotions. On several … Continue reading Administrative reforms needed for New India, Atmanirbhar Bharat

Banker for poor who hopes to bounce back from pandemic’s economic fallout

By Moin Qazi* Finance is one field where we have witnessed significant innovations in recent decades, and this has transformed our society in many ways. Earlier, we could hardly visualise social change in rural India as it was mired in caste conflicts and was impervious to the winds of change. Before the 1980s, outsiders rarely … Continue reading Banker for poor who hopes to bounce back from pandemic’s economic fallout

Deflationary situation, issue COVID-19 bonds to immediately raise money: Prof Arun Kumar

COVID-19 induced lockdown is a voluntary cessation of economic activity, Prof Arun Kumar, one of India’s most eminent economist, said while addressing the audience in a Distinguished Lecture #WebPolicyTalk organized by Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi on Socio-Economic Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic in India held on October 7, 2020. Prof Kumar is … Continue reading Deflationary situation, issue COVID-19 bonds to immediately raise money: Prof Arun Kumar