Also, please hold on to your hope for waiting for the tree to fall. Hope it does not fall on you because those that are below it will be crushed for sure!
You should come out of your media and denial hole and see the reality. angladesh can easily importy most of the food import from Myanmar and else where. But indian as it did before will use any and all subversive tricks to derail that relation.
Here is the proof indian lie and deception with Srilanka. All in name of free trade.
Sri Lanka stops pepper exports to India under free trade deal
Jan 14, 2008 (LBO) - Sri Lanka has stopped exporting pepper under the Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA) because of restrictions imposed by India, a top exporter has said.
Gulam Chatoor, former chairman of the Spices and Allied Products Producers and Traders Association said India’s imposition of a cap of 2,500 tonnes a year on pepper exports went against the aim of free trade.
"No exports have been made during the current year under the FTA although fair quantities of pepper have been exported from Sri Lanka to India to the export oriented units and to the extraction industry,” Chatoor said.
He told LBO that the trade has asked India to allow pepper exports without restrictions or put it on the negative list.
Products on the negative list in the FTA do not get tariff concessions.
Sri Lanka’s Spices and Allied Products Producers and Traders Association has decided not to export any pepper to India under the FTA as it felt the restrictions imposed by India went against the "spirit" of the agreement, Chatoor said.
Chatoor said that other Sri Lankan spices enter India without import duty and this has boosted exports of spices to the sub-continent.
He explained that Sri Lankan pepper was still being exported duty free to India outside the FTA under special concessions given to Indian export oriented businesses for processing, value addition and re-export.
Chatoor said the trade understood that India’s imposed the quantity restrictions on Sri Lankan pepper under the FTA after protests by Indian producers of pepper.
Indian pepper is generally more expensive than Sri Lankan pepper.
The FTA has boosted trade between the two neighbours but has also been dogged by problems over some exports like pepper and vanaspathi vegetable oil owing to protests by Indian industry.
"Both governments have to be committed to free trade if they are embarking upon trade agreements," Chatoor said.
bilaterals.org | Sri Lanka stops pepper exports to India under free trade deal
Vanaspati imports from Lanka capped
New Delhi: In a relief for domestic producers of vanaspati (vegetable fats), the Centre has now stipulated that the total quantum of import of vegetable fats under the Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would be restricted to 2.5 lakh tonnes a year.
Besides bringing vanaspati and margarine imports from Sri Lanka under a quota system (insisting on Tariff Rate Quota certificate), the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has also placed port restrictions on their imports into the country.
It has also now been specified that the import quota of 2.5 lakh tonnes would be allocated by the Sri Lanka Government in four equal quarterly tranche. Import quota of one quota will not be allowed to be carried out to the next quarter.
Under the new procedure for vanaspati imports, the ports through which imports will be allowed are Mumbai, JNPT/Nhava Sheva, Kandla, Chennai, Cochin, Tuticorin, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Haldia, Kakinada, New Mangalore, Mormugoa and Mundra. Imports will also be allowed through inland container depots (ICDs) in Tughlakabad, Ludhiana, Ahmedabad, Kanpur, Indore and Faridabad.
The India-Sri Lanka FTA was signed on December 28,1998 and implemented from March 2000. Under the FTA, zero duty entry of Sri Lankan goods were allowed since March 2003 except for items kept in sensitive/negative list. The balance of trade continues to be in India’s favour, with the country’s exports to Sri Lanka during April-December 2007 at Rs 1,916.13 crore and imports from Sri Lanka in the same period at Rs 330.52 crore.
Indo – Sri Lanka FTA: Myths and realities
By an independent analyst
There is a grave concern from the Sri Lankan side on the increase of imports from India during last few years. Picture shows a market place
This article is written in recognizing the numerous opinions floating around in Sri Lanka in respect of the proposed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India. Most of the public discussions and paper articles on CEPA, which we see today, are either based on personal or political sentiments or absolute analysis of numerical figures. The whole purpose of this article is to give a holistic and comparative analysis based on facts and figures explaining the current status of the FTA with India. This article, basically concentrates only on the trade in goods aspect.
Indian FTA - was it a policy mistake?
Initiation of FTA dialogue between Sri Lanka and India started in the mid 90's, shortly after India embarked on open economic policies. Though this exercise was virtually new to both countries, no one can deny the excellent level of intellectuality in both countries in handling this blueprint task. However, one can ask a valid question, whether we made a mistake by taking a policy decision to enter into a FTA with India in the mid 90's. Under the current context, this is totally irrelevant question, because, as to date it is an agreement between two sovereign states with commitments to be honoured. On the other hand, if Sri Lanka views the FTA as so detrimental for her interests, it is fully legal to withdraw from this agreement by giving six months notice to the other party as per the Article XIV of the said Agreement. The policy mistakes, if any, therefore, can be corrected even to day.
What were the commitments?
When negotiating the FTA, policy makers have given due considerations to the asymmetries of the two economies by maintaining comparative 'negative lists' and differential implementation periods for their commitments.
According to the trade liberalization programe envisaged under the FTA, India committed to liberalize their goods market more aggressively than Sri Lanka. As per the agreed programme, with effect from 2003, Sri Lanka is entitled to export more than 4,000 products to India at zero rate of duty. In contrast, Sri Lanka always has had an opportunity to adopt a piecemeal liberalization process, providing adequate time to local industries to adjust themselves to face with the Indian competition. The agreed tariff liberalization programme therefore, allowed Sri Lanka to utilize eight years from 2000 to 2008 to meet her commitment compared to three years granted to India. The same asymmetry is evident, not only in opening up of the markets, but also in the process of protecting domestic interests too. In this regard, Sri Lanka was allowed to keep 1,220 products (which cover most sensitive agricultural and industrial products) without granting any tariff concessions to India while India maintained only 200 products without granting any concessions for Sri Lanka.
Imports from India
There is a grave concern from Sri Lankan side on the staggering increase of import from India during the last few years. The common parlance that this increase has resulted in increase of preferential imports coming from India under the FTA; is largely a misconception arrived through gross approximations, speculations and even may be because of ignorance.
Table 1 suggests that even prior to the FTA, (from 1986 - 1998) there was a prominent increase in imports from India to Sri Lanka. The imports from India, which stood at around 2 billion rupees in 1986 has increased to around 36 billion rupees in year 1998 recording a leaner average growth around 25% per year. During the FTA, (from 2000 - 2007) imports from India has grown an average rate of around 30% per year, which is an obvious and expected outcome of FTAs.
Table1 shows another important dimension of preferential imports from India to Sri Lanka during the FTA period. On average, out of total imports from India to Sri Lanka during the period of 2000-2007, only 15%-20% of imports have entered to Sri Lanka under any form of tariff preference in a given year. This means that out of the total imports from India to Sri Lanka, around 75% to 80% has nothing to do with preferences granted under the FTA. These imports have been made as normal imports by paying respective import duties applicable for respective products accordingly. The harsh economic reality that we largely ignored here is that the India is one of our most preferred countries of importation of products. India has became our best source of supply of products due to her price competitiveness and proximity to the country, helping Sri Lanka to save foreign exchange. To clarify this matter further, let's look at the detailed Indian import composition in 2007 and the applicable preferences granted under the FTA for those imports.
According to Table 2, the above four categories of import products from India represents around 60% of total imports from that country for 2007. The situation is such that in spite of the FTA with India this 60% (Rs. 182 billion) imports would have come to Sri Lanka in any case. The other interesting point is that according to further calculations, the overall rate of non-preferential imports from India would be around 80%.
Export to India
With the implementation of the FTA, preferential exports from Sri Lanka to India have increased remarkably. When compared to 20% of preferential imports from India to Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka has exported more than 80% of total exports in value terms to India utilizing the tariff preferences granted under the FTA.
Even though Sri Lanka's preferential exports to India has increased in an unprecedented manner with the implementation of the FTA, these performances are also being criticized on account of the issue of 'lack of diversification' in Sri Lanka's export portfolio to India.
Table 3 shows Sri Lanka's product diversification efforts with her main 12 export destinations in year 2007. Out of these 12 destinations, eight countries are our traditional developed country markets. If we look into the product concentration among other four developing countries, ratios are 45%, 73%, 91% and 96% for India, UAE, Russia and Iran respectively. Notwithstanding that even with our traditional markets such as Belgium, Italy and Japan, Sri Lanka's product concentration ratio is at 76%, 55% and 40%, respectively. Having considered this scenario one has to appreciate the fact that India is the only developing country, which absorbs substantial amount of imports from Sri Lanka at least maintaining around 45% of product concentration ratio.
It has to be noted that it is not always good practice to analyze matters only through absolute figures. One has to take a comparative and holistic view towards the issue and then only one can identify the real issue as well as the remedies for these issues. The data in Table 3 suggests that the product diversification issue is not a matter only to the Indian market. It is a general condition that prevails in Sri Lanka and has a lot to do with the domestic front to rectify this situation. Though the FTA can contribute to a certain extent towards diversification of export product portfolio of a country, it is not 'the criteria' for export diversification.
Vanaspati, Copper and Pepper
If somebody happened to read or write any literature on FTA with India, both opponents and proponents of the FTA tend to talk about the above three products in such a way to substantiate their arguments. Proponents use these three products to show the positive results of the FTA, while opponents use these products to criticize Indian authority over the FTA. Before digging into this issue further, let's look at the export figures of these three items for the last few years.
According to Table 4, export of Vanaspati from Sri Lanka to India has increased exponentially with the implementation of the FTA. It is said that India had shown their concerns with the respective authorities in Sri Lanka on this abnormal increase in imports at early stages jeopardizing the interests of their domestic suppliers. After detailed consultations, India introduced a cap on export of Vanaspati at 250,000mt per annum with effect from June 2006 to safeguard their domestic industry interests. Here, the questions are, whether India has played the game according to the rule and how far it has affected the Sri Lankan business interests.
According to the rule, i.e. Article VIII (1) of the FTA, says, " If any product, which is the subject of preferential treatment under this Agreement, is imported into the territory of a contracting party in such a manner or in such quantities as to cause or threaten to course, serious injury in the importing contracting party, the importing contacting party may, with prior consultations except in critical circumstances, suspend provisionally without discrimination the preferential treatment accorded under the Agreement". If India really kept to this rule, they had the flexibility to totally remove the preferences granted to Vanspati in light of the Article VIII (1) of the FTA.
However, given the cordial relationship between the two countries and recognizing the smooth operation of FTA, India granted 250,000mt of quota to address the concerns of their domestic industry. With effect from June 2006, Vanaspati exports from Sri Lanka were streamlined and companies operated in Sri Lanka began to utilize the quota allocated to them. The next blow to the Vanaspati industry came at the first quarter of year 2008, where India reduced import duty on crude palm oil and Vanaspati to tame domestic inflationary effects. The reduction of import duty at the Indian side has affected the competitiveness of Sri Lankan exporters as expected and caused natural reduction in export of this product to India. The situation is purely an economic phenomenon, which has occurred as a result of a sovereign decision taken by India.
In the case of pepper, India introduced a cap of 2500mt per annum at the same period for the same reasons i.e. to protect the Indian domestic industry interest. Even though, on the face of it, this seems peculiar to the opponents of the FTA, the ground situation reveals a different story. There are two categories of pepper exports to India under two different channels. The first one is, export of light berries under special licensing scheme at zero rate of duty and the second stream is export of heavy berries under the FTA at zero rate duty. Pepper industry in Sri Lanka would vouch that, out of total pepper exports to India, around 75% is exported under special licensing scheme as light berries at zero rate of duty. This is the very reason that Sri Lanka has exported 6,628mt and 5,361mt of pepper in 2006 and 2007 respectively, even with a voluntary export restriction of export of pepper under FTA channel. The other interesting point is that the pepper industry sees this as a blessing in disguise, as this measure encouraged them to seek better markets for their pepper at a premium prices and the results have been confirmed as a success story by the industry sources.
With regard to copper, there are no such limitations even though there was a substantial increase of export (See Table 4) from Sri Lanka to India under the FTA, where India could invoke provisions under the Article on Safeguard. The copper industry was established as a trade driven industry to utilize the benefit of reduction in high tariff (tariff arbitrage) under FTA and as a matter of fact the industry is now faced with a natural peril due to the overall import tariff reduction at the Indian end.
Non Tariff Measures (NTMs)
This is an area where the countries' policy, politics and business comes into place. In order to address NTMs both countries have to move along with these three dimensions individually and collectively. It is not advisable to conclude the good or bad status of once NTMs regimes in the light of 'pick and choose' cases as it does not apply to the whole system. The writer believes that Sri Lankan authorities have been negotiating some aspects of policy related NTM's at the proposed CEPA agenda with India under the auspicious of 'mutual recognition of certifications'. Further, there is a strong political will and relationship between the two countries to address these issues as expeditiously as possible. Nonetheless, it is ultimately the business decisions that decide the extent to which they have to face with NTMs. Correct business decisions will face less or no barriers for them to enter into that market, while bad business decisions may result in facing barriers unnecessarily.
That is the reason why some companies recognise the support of Indian authorities in their exercise to penetrate market with full page paper advertisements while some others are prone to criticize the same authorities for lack of support and inefficiencies.
Financial Times - Indo – Sri Lanka FTA: Myths and realities
India leads in imposing anti-dumping duties: WTO
D Ravi Kanth / Geneva October 21, 2008, 1:01 IST
India ranks first in imposing final anti-dumping duties during the first six months of 2008, an increase of 78 per cent over the same period last year, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat said in its latest report today.
India resorted to 16 final anti-dumping measures in the first six months of this year compared to eight new measures by the European Union (EU).
During the same period, Indonesia took recourse to five final anti-dumping measures, followed by four each by Argentina, China and Ukraine, three each by Brazil and South Africa, and two each by the United States, Egypt and Korea, and one by Canada.
In effect, 12 members applied 54 new final anti-dumping measures during the first half of this year as compared with 51 measures in the same period last year.
WTO members are entitled to levy anti-dumping measures when exporters attempt to sell their products below normal price but before clamping the duties they have to ensure that there is sufficient dumping to cause material injury to its domestic industry.
Besides, anti-dumping measures are essential to contain “predatory dumping” by exporting countries.
The latest figures reflected a declining trend for some members like the United States, China, Canada and Argentina.
But in the case of India, the EU, Indonesia, Korea and South Africa, among others, the latest figure reveals an increasing use of final anti-dumping measures, which have a chilling effect on the trade for at least two to three years.
In terms of initiating anti-dumping actions, which is the first step before members decide to take initial and final anti-dumping measures, Turkey ranks first with 13 anti-dumping initiations followed by the US with 12, India (11), the EU and Argentina (10 each), Brazil (7), Australia and Colombia (4 each).
Altogether, 16 WTO members reported they initiated a total of 85 new investigations during the first six months this year, compared with 61 initiations last year, a sharp increase of 39 per cent.
China is the frequent target for both investigations and final duties with nearly half of initiations were targeted against the Chinese products during the first six months. The most frequent products subjected to new investigations are metal sector (21 initiations), the textile sector (20) initiations and the chemicals sector (10) initiations.
India is in the forefront seeking major changes in the anti-dumping provisions to ensure that it does not become a non-trade barrier, said an Indian trade negotiator.
Over the years, the US heavily used AD measures by adopting a controversial methodology called the zeroing practice to calculate dumping margins. Under the zeroing methodology, the US chose not to take into consideration the negative margins between the domestic prices and normal price into consideration.
Consequently, the dumping margins were invariably inflated, a practice that was condemned by the WTO’s highest appeals body frequently.
However, the US continues to oppose attempts to scrap the zeroing methodology despite an overwhelming demand from members during the ongoing Doha trade negotiations.
India leads in imposing anti-dumping duties: WTO
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Illegal trade exceeds legal deals with Bangladesh
Our Bureau / Kolkata July 30,2004
There existed immense potential for trade with Bangladesh, but the trade figures that had emerged indicated that the volume of goods exchanged as contraband between the two countries was far in excess of the legal trade.
Illegal trade across the Bangladesh border through northeast India and Bengal in 2001-02 was about eight times the legal trade for goods imported into India whereaas illegal exports was double the volume of legal exports.
This was stated by S K Jain, chairman, Federation of Indian Export Organization eastern region at a workshop on “Trade with India’s neighbours — Issues and prospects,” organised by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Illegal trade exceeds legal deals with Bangladesh
Now legal indian export is close to = $4 billion
Then illegal trade as report stated is double the amount 4X2 = $8 billion
Total indian export is = $12 billion
Looks like I been conservative and indians has been lying all along
But, Indians do not feel the same way. They like to write about India is giving us 'free money.' Where can we find that Indian money, in the dreams? Miser Indians never help others. It knows how to steal and take away from others. Show us your heart by allowing our products to compete with your made in India shoddy products. That will be the greatest favour to us. But, be sure that our quality products will ruin many of your inefficient industries.
hahahaha good specs keep it up
Myanmar to increase imports from Beximco Pharma
A high-level delegation of Myanmar Ministers and businesses leaders yesterday expressed interest to increase their imports from Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd as they visited its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities at Tongi.
They expressed satisfaction over the state-of-the-art facilities and quality control practices of Beximco Pharma, said a news release.
Beximco Pharma started export operations in Myanmar in 1996 as the first company of Bangladesh. Myanmar is one of the most important export markets for Beximco Pharam and so far the company has registered about 94 products in Myanmar.
The pharmaceutical product maker has a strategic plan to expand its business in Myanmar in coming years.
The delegation included National Planning and Economic Development Minister U Soe Tha, Commerce Minister Brig.-Gen. Tin Nating Thein, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman U Win Myint and noted business leaders of Myanmar.
Beximco Pharma CEO Nazmul Hassan received the delegates at the premise of the manufacturing facility site and made a presentation on the company achievements and future prospects of Bangladesh pharmaceutical industry.
:The Daily Star: Internet Edition
When we talk respectfully to you, you try to thrash us, hope that India dies - and against all your wishes we stand tall. Show respect, get respect - that is a policy; may be you missed that!
Apart from reading RAW conspiracies, it would help you understand how much aid dependent your country is. It is only recently that yearly budget's proportion of aid has fallen to 10%.
So before threatening India and cursing India - just salute India for money we are giving you - an aid from a poor country to another poor country - only to be cursed by that country men. But ofcourse, when they fear attack Burma, they come running back to India. You people are really great!
Both states are part of the Indian subcontinent and have had a long common cultural, economic and political history. India played a crucial part in Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan. The people of the two countries are indistinguishable to most outsiders. The cultures of the two countries are similar; in particular India's West Bengal and Tripura states and Bangladesh are all Bengali speaking regions. India gave large amounts of aid to Bangladesh. In recent years India provides co-operation and assistance during annual natural calamities. India is a supplier of staple foods such as rice and live animals which helps keep their prices affordable for the masses of Bangladesh. Most of differences are of sharing water resources between the two countries. Also Bangladesh has been accused of providing shelter to militants.
Source: Foreign relations of India - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Monetary aid:India is Bangladesh's most important neighbor. Geographic, cultural, historic, and commercial ties are strong, and both countries recognize the importance of good relations. During and immediately after Bangladesh's struggle for independence from Pakistan in 1971, India assisted refugees from East Pakistan, intervened militarily to help bring about the independence of Bangladesh, and furnished relief and reconstruction aid.
Indo-Bangladesh relations are often strained, and many Bangladeshis feel India likes to play "big brother" to smaller neighbors, including Bangladesh. Bilateral relations warmed in 1996, due to a softer Indian foreign policy and the new Awami League government. A 30-year water-sharing agreement for the Ganges River was signed in December 1996, after an earlier bilateral water-sharing agreement for the Ganges River lapsed in 1988. Bangladesh remains extremely concerned about a proposed Indian river linking project, which the government says could turn large parts of Bangladesh into a desert The Bangladesh Government and tribal insurgents signed a peace accord in December 1997, which allowed for the return of tribal refugees who had fled into India, beginning in 1986, to escape violence caused by an insurgency in their homeland in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The implementation of most parts of this agreement has stalled, and the army maintains a strong presence in the Hill Tracts. Arms smuggling and reported opium poppy cultivation are concerns in this area. Occasional skirmishes between Bangladeshi and Indian border forces sometimes escalate and seriously disrupt bilateral relations. Much to Bangladesh's displeasure, India has erected a barbed-wire fence on part of its border with Bangladesh to prevent alleged illegal migration of Bangladeshis into India.
The BNP and other political parties view the Indian Government as a major benefactor of the Awami League and blame negative international media coverage of Bangladesh on alleged Indian manipulation. Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, however, visited the Indian capital in March 2006 and reviewed bilateral relations with her Indian counterpart. Two agreements--the Revised Trade Agreement and the Agreement on Mutual Cooperation for Preventing Illicit Drug Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and Related Matters--were signed between the two countries during this visit. Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee met with the Chief Adviser in Dhaka on February 26, 2007. Mukherjee invited Ahmed to the April 3-4, 2007, SAARC summit in Delhi, and both sides pledged to put Bangladesh-India relations on "an irreversible higher trajectory." Mukherjee again visited Bangladesh after Cyclone Sidr hit the southwestern coastal districts on November 15, 2007 and offered help to rebuild 10 of the devastated villages. Bangladesh Army Chief General Moeen U. Ahmed paid a six-day visit to India beginning late February 2008 at the invitation of his Indian counterpart. He met with Mukherjee and the Chief Minister of West Bengal province, besides meeting military officials. During this visit, Ahmed announced that passenger trains could start running between Dhaka and Kolkata by April 14.
Source: Bangladesh (05/09)
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India gives million-dollar aid to Bangladesh
IndiaDaily - India’s 150 million dollar aid offer to modernize Bangladesh rail – an excellent political and fiscal move!
India, Bangladesh sign two pacts
Bangladesh : Country Studies - Federal Research Division, Library of Congress
Other forms of aid:
India’s Foreign Aid Program | The Discomfort Zone
Reuters AlertNet - Indian minister hands cyclone aid to Bangladesh
ReliefWeb » Document » Additional aid dispatched to Bangladesh, India
It is funny that these Bangladeshis feel that everything should work only one -way. They should get aid, one-way trade concessions, while India should support their military and then some in them turn around abuse India. Have some conscience, guys!
Its obvious you have no clue about own country let alone Bangladesh or any other. India's debt to GDP ratio is 88%. No wonder india has over 600 million people live under proverty.Apart from reading RAW conspiracies, it would help you understand how much aid dependent your country is.It is only recently that yearly budget's proportion of aid has fallen to 10%.
IMF says debt-to-GDP ratio of advanced countries to rise by 20 percentage points in 2009 - - biggest upturn in decades
and rest of your post is only remind us slumdog and begging bowl mentality.
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