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Glimpses from the Past: Export Strategy for the Take-Off

This article written by Manmohan Singh, then a young economics scholar, was published in the Special issue of July 1963 of the Economic Weekly . Fifty years later, he occupies the position of the Prime Minister of India, yet the debate over India's export strategy remains as vexed as ever. EPW brings you this article from its rich achives to foster debate and discussion on issues that remain as relevant now as it was back then.

Production-Sharing in East Asia

Despite beginning the industrialisation process ahead of most of east Asia, India's manufactured exports as a whole have stagnated when benchmarked against east Asia. While its east Asian neighbours have been able to move rapidly from manufactured labour-intensive commodities, India has largely been left out of the production-sharing process. If India is to become a manufacturing powerhouse like China and most of the other middle-income countries in east Asia, it needs to take steps to integrate more effectively and intensively with the rest of east Asia and become an important participant in the regional and global division of labour.

Auto Parts Industry: Prospects and Challenges

Driven by domestic market growth and rising exports, the Indian auto components industry's strong performance looks set to continue, especially as manufacturers in industrial countries seek to move production to low-cost regions.

Sri Lankan Exports to India

Since the Indo-Sri Lanka Bilateral Trade Agreement came into existence in March 2000, Sri Lankan export to India has registered a sharp increase. A disaggregated analysis shows however, an unevenness which indicates the need for smoothening the trade process and regulations.

India-Sri Lanka Trade

The Free Trade Agreement between India and Sri Lanka, though in a positive direction, does not address the issue of transaction costs that emanates from the transacting environment. Analysing the characteristics of formal and informal trading between India and Sri Lanka the study shows that transaction costs in formal trading are higher than for informal trading and suggests that lowering transaction costs in formal trade could enhance trade between the two countries.

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