India and Trade Facilitation in Services (TFS) Agreement: Concerns and Way Forward

We express our gratitude to Rajat Kathuria, Director and Chief Executive, ICRIER, for giving us the opportunity to work in this area and for his constant support. We would also like to thank the policymakers, embassies, service trade experts and international organisations who shared their views on the subject. We would like to thank Prof. Anwarul Hoda, Chair Professor -Trade Policies and WTO Research Programme, ICRIER and Former Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization and Member of the Planning Commission, Government of India; Dr. Jayant Dasgupta, Former Ambassador of India to the WTO and Former Secretary, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister; and Dr. Rupa Chanda, RBI Chair Professor, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore for reviewing this paper and for their valuable comments. We are grateful to all the participants in the Workshop on Trade Facilitation in Services organised jointly by the World Bank Group and the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry which took place on 23rd and 24th March, 2017 in New Delhi for their valuable inputs.