This project examined India’s trade and investment opportunities and areas of concerns in selected service sectors for the Doha Round of WTO negotiations. The study findings have been used by the government in drawing up the requests/ offers in the Doha Round. As a part of this project, studies were conducted on Maritime Transport services; Construction, Architecture and Engineering services; Audio-visual, Recreational, Cultural and Sporting services; Distribution services; Road Transport services, Rail transport Services and Energy services. After the successful completion of these studies, ICRIER created a niche for itself in services research.
“Audio-visual policies and international trade: the case of India” in ‘Cultural Diversity and International Economic Integration: The Global Governance of the Audio-Visual Sector’, edited by Paolo Guerrieri, P. Lelio Iapadre and Georg Koopmann, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, UK, 2005.
ICRIER Working Papers:
India and Trade Facilitation in Services (TFS) Agreement: Concerns and Way Forward
Author(s): Dr. Arpita Mukherjee, Ms. Avantika Kapoor
High-Skilled Labour Mobility in an Era of Protectionism: Foreign Startups and India
Author(s): Dr. Arpita Mukherjee, Ms. Avantika Kapoor, Ms. Angana Parashar Sarma
“High Skilled Labour Mobility in an Era of Protectionism: Foreign Startups and India”, co-authored in ‘Economic Developments in India – Vol. 244’ Edited by Uma Kapila, Academic Foundation, February 2019.
“India and Trade Facilitation in Services (TFS) Agreements: Concerns and Way Forward”, with Avantika Kapoor in “Economic Developments in India – Volume 237” Edited by Uma Kapila, Academic Foundation, April 2018, pgs 71-102.
“Services Sector in India: Trends, Issues, and the Way Forward”, in ‘Eurasian Geography and Economics’, available at Taylor & Francis, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15387216.2016.1151371 (last accessed on March 4, 2016), February 2016, pgs 635-655.
“FDI in Services and India”, with Tanu Goyal in Foreign Trade Review, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Volume 48, Number 3, August 2013, pgs 413-430.
“La integracion en La cadena de valor global de Los servicios: El caso de la India” (Integrating into Global Services Value Chain: The Case of India) in Claves de la Economía Mundial, 8th Edition, June 2008, pgs 393-399
India-Canada Services Trade and Free Trade Agreement: Opportunities and Constraints, for the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, April 2023.
India-UK Services Trade and Free Trade Agreement: Opportunities and Constraints, for the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, March 2023.
Trade in Audio-visual, Recreational, Cultural and Sporting Services, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, June 2002.
Indian Technology Exports to Key Markets: Barriers and Way Forward, for the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, May 2022.
Trade in Construction, Architectural, and Engineering Services, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, September 2001
Exports of Audio-Visual Services and India, co-authored with Ramneet Goswami published in Services Conclave Volume titled “Promoting Services Exports from India: Challenges, Opportunities and Issues” published jointly by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, and Services Export promotion Council, November 12-13, 2013.
The Service Sector in India, Asian Development Bank Economics Working Paper Series No. 352, June 2013.
Trade in Services: India and the WTO, published in Focus WTO, Vol. 14, No. 1, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), May – June 2012.
India-Canada trade and economic relationship set to soar, published in the Business Standard on May 9, 2023 accessible at https://www.business-standard.com/opinion/columns/india-canada-trade-and-economic-relationship-set-to-soar-123050900927_1.html (last accessed on May 10, 2023)
Panel Discussion on “India’s prospects in Mode 1” organized by Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI), March 24, 2023 accessible at (19) India’s Prospects in Mode 1 Services Exports – YouTube (last accessed on Apr. 5, 2023)
For Mode 1 services, India needs to build skills in futuristic technologies, Interview published in the blogpost India Business & Trade of Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI), December 28, 2022 accessible at For Mode 1 services, India needs to build skills in futuristic technologies (tpci.in) (last accessed on Apr. 5, 2023)
Servicification of manufacturing: Designing the right incentives, coauthored with Sunil Rallan published in the blog India & Business Trade of the Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India accessible at https://www.tpci.in/indiabusinesstrade/blogs/servicification-of-manufacturing-designing-the-right-incentives/ (last accessed on September 24, 2021), June 14, 2021.
Globally, there is a focus on local jobs and upskilling, published in the blog India Business & Trade of Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India accessible at https://ibt.tpci.in/blogs/globally-there-is-a-focus-on-local-jobs-and-upskilling/ (last accessed on September 10, 2020), September 4, 2020.
India Needs a Comprehensive Services Policy, published in The Dollar Business, Volume 3, Issue 11, https://www.thedollarbusiness.com/magazine/flip/november2016 (last accessed on February 6, 2017) Telangana, November 2016, pgs 49-50.
Reinvigorating India’s manufacturing sector: Integrating the services value chain with Southeast Asia, co-authored with Tanu M. Goyal, IGC Blog Post accessible at http://www.theigc.org/blog/reinvigorating-indias-manufacturing-sector-integrating-the-services-value-chain-with-southeast-asia/ (last accessed on May 25, 2020), June 9, 2015.
India’s Trade in Services: Doha Round and Domestic Reforms, published in Focus WTO, Vol. 14, No. 1, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), May – June 2012.
Services: India Negotiating Strategies and Concerns, published in Indian Engineering Exports, by Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) India Vol.4., Issue 6, September 2011, pgs 22-26.
Barriers to Trade in Services: The Case of India, published in GALT (Global Agreements, Legislation, and Trade) Update, Vol. 3. Issue 2, TERI, March 2009.
India’s Trade in Services and Global Slowdown, published in Focus WTO, Vol. 10 No. 5, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Jan.-Feb. 2009.
Plurilateral Negotiations in Services: Implications for India, Lead Article published in Focus WTO, Vol 8, No. 4, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), November-December, 2006.
India and GATS: Negotiating Strategies in Distribution Services, co-authored with Nitisha Patel, SRTT-ICRIER WTO News Letter, WTO News and Views, June–August, 2005.
Cultural Diversity and Trade Liberalization: The Case of India, published in Trade and Culture: Issues in 2004, Conference Paper of Centre for Trade Policy and Law, Chicago, http://www.carleton.ca/ctpl/pdf/conferences/tradeandcultureposting4.pdf (last accessed on May 25, 2020).
Higher Education, GATS and India: Issues and State of Play, published in Indo-US Business, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, July-August 2004.
India and GATS 2000 Negotiations: Issues and State of Play in Mode 4 Liberalisation, Journal of Corporate Professionals, Institute of Company Secretaries of India, December 2003.
Audio-visual Policies and International Trade: The Case of India; HWWA Report 227, Hamburg Institute of International Economics, Germany, 2003.
Action Plan for India, published in WTO and its Impact on Consultancy and Construction Industry, seminar proceedings published by Consulting Engineers Association of India, 2002.